Seek Ye First – Receive Your Kingdom Privileges

Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field. ~ Matt. 13:44

Most of us have a cursory knowledge of the Bible. We often recite verses such as the 23rd Psalm and the Lord’s Prayer, but do we really believe what the words say? Have we ever made a dedicated attempt to understand our Kingdom privileges and claim our rights as Christians?

The word, testament, according to the dictionary, means a person’s will or desire. Our ‘Last Will and Testament’ enumerates our desires for disposition of property and assets to our loved ones. Testament can also mean tangible proof or evidence, such as “a testament of our love”.

When a relative died, my husband and I were named in the will. I have to tell you, we were excited! We began claiming our inheritance, making plans for it. That “Last Will and Testament” was our promise. We trusted that money would come to us even though we didn’t see it immediately. We believed because the will said so. We claimed it expectantly. And we never doubted we would receive. It was promised.

The Bible is God’s will and testament. The Old Testament details His covenant promises to the children of Israel. The New Testament enumerates and expands those promises and provisions for His born-again children. As Christians, members of the body of Christ, our names are included and our benefits are guaranteed. God promised. 

So, what do we know about the Kingdom?

  1. By His stripes we were healed. ( 1 Peter 2:24) The principle of divine healing is a Biblical promise. Jesus is forever the same, and ‘he went about doing good and healing every disease … (Matt. 4:23) No condition is outside His realm of power. But like everything in the Kingdom of God, it requires faith and patience to receive the benefit.  
  2. … God shall supply all your need (Phil. 4:19). The Bible clearly states that the borrower is servant to the lender (Prov. 22:7) God does not want his children to be slaves; He named us kings and priests! Learn to trust God to meet every need … exceeding abundantly above all you can ask or think (Eph. 3:20). Your cup runneth over! (Ps. 23:5)
  3. Call things that be not as though they were! (Is. 55:11) We are supposed to change our BE NOTs with words of confidence and faith. Since His Word does not return void (Is. 55:11), we need to say what He said. With diligence and consistency, we can create a new reality for ourselves. Whosoever shall say and believe … he shall have what he says (Mark 11:23).
  4. Give and it shall be given unto you, good measure, pressed down and shaken together, and running over … (Luke 6:38) God wants us to trust in Him, not in what we have. We must be willing to give away our time, talents, money and possessions. That the verse also says that men shall give back to us. God uses us to bless others – and them to bless us. Always be on the lookout for opportunities to be the blessing!
  5. Ask and ye shall receive (Matt. 7:7) This is the flip-side of ‘give’. God wants us to go to Him for our needs and desires, not our family, friends or employer. Ask Him. Trust Him. Believe that He wants to provide everything we need and give us the desires of our heart (Ps. 37:4).
  6. We are already blessed … with every spiritual BLESSING in heavenly places (Eph. 1:3) We are heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ.  (Rom. 8:17) Everything I will ever need has already been provided as a part of my inheritance. God wants to take care of His kids! I am BLESSED [like] faithful Abraham  (Gal. 3:9) The Bible clearly states that Abram (Abraham) was ‘very rich’ in physical possessions (Gen. 13:2). So are we if we seek Him first and stand in faith for the manifestation of our blessings.
  7. Tithing God reminds us in Malachi that not tithing is robbing God. How can we expect Him to give us His abundance if we’re stealing from Him? Tithing is a kingdom principle linked to outpour from the windows of heaven and protection from loss and destruction (see Mal. 3:8-11).
  8. Faith works by Love. Our attitudes and actions affect the flow of blessing in our lives. Are we following the precepts of I Cor. 13 – the Love Chapter? Are we fretful and touchy or loving and forgiving?
  9. Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He will do it.   (Ps. 37:4-5) Are we delighted to spend time with God? Are we happy to follow His instructions, to walk in love, to stay in faith, to not grumble and complain? Our outcomes are directly connected to our commitment.
  10. And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me unto his heavenly kingdom … (2 Tim. 4:18) As I seek first His kingdom, God offers me protection and preservation. We dwell in the secret place of the Most High and no weapon formed against us can prosper (see Ps. 91)

Seek ye first – seek to know and understand God’s ways – and all these things, the privileges, benefits and  blessings of the Kingdom, will be added unto you. There are privileges accorded to the citizens of the country where you live. God’s kingdom is no different. In fact, He created the concept of citizenship benefits.

Although this list is by no means complete, each of these promises equals a privilege – a benefit – of kingdom membership. By seeking God’s kingdom, staying focused on His principles and remaining dedicated to His ways, we will be blessed beyond measure.

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