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Seek First the Kingdom

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. —Matthew 6:33

There is nothing wrong with being middle class as long as the Christian who is middle class is not a snob and doesn't make somebody else feel second class. That was the danger in Corinth; there were middle-class people who treated the poor as second class, and that's why God dealt with them severely (1 Cor. 11:17-32).This warning came not because they were wealthy, but because they mistreated people. If a money problem is not your thorn in the flesh today, remember that it could be tomorrow. God can take it all away from you, just like that!

Are you greedy? Do you want to get rich? God in heaven may be folding His arms and saying, "Really?" Some Christians cannot get ahead financially. I am going to tell you why. God won't let them. He is doing them an enormous favor, because it could destroy them. They already have trouble handling money, and they think, Well, if I had a little more. Almost certainly, if they had a little more they would be deeper in debt. This is the way most of us are. We are, by nature, greedy. Very few people, truly, can handle money.

Matthew 6:33 was my father's favorite verse. He never became wealthy, but he was never really poor. Perhaps you reach out for those things that are to be added, but you have it all wrong. You may say, "If I had a little bit more, I will give more time to God. If I get this much money, then I am going to start going to church more and reading my Bible more." Wrong! You will never do it! Pursue righteousness and godliness first. Take time to be alone with Him, and then all these other things will just be there!

Excerpted from The Thorn in the Flesh (Charisma House, 2004). read more

Passing the Test

Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life. —James 1:12 read more

Vindication

At the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. —Philippians 2:10-11 read more

The Ultimate Goal of Obedience

Jesus gave them this answer: "I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does." —John 5:19 read more

Coping With Sudden Change

Have no fear of sudden disaster or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked, for the Lord will be your confidence. —Proverbs 3:25-26 read more

God's Call to Humility

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. —Philippians 2:3 read more

Perfect Parenting

Our fathers disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, that we may share in his holiness. —Hebrews 12:10 read more

Chosen by God

Who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and sprinkling by his blood... —1 Peter 1:2 read more

The Promise of Gratitude

In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. —1 Peter 1:6 read more

True Success

Though I am free and belong to no man, I make myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible. —1 Corinthians 9:19 read more

Disappointed With a Word From God

Naaman's servants went to him and said, "My father, if the prophet had told you to do some great thing, would you not have done it? How much more, then, when he tells you, 'Wash and be cleansed'!" —2 Kings 5:13 read more

Put Away Childish Things

When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. —1 Corinthians 13:11 read more

True Perception

Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me. —John 17:25 read more

True Motivation

Then I said, "Here I am—it is written about me in the scroll—I have come to do your will, O God." —Hebrews 10:7 read more

Loving Your Enemies

But I tell you: Love your enemies. ... If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? —Matthew 5:44, 46 read more

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