Bible Study- Are You A True Believer? Matthew 6:33- AJ Iovino

Posted: June 26, 2012 in Devotionals & Bible Studies
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ARE YOU A TRUE BELIEVER?

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In Matthew Chapter 6, Jesus tells us something of the utmost importance.  This statement can be used by every Christian to check and see if they are living out their Christian lives in line with biblical truths.  The statement is made in Matthew 6:33 and I believe it is a major stumbling block for many of us that call ourselves Christians.  Jesus states, “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” (NIV).  We know from Matthew Chapters 5 through 7 that there are some of the most important and significant teachings in all the bible.  They are spoken by Jesus to throngs of people (The Sermon on the Mount).  These are the teachings of our creator and savior and should be studied, absorbed  and applied by all Christians.

The mighty statement of Jesus in Matthew6:33, puts the whole teaching of The Sermon on the Mount into perspective.  But as Christians are we seeking the kingdom and the righteousness of Christ FIRST?  Before anything else in our lives?  Let’s ask ourselves some questions:

-Do you feel secure in your faith? 

-Are you comfortable in your current walk with the Lord?

-Does Satan have a hold on you, allowing you to “practice religion”, but not go too far?

-Is it possible that you are in darkness and unbelief and do not know it?

-Has Satan set a snare for you?

-How can we avoid the snares?

-How can people move from a state of unbelief to true belief?

So many times in scripture we see examples of unbelief or not having faith.  Look at Matthew 17:14-23.  We see a man who has son possessed by a demon.  He explains to Jesus what was wrong and that the disciples could not drive out the demon.  Jesus replies in verse 17

“O unbelieving and perverse generation, how long shall I put up with you?  Bring the boy here to me.”  Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of the boy, and he was healed from that moment.

 

What went wrong?  Why couldn’t the disciples drive out the demon?  Jesus tells them in verse 20 that they had little faith.  He tells the disciples that faith the size of a mustard seed would be able to move mountains.  You may be asking yourself, these disciples did have faith, they walked and talked with Jesus every day.  Could it be that the problem was not their quantity of faith, but the quality?  When they were rebuking the demon did they seek first The Kingdom and Righteousness of Christ?  Maybe they were relying on their own strength.  Maybe they felt too secure in their own abilities.  Maybe they were too comfortable.  Friends, this same thing happens to believers today.  They become too secure in their human strength and fail to seek first the kingdom and righteousness of Christ.

Let us take a look into a passage of scripture showing one who did seek the kingdom and the righteousness first.  In Romans chapter 4:18-25 Paul says:

 Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, “So shall your offspring be.”  Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead—since he was about a hundred years old—and that Sarah’s womb was also dead.  Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.  This is why “it was credited to him as righteousness.”  The words “it was credited to him” were written not for him alone, but also for us, to whom God will credit righteousness—for us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead.  He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.

 

Friends, let Abraham be an example to us who are at the point of placing the kingdom and the righteousness of Christ second or third or fourth or fifth…..   We will live in defeat!  Satan will gain a foothold and his snare will have found it’s mark.  Instead let us look to the example of Abraham, who believed first in the kingdom and the righteousness.  Abraham experienced the victory even when all the “odds” said he was defeated.

So in all things:  Our relationships, at work, at home, school, with strangers, in foreign countries, in sickness, affliction and health, let us always seek first The Kingdom and The Righteousness of Christ.  This is the place each of needs to be to experience victory.  Also, let us each lovingly persuade others who may not be strong in their faith or may not believe at all, to seek The Kingdom and righteousness of Christ FIRST.  This is our duty and is not an option!  (Matthew 28:16-20).

In Hebrews 3:12-14, the author says:

“See to it, brothers, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God.  But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.  We have come to share in Christ if we hold firmly till the end the confidence we had at first.”

Satan will try to keep people in their unbelief:

“The God of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.”  2 Corinthians 4:4.

 

 

We need to do the following:

“So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen.  For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.  2 Corinthians 4:18.

You may be asking yourself, “OK, I understand I need to place The Kingdom and Righteousness of Christ First, but is it really that important?”

Look at Revelation Chapter 21 verse 8:

“But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur.  This is the second death.”

 

Only through placing The Kingdom and Righteousness of Christ FIRST will we be able to conquer unbelief and evil.  We do this by repenting of our sins and placing our faith and trust on what Jesus did for us on the cross.  Ask Jesus to come into our hearts and transform us with His Righteousness.  This is Kingdom living.  This is True Belief.

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