Understanding Righteousness Part 4

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

In my previous article, I wrote about how Matthew 6:33 applies to you if you have already been born again. You have done the first part which is to seek the Kingdom of God if you have declared that Jesus is Lord over your life.

I also shared that doing the latter part of our theme scripture(seeking God’s righteousness) in order to get our needs met entailed:

  • Meditating on the Word of God
  • Studying the Word of God
  • Fellowshipping with the Holy Spirit and other believers
  • And practicing the Word of God

Seeking God’s righteousness is about learning the kingdom behaviour or culture. Take for instance, immigrants who have been given permanent residency status in a country, based on certain pre-qualified criteria. For them to attain the status of citizen, it will be required that they learn about their new country to an acceptable standard. That is why in certain countries, immigrant residents applying to become citizens are usually made to write examinations to test their general knowledge of the laws, history and culture of their adopted country. Seeking the righteousness of God is that way too. After you come to the kingdom, you’ve got to learn the kingdom’s way of doing and being right.
In the kingdom of God, our Heavenly Father is the standard setter. He sets the standards by the Word of God. Our thoughts, words and actions are measured on the basis of His character revealed in the Bible; how He acts and reacts at any given time, and in any given situation. And so seeking (being intentional about imbibing) God’s “ways of doing and being right” like it says in the Amplified Version of Matthew 6:33 is the only way we get our daily provision in the Kingdom of God.

Here’s the first way:

Meditating on the Word of God

When we meditate on God’s word, it alters our consciousness from mundanity to reality. For example, let’s say you get a sick report from your doctor . As soon as you read the report you become conscious of whatever sickness was written in the report. In many cases, some people may not even feel the symptoms of the disease but they may start to say in their conversation from that time on: “I have so-and-so sickness”.

Whereas meditating repeatedly on a scripture like 1 Peter 2:24 will immediately supplant that sickness consciousness with a health consciousness. Before long, it will enter your awareness that by the stripes of Jesus, you were (notice the tenses) healed. You will have a mind shift and that’s when a miracle will be born.

You see, like God, your consciousness is your creative ability. God said, let there be light in His first proclamation and light became according to Genesis 1:3. He couldn’t have said let there be light if He wasn’t at first, conscious of what light was. The truth is that you can only create what you are conscious of.

Romans 8:6 says, “For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.”

Put in another way, it says, “…to be carnally conscious creates death; but to be spiritually conscious creates life and peace.”

Then it goes on to say in Romans 8:7 that a carnal mind (or consciousness) is enmity against God for it is not subject to the law of God, neither can be.

In Joshua 1:8, the Bible reveals the steps to supplanting carnal consciousness with a spiritual one.

It says,

This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.”

The word, ‘meditate’ means, ‘to ponder upon’ and ‘to mutter’. The very idea that we are to ponder upon and mutter the Word of God day and night suggests that God is after our minds; what we think about; or what we are aware of; and what we speak.

He wants us to be aware of and speak our healing; our dominion; our victory; our peace; our righteousness.

So take out your Bible and your notepads today. Get a couple of scriptures about whatever it is you want. If you’re sick in your body, google scriptures about healing and write them down. Ponder upon and mutter these scriptures morning and night until an awareness of your healing dawns on you. Trust me, you’ll know when it happens because you would have materialized your health.

To be continued….

Shalom!

P. N. Igbinijesu

 

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