AND YOU SHALL BE MY DISCIPLES – Lesson #14
Seek God’s Kingdom
“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” (Matthew 6:33).
WHAT DOES IT MEAN? This teaching, once again, is about your state of mind or attitude. This time, Jesus is specifically teaching about worry.
The word ‘worry’, as used by Jesus, means to be anxious, to be troubled with cares and to seek to promote one’s own interests and to be divided in your mind or to be ‘double minded’.
Worry is similar to doubt, which also mean to be double minded, divided against yourself, torn in your thinking.
Worry and doubt can be stumbling blocks to the Christian, the disciple of Jesus. They both present an ongoing struggle for our flesh. So, we are warned and instructed on how to overcome these obstacles. In face, we must.
1. This teaching begins in Matthew 6:24“No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other.
You cannot serve God and wealth.
2. James warns us that we “must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind.
“For that man ought not to expect that he will receive anything from the Lord, being a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.”
“THE THREE BIG TAKE AWAYS”
For the Christian – The Disciple of Jesus
I Will Not Serve Two Masters
I Will Ask in Faith Without Any Doubting
I Will Put on The Full Armor of God
As a disciple of Jesus – A Christian – I will be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. I will put on the full armor of God, and stand firm against the schemes of the devil. I will not worry. I will not doubt. But if I do, I will pray, believing.
I know I will struggle against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.
But, I am able to resist in the evil day, and I stand firm. I will not worry. I will not doubt. But if I do, I will pray, believing.
HAVING GIRDED MY LOINS WITH TRUTH, and HAVING PUT ON THE BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, and having shod MY FEET WITH THE PREPARATION OF THE GOSPEL OF PEACE, I will stand firm. I will not worry. I will not doubt. But if I do, I will pray, believing. (Taken from Ephesians 6)
This is what we do as Christians – Disciples of Jesus.
HOW CAN YOU DO IT?___________________________________________
HOW CAN YOU TEACH IT? _______________________________________
Your Brother and Friend,
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