JULY 17 PUT GOD’S NEEDS FIRST!

MATTHEW 6:24-34 “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matt. 6:33). The main principle expounded here is that we can’t do two things effectively at the same time (verses 24-25). Our true strength lies in being single-minded. But how can we keep from being focused on providing the basics of life for ourselves and our families? Jesus gave us the promise that if we put His kingdom first, then God the Father will provide for our needs. It’s that simple! Because it’s so easy to get caught up in lust for money and what it can provide, the Lord gave us a better system. We should use our jobs and other revenue-producing abilities to first and foremost advance the kingdom of God. If we do that, then the Lord will make sure that our needs are met. We can literally live to give instead of living to get and just give occasionally. Giving can be our focus. How do you know if you’re seeking first the kingdom of God with your money? One sure way to tell is in your giving. Do you give offerings first, before paying bills and fulfilling personal wants, or do you first take care of your needs and give what’s leftover? That’s not putting first the kingdom of God. Someone may say, “I don’t have any extra.” But you do have God’s promise. He promises that if you put His kingdom first, He’ll provide these other things. You may not be able to see this, but that’s why we call it faith. If you honor the Lord first with your money from a true heart, God will make miracles and blessings come your way. You won’t be without. That’s His promise.

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