When it comes to seeking the kingdom, no matter how willing the vessel is – if it is broken it will leak! You know the woman in your office or bible study who tells you that she doesn’t care how her husband treats her? She tells you about the numerous awards and accolades that she has received in the workplace and from her professional associations. She is the head of department in the office and has many people reporting to her and she makes it very obvious that she is holding it down in the workplace.
The truth is that at night when she lies in bed all the acclaim from the world cannot make up for the emptiness. Alone when no one is rushing to her to ask for her approval or signature she faces the brokeness that she tries so hard to cover and mask the neglect she feels from her husband.
In reality God wants us to flourish in all aspects of our lives so we can truly be an instrument in God’s hand. Just as a vase that leaks cannot hold water, no matter how willing a vessel is to be used by God, if it is broken it will leak..
To make sure that every area of our lives is well balanced is to make sure that our agenda is based on God and on seeking the kingdom of God. Everything you have and you are is from God, every single thing, every talent, creativity, every gift, your spouse, your children, your emotions, your interests.
“Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need”. (Matthew 6:33)
Seeking the Kingdom
We understand that when we seek the kingdom of God we are able to get everything that God has in store for us. We are not defined by our house address or the things we own. These things are meant to accompany a life that is lived according to God’s purpose.
The man who does not have spiritual eyes cannot understand God’s mind. When you are spiritual you can bring the kingdom of God to every situation in your life. However the carnal man, the simple man who does not understand what God has in store will spend every minute thinking how to spend or what to eat. The carnal man is always looking for physical and logical reasons, he might please man but cannot please God.
“But people who aren’t spiritual can’t receive these truths from God’s Spirit. It all sounds foolish to them and they can’t understand it, for only those who are spiritual can understand what the Spirit means”. (1 Corinthians 2:14)
The spiritual man cannot be tossed to and fro because he is no longer subject to the things of this world, he understands that God can do exceedingly and abundantly above what his heart and mind can imagine. However to get to this level of power there is an elevation in thinking from carnality (simple mindedness on what you can do in your own strength) to spiritual thinking (which knows that seeking the kingdom of God is the first and most crucial step to unlocking God’s provision in every area of your life).
“Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit”. (Romans 8:5)
When you walk according to the spirit everything around you prospers and favour just seems to follow you around.
Jesus is a prime example of how we should be spiritual. A spiritual man doesn’t judge a matter by how it appears, he sees beyond the here and now. The spiritual man has the spirit of wisdom and understanding. He can discern the mind of God for situations and seasons. He has knowledge and counsel and does not judge situations by how they appear or by what people say.
“…Spirit of the Lord will rest on him—
the Spirit of wisdom and understanding,
the Spirit of counsel and might,
the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.
3 He will delight in obeying the Lord.
He will not judge by appearance
nor make a decision based on hearsay”. (Isaiah 11:2-3)
Like the adulterous woman rather than judge her to stoning, Jesus forgave her and asked her not to sin anymore. Jesus didn’t judge by what he saw or by what people were saying. Also as with the woman at the well Jesus offered her more and asked her to sin no more. He did not judge these women by how their lives appeared or by the condemnation of men. Rather God saw them as broken vessels that needed to be freed and to live a righteous life there on out.
If only we understand the power and authority that is ours, that the heart of man has neither seen or imagined. To understand God is all we need to see the rest will come.
For us to take a hold of all of this – the ability to seek the kingdom of God, to live by discernment, wisdom and to desire the will of God. We need faith! There is no spirituality without faith. Faith without works (or action) is dead and useless. We can only believe in the future in spite of what we see in front of us when we know that God’s promise for the future is better than today’s reality.
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“Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see”. (Hebrews 11:1)
There is no spirituality without faith. You need to take action based on faith, based on what you are believing God and praying for.
Faith is the conversion factor what brings what you are hoping for into reality. If you don’t step out in faith then you are just one of the eleven disciples who stayed in the boat. No matter how spiritual you say you are, without taking action to back your faith …you cannot receive.
Mixing faith with action is what will make your red sea part in front of you.
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