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Choices Of The Heart Part 07 The Priority of God


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Growing in godliness is better identifying the right priorities and learning to live them out in practice.

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Choices Of The Heart Part 07 The Priority of God

  1. 1. Matthew 6:25-26 Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?
  2. 2. Matthew 6:27-29 Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.
  3. 3. Matthew 6:30-32 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘what shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.
  4. 4. Matthew 6:33-34 But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
  5. 5. A priority will bring BALANCE and ALIGNMENT to your life, but only if it is a HEALTHY priority. Growing in godliness is better IDENTIFYING the right priorities and LEARNING to live them out in practice. WORRY will lead to an imbalance for it will misdirect my PRIORITY from God to that which I am worried about
  6. 6. This passage is dealing with the tendency of worry to become ALL-CONSUMING and thus pulling our FOCUS from God. The difference between the pagan (v32) and the godly (v33) is not in the need for food and clothing, but the DEGREE of INTENSITY in which it is pursued. Seek FIRST is not, seek EXCLUSIVELY…
  7. 7. First does not necessarily mean, first in TIME, but first in IMPORTANCE. It is not only about DOING what God would have us do, but seeking to be the KIND of person God would have me be. …the greater my ALIGNMENT with God, the more GODLY I will be.
  8. 8. Please take a moment to fill out your Communication Card My Next Step Today is to: ( ) Do the home life help (in bulletin) ( ) Examine if my stated priorities match what is lived out as priorities in my life ( ) Meditate on scriptures that address areas where I tend to worry. ( ) Reflect on what it means to be in balance with priorities and alignment with God ( ) Meditate on Matthew 6:33-34 ( ) Other________________________