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Our Prime Directive

 

 

(Matthew 6:33-34 NIV)But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

 

(Matthew 11:28-30 NIV)Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.

 

(Romans 14:17-19 NIV)For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit, because anyone who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and approved by men.Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.

 

(2 Corinthians 5:21 NIV)God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

 

(Philippians 3:8-9 NIV)What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christand be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ--the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith.

 

Kingdom citizens give up their desires to fulfill personal goals, and instead, look out for what is most beneficial for the saints in their assembly or the Kingdom of God in general. What makes this possible is the realization that God's Kingdom is not about what they want or what you want, it's about sacrificing yourself (compromising your desires) for the sake of building eternal relationships in Christ Jesus. It is seeing yourself as an ambassador, a peacemaker, and a laborer for the cause of Christ--the Kingdom of God.No wonder we are constantly reminded that we are new people in new roles in this life:

 

(Romans 6:4 NIV)We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.

 

(Colossians 3:3-4 NIV)For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

 

(Matthew 10:39 NIV)Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.

What is this new life about?The best place to see it in action is in the first 3000 new lives that sought out the Kingdom and God's righteousness first:

 

(Acts 2:40-47 NIV)With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, "Save yourselves from this corrupt generation." Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day. They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

 

The elements of our Prime Directive (seeking first His Kingdom and His righteousness, Matthew 6:33) are included within verse 42 of Acts 2: Devotion to the Scriptures, fellowship, breaking of bread and prayer.Being Kingdom-minded is about serving and inviting (Matthew 22:2-14), working (Matthew 20:1-16), fellowshipping (Acts 2:42-47), teaching about the Lord (Matthew 28:19, 20) and waiting (Matthew 25:1-13) on the Lord.Read through the different things Jesus compares to the Kingdom of God to gain understanding of your blessed work on this earth.

 

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Our Prime Directive

 
QUIET TIMES

 

 

 

MONDAY

In His parables Jesus spoke of the Kingdom of God in many different ways.By studying these parables we can gain insight into how we can pursue the Kingdom above anything else.†† Read Matthew 13:31-33.To what does Jesus compare the Kingdom of Heaven first?Who is the man that plants the mustard seed?Who is the field where the mustard seed is planted?If you devote yourself to this seed planted in you above any other seed, what can you expect?Can this seed grow larger than any of the other plants in your garden?How is the Kingdom of God like yeast (verse 33)?Should you let Godís Kingdom influence every area of your life like yeast spreads through the dough? Read Matthew 13:44-46.What does Jesus compare Godís Kingdom to in these verses?Have you discovered the value of the Kingdom as much as the man who bought the field and the merchant who bought the pearl discovered its value?Have you discarded everything else you thought had value in order to gain completely the Kingdom of God (Philippians 3:8-11)?Read Matthew 20:1-16.What is the Kingdom of God being compared to here?Does the Kingdom of God involve work?Are we all going to receive the same reward, no matter when we began our work?Do you think you deserve special treatment because of things you have done that others havenít done?Read Matthew 25:1-13.What is the Kingdom of God compared to here?Do you need to be awake and ready in Godís Kingdom?Are you prepared with enough oil?What do you think is the significance of the oil?

 

TUESDAY

What is righteousness?Back in study #4 (The 4rth Step, Crave God's Approval), where we studied Matthew 5:6 (hungering and thirsting for righteousness), we defined righteousness as ďhaving God's approvalĒ.Read 2 Corinthians 5:21. How do we receive Godís approval?What did Jesus have to become so we could become righteousness?Read Galatians 3:13, 14.How did Jesus redeem us?What is the definition of redeem?What is the promise God wanted to fulfill in us?Can we receive it on our own righteousness, or by the righteousness that comes by faith in Jesus? Read Romans 8:3-5.How is it possible for us to fully meet Godís perfect requirements under His law?Can we meet these requirements if we live according to the sinful nature?What do we need to set our minds on in order to walk according to the Spirit given to us?Read Philippians 3:8,9.Is it really possible to be seeking the Kingdom first if other things are distracting our thoughts and our energies?If we have our mind set on worldly preoccupations or personal desires, can we really get to know the things of the Spirit and know the fellowship of sharing in Jesus sufferings?

 

WEDNESDAY

Why seek His Kingdom and Righteousness first?What should our motive be?Granted, the Lord promises to give us everything else we need and enjoy (Matthew 6:33; 1 Timothy 6:17 and Philippians 4:19), but should we be motivated by that, or by Godís love for us?Read 2 Corinthians 5:14.What should motivate (compel) you, according to this Scripture?To be motivated by Jesus love, what should your conviction be (what youíre convinced of)?Ask yourselves these questions to test whether your conviction is true and your motivation in life is the love of Christ: Do you believe that Jesus died and was raised again (Romans 10:9)?Do you believe you died when you were baptized?Do you believe you have been made a new person in Christ?Why then, do you hold onto things past?Why do you still try to carry your own burdens when Jesus has offered to carry them for you (Matthew 11:28-30)?

 

THURSDAY

What does it mean to seek His Kingdom first?Read Romans 14:17-19.If you are seeking the Kingdom first, what will you promote?Who should you strive to serve and please to promote righteousness, peace and joy?According to this passage, should you be striving to promote your own personal agenda among Godís people?Should you get involved in controversy, quarrels or disputable matters?Should you solicit members of Godís Kingdom for your economic, political, emotional or personal gain?

 

FRIDAY

What does it mean to seek His righteousness first? Read Colossians 3:12-15; 1 Peter 3:3-6; 5:5.Notice how righteousness is usually referred to as a garment (also in Isaiah 61:10)ówhy do you think it is described as a garment (clothes)?Is it usually our first instinct to be humble, gentle and patient?That is probably why we are continually encouraged to be clothed with Jesus (Romans 13:14).Review some of Tuesdayís points, particularly the definition of righteousness (having Godís approval).If you seek to be justified by God should you delight in making excuses?Whatever explanation you have to offer for yourself is an excuse, whatever God offers on your behalf is justification.

 

For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him. Ė 2 Chronicles 16:9

 

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