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  • Writer's picture DaRhon Conner, D.R.E.

Have No Worries

“31 ‘So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ 32 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. 33 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.’ ” (Matthew 6:31-33 New Living Translation).

Verse 31 tells us that we are not to worry about what we are going to eat or drink, what clothes we will wear, or anything else that we need. This includes our need for love, companionship, concerns about our family, transportation, money, health, peace of mind, healing, deliverance, and the list goes on. The phrase, ‘these things’ is all encompassing. We are to have no worries about anything. That is a bold statement to some. It is an impossibility to others. There are those who don’t know how not to worry. It has become a lifestyle for them.

The bible directs us, however, to not worry about anything, but take all our needs to GOD in prayer asking HIM for what we need with thanksgiving (Philippians 4:6-7). We are to thank GOD for the answers to our prayers before we see them. We are to thank HIM for what HE has already done. We are to thank GOD for being GOD. We are to thank GOD for the blessing of being able to pray to a GOD Who answers. Our thanks results in a different mindset. It causes us to magnify GOD instead of the thing that has us worried. It acknowledges that GOD is bigger than my circumstance, and confirms that all things will work out for my good because I am HIS child (Romans 8:28).

This is a form of seeking GOD’s kingdom and HIS righteousness. It is what we are told to do in the Matthew scripture above. Seeking GOD’s kingdom means searching out how to do things the way GOD says they should be done.

What is a Kingdom?

The meaning of the word kingdom is embedded in the name itself, king and domain. A kingdom is the king’s domain. It is the area of the king’s influence and dominion, his culture, rules, and way of doing things. It is the meaning of “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10). The kingdom of GOD is the area where GOD’s will is carried out. It is where nothing is impossible and all things are possible with HIM (Mark 9:23; Luke 1:37). This is why a believer can walk into a room, get on a prayer line, or send a text, and the kingdom shows up with them. GOD's ambassador has just come on the scene, which means the power, authority, and presence of GOD has shown up!

Yet, this is an area, indeed a country where only born-again believers may enter and experience the provision of the king. Jesus tells Nicodemus that you can only enter the kingdom of GOD if you have had a spiritual rebirth through the Holy Spirit (John 3:5-7). This is a believers-only benefit. Citizenship in GOD’s kingdom guarantees us victory in every situation even if it looks like we’re losing, hurting, or lacking in the eyes of the world. Paul says that what we believe is foolishness to the world; but to us, Jesus the Christ is both the wisdom and the power of GOD (1 Corinthians 1:23-24). Belief in Him is what saves, and causes us to receive the Holy Spirit which gives us entry into the kingdom (Ephesians 1:13). He is our passport and id card.

Verse 32 of Matthew 6 goes on to say that it is the unbelievers who worry. It is they who search for what they will eat, drink, or wear. They stress out over the problems that life brings and the needs they have, seeking any way possible to get ahead, to make ends meet. Like the woman with the issue of blood in Mark 5, they will spend their last on solutions to problems that only GOD can solve, ending up both broke and still bound.

The verse also says that our Father in heaven knows all of our needs. GOD is our Father. HE is a good father. Good fathers give their kids what they need. GOD is not their Father because they don’t know HIM, claim HIM, or recognize HIM. They forfeit the right to be cared for. Through their unbelief they have been blinded by satan (2 Corinthians 4:4).

That is why Peter says, “9 The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent.” (2 Peter 3:9 NLT). Not only do we pray for unbelievers to come to a knowledge of GOD so that they are saved from hell; we also want to see others enjoy the blessed and abundant life that awaits all people who choose to be a part of GOD’s kingdom.

Again, verse 33 reminds us to search for GOD’s kingdom and HIS righteousness, and everything that we need will be given to us. Let that sink in for a moment. I need food, drink, clothes, money, health, peace, etc. Yet, I don’t search for any of that. Like a child in true form, I go find my Father. I look to the bible and do exactly what it says. I see what GOD has to say about all of my needs, and I find the same answer. GOD tells me to pray.

How to Pray

Jesus tells us exactly how to speak with our heavenly Father. “9 Pray like this: Our Father in heaven, may your name be kept holy. 10 May your Kingdom come soon. May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.” (Matthew 6:9-10 NLT). Before we get to any of our needs, before we ask GOD for anything, we are to pray that HIS name is kept holy. That we recognize the sanctity of GOD’s name. How HIS name embodies Who HE is. How HE is the Creator of all, the Master of the universe, the LORD Most High, none like HIM, none before HIM, HE Who always was, is, and is to come. The King of kings and LORD of lords. The great I AM. HE Who is holy, holy, holy. The LORD GOD Almighty. We are to pray that HIS name not be taken in vain, but revered, feared, and uttered with all the homage, respect, and awe that HE inspires.

Then we are to pray for the kingdom of GOD to come. We are to ask that GOD’s way of doing things, that GOD’s power and influence, that GOD’s culture come and take over the planet. We are asking for the earth to be colonized on behalf of the kingdom of GOD. And as HIS kingdom comes, we pray that GOD’s will is done on earth as it is in heaven. In heaven, GOD is worshipped 24/7. In heaven, everything is done according to the will of GOD. In heaven, there is no rebellion, sickness, lack, or tears. The bible tells us that we will have trials and tribulations on this planet until Jesus returns, but those difficulties are taken in stride as we bring the culture of heaven to earth and do things according to GOD’s commands.

Seeking GOD’s Righteousness

The final part of verse 33 also tells us to seek the righteousness of GOD. That means being in right standing with the LORD. This means that once we find GOD’s kingdom, which is HIS way of doing things, then we are called to righteousness or obedience. Those who obey GOD are in right standing with GOD. They are not operating in sin or rebellion. They do what the LORD says.

The Kingdom of GOD and righteousness is the same as knowledge and wisdom. Knowledge is information, and wisdom is how to apply that information. The kingdom gives us the information on how we should live, and righteousness is walking it out. Like the Philippians scripture above, the kingdom says not to worry about anything, but instead ask GOD for what we need with thanksgiving. We have the information, now the righteousness comes in when we actually give GOD our worries and our needs. In return, we receive peace.

Is the bible saying that if I hold on to worry and fear I’m being unrighteous? Yes it is. We will always be in right standing with GOD if we are obedient to GOD. Some may quote 2 Corinthians 5:21, and say that we are made righteous through Jesus. They would be correct. We are. That, however, is a righteousness that justifies us before GOD so that we are not condemned to eternal damnation in hell. We acquire that righteousness through faith in Jesus Christ.

The righteousness of Matthew 6:33 takes work on our part. The above righteousness depended on the saving work of Jesus on the cross and our faith in Him. This righteousness calls for us to walk out the holy life that GOD expects from us. It is faith in action. It is submission. We yield ourselves to the leading of the Holy Spirit, and as He guides us into behavior that pleases GOD, we follow wholeheartedly.

This is why the verse said to seek these things. We must put in the time to look for GOD’s way then apply it. It may not be easy at times, but the bible gives us encouragement. “7 ‘Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.’ “ (Matthew 7:7-8 NLT).

Whatever you may be going through today, be encouraged, Family! GOD knows your needs and is waiting to meet them. Come to HIM as a child, pray that HIS name is honored, HIS kingdom comes and HIS will be done; then make your requests with thanksgiving. Give all your concerns to GOD and receive HIS peace in return. Be blessed.

“16 Now may the Lord of peace himself give you his peace at all times and in every situation. The Lord be with you all.” (2 Thessalonians 3:16 NLT).

How to be Saved

Romans 10: 9-13

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. 12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. 13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved (KJV).

9 If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved. 11 As the Scriptures tell us, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be disgraced.” 12 Jew and Gentile are the same in this respect. They have the same Lord, who gives generously to all who call on him. 13 For “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (NLT).

Say the welcoming word to God—“Jesus is my Master”—embracing, body and soul, God’s work of doing in us what he did in raising Jesus from the dead. That’s it. You’re not “doing” anything; you’re simply calling out to God, trusting him to do it for you. That’s salvation. With your whole being you embrace God setting things right, and then you say it, right out loud: “God has set everything right between him and me!” 11-13 Scripture reassures us, “No one who trusts God like this—heart and soul—will ever regret it.” It’s exactly the same no matter what a person’s religious background may be: the same God for all of us, acting the same incredibly generous way to everyone who calls out for help. “Everyone who calls, ‘Help, God!’ gets help. (MSG).

Romans 5:8

8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (KJV)

8 But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. (NLT)

It is your belief that saves you, family. If you believe, you will speak what you believe and not be ashamed or embarrassed to do so, whether you are alone or among others. Simply talk to GOD. Say aloud to God:

“I confess all my sin, known and unknown, and ask You, GOD to forgive me. I believe Jesus was born of a virgin, crucified, died for my sins, and rose from the dead. I want Jesus to come into my heart to make me new in Him. I believe Jesus is Lord over my life and over everything that exists. Thank You, GOD for Your forgiveness. Thank You, Jesus, for making me Your own. Amen.”

You are now saved. You may not feel different or you may. Just know that the internal change is taking place once you uttered that prayer in faith. Day by day, you will begin to be transformed into whom GOD wants and created you to be. You will care more about the things of GOD than your own personal desires, and you will want to share the word of GOD when you have the opportunity. Begin to read your bible daily, and learn about GOD's will for your life. If you are not already a member of a local church, I encourage you to pray and allow GOD to guide you to the right fellowship for you. The pastor will help you grow in your gifts and talents so that you can begin to use them for GOD’s glory, and you and the other members will encourage and help each other along this journey with GOD.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

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