How to live your life kingdom first part 2.

If you didn’t get a chance to read part 1 you can read it here.

The third practical thing we can do to live our lives kingdom first is to accept one another. This is not the same thing as the current move we see in the world right now where hateful people are demanding others to accept them. This is us deciding that we know other people are flawed just like we are, and we are going to be patient with them.

We should be willing to associate with the “lowly”, and care for those that receive less honor in the body of Christ.

The word of God says that we should be at peace with one another, that we should live in harmony, and accept one another. It says that we should bear with one another being kind, compassionate, sympathetic, and forgiving. It also says that we should be hospitable without grumbling, but with joy.

God even tells us in His word to confess our sins to one another so that we can pray for each other. There is a really good reason why nobody does this, and it’s because we don’t accept each other. For too long we have been doing things the opposite way. Instead of patience, kindness, compassion, and forgiveness, we have jumped to conclusions, been hateful, condemned people, and judged people. Furthermore, we have been this way to people based on things as simple as how they look, or dress. So we now have a built-in fear about sharing our struggles with others. We may even want to share our struggle to ease our burden, but we won’t risk the response we might get.

We have to shift in this area not only as the body of Christ, but individually in our own minds. We need to accept others, but we also need to be willing to share our struggles with others. I myself, I struggle with sharing my burdens with others, but I’m getting better about it.

This isn’t a hard thing, it should not be hard for us to be patient, kind, compassionate, and forgiving toward others in their struggles if we are honest with ourselves about our own. When you know you have a log in your own eye, it’s easy to look past the toothpick in someone else’s eye.

Don’t kick people while they are down, choose to accept them, and help them back up. If you live long enough you will need help yourself someday.

Live your life kingdom first!

God is for you, and I am for you!

 

Scriptures I used for this post:

Matthew 7, Mark 9, Romans 12, Romans 15, 1 Corinthians 12, Ephesians 4, Colossians 3, 1 Peter 3, 1 Peter 4, and James 5.

 

How to live your life Kingdom first part 1

This will be the first of many posts on how to live your life kingdom first. This is a journey for all of us, and just like you, I have yet to arrive. Let us be thankful we have a good, loving Father who is full of patience, grace, and favor toward His kids. With so many theological arguments out there, and thoughts about what’s most important, I just want to know God, His ways, and how I should live this life for Him. I believe the Lord revealed this series to me because He knows my Heart for it, and He knows my heart for you.

Most of you that read this blog know that number one we should love God with every part of our being, and seek first His kingdom, and His righteousness. I have already written several things that give us some practical things we can do to put Him first, such as not being autonomous in our life plan, but allowing His plan for us to be our plan.

But outside of this number one thing, how do I live my life kingdom first? What should I be doing in practical terms? Over the next several posts, I am going to present 6 other practical things we can do. In my thoughts, it is out of doing these things that your individual gifts begin to flow out of you.

So much is written and talked about in things such as eschatology, finances, authority, how to interpret, and so on. That is fine, and I like some of those conversations; however, it seems to me that so much of what God is trying to get through to us is our own internal transformation through Christ, and how we treat and deal with other people.

If loving God, and putting Him first is number 1, then the second thing we can do is to love other people.

The commandment that Jesus gave to his disciples in an intimate moment was to love each other as He loved them, and that this love is what would prove to the world that they were His followers. In John chapters 13 and 15, He gave them this command three different times.

In Romans 13:8-10 we see that it is an obligation to love others, that love does no wrong to others, and so it fulfills all requirements. If you love other people you will want to take the gifts that God put in you, and give them to others. This is why I say that your gifts will begin to flow in doing these things.

In 1 Thessalonians 3:12 we see Paul out of his own great love for these people ask the Lord to make their love for each other, and for all people not only grow, but even overflow. In chapter 4 he tells them he really doesn’t even need to tell them to love each other because they already do as the Lord Himself has taught them, but even then he urges them to love even more.

In 1 Peter 3:8 we see that we should love each other like siblings, and be compassionate towards others while at the same time being humble ourselves. Then in chapter 4:8 he tells them that most importantly they should continue to love each other deeply as love covers all.

In 1 John 3:11 we see that the message from the very beginning was that we should love one another. It says this same thing in 2 John verses 5 and 6.

In 1 John 4:7-12 we see that love is from God, that we should love others, and that this is what proves we Know God. If God loves us as much as He does, then we ought to love others. It goes on to say that if we will love others then His love will be perfected in us.

So this not only speaks to how we treat other people, but also our own internal transformation in becoming more like Christ. Loving other people perfects things within ourselves.

It is His command to us, it is evidence that we know Him, it lets the world know that we are His, it fulfills all, and it covers all.

If you want to live a kingdom first life, love others. Even if it is hard. Love covers all including you, for example, if you choose to love rather than hold a grudge, your own soul (mind, will, and emotions) will remain healthy.

Live your life kingdom first!

God is for you, and I am for you!

 

Maintain your peace, and joy in Christ…A word of encouragement for you.

No matter how well you do in life, no matter how many successes you have, there will be people who say it isn’t good enough. There will people that focus on your failures. There will be people who focus on your mistakes. There will be people who focus on your bad circumstances. There will be people that say you failed in what they deemed the key indicator. There will be people that discredit you, disqualify you, and look down on you. I will say it like apostle Paul said it, this is a trustworthy saying and everyone should accept it.

However, there is another trustworthy saying….people can’t change, or discredit what God says about you. You are His masterpiece, He has created you to do good things, and you will do the good things He has planned for you. People don’t have the authority to disqualify what God has qualified through His son Jesus Christ.

When people try to disqualify you, they disqualify themselves. When they say you are not good enough, they are saying God’s finished work is not good enough. Keep doing what God has called you to do. Do the right things based on your convictions, and let people do what they do, they are going to do it regardless of how you think or feel about it anyway. Maintain your peace, and joy in Christ.

God is for you, and I am for you.

 

This could be controversial in regards to current popular kingdom teachings….

One of the popular kingdom teachings of this day is that we advance the kingdom of Jesus by doing external things. We take territory in order to stake our Christian flag in the ground. We build mini empires in order for Jesus to influence. There may be some truth to this, and I don’t have an issue with there being a this and a that; however, I would at least like to offer a different idea.

I will only use one scripture among many that explain this idea.

Luke 17:20-21. It’s a popular scripture. Here’s the NKJV:

20 Now when He was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, He answered them and said, “The kingdom of God does not come with observation; 21 nor will they say, ‘See here!’ or ‘See there!’ For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you.” (my emphasis added)

Now we have to look at a couple things. 1) Jesus is talking to pharisees, and we can safely say the kingdom was not in them. 2) we are dealing with the greek word “entos” in a plural conjunction which gets translated to among, or in your midst.

Here it is in the NASB (the NIV, ESV, NLT, and many others translate it in the same way with slightly different wording):

20 Now having been questioned by the Pharisees as to when the kingdom of God was coming, He answered them and said, “The kingdom of God is not coming with signs to be observed; 21 nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or, ‘There it is!’ For behold, the kingdom of God is in your midst.” (my emphasis added)

The main reason I am pointing this out is to highlight king Jesus. The kingdom was standing right in front of them. The scripture itself points out that it isn’t about what is seen, or what is external. He was telling the pharisees what the kingdom was, or better yet WHO.

There is no doubt that we are to go and preach the kingdom. We know that the increase of His kingdom, and peace will not end. So then how do we advance the kingdom?

We present the king. We recall what happened to us internally when we found Him. We recall the peace we found when we found Him. We take that and we present Jesus to other people, or even just a person. That person to another person. That person to another person, and so on. Through this His kingdom is always advancing. Through this His peace is always advancing.

It’s never about what you can build on this earth that time will destroy. It is about what you can get inside of someone that is eternal. It is always about Jesus.

You can build whatever you want, and stake a christian flag in it; however, until the people are reflecting the king, until the people are reflecting Jesus and his social norms, it is not His kingdom.

The kingdom can be advanced the next time you are at Walmart. The kingdom can be advanced whether you have a lot, or a little. The kingdom can be advanced whether you are rich or poor.

The kingdom is in Jesus. The kingdom is advanced by presenting Jesus. That’s all you have to do, He will do the rest.

Even one of my taglines for this site, live your life kingdom first, is saying live your life putting Jesus first.

God is for you, and I am for you!

 

Do you feel like you are suffering-a few scriptures to encourage you

Suffering is certainly not a current buzz word such as prosperity, authority, or abundance etc. However, it is something we will contend with while we live in the flesh on this earth. Be encouraged for God is working things to your good.

1 Peter 4- Therefore, since Christ has suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same purpose, because he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, so as to live the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for the lusts of men, but for the will of God.

1 Peter 4- 12 Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for your testing, as though some strange thing were happening to you; 13 but to the degree that you share the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing, so that also at the revelation of His glory you may rejoice with exultation.

1 Peter 5- 10 After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you.

Again be encouraged in your suffering for God himself is perfecting, confirming, strengthening, and establishing you even as I type this!!

 

What are your barns for?

I think that I would be pretty accurate in saying that part of the ‘American dream’ is to work, save, invest, and multiply all you can so that you have enough retirement to kick back, relax, eat, drink, and enjoy the good life. It sounds great, it sounds right, and it’s very easy to get wrapped up in. I know I have been wrapped up in it, and I’m not even close to retirement. However, Jesus called it foolish in Luke chapter 12. (read it here) I think we have to remember that the American dream, or whichever national dream is not the kingdom dream. I will add a disclaimer and say that I don’t think Jesus was calling the act of planning, being prudent, or being a good steward foolish as there are plenty of scriptures that instruct us to act in these ways. I think Jesus was teaching us about mindsets, heart conditions, and motives.

America is very consumeristic, but not everything God gives you is for your consumption. It’s not for your consumption now, or in the future. Not everything given to you is for you to obtain bigger, and better. Not everything given to you is for future retirement, or generational building. Some things are just put in your hands to give to someone else. The things of God are not just given to you, but are meant to move through you. Everything belongs to God, as in God is the owner. You don’t own anything including your own life. You are a steward, or one who looks after the owner’s stuff. There is nothing wrong with storing things up if that’s what the owner asks you to do. However, if the owner asks you to give it all away you have to be willing to do that as well. I love to talk about dreams, and vision for your life, but it is not something that is done through autonomy. You ask the owner what the vision is, and then you do your best to steward that vision.

In the parable, the rich fool says to himself you have plenty stored away to kick back, and take it easy. The problem is that he was talking to himself. He didn’t ask the owner what he should do with all of his extra. He laid up treasures for himself, but he was not rich toward God. The American christian mindset is much the same. We try to store up what we think is ours in order to make sure we can have the easy life we want in the future. Our minds are set on obtaining, and storing. Our hearts are set on ourselves because of greed. So then our motives are completely autonomous, or self driven. We want to make more so that we can get more rather than asking the owner what we should do, or considering that if we can make more we can give more. The only reason to have overflowing barns is so that you can give the overflow.

We have a tendency to want to build our own kingdoms. It goes all the way back to the tower of babel. Many try to disguise it as for the kingdom rather than for self, but disguises are not the true identity. It would probably be wise for us to insert some firewalls against ourselves when building, and filling barns. Here is a thought to consider….when Jesus was walking the earth one of the things that His followers got wrong was that they thought He came to establish His kingdom on the earth at that time. (His kingdom is established, and ever increasing it just didn’t look like they thought it would) It caused a scattering when it didn’t turn out the way they expected. Jesus said His kingdom is not of this earth. Are we making the same mistake? Are we trying to build earthly kingdoms more than we are trying to impart, and commission? Jesus spent His time building people. Disclaimer again, I’m not saying things should never be built, established, etc.

I have had a couple major fumbles in this area on my journey. The good thing about that is I am able to learn, and I have found that the fumbles cause me to pursue God’s desires for my life even more. It is a great self check when your realize you have forgotten that you don’t own your money, vision, or anything else. Furthermore, the great thing about fumbles and our loving Father is that he lets you carry the ball again. The great coaches in your life will do the same, and you should do the same for your players. A fumble doesn’t mean a person should be moved down on the depth chart, it just means they need another set of downs.

Back to the beginning. I don’t want to build overflowing barns to kick back, and disconnect. I don’t want to drift out of life, and be retired from serving in the kingdom. However, I do want to transition in what I am doing in the future. I want to transition from being the ball carrier to being on the offensive line blocking, and making a way for others. I believe the Lord will allow me to build and fill some barns, but I also believe it is for the purpose of making sure they are emptied out into others before I go. The sooner I can make a way for others to score the better.

Have you asked the owner if you should build some barns, and why?

 

Give yourself

When you talk about being a giver most people will probably immediately think money; however, being a giver goes way beyond that one expression. Do you give your time, love, energy, attention, thoughts, care, etc to others? I believe that kingdom people have to be givers, and everyone can give others their time, focus, and energy even if you don’t have the ability to give to others financially. God is a giver, and we should be as well. Not with selfish motives and ambitions, but simply as an expression of who we are.

The law of sowing and reaping will always be true; however, you can’t give just to receive, you give of yourself because it is who you are as a son in the kingdom, and it is fulfilling. When you do things that align with who you are it is energizing, and life-giving. Most of us don’t give of ourselves because we think we will be taken advantage of. I think many people come up with a view that the world is a place of competition, extreme limitations, and a place where everyone is against you (I did). But with a shift in mindset it could become a place of limitless opportunities and chances. Instead of withholding out of fear you will be done wrong, you go ahead and give knowing that God gave you that opportunity, and you will reap blessing. You have to make a deposit before you can earn interest.

Most things can be faked, but giving yourself can not. You feel it when people make a withdrawal from you, and you also feel it when people deposit into you. Most of the time connections with people are not gained because of the product, teaching, or gift but the experience you gave them. Money is temporary and emotionless, but great experiences are full of emotion, passion, and remain with you in your memory.

Most people will try to give just enough to get the most back. Good people will give the most they can for the return they get. Kingdom people should try to give in such a way that money could not buy the experience. Kingdom people should strive to give more in value than you could ever get back in payment. If you do it will equal influence for the Lord’s kingdom. If I was rich I could give my daughter a bunch of money and see what she does with it, or I could give her my experiences and allow her to bypass some of my struggles which has a value that money can not buy.

Most people go to work in order to survive, some go to work in order to save, and very few go to work in order to serve and give. The greatest title in the kingdom is ‘greatest servant’. Kingdom people should try to go about their work in a way that they give of themselves in order to see someone else succeed. If you are faithful in helping someone else succeed, you should expect to succeed yourself. In Luke 16:12 we read that if you are not faithful with another man’s why would you be trusted with your own. You can have a dream while helping someone else make their dream come true. I would venture to say that if you place other people’s interests first you will have greater influence with those people.

You can give people all kinds of things, and that is great but YOU are what’s really valuable. You are more valuable than any product, teaching, or money that you could offer. Give yourself.

We are not owners of anything, but stewards of what is the Lord’s. Be a giver, and also be open to receive as sowing and reaping go together.

Live your life Kingdom first!

Levi

Find the opportunities!

Have you ever felt like the only breaks you were catching were bad breaks? I’ve been there, but we have to keep in mind that God turns bad breaks into big opportunities. The bad breaks, and past experiences are just a way for God to build our resumes and prepare us for future opportunities. Sometimes our greatest opportunities are at the end of the hardest, and scariest situations. Don’t quit prematurely, and miss your God opportunity.

Trust God no matter what the situation is, and look forward in order to locate the opportunities, and be a good steward. Being a good steward of these opportunities will bring success. God is always setting us up for success in accordance with His will for our lives. God wants you to arrive at His destination for you more than you want to get there.  If you are a parent you know how much more you want your kids to succeed than they do themselves especially at a young age.

Don’t let fear keep you from seeing the opportunities, and experiencing what God has for you. The way that you experience big breakthroughs is by continuing to push through your hardest moments, and facing your biggest fears. Something that we need to keep in mind through these things is that almost every fear is learned. A child is afraid of very little until you tell them to be afraid. Parents insert fear into their children without even realizing it. We need to unlearn these fears, and the farther you carry a fear the harder it is for you to unlearn. The way you unlearn these fears is to trust your limitless Father. Allow His word to carry a sound in your life that is louder than any fear. Believe scriptures such as if He is for you who can stand against you, or He will work everything out to my good as I am called according to His purpose. You can not reason with irrational fears, you will either allow experiences to produce confidence or doubt, fear or faith. We have to remember that His perfect love is in us, and perfect love drives out all fear-1 John 4:18.  Part of faith is the process of trusting God, and allowing His perfect love to drive the fear out of our lives.

I have a great example I can share with you about irrational fears concerning my daughter. Long story short, she saw something on t.v. that made her afraid of the bath tub. This 4-year-old little girl went from loving bath time, to being like trying to bathe a cat. THERE WAS NO REASONING WITH HER! Seriously, this was a tough situation. It was the scariest situation of her young life, and one of the hardest for her parents. We all had to figure out how to make it through this ordeal. But patiently enduring(for several weeks!), helping her face her fear, letting her see that her friends were not afraid of bath time, and allowing her trust and faith to build in her mom and dad brought her back to loving bath time. Believing your Father, and trusting in His word will give you the strength to make it through the scariest, hardest situations.

Back to the bath example, one thing that would have never allowed my daughter to get past this fear is letting her run from bath time. If you are afraid of failure, success will not fix it. You will wear yourself out trying to maintain success simply to keep running from failure. The fix for the fear of failure is experiencing failure. It’s like a peanut allergy. I know a young man who was allergic to peanuts, and the way he overcame this allergy was to make trips to a specialist and get exposed to differing amounts of peanuts. That’s how you build immunity to your fears, you face the thing you are afraid of and you find that with God all things are possible. We take fears, and we create huge things out of them in our minds which allows the fear to become way worse the thing you are actually afraid of. Each one of your fears is an opportunity for you to be an overcomer. My daughter is an overcomer. Don’t miss your chance!

Don’t be afraid to take some risks, it could turn into a really cool story you can tell your grandchildren. To go along with this, one of the great things about your experienced pain is that it can be another person’s gain. The more things you have overcome, the more capacity you have to help other people. A person once told me that no one cares about you telling them what not to do in a situation, they only want to hear what they should do. For a time, I believed that person, but I have changed my mind. I know how much value there is not trying to do it the way I tried because I felt all the pain, and struggle to overcome it. So that pain and struggle is now an opportunity for me to help others avoid the same troubles.

Our relationship with God is not formed to make our lives easier. It complicates our lives in all the right ways to transform us into the perfect work He envisioned for us from the start. A marriage complicates your life, but it allows you to see things that are wrong with you that you didn’t even know were wrong which allows you to become more complete. You may think you have life figured out, but having kids will prove you wrong. They will complicate things, but they will cause you to grow. Wealth will complicate your taxes, and success will complicate your schedule. All great things come with complications. In the parable of the talents the reward for good stewardship was not early retirement, it was more responsibility.

God has great things in store for all of you. Find the opportunities!

Live your life Kingdom first!

Levi

As a man thinks!

Proverbs 23:7-As a man thinks within himself, so he is.

That’s a very loaded statement, and one that we should take seriously. We should also recognize the level of personal responsibility within it. Before I get into this I would first like to mention a few scriptures that tell us what God thinks of us.

In Jesus we are his masterpiece created for good works-Ephesians 2:10. We can do what He says we can do, which are even greater things-John 14:12. We can have what He says we can have, which is a more abundant life-John 10:10.

Our spirit has no issue with these three things, but many times our minds do. There are some things that happen immediately upon salvation; however, there are some things we have to work out along our journey. Paul says be transformed by the renewing of your mind daily. Transformed means to become something different, and so we can see that if we are able to change our mindsets we can become something completely different.I am something different today than I was ten years ago, and I plan to be even better in ten more years.

Instead of focusing on scriptures like the three I referenced above, many times we focus on perceived limitations. For example, we may think things like I am who my family is, I really am what my negatives thoughts tell me I am, I am who the people around me say I am, and so on. I can only do what my education level says I can do, I can only be what my boss says I can be, and I can only do what the area I live in offers. I can only have small, insignificant amounts of success, and I can only have what my earthly resources allow me to have. None of these things line up with God’s best for you.

So we have seen a few of God’s thoughts for us, and a few negative thoughts that we may have for ourselves. So back to Proverbs 23:7. A man’s thoughts are who he is, or becomes. You are what you think. Through our thoughts we can be limited, or we can be liberated. We can create a prison for ourselves, or we can create freedom for opportunities. Most people let their circumstances in life control them. (I know because I’ve been there plenty of times, and have had to overcome those things) However, in living the kingdom first life you have been empowered to control your circumstances. It’s a small shift in words, but a huge shift in thoughts. Instead of our circumstances controlling us, we control how we see the circumstances. A shift in thoughts, and attitudes will lead to a shift in your life. If you take control of your mind, and radically improve your thoughts you will be astonished at the changes in the material conditions of your life.

I would like to take us to a principle in Genesis. Everything that was created produced fruit, and seed after its own kind. This is a powerful principle, and one that is very important to this topic. See every thought seed sown in the soil of the mind takes root, and reproduces it’s own kind. These thoughts will eventually blossom, and show themselves in our actions as well as have external effects on our lives. Good/Godly thoughts will bear good fruit in our lives. Bad thoughts will bear bad fruit in our lives. The circumstances are not the problem, our thoughts and attitudes toward them are the problem.

Thoughts are so powerful that if you are simply around someone who is consistently negative, you begin to take up negative thoughts which start to have a negative impact on your life. I think most people could think about their work culture, and find this principle to be true. There is a law of attraction at work here, and keep in mind you don’t attract what you want to be, you attract the state of your current thoughts.

Any train of thought that you persist in good, or bad will not fail to reproduce its own kind based on the principles of creation. These persistent thoughts will affect your character, which will affect your circumstances based on the law of attraction.

Your thoughts are the guards of your destiny. Persisting in bad thoughts will imprison you, but persisting in Godly thoughts will liberate you. People always want their circumstances in life to change, but they are unwilling to change themselves. They are unwilling to change and improve their own thoughts, and so they remain in their own prison. (think of the story of the man at the pool of Bethesda, and if you don’t know it ask me about it in the comments sections, or email) We have to stop blaming other people, places, and things for the circumstances in our lives. I have lived long enough to know that I can not control all of the circumstances that happen to me in this life; however, I do believe in spiritual principles, I do believe the Lord has given me power over my own mind, and I do believe that with a healthy mind you can find opportunities in everything. Just reading apostle Paul’s life story can show you that you can be happy and content in any scenario.

Good thoughts showing themselves in good actions will not reproduce bad results. Happiness reproduces happiness. Courage reproduces courage. Peace reproduces peace, love reproduces love, and so on. Bad thoughts work the exact same way.

I will Illustrate further the physical manifestation of our hidden thoughts. The body is a slave to the mind. The body can only do what the mind tells it to, and so it always and only does so both in the deliberate and the subconscious. continuously thinking bad thoughts will cause the body to sink into disease and decay. Good thoughts will cause the body to become vibrant, and more beautiful even healing diseases. Your thoughts will express themselves through, and on your body. For example, anxiety produces external results such as sweating, shaking, tension, and temperature changes. If you remain tense long enough your body will fatigue even becoming chronically fatigued. This is just one of an endless number of examples. On the other hand, if you take a walk and focus on how great God is, and how He has delivered you from every challenge in your life you can have peace in Him, and not have fear of future challenges. I’ll take peace over fear.

So how do we change our mind in order to create and reproduce good thoughts, in order to change our attitudes, and produce good opportunities in our lives? Just like exercising to make our bodies healthier, we must exercise to make our minds healthier.

To make a quick and simple summary, this is what the bible tells us to do. We have to continuously rejoice in Him, renew our thoughts daily (don’t get stuck when you struggle, move on), speak truth, control negative emotions, pray and talk to God, speak encouragement, give generously, be kind and forgiving, be wise, and think about things that are true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, and worthy of praise. I will also add one that I think is huge, and that is to know what protects our minds which is the peace of God-Philippians 4:7.

So exercise your mind in right thinking.  At the end of every day, week, month, and year you either grow, regress, or stay the same. You are the culmination of your thoughts for that day, week, month, year, decade, and so on. A person that persists in good thoughts gains access through Jesus to the more abundant life.

Here are some additional scriptures to help you in this topic-Ephesians 4:17-24, and 5:15-20. Philippians 4:4-9, 2 Timothy 1:5-7, James 1:14-15, and 4:1-3. Of course there are so many more, but these are a good start.

I know the Lord has great things in store for you all, think on all those great promises.

Live your life Kingdom first!

Levi

How much time are you spending in the word of God?

When was the last time you opened your bible outside of church? When was the last time you got in the word just because you wanted to pursue, and know your Father? If you want to live your life kingdom first it will require you to seek Him, and His kingdom everyday simply because you want to know Him more, and understand His will for your life.

I think it is important to recognize, and understand that we are taking something in everyday even if it is subconsciously. For example, the culture around us is marketing to the level that the average person sees about 5,000 ads per day which adds up to about 2 million per year. This staggering number does not include watching, or scrolling through the news online. So we are clearly taking things in everyday whether we realize it or not. These marketing campaigns are meant to steer your thoughts, choices, decisions, goals, plans, vision, and ultimately your life. In understanding that I would say it is that much more important that we choose to spend time with God, and spend time in His word.

If we are taking in that much influence, and propaganda everyday, how much more do we need to be taking in God’s influence through His word. It is God’s word, and will that should be steering our thoughts, choices, decisions, goals, plans, vision, and our lives. What the Father delights in giving us is far more precious, and valuable than what these ads are offering.

I will take this just a little bit further. Through Jesus we as sons of the kingdom have been sown into this world(Matthew 13:38), and we have the message of the kingdom to share with those around us. I think that we should be diligent in the pursuit of our Father, and understanding His word so that we can be good carriers of the message of the kingdom, and His new covenant. What I mean is that as good stewards we can offer up 5,000 of our own ads for people to take in. I don’t mean everyone has to go hit the street corner, and start preaching. Simply by letting the Lord direct your course, and your life you will be like a flashing neon sign that sticks out among all of the other ads out there. Be living epistles.

If you are trying to live in a such a way that you align your life with the word of God you are going to stand out. Your family relationships, and structure will look different. How you handle your money will be different. How you view, and treat others will be different. How you operate at your place of employment, or in your business will be different. Furthermore, if you continue in His word you will continue to become different as you renew your mind daily. He will transform you into something greater than you ever thought you could be.

Here is my challenge to you all in your pursuit to living a kingdom first life…fill your hearts, and minds with His word everyday.

Live your life Kingdom first!

Levi