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Perspective Adjustments

 

Matthew 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and HIS righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

This past week God adjusted my perspective in two significant ways.

Years ago, God opened my eyes to the powerful truth of Matthew 6:33. If I simply focused on seeking Him and His righteousness, then He would take care of the rest. I lived by this truth and put all aside and sought Him. The freedom was remarkable, and He did take care of everything else. My focus would wane here and there, but for the most part it was on seeking His kingdom and His righteousness.

But lately my perspective started to alter and stay in that altered state. As God exposed my heart this past week, it unveiled the two areas that had slipped to the top of my seeking heart instead of His kingdom and His righteousness.

Matthew 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

First, I started putting seeking my life purpose above seeking His kingdom (His presence) in my life. I was getting too wrapped up and anxious about the next steps. God reminded me that seeking Him comes first, then all else follows. When we seek Him, we are able to trust Him with the rest. We are able to let go and know He is leading and guiding us in the perfect way right now.

When we seek God’s kingdom, our focus is on His love among His other characteristics. We can let go and trust God with areas of our lives, like our life purpose, when we trust in His love toward us. If we deeply believe in His love, then we would never worry or be anxious for anything. We would pray and trust all to His care. We would let go of all concern, trust He is working it out in our lives, and fall into His arms, free without holding onto anything.

However, when we doubt His love, we hold onto our ways and expectations of how our life should be playing out. We get nervous, anxious, and doubt He is in the midst of our situation. We question if He is helping us or wants to. We aren’t able to trust in His ways, which are very different from our own. We aren’t able to fully trust He will fulfill our desires like living a purposeful and meaningful life, good health, fulfilling relationships, emotional deliverance, and provision. Therefore, we try to take control, push forward and hold onto our methods and ideas because we think life isn’t playing out as it should if He was helping us. We intervene trying to make our life fit how we think it should be moving forward.

God reminded me that all is secondary to seeking His Kingdom. If we seek Him then the rest follows as it should. When we seek His kingdom, our focus is on Him and all that He is.

Joel 2:13b And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the Lord your God: for he is gracious and merciful , slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil.

This morning God impressed this verse upon me. Do I really trust in His great kindness, mercy, grace, and patience in my life? If I do, why am I worried or anxious about anything? When we seek and focus on God, our trust grows in His immense love and we are able to let go of what we are holding onto other than Him because we know He has us in His protective embrace.

God tells us He is a good Father and knows our needs and will provide for them. We are to put everything in His trust and focus on seeking a deep relationship with Him. Matthew 6:24-32, Matthew 7:11

Matthew 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and HIS righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

Second, in seeking for healing in a particular area, my focus moved from being on God’s righteousness to my own. My obedience was about my righteousness, not love. My healing was about my righteousness, not His love. If I obeyed God near perfectly in a particular area, then I’ll be healed – was what I thought. By focusing on my obedience as the solution to being healed, my thoughts were about my righteousness not His.

Now, sin can be connected to health issues. Sin corrupts, destroys, decays. And when we are walking in sin then our bodies can suffer for it. Sometimes we suffer in our bodies to draw attention to a sin we are living in that we need to repent of and seek deliverance from. Sin hurts us and others. God doesn’t want us living in it blindly as we sometimes do. Physical aliments can be a way to get our attention that something is amiss in our spirit. However, healing comes from the acceptance of God’s love and mercy toward us, nothing that we do. We trust in His mercy alone, in Christ’s righteousness that covers us for healing. When it was about me walking in “perfect” obedience for healing, it became about my righteousness. God doesn’t want us to be slaves of righteousness, but sons of righteousness – (meaning we are righteous because we are born of Him)

God also reminded me that all I do is to be driven by love. 1 Corinthians 16:14 We are to be obedient to His Word, but the motive of the heart is love nothing else – like punishment and reward. I needed to let go of the punishment and reward focus in this area and let my attention rest on letting His love flow through me for what He was asking me to do. Obedience is about love. John 14:23 We do what we do because we love God.

Instead of trusting in my obedience (my righteousness) for healing, I needed trust in Christ’s righteousness, and then walk according to His ways out of love not punishment and reward.

With these two adjustments of focusing on seeking His kingdom and His righteousness, incredible burdens were lifted. I had no idea now much I was carrying. I’m so thankful for the Spirit’s instruction in these areas – truly an incredible week.

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Author: Rachel

My passion is cultivating a deep relationship with God and helping others to do the same. I LOVE sharing with others insights that God has taught me and hearing what God has taught them... thus my blog, Stirring the Deep. My focus is on a relationship, not a religion. Life is in the relationship. I believe in a balance and unity of body, mind and spirit. I feel it's important to nurture all three for they all affect each other. I try to live in the present, where the Holy Spirit is. And I try to do all with the motive of love. I've come to believe life is a journey and not a destination. It isn't about perfection, is it about growth.

14 thoughts on “Perspective Adjustments

  1. I had a thought today while clearing some land for sale. I had mowed the open areas and some paths into the woods last week. Today I went out and walked the paths with snippers to clear limbs that would be in someone’s walk path. As I was clipping, I thought, if they will just stay on the paths I have cleared for them all will be well. I had gone ahead of them to remove all obstacles so that their walk would be enjoyable.

    It is not easy sometimes. I too want to get ahead and take off in a direction. But I am learning . . . He is working to clear a path for me. He is working to clear the obstacles so that my walk will be enjoyable.

  2. I’m so sorry to hear that you’re sick, I prayed that God will heal you, but sometimes it’s not his plan to intercede directly. God lets us suffer sometimes to test our faith, we’ve got to realize He still loves us in the tough times.

    You mentioned living in God’s presence, and in the interest of Christian culture I really must recommend this novel:

    http://www.answersingenesis.org/PublicStore/product/Deadly-Disclosures-novel,6462,321.aspx

    We need Christian culture. We’ve got to stop pumping money into secular movies and books; they are brainwashing the nation away from Christ through entertainment, and many Christians are funding the secular/Satanic effort. When we start “having fun with God,” making Him the center not just of prayer time, but of the joy/entertainment in our lives, then we’ll begin to connect our prayer time experiences to the rest of the day.

    Not only is this exciting story written by a Christian, its message upholds the authority of Scripture with spiritual and intellectual strength. I think any Christian would love reading this, please prayerfully consider purchasing and sharing the novel. I’m promoting it (and I recommend that you do the same) because it’s a wonderful open door for sharing Christ. Everyone enjoys a good novel, though they may not wish to hear us preach. Offering a friend this mystery novel is an intelligent way to cast an “invisible net” for “fishers of men.”

    The website selling this novel also has many helpful articles and videos to strengthen your faith and share with others.

    Take care.

    • Thanks for your prayers – I absolutely feel it is about trust and thanks for sharing the information on the novel . . . I’ll check it out!

  3. I’ve also been seeking first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness. I’ve been hearing/seeing more & more of this in the last few years. Not so much in the established religious churches, but individuals like yourself. I believe that His Spirit has awakened the church and that in these last days, there is a searching/seeking/desire growing in His people.
    Have you run across His Holy Church with Brother Gregory. I found him at hisholychurch.com, I don’t even know how I found out about him anymore, but as I’ve been reading his (rather extensive) library of articles, seeking first the kingdom of God and His righteousness is also what he talks a lot about. Thank you for your sharing with me and others.

    • Hi Tom – thanks for your comment – I too have seen an increase in the hearts in a remant of God’s people – they are hungering for more and diving into His Word and discovering a relationship they never knew before. It is incredible. I haven’t heard of Brother Gregory – thanks for sharing. I’ll check it out.

  4. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful post. Sorry you have not been feeling well. Blessings to you and yours.

  5. How exciting for you, Rachel! I always enjoy reading how the Spirit is working in His role as teacher in your life. It’s true that seeking the Kingdom should always be a priority, but what really stood out to me was your comments on seeking HIS righteousness. Several of the points you make about yourself, thinking your obedience in this area of your life was the answer, sounds so much like me. I think I sometimes focus too much on my own notions of what I should do or not do, and the determination to do/not do it, that I lose focus on Him and His goodness! Truly, we are so be SONS of righteousness (love that idea!) because we are born of Him and He is in us. Wonderful!

    • Hi Ruth – thanks so much for your comment! Yes, that idea has really struck me lately about being a son or daughter 🙂 of righteousness – not slaves. God wants us to be consumed in His love and mercy – it is the essence of having a child-like faith – complete trust in His goodness, not anything we do. It is a hard lesson to learn, but one of complete freedom when we do.

      I was listening to Bebo Norman’s song “Bring Me to Life” and these words struck me

      I want to run into the deep
      And let the deep call out to me
      I want to lose myself in Your love

      That about describes it.

      Have a wonderful weekend dwelling in His love. 🙂

  6. Nice blog…nice posts. I invite you to look me over and perhaps become a follower. I’d follow if you put a widget on your blog.

  7. Pingback: Preparing for God’s Calling « Stirring the Deep

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