Those are the words of our Lord and King. The Lord Jesus reduces the issues of life to two things:
His Kingdom and His Righteousness. That is correct; anything else in this life is a byproduct. Remember, a kingdom always reflects the nature of its king. In the same way, we as citizens of the Kingdom must reflect the principles and standards of our King.
Joining a religion or church won’t solve your problems. In most cases it will add to them. Seeking His Kingdom requires us to read and study His Word and setting time for Him to communicate with you in the way He chooses. The Lord Jesus did this quite often, especially after He had ministered to a crowd of people. He made it a point to get alone and speak with His Father God. Before daybreak the next morning, Jesus got up and went out to an isolated place to pray…. Immediately after this, Jesus insisted that his disciples get back into the boat and cross to the other side of the lake, while He sent the people home. After sending them home, He went up into the hills by himself to pray. Night fell while He was there alone.
Remember this one thing, the Son of the living God, took time out of His busy day to speak with His Father. But despite Jesus’ instructions, the report of His power spread even faster, and vast crowds came to hear Him preach and to be healed of their diseases. But Jesus often withdrew to the wilderness for prayer.
Righteousness is the nature and defining characteristic of the Kingdom of the living God, nothing short of that! With His Kingdom comes His Righteousness. You can’t inhabit His Kingdom without it. In the New Testament of the Lord God’s Constitution, the basic Greek word for righteousness is Dikaios. It is a powerful word that means “those who are upright, just, righteous, conforming to the Lord God’s laws”. I don’t usually bring up Greek words, but this one is exceptional. It also carries the quality of being without prejudice or partiality. By the way, there is another word that is related, “dikaiesune”. It means righteousness or uprightness. In the Old Testament of the Lord God’s Constitution, there are two related Hebrew words, “sedeq” (justice) and “sedaqah” (righteousness) are legal terms, not religious terms. They signify justice in conformity with the legal corpus. Read what the Lord God said to Moses: You shall appoint judges and officers in all your gates, which the Lord your God gives you, according to your tribes, and they shall judge the people with just judgment. You shall not pervert justice; you shall not show partiality, nor take a bribe, for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and twists the words of the righteous. You shall follow what is altogether just, that you may live and inherit the land which the Lord your God is giving you. NKJV Again, the Lord God declared His righteousness to His representative Jeremiah in the midst of giving His judgment to evil Kings. Thus says the Lord: “Go down to the house of the king of Judah, and there speak this word, and say, ‘Hear the word of the Lord, O king of Judah, you who sit on the throne of David, you and your servants and your people who enter these gates! Thus says the Lord: “Execute judgment and righteousness, and deliver the plundered out of the hand of the oppressor. Do no wrong and do no violence to the stranger, the fatherless, or the widow, nor shed innocent blood in this place. NKJV
By the way, the phrase “legal corpus” means the body of law that runs a country. Read what the Queen of Sheba stated to King Solomon: She exclaimed to the king, “Everything I heard in my country about your achievements and wisdom is true! I didn’t believe what was said until I arrived here and saw it with my own eyes. In fact, I had not heard the half of it! Your wisdom and prosperity are far beyond what I was told. How happy your people must be! What a privilege for your officials to stand here day after day, listening to your wisdom! Praise the Lord your God, who delights in you and has placed you on the throne of Israel. Because of the Lord’s eternal love for Israel, he has made you king so you can rule with justice and righteousness.” Do you recall what the Psalmist stated in the Lord God’s Constitution? I have done justice and righteousness; do not leave me to my oppressors. NKJV Keep this thought in mind. The source of justice comes from the Lord God Himself. By me kings reign, and rulers decree justice. NKJV Always keep this thought in mind: Heaven is a country, an invisible country, but still a country nonetheless.
Remember, your faith in the Lord Jesus the Christ is your greatest asset in the Kingdom!
Matthew 6:33 Mark 1:35 Matthew 14:22-23 Luke 5:15-16 Deuteronomy 16:18-20 Jeremiah 22:1-3 1 Kings 10:6-9
Psalm 119:121 Proverbs 8:15 All NLT except where noted
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