July 25, 2020 Blog Admin
In Devotionals

25th July 2020
Dr. Phil Ransom-Bello

“So above all, constantly chase after the realm of God’s kingdom and the righteousness that proceeds from him. Then all these less important things will be given to you abundantly.

One of the ways a believer is able to yield to the fruit of the gospel being expressed through him/her is to be remain in the consciousness of your identity as a believer.
It’s to keep yourself in the truth of what you know, it’s constantly reminding yourself what kingdom you belong to now.

This consciousness will show where kingdom comes in your life, if it comes first or underneath.
This consciousness will show you what your pursuits speak about you. That if you are seeking anything outside of God’s will, it has become your god, it has become an idol.

But we see what our text says- if we seek kingdom first, every other thing will be added.
Look at Jesus, in Matthew 4:9, Satan came to him in temptation, took Him to a high pinnacle, showed Him the kingdoms of the world in all their attractiveness and glory and asked Jesus to bow down, to make the choice of going after those other kingdoms so he could give them to Him.
This is Jesus who came to translate us into God’s kingdom, being tempted with the lure and lust of other kingdoms.

See, one of the ways to tell if someone has the lust of the eyes is that there is a craving to have everything that you see, at any cost!
But you see, there’s a contentment that comes with the gospel.
And this is more profitable. Paul told Timothy in 1 Timothy 6:6, that “godliness with contentment is great gain.”

The fact that it’s good does not mean you must do anything and everything to get it. That’s not a sign of the love of the Father.
Friends, be conscious of what your pursuits, perspectives and priority tell about the kingdom you represent.
Don’t be driven to make your accomplishments/possessions match your cravings and desires.
No, it’s the pursuit of a person- Christ and His kingdom.

Do my pursuits reflect a desire for the person of Christ or things?

-I believe in the good news of the gospel, that the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus has announced the provision of forgiveness of my sins.
-I don’t just know the gospel, I live the gospel. I am transformed by the gospel. The gospel is working through me.
-The hearing of the gospel produces the fruits of Genuine Faith, Love for all the Saints and Hope of a Guaranteed Future in me.
-The fruits of the gospel are not a product of my ability but are generated supernaturally.
-The fruit of the gospel produces an increasing disdain for the things of the world.
-I stay in the consciousness of the kingdom I now belong to. My choices mirror the kingdom of God that I seek after and represent.
-I rein in my cravings/desires within the bounds of God’s will.
-I am not driven by the lure and lust of the eyes that the things of the world present; I have the contentment of the gospel. This is where I make profit.
-My perspectives and priorities reflect a love and pursuit of the person of Christ and His kingdom not not a pursuit for the kingdoms of the world.

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