“Hear, O Israel [and all followers of the Living God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob]: The LORD our God the (unique) LORD, He is one in that sense that there is none like Him.
“And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.”
If our love grows cold He has grown cold within us. This is the danger of Matthew 24: 13-14.
The Father doesn’t just show love. God is love. Everything He contemplates, acts upon, and reveals to us, is from His being, His love existence. As Followers, we must enter into that kind of love existence. Believers only… can not achieve this state.
Failing to operate in His love is rejecting Him. I mean, once I receive His love and all it includes, if I reject an existence, a loving existence in Him toward others, all others, I not only reject them but Him also and what He did for me. It is also to reject the kingdom’s eternal principles that He has tried to prepare us for.
”But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” Matthew 6:33 (NKJV) A kingdom is defined by its principles. In this case, righteous principles.
This verse came to mind as I wrote in my journal. I went to look for it (in my bible) because I did not know exactly where it was. I opened randomly to this very verse. This kind of thing happens during my dedicated prayer time! God is my witness to these things. I believe He is leading me as I hear in spirit and write.
“…and all these things shall be added…” first includes the Way, Truth and Life of the kingdom, His righteousness! His kingdom and His righteousness are synonymous! We are to walk in His righteousness SO that we can enter into His kingdom by faith first here and then eventually forever.
Most of us remember Jesus said there are keys to the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 16:19) Those keys were encompassed in the law that He taught us. I paraphrase, “Look to heaven…Whatever you bind…”, If it is NOT allowed in heaven (bound) it is not allowed on earth. OR, If it is allowed in heaven (loosed) it IS allowed on earth.”
What we should seek in God and He definitely seeks in us is our willing and fervent daily preparing for His kingdom, by His righteousness. This is righteousness as taught by Jesus and demonstrated by Jesus which is then augmented or supplemented by the “all truth” the Holy Spirit guides us into and brings to our remembrance. (John 16:13 NKJV)
Quite necessary, having basic knowledge of “all these” things is only a beginning. Kingdom understanding, what Christ is calling us to, is to be implemented by us in this life. We are to prepare for eternity for the kingdom, by practicing what we believe, practicing our faith, which consists of “all these things” Jesus taught us.
Faith is defined by Webster’s New World Dictionary as “unquestioningly believe, specifically in God, a religion; also “complete trust or confidence, loyalty,” i.e. faithful.
So, what do we or don’t we, unquestioningly believe from the teachings of Messiah Jesus?
There is a reason why Jesus said, “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.”Matthew 7:21 (NKJV)
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