03
Sep

Making Jesus First in Three Areas

Matthew 6:33

“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”

Why do we not have spiritual victory in the Christian life that we know is possible?

  • Philippians 4:13
  • Philippians 4:19
  • 1 Corinthians 10:13

You will never experience true spiritual victory and blessing until you intentionally put first things first.

1. Jesus needs to be  first 

  • Jesus is the who of what we seek
  • Jeremiah 29:13
  • When you open your heart you realize Jesus is the greatest need of your heart.
  • If sin is the satisfying of a legitimate need in an illegitimate way…
  • then Worship must be characterized as the desire to have Jesus as the greatest priority, the greatest relationship, the greatest satisfier.

Put Jesus first:

  • My first source of salvation
  • My first source of wisdom
  • My first source of satisfaction

2. You need to have a  plan 

  • Seek – a continual action
  • seek first does not mean first in order but first priority

3. Replace control with  obedience and purity 

  • Seek the present kingdom not the future kingdom
  • Seek the spiritual kingdom
  • Reject Satan’s kingdom
  • Matthew 6:33 – A clear commandment, A precise commandment, An abundant promise

 

4. Trust Jesus for  spiritual victory and blessing 

Matthew 6:33

I will never experience true spiritual victory and blessing (all these things) until I intentionally put (seek) first things (his kingdom and his righteousness) first.

Conclusion

What has Jesus done? Jesus has promised to look after us and to meet the deepest needs of our heart.

3 Areas where Jesus needs to be first:

  • Each morning
  • Each sabbath
  • Each relationship

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