Kingdom First

Read with me, “Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.” Matthew 6:31-34

Fulfillment of the law of love requires self-sacrifice. He having done His part empowers us to live in His love. This is a powerfully accountable lifestyle; to love and give without thought of self. When we become Kingdom minded, we see others. Love becomes easy when we understand the premise of Godly love is that He loved us ‘first.’ Loving others and living up to love requires putting someone else first. This is the truest expression of your love, not professing it, but doing. You have to put Him first. His Kingdom principles need to win when we weigh our options. His love needs to outweigh our wants. He needs to be first in our hearts if we are to succeed at life. Seek first the Kingdom of God – above all else. The things pertaining to the Kingdom of God should take precedent in our pursuits and attempts at doing life. Our life decisions should reflect Kingdom, in other words our life choices should reflect our pursuit of power, peace, joy, miracles and health. Seek powerfulness first, seek love first, seek peace first, and seek miracles first. Set your thoughts on doing life in a way that empowers joy, live your life in pursuit of righteousness in all situations, conduct yourself in a way that testifies of the pursuit of peace. Living as if we belong to His kingdom demand we lay down our own wants for our life, and pursue His intentions for us.

His intentions for you is to look like His Son, to look like love and compassion, powerfully equipped to do good to those around you; enabled to let go, enable to let others win, enable to love and lay down our wants and needs. Kingdom lifestyle of self-denial is not equal to being a wimp, self-denial does not deny you a personality, or needs, or emotions, or purpose, but embracing the concept of putting Him first is what allows you the amazing opportunity of not doing it alone. Putting Him first is the empowerment we need to live a Godly life. Putting Him first does not mean you have to deny your calling, gifting, anointing, purpose and feelings. It means you get to come alongside Him, and do it His way, because all those beautiful things about you essentially find their full expression in glorifying Him, or at least it should. Living for Him is what makes us powerful. Living in Him is what makes us effective. Because in Him we move, in Him we live, and He holds it all together.

Put Him first, because it is not about you doing life by yourself. Put Him first as an acknowledgement that you are in Him and trust Him to be good to you. Place Him first in your thoughts as you make decisions, and see His peace reign in your mind. In the face of every aspect of our lives we have to remember that He knows us well, He made us and He is keenly aware of what we need and want. Come to Him with your needs, come to Him with your thoughts, and let Him be the peace that leads you. Allow His kingdom to manifest through a life surrendered to His way of doing things. No-one knows or understands you better. Trust Him to know and do the necessary work. Let go of the attempts to make it work out. Quit the yelling and striving. Let Him be God, think of Him first, and go to Him first.