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Kingdom Life: Priority of the Kingdom

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  • - Tony Evans: We feel like
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  • with our world, our lives,
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  • our direction, our purpose,
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  • our relationships, you name it,
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  • and it looks like
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  • there's a whole bunch wrong.
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  • Today, I want to talk to you
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  • about the one thing,
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  • that if you ever get this
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  • one thing right
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  • it affects everything.
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  • Jesus says in Matthew chapter 6,
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  • verse 33, these words,
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  • "But seek first his kingdom
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  • and his righteousness
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  • and all these things
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  • will be added to you."
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  • Let me repeat that again,
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  • because this is the centerpiece
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  • of the sermon
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  • and it's the one thing
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  • that if this gets right,
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  • everything else falls in line.
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  • He says,
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  • "But seek first his kingdom
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  • and his righteousness
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  • and all these things
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  • The word I want to focus on
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  • is the word "first,"
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  • because once that word
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  • gets lost,
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  • your experience of God
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  • gets diminished.
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  • God and his kingdom
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  • demand to be first.
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  • Not to be one among many,
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  • but to be first.
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  • The problem in most of our lives
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  • is that God and his kingdom
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  • are not first.
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  • He's there,
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  • he's in the vicinity.
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  • I got a lot to do and he's one
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  • of the things I've got to do,
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  • but he's not first.
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  • Many people say,
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  • "Well, well, I don't have time,"
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  • but excuse me,
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  • you always have time
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  • for what's first.
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  • The only reason
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  • we don't have time
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  • because it's not first.
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  • This is not something he'd
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  • just like for you to consider.
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  • It is the crème de la crème;
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  • it is the sine qua non;
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  • it is the irreducible minimum;
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  • it is the
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  • non-negotiable reality.
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  • He says, "Seek ye first."
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  • I am not one among many
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  • 'cause I can be compared
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  • to no one.
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  • "Seek ye first
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  • the kingdom of God."
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  • If that is missing,
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  • then you have just identified
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  • the cause of everything else
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  • that's wrong.
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  • Stick with me.
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  • While we acknowledge God as God,
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  • we don't treat him like God.
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  • And because the God
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  • we acknowledge
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  • is not treated like God,
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  • the kingdom that he offers
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  • is not benefitted by us.
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  • "Seek ye first."
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  • First, not second,
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  • third, fourth or fifth.
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  • "Seek ye first
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  • the kingdom of God."
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  • Matthew 6:33 is it.
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  • He says, "Seek ye first
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  • the kingdom of God
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  • and his righteousness
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  • and all these things
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  • will be added unto you."
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  • That is the one thing
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  • that if you ever, if I ever,
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  • if we ever get that one right.
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  • It doesn't mean you won't have
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  • problems or challenges.
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  • It means things
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  • will be aligned in life
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  • because it will be aligned
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  • under his authority
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  • and under his rule,
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  • which is called the kingdom.
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  • Jesus makes an interesting
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  • statement in verse 21.
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  • He says,
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  • "Where your treasure is,
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  • there your heart will be also."
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  • That's interesting.
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  • "Where your treasure is,
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  • there your heart will be also."
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  • Don't misread that, 'cause
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  • most people quote it wrong.
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  • They quote it,
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  • "Where your heart is,
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  • there your treasure will be."
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  • He didn't say that.
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  • He says,
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  • "Where your treasure is,
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  • there your heart will be."
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  • So if you want to give God
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  • your heart, how do you know
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  • if he has your heart?
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  • He says, "Your heart
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  • follows your treasure."
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  • So if he doesn't
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  • have your heart,
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  • it's 'cause there's no treasure.
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  • Most of us have hearts
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  • that are in sync
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  • with Bank of America
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  • 'cause that's where
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  • much of our treasure is.
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  • In other words, your heart
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  • follows your treasure,
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  • but because God
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  • has not been placed first,
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  • there is no treasure,
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  • so there is little heart
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  • 'cause where your treasure is
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  • your heart
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  • will definitely follow.
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  • And he says the way you do
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  • that is I've got to be first.
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  • Here's a question,
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  • when you have to make a decision
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  • where do you go to first?
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  • When you have
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  • to resolve a problem,
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  • what solution
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  • do you look to first?
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  • When you need guidance,
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  • who do you talk to first?
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  • For so many people,
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  • so many Christians,
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  • God is the spare tire.
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  • He is the thing
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  • when nothing else has worked,
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  • and we wind up at God
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  • and want to know why our worlds
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  • are falling apart,
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  • because the key to everything
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  • is seek ye first.
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  • Do you go to God's Word first
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  • or do you talk
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  • to your friends first?
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  • Do you get God's perspective
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  • first or do you get
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  • the world's perspective first?
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  • The key to kingdom success
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  • or victory,
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  • living is this word, first.
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  • It is the prioritization
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  • of the rule of God
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  • in every area of life.
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  • The context
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  • in which he gives you
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  • this verse is critical.
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  • 'Cause notice what he says
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  • three times: in verse 25,
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  • "For this reason, I say to you
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  • do not be worried
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  • about your life"; in verse 31,
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  • "Do not worry then saying,
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  • 'What will we eat?'"; verse 34,
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  • "So do not worry
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  • about tomorrow."
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  • Watch this.
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  • Guess what putting
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  • God first solves?
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  • Your anxiety.
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  • If for no other reason,
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  • God addresses anxiety
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  • when he's first.
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  • When he's first,
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  • concern doesn't have to go
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  • haywire, 'cause worry
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  • is concern gone crazy.
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  • It's concern
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  • that's now controlling you.
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  • Concern is when
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  • you're controlling it.
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  • Worry is when concern
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  • is controlling you.
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  • So you can't sleep
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  • and you're dependent
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  • on all of this other stuff
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  • to give you the ability to cope.
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  • When God says, "If I was first."
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  • He goes on to say,
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  • you haven't seen a bird
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  • with an ulcer, have you?
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  • See, you haven't seen birds
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  • that have to take medicine
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  • He says, "The reason
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  • why you are shook up and worried
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  • is 'cause I'm not first
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  • so you got to take care of you."
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  • He says,
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  • "Don't worry, don't worry.
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  • Don't worry,
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  • but in order for that to apply,
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  • I have to be first."
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  • We worry about people,
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  • money, health, terrorism,
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  • economic conditions.
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  • He says the antidote to worry
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  • is me being first.
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  • See when you know where God is
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  • located it changes your anxiety,
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  • it changes your frustration,
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  • irritation, exacerbation.
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  • It--you manipulate
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  • the challenges differently
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  • because you're in sync
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  • and he's first.
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  • Of all the problems we face,
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  • you name the category,
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  • to live in perpetual defeat
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  • over it?
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  • You must ask the question,
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  • have I addressed God first?
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  • God says, "I want to be first."
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  • He says,
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  • "The first of your produce
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  • and the first of your family,
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  • the first of your cattle
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  • and the first--"
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  • In Deuteronomy 26, he says,
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  • "First, first.
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  • I'm first 'cause I'm God
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  • and my rule."
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  • He says, "Seek ye first
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  • the kingdom of God
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  • and his righteousness."
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  • There has been an accumulation
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  • of unrighteousness
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  • and it can be accumulating
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  • to the point
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  • where it is uncomfortable,
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  • but if you will let God
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  • do his work
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  • because you put him first,
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  • he can address the things
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  • that are growing in our lives
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  • that need to be removed,
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  • so that we can experience
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  • kingdom reality.
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  • Notice what he says in verse 22,
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  • "The eye is the lamp
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  • of the body;
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  • so then if your eye is clear,
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  • your whole body
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  • will be full of light.
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  • But if your eye is bad,
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  • your whole body
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  • will be full of darkness.
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  • If then the light
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  • that is in you is darkness,
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  • how great is the darkness.
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  • No man can serve two masters;
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  • for either he will hate the one
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  • and love the other,
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  • or he will be devoted to one
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  • and despise the other.
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  • You cannot serve God
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  • and mammon or wealth,"
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  • or secular treasures.
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  • He says, "The lamp," watch this,
  • 00:11:12.120 --> 00:11:14.280
  • "of the light is in the eye."
  • 00:11:15.090 --> 00:11:18.090
  • In other words,
  • 00:11:18.090 --> 00:11:20.110
  • your eyes give you the ability
  • 00:11:20.110 --> 00:11:21.290
  • to do everything else; see?
  • 00:11:22.080 --> 00:11:25.080
  • You can walk
  • 00:11:25.080 --> 00:11:26.100
  • where you're walking
  • 00:11:26.100 --> 00:11:27.040
  • 'cause you can see
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  • where you're going.
  • 00:11:27.250 --> 00:11:29.090
  • You can know
  • 00:11:29.090 --> 00:11:30.150
  • what you're grabbing
  • 00:11:30.150 --> 00:11:31.170
  • 'cause you can see yourself
  • 00:11:31.170 --> 00:11:32.160
  • getting it.
  • 00:11:32.160 --> 00:11:33.260
  • Your ability
  • 00:11:33.260 --> 00:11:34.220
  • to do everything else
  • 00:11:34.220 --> 00:11:35.200
  • is tied to your sight
  • 00:11:35.200 --> 00:11:38.110
  • because the eyes are the lamp
  • 00:11:38.110 --> 00:11:40.220
  • for the rest of you to be lit,
  • 00:11:40.220 --> 00:11:42.290
  • for the rest of you
  • 00:11:42.290 --> 00:11:43.240
  • to be illuminated.
  • 00:11:43.240 --> 00:11:44.230
  • But if the light goes out,
  • 00:11:44.230 --> 00:11:46.130
  • that is you lose your eyesight,
  • 00:11:46.130 --> 00:11:48.220
  • then the rest of you
  • 00:11:48.220 --> 00:11:50.050
  • loses the ability
  • 00:11:50.050 --> 00:11:51.070
  • to function properly
  • 00:11:51.070 --> 00:11:52.280
  • and normally,
  • 00:11:52.280 --> 00:11:54.080
  • because you can't see
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  • from the one thing you need
  • 00:11:55.190 --> 00:11:57.080
  • that gives you the ability
  • 00:11:57.080 --> 00:11:58.130
  • to do everything else.
  • 00:11:58.130 --> 00:12:00.260
  • "Seek ye first
  • 00:12:00.260 --> 00:12:01.260
  • the kingdom of God."
  • 00:12:01.260 --> 00:12:03.000
  • Now you got light so that
  • 00:12:03.000 --> 00:12:05.060
  • you know which way to go,
  • 00:12:05.060 --> 00:12:06.200
  • which way to turn,
  • 00:12:06.200 --> 00:12:07.120
  • which way to move,
  • 00:12:07.120 --> 00:12:08.100
  • which way to act,
  • 00:12:08.100 --> 00:12:09.010
  • which way to think,
  • 00:12:09.010 --> 00:12:09.230
  • which way to walk,
  • 00:12:09.230 --> 00:12:10.160
  • which way to talk,
  • 00:12:10.160 --> 00:12:11.100
  • which way to relate.
  • 00:12:11.100 --> 00:12:12.080
  • You know what to do
  • 00:12:12.080 --> 00:12:13.150
  • because the light is shining.
  • 00:12:13.150 --> 00:12:15.030
  • You lose that perspective,
  • 00:12:15.030 --> 00:12:17.040
  • no wonder
  • 00:12:17.040 --> 00:12:18.030
  • you're running into things,
  • 00:12:18.120 --> 00:12:21.120
  • tripping over things,
  • 00:12:21.120 --> 00:12:22.230
  • falling over things,
  • 00:12:23.040 --> 00:12:26.040
  • because that which is light
  • 00:12:26.040 --> 00:12:27.240
  • is now dark and you can't see.
  • 00:12:29.000 --> 00:12:32.000
  • You've ever gotten both--
  • 00:12:32.000 --> 00:12:32.290
  • you ever gotten soap
  • 00:12:32.290 --> 00:12:33.200
  • in your eyes, both of them,
  • 00:12:33.200 --> 00:12:35.090
  • in the shower?
  • 00:12:35.280 --> 00:12:38.280
  • You lose your balance,
  • 00:12:38.280 --> 00:12:40.130
  • you lose your equilibrium
  • 00:12:41.010 --> 00:12:44.010
  • because when the eyesight goes
  • 00:12:44.010 --> 00:12:45.160
  • everything else is in trouble.
  • 00:12:45.160 --> 00:12:48.060
  • Perspective is lost.
  • 00:12:50.060 --> 00:12:53.060
  • No, he says,
  • 00:12:53.060 --> 00:12:56.030
  • "I want you to seek first
  • 00:12:56.030 --> 00:12:57.140
  • the kingdom of God
  • 00:12:57.140 --> 00:12:58.290
  • and his righteousness,"
  • 00:12:58.290 --> 00:13:00.120
  • his standard,
  • 00:13:00.120 --> 00:13:01.080
  • because when you do,
  • 00:13:03.000 --> 00:13:06.000
  • don't pull up
  • 00:13:06.000 --> 00:13:06.240
  • to a fueling station
  • 00:13:06.240 --> 00:13:07.180
  • and put diesel in your car.
  • 00:13:07.180 --> 00:13:08.280
  • You ain't going nowhere.
  • 00:13:08.280 --> 00:13:10.250
  • You aren't going anywhere,
  • 00:13:10.250 --> 00:13:12.170
  • and the reason is your engine
  • 00:13:12.170 --> 00:13:14.030
  • has not been made
  • 00:13:14.030 --> 00:13:15.230
  • for that kind of fuel.
  • 00:13:15.230 --> 00:13:17.260
  • If you're a Christian,
  • 00:13:17.260 --> 00:13:19.180
  • your engine has not been made
  • 00:13:19.180 --> 00:13:21.100
  • for this world's
  • 00:13:21.100 --> 00:13:22.090
  • point of view, see?
  • 00:13:22.090 --> 00:13:25.020
  • But we keep pumping
  • 00:13:25.020 --> 00:13:26.050
  • the world into our image
  • 00:13:26.050 --> 00:13:28.180
  • that's been recreated in Christ
  • 00:13:28.180 --> 00:13:30.110
  • and wonder
  • 00:13:30.110 --> 00:13:31.030
  • why we're bumping along.
  • 00:13:31.030 --> 00:13:33.020
  • You're bumping along
  • 00:13:33.020 --> 00:13:34.030
  • because you're putting fuel
  • 00:13:34.030 --> 00:13:35.110
  • in a system
  • 00:13:35.110 --> 00:13:36.110
  • that the system rejects.
  • 00:13:36.110 --> 00:13:38.280
  • See the system rejects that.
  • 00:13:38.280 --> 00:13:41.210
  • The Spirit of God in you,
  • 00:13:41.210 --> 00:13:42.240
  • if you are a believer,
  • 00:13:42.240 --> 00:13:43.290
  • rejects the world's
  • 00:13:43.290 --> 00:13:45.170
  • point of view
  • 00:13:45.170 --> 00:13:46.100
  • when that point of view
  • 00:13:46.100 --> 00:13:47.170
  • is different
  • 00:13:47.170 --> 00:13:48.170
  • than God's point of view,
  • 00:13:48.170 --> 00:13:49.240
  • and we wonder
  • 00:13:49.240 --> 00:13:50.190
  • why we're sputtering.
  • 00:13:51.010 --> 00:13:54.010
  • 'Cause we're putting something
  • 00:13:54.010 --> 00:13:54.250
  • in that the system won't accept,
  • 00:13:54.290 --> 00:13:57.290
  • that God's kingdom
  • 00:13:57.290 --> 00:13:59.040
  • won't cooperate with.
  • 00:14:01.080 --> 00:14:04.080
  • Only one thing,
  • 00:14:04.080 --> 00:14:06.150
  • but it affects everything,
  • 00:14:06.150 --> 00:14:08.180
  • "Seek ye first."
  • 00:14:08.180 --> 00:14:11.010
  • Now, notice the verse before it,
  • 00:14:11.110 --> 00:14:14.110
  • verse 32,
  • 00:14:14.110 --> 00:14:16.210
  • "For the gentiles eagerly seek
  • 00:14:16.210 --> 00:14:18.220
  • all these things;
  • 00:14:18.220 --> 00:14:20.090
  • for your heavenly Father knows
  • 00:14:20.090 --> 00:14:21.120
  • that you need all these things."
  • 00:14:21.160 --> 00:14:24.160
  • Okay, watch this now.
  • 00:14:24.160 --> 00:14:26.250
  • "The gentiles," he says,
  • 00:14:26.250 --> 00:14:28.210
  • "the unbeliever,
  • 00:14:28.210 --> 00:14:29.210
  • the non-Christians,"
  • 00:14:29.210 --> 00:14:32.170
  • he says, "they're always
  • 00:14:32.170 --> 00:14:33.290
  • seeking for stuff, okay.
  • 00:14:34.170 --> 00:14:37.170
  • To seek means to energetically
  • 00:14:37.170 --> 00:14:39.220
  • go after something.
  • 00:14:39.220 --> 00:14:41.200
  • You know when you lose something
  • 00:14:41.200 --> 00:14:42.290
  • and you're seeking to find it.
  • 00:14:42.290 --> 00:14:44.270
  • If it's important,
  • 00:14:44.270 --> 00:14:46.190
  • you're turning stuff over,
  • 00:14:46.190 --> 00:14:47.200
  • you're going through
  • 00:14:47.200 --> 00:14:48.190
  • detailed effort to discover it
  • 00:14:48.190 --> 00:14:50.270
  • if it's something valuable.
  • 00:14:50.270 --> 00:14:52.150
  • He says, "All these things
  • 00:14:52.150 --> 00:14:54.080
  • the gentiles seek."
  • 00:14:54.080 --> 00:14:55.120
  • Now, look at what you have done
  • 00:14:56.150 --> 00:14:59.150
  • to seek success.
  • 00:15:01.030 --> 00:15:04.030
  • You've gone through
  • 00:15:04.030 --> 00:15:04.220
  • at least 12 years of school,
  • 00:15:04.220 --> 00:15:06.180
  • at most, at least
  • 00:15:06.180 --> 00:15:07.230
  • 4 more years of college.
  • 00:15:07.230 --> 00:15:10.080
  • So you've spent 16 years,
  • 00:15:10.080 --> 00:15:12.010
  • if you've gotten
  • 00:15:12.010 --> 00:15:12.240
  • a Bachelor's Degree,
  • 00:15:12.240 --> 00:15:13.180
  • seeking the ability
  • 00:15:13.180 --> 00:15:15.090
  • to make yourself employable
  • 00:15:15.090 --> 00:15:17.130
  • so you can earn money.
  • 00:15:17.130 --> 00:15:19.190
  • You have prioritized education
  • 00:15:19.190 --> 00:15:22.170
  • 'cause you're seeking
  • 00:15:22.170 --> 00:15:23.200
  • these things.
  • 00:15:23.200 --> 00:15:24.260
  • You're seeking a job, a career,
  • 00:15:24.260 --> 00:15:27.060
  • and gainful employment
  • 00:15:27.060 --> 00:15:29.210
  • because that's important.
  • 00:15:29.210 --> 00:15:31.200
  • You've got to earn a living
  • 00:15:31.200 --> 00:15:32.220
  • so you've got to qualify
  • 00:15:32.220 --> 00:15:33.280
  • for whatever it is you do
  • 00:15:33.280 --> 00:15:35.010
  • to earn that living.
  • 00:15:35.010 --> 00:15:36.110
  • But look at the energy.
  • 00:15:36.110 --> 00:15:38.140
  • Some have now gone further.
  • 00:15:38.140 --> 00:15:40.060
  • You've gone to a Master's Degree
  • 00:15:40.060 --> 00:15:41.130
  • or a Doctor's Degree,
  • 00:15:41.130 --> 00:15:42.180
  • or you've studied
  • 00:15:42.180 --> 00:15:43.230
  • something online,
  • 00:15:43.230 --> 00:15:44.220
  • or you've gone
  • 00:15:44.220 --> 00:15:45.150
  • to another trade school,
  • 00:15:45.150 --> 00:15:46.140
  • seeking to make yourself
  • 00:15:46.140 --> 00:15:48.210
  • more employable,
  • 00:15:48.210 --> 00:15:50.040
  • more beneficial,
  • 00:15:50.040 --> 00:15:51.220
  • so you can earn more money.
  • 00:15:52.000 --> 00:15:55.000
  • Okay, you've done that.
  • 00:15:55.090 --> 00:15:58.090
  • Look at what you've done
  • 00:15:58.090 --> 00:15:59.150
  • to do that.
  • 00:15:59.150 --> 00:16:01.020
  • Now, you've done all of that
  • 00:16:01.020 --> 00:16:02.110
  • to be a success
  • 00:16:02.110 --> 00:16:03.190
  • in the world's eyes.
  • 00:16:03.210 --> 00:16:06.210
  • To be a success
  • 00:16:06.210 --> 00:16:08.280
  • for whatever it is that you do.
  • 00:16:09.040 --> 00:16:12.040
  • And that's fine,
  • 00:16:12.040 --> 00:16:13.000
  • that's fine to want to do
  • 00:16:13.000 --> 00:16:14.250
  • what you do the best
  • 00:16:14.250 --> 00:16:15.270
  • that you can do it.
  • 00:16:15.270 --> 00:16:17.040
  • That's not the point.
  • 00:16:17.040 --> 00:16:18.090
  • The point is what's first.
  • 00:16:19.290 --> 00:16:22.290
  • I've got time to make myself
  • 00:16:22.290 --> 00:16:25.080
  • a successful career person;
  • 00:16:25.080 --> 00:16:27.230
  • I don't have time to make myself
  • 00:16:27.230 --> 00:16:29.190
  • a victorious Christian.
  • 00:16:29.240 --> 00:16:32.240
  • I've got time to make it
  • 00:16:32.240 --> 00:16:34.280
  • so that the world likes me,
  • 00:16:34.280 --> 00:16:37.040
  • want to employ me
  • 00:16:37.040 --> 00:16:38.160
  • and want to pay me;
  • 00:16:38.160 --> 00:16:39.270
  • I don't have time to make it
  • 00:16:39.270 --> 00:16:42.060
  • so God is proud of me.
  • 00:16:43.120 --> 00:16:46.120
  • I have time
  • 00:16:46.120 --> 00:16:47.120
  • to read my school book;
  • 00:16:47.120 --> 00:16:48.220
  • I don't have time
  • 00:16:48.220 --> 00:16:49.170
  • to read the Bible.
  • 00:16:49.170 --> 00:16:51.160
  • I have time
  • 00:16:51.160 --> 00:16:52.100
  • to talk to my friends;
  • 00:16:52.100 --> 00:16:53.100
  • I don't have time to pray.
  • 00:16:53.100 --> 00:16:56.030
  • I have time to serve my career;
  • 00:16:56.030 --> 00:16:57.250
  • I don't have time
  • 00:16:57.250 --> 00:16:58.170
  • to serve the kingdom of God,
  • 00:16:58.170 --> 00:17:00.230
  • 'cause that's just not first.
  • 00:17:00.290 --> 00:17:03.290
  • He says, "All these things
  • 00:17:03.290 --> 00:17:05.200
  • the Gentiles seek."
  • 00:17:05.200 --> 00:17:08.060
  • They go after it.
  • 00:17:08.060 --> 00:17:10.290
  • But then he says
  • 00:17:10.290 --> 00:17:11.190
  • at the end of verse 32,
  • 00:17:11.190 --> 00:17:13.050
  • "But your heavenly Father
  • 00:17:13.050 --> 00:17:14.100
  • knows you have need
  • 00:17:14.100 --> 00:17:15.180
  • of these things."
  • 00:17:15.180 --> 00:17:16.110
  • He doesn't say
  • 00:17:16.110 --> 00:17:17.010
  • their heavenly Father,
  • 00:17:17.010 --> 00:17:18.040
  • 'cause he's not talking
  • 00:17:18.040 --> 00:17:18.220
  • about them;
  • 00:17:18.220 --> 00:17:19.220
  • they're not Christians.
  • 00:17:19.220 --> 00:17:21.010
  • He says,
  • 00:17:21.010 --> 00:17:21.270
  • "They go after it but yo daddy,
  • 00:17:22.000 --> 00:17:25.000
  • yo daddy knows what you need."
  • 00:17:26.040 --> 00:17:29.040
  • Now, don't misunderstand me.
  • 00:17:29.280 --> 00:17:32.280
  • It's not wrong to prepare well,
  • 00:17:33.190 --> 00:17:36.190
  • to do your best at whatever.
  • 00:17:36.190 --> 00:17:38.150
  • The Bible talks about
  • 00:17:38.150 --> 00:17:39.080
  • excellence and excelling.
  • 00:17:39.080 --> 00:17:40.260
  • It's not wrong when you're doing
  • 00:17:40.260 --> 00:17:42.030
  • something for the glory of God,
  • 00:17:42.030 --> 00:17:43.170
  • you want to give it your best.
  • 00:17:43.170 --> 00:17:45.190
  • What's wrong
  • 00:17:45.190 --> 00:17:46.230
  • is when God is removed
  • 00:17:46.230 --> 00:17:48.230
  • out of the equation
  • 00:17:48.230 --> 00:17:50.040
  • of being first
  • 00:17:50.040 --> 00:17:51.060
  • while you're doing it.
  • 00:17:51.060 --> 00:17:53.180
  • That's what's wrong.
  • 00:17:54.070 --> 00:17:57.070
  • And many of us
  • 00:17:57.070 --> 00:17:58.030
  • are asking God to bless us
  • 00:17:58.030 --> 00:18:00.050
  • as we leave him out more,
  • 00:18:00.050 --> 00:18:02.060
  • help us
  • 00:18:02.060 --> 00:18:03.140
  • while we have less for him,
  • 00:18:03.140 --> 00:18:06.050
  • reward us while we sideline him.
  • 00:18:07.190 --> 00:18:10.190
  • And he says, "Seek ye first.
  • 00:18:11.250 --> 00:18:14.250
  • You're not to be
  • 00:18:14.250 --> 00:18:15.190
  • like the Gentiles that pay me
  • 00:18:16.030 --> 00:18:19.030
  • a little homage
  • 00:18:19.030 --> 00:18:19.230
  • every now and then,
  • 00:18:19.230 --> 00:18:21.060
  • go to church on Easter
  • 00:18:21.060 --> 00:18:22.060
  • and Christmas
  • 00:18:22.060 --> 00:18:22.290
  • or maybe they go every week
  • 00:18:22.290 --> 00:18:24.010
  • and give me
  • 00:18:24.010 --> 00:18:24.200
  • a living room experience.
  • 00:18:24.200 --> 00:18:25.260
  • You're not to be like them
  • 00:18:25.260 --> 00:18:27.080
  • because you don't belong
  • 00:18:27.080 --> 00:18:28.150
  • to their kingdom.
  • 00:18:28.150 --> 00:18:31.000
  • But seek ye first the kingdom
  • 00:18:31.000 --> 00:18:32.110
  • And then he closes
  • 00:18:39.120 --> 00:18:40.100
  • with verse 34;
  • 00:18:40.100 --> 00:18:41.180
  • "So do not worry about tomorrow,
  • 00:18:41.180 --> 00:18:42.250
  • for tomorrow
  • 00:18:42.250 --> 00:18:43.190
  • will care for itself.
  • 00:18:43.190 --> 00:18:44.250
  • Each day has enough trouble
  • 00:18:44.250 --> 00:18:46.020
  • of its own."
  • 00:18:46.020 --> 00:18:47.280
  • Most people are being crucified
  • 00:18:47.280 --> 00:18:49.040
  • between two thieves,
  • 00:18:49.040 --> 00:18:50.120
  • yesterday and tomorrow.
  • 00:18:51.190 --> 00:18:54.190
  • They kill because
  • 00:18:54.190 --> 00:18:55.130
  • of what happened yesterday
  • 00:18:55.130 --> 00:18:56.190
  • and they scared because
  • 00:18:56.190 --> 00:18:57.180
  • Do you know that today
  • 00:19:09.050 --> 00:19:12.050
  • is the tomorrow
  • 00:19:12.050 --> 00:19:14.050
  • you were scared about yesterday?
  • 00:19:15.090 --> 00:19:18.090
  • In other words,
  • 00:19:18.090 --> 00:19:19.130
  • you never run out of tomorrows.
  • 00:19:19.130 --> 00:19:22.070
  • There's always a tomorrow.
  • 00:19:22.070 --> 00:19:24.190
  • So until you learn
  • 00:19:24.190 --> 00:19:25.140
  • to make it today--
  • 00:19:25.200 --> 00:19:28.200
  • and the only way
  • 00:19:28.200 --> 00:19:29.130
  • to make it today
  • 00:19:29.130 --> 00:19:30.250
  • and not be all shook up
  • 00:19:30.250 --> 00:19:31.270
  • about tomorrow
  • 00:19:31.270 --> 00:19:33.030
  • is that the kingdom
  • 00:19:33.030 --> 00:19:34.080
  • has been put in place,
  • 00:19:34.080 --> 00:19:36.010
  • the rule of God
  • 00:19:36.010 --> 00:19:36.280
  • has been established,
  • 00:19:36.280 --> 00:19:39.030
  • the authority of God
  • 00:19:39.030 --> 00:19:40.120
  • has been positioned,
  • 00:19:43.120 --> 00:19:46.120
  • and you are a kingdom Christian
  • 00:19:46.120 --> 00:19:49.030
  • 'cause he's--the King is first.
  • 00:19:50.030 --> 00:19:53.030
  • I would like to challenge you
  • 00:19:53.030 --> 00:19:56.030
  • to change one thing
  • 00:19:56.030 --> 00:19:58.110
  • and watch that one thing
  • 00:19:58.110 --> 00:19:59.110
  • change everything else.
  • 00:20:00.130 --> 00:20:03.130
  • One of my messages on kingdom
  • 00:20:03.130 --> 00:20:04.220
  • is going to be living
  • 00:20:04.220 --> 00:20:05.210
  • a kingdom life as a single.
  • 00:20:05.220 --> 00:20:08.220
  • The only successful
  • 00:20:08.220 --> 00:20:09.240
  • victorious singles I know,
  • 00:20:10.160 --> 00:20:13.160
  • are singles
  • 00:20:13.160 --> 00:20:14.060
  • who have put God first
  • 00:20:14.190 --> 00:20:17.190
  • and has changed
  • 00:20:17.190 --> 00:20:18.160
  • how they operate single.
  • 00:20:20.290 --> 00:20:23.290
  • Couples:
  • 00:20:23.290 --> 00:20:26.210
  • Unless a man is willing to place
  • 00:20:26.250 --> 00:20:29.250
  • himself under kingdom authority
  • 00:20:29.250 --> 00:20:32.210
  • he will always be
  • 00:20:32.210 --> 00:20:33.120
  • living in conflict
  • 00:20:33.120 --> 00:20:36.050
  • because he's going
  • 00:20:36.050 --> 00:20:38.180
  • to the miserable brothers
  • 00:20:38.180 --> 00:20:39.260
  • who are just like him
  • 00:20:39.260 --> 00:20:41.250
  • to get advice
  • 00:20:41.250 --> 00:20:43.190
  • on how to be happy, and
  • 00:20:43.190 --> 00:20:45.270
  • how to make this woman submit
  • 00:20:45.270 --> 00:20:47.100
  • or whatever it is;
  • 00:20:47.100 --> 00:20:49.190
  • or she, because she won't submit
  • 00:20:49.190 --> 00:20:51.280
  • to the king,
  • 00:20:51.280 --> 00:20:53.240
  • is reacting to him
  • 00:20:53.240 --> 00:20:55.070
  • and rebelling against him
  • 00:20:55.070 --> 00:20:56.150
  • because she won't take
  • 00:20:56.150 --> 00:20:57.240
  • her position under God
  • 00:20:57.240 --> 00:20:59.130
  • and so everybody is in conflict
  • 00:20:59.130 --> 00:21:01.170
  • and nobody is saying
  • 00:21:01.170 --> 00:21:02.220
  • like Joshua,
  • 00:21:02.220 --> 00:21:03.240
  • "As for me and my house,
  • 00:21:03.240 --> 00:21:04.210
  • we will serve the Lord,"
  • 00:21:04.210 --> 00:21:06.130
  • 'cause he's not first.
  • 00:21:07.180 --> 00:21:10.180
  • And he must be first
  • 00:21:10.180 --> 00:21:13.050
  • as a single, as a man,
  • 00:21:13.050 --> 00:21:14.220
  • as a woman.
  • 00:21:14.220 --> 00:21:15.150
  • Whatever the situation,
  • 00:21:15.150 --> 00:21:17.000
  • he must be first.
  • 00:21:17.000 --> 00:21:18.090
  • This is not a request.
  • 00:21:18.090 --> 00:21:21.030
  • This is a demand.
  • 00:21:21.030 --> 00:21:22.050
  • But if he is first,
  • 00:21:22.290 --> 00:21:25.290
  • guess what he says,
  • 00:21:25.290 --> 00:21:28.090
  • "And all these things
  • 00:21:28.090 --> 00:21:29.080
  • will be added to you."
  • 00:21:29.190 --> 00:21:32.190
  • In other words,
  • 00:21:32.190 --> 00:21:33.210
  • "Yo daddy got yo back,"
  • 00:21:33.210 --> 00:21:36.020
  • 'cause he says
  • 00:21:36.020 --> 00:21:36.190
  • "your heavenly Father,"
  • 00:21:36.190 --> 00:21:37.130
  • that means your daddy.
  • 00:21:37.130 --> 00:21:39.070
  • Not God, yo' daddy.
  • 00:21:39.070 --> 00:21:42.050
  • Your heavenly Father
  • 00:21:42.050 --> 00:21:43.170
  • has got your back.
  • 00:21:43.170 --> 00:21:45.120
  • So you're fighting
  • 00:21:45.120 --> 00:21:46.140
  • like the gentiles to get ahead
  • 00:21:46.140 --> 00:21:48.190
  • when your daddy said,
  • 00:21:48.190 --> 00:21:49.150
  • "If you make me first,
  • 00:21:49.150 --> 00:21:50.100
  • I got your back."
  • 00:21:50.100 --> 00:21:52.260
  • A lot of us never see--
  • 00:21:52.260 --> 00:21:54.000
  • get to see
  • 00:21:54.000 --> 00:21:54.190
  • what God would look like
  • 00:21:54.190 --> 00:21:55.090
  • when God has our back 'cause
  • 00:21:55.090 --> 00:21:56.120
  • we out there tangling it up
  • 00:21:56.120 --> 00:21:57.160
  • with the gentiles.
  • 00:21:57.160 --> 00:21:59.250
  • You know,
  • 00:21:59.250 --> 00:22:00.200
  • it's a dog eat dog world
  • 00:22:00.200 --> 00:22:01.180
  • and that ain't no lie.
  • 00:22:03.200 --> 00:22:06.200
  • We tangling it up
  • 00:22:06.200 --> 00:22:07.190
  • with the gentiles
  • 00:22:07.190 --> 00:22:08.230
  • and we never know what it is
  • 00:22:08.230 --> 00:22:09.290
  • to see daddy overrule them,
  • 00:22:09.290 --> 00:22:12.050
  • 'cause it's a kingdom
  • 00:22:12.050 --> 00:22:12.280
  • that has a King.
  • 00:22:13.220 --> 00:22:16.220
  • In closing,
  • 00:22:16.220 --> 00:22:17.200
  • her name was Florence Chadwick.
  • 00:22:20.070 --> 00:22:23.070
  • Florence Chadwick
  • 00:22:23.070 --> 00:22:24.010
  • was a professional swimmer.
  • 00:22:26.050 --> 00:22:29.050
  • She swam the English Channel.
  • 00:22:29.090 --> 00:22:32.090
  • She decided to swing
  • 00:22:32.090 --> 00:22:33.130
  • the approx--
  • 00:22:33.130 --> 00:22:34.060
  • swim the approximately 26 miles
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  • from Catalina Island
  • 00:22:36.150 --> 00:22:38.190
  • off the California coast
  • 00:22:38.190 --> 00:22:39.240
  • to the shores of California.
  • 00:22:39.240 --> 00:22:42.210
  • So she got
  • 00:22:42.210 --> 00:22:43.130
  • in those chilly waters
  • 00:22:43.130 --> 00:22:44.120
  • and began swimming
  • 00:22:44.120 --> 00:22:45.070
  • for hours and hours and hours
  • 00:22:45.070 --> 00:22:47.050
  • on a very foggy day.
  • 00:22:48.070 --> 00:22:51.070
  • She came to a place
  • 00:22:51.070 --> 00:22:52.030
  • where she had to give up,
  • 00:22:52.030 --> 00:22:53.010
  • she couldn't go any further.
  • 00:22:53.010 --> 00:22:55.260
  • She waved the boat over
  • 00:22:55.260 --> 00:22:56.290
  • that was trailing her and said,
  • 00:22:56.290 --> 00:22:58.290
  • "I can't go any further,
  • 00:22:58.290 --> 00:23:00.130
  • I'm done."
  • 00:23:00.130 --> 00:23:03.130
  • After she got out of the water
  • 00:23:03.130 --> 00:23:05.070
  • into the boat, she was asked,
  • 00:23:05.070 --> 00:23:07.120
  • "Why did you quit?"
  • 00:23:07.120 --> 00:23:09.210
  • She said,
  • 00:23:09.210 --> 00:23:10.100
  • "Because I couldn't see.
  • 00:23:10.100 --> 00:23:12.250
  • It was too much fog
  • 00:23:12.250 --> 00:23:13.260
  • and I got discouraged.
  • 00:23:13.260 --> 00:23:15.100
  • I couldn't see."
  • 00:23:15.100 --> 00:23:16.110
  • Only to discover
  • 00:23:16.110 --> 00:23:17.100
  • when she got in the boat
  • 00:23:17.100 --> 00:23:18.110
  • she was less than one mile
  • 00:23:18.110 --> 00:23:19.120
  • from the California shore.
  • 00:23:19.120 --> 00:23:21.280
  • She was almost there.
  • 00:23:21.280 --> 00:23:24.060
  • But she was defeated
  • 00:23:24.060 --> 00:23:25.010
  • because she couldn't see.
  • 00:23:25.010 --> 00:23:27.230
  • She decided,
  • 00:23:27.230 --> 00:23:28.280
  • Florence Chadwick did,
  • 00:23:28.280 --> 00:23:29.280
  • to do it again sometime later.
  • 00:23:30.240 --> 00:23:33.240
  • She got in the water and swam
  • 00:23:33.240 --> 00:23:35.110
  • all the way from Catalina Island
  • 00:23:35.110 --> 00:23:37.090
  • all the way to the shores
  • 00:23:37.090 --> 00:23:38.210
  • of California nonstop.
  • 00:23:39.080 --> 00:23:42.080
  • But when she did it,
  • 00:23:42.080 --> 00:23:44.010
  • it was foggier
  • 00:23:44.010 --> 00:23:45.070
  • than the first time.
  • 00:23:45.070 --> 00:23:47.290
  • So she was asked,
  • 00:23:47.290 --> 00:23:49.150
  • "Well, it was foggier this time
  • 00:23:49.150 --> 00:23:51.020
  • than the last time;
  • 00:23:51.020 --> 00:23:52.030
  • the last time you quit,
  • 00:23:52.030 --> 00:23:53.190
  • why didn't you quit this time
  • 00:23:53.190 --> 00:23:55.040
  • when it was foggier
  • 00:23:55.040 --> 00:23:56.110
  • and you could see less?"
  • 00:23:56.110 --> 00:23:59.020
  • She said, "Because from the time
  • 00:23:59.020 --> 00:24:01.200
  • I got in the water
  • 00:24:01.200 --> 00:24:03.080
  • I put in my mind
  • 00:24:03.080 --> 00:24:04.200
  • a mental picture
  • 00:24:04.200 --> 00:24:05.290
  • of the California shoreline.
  • 00:24:06.050 --> 00:24:09.050
  • So every stroke I took
  • 00:24:09.050 --> 00:24:11.010
  • I was seeing the shoreline that
  • 00:24:11.010 --> 00:24:13.110
  • the fog wouldn't let me see.
  • 00:24:13.110 --> 00:24:15.270
  • So I had a vision of the unseen
  • 00:24:16.020 --> 00:24:19.020
  • in my mind,
  • 00:24:19.020 --> 00:24:21.040
  • and because I had a vision
  • 00:24:21.040 --> 00:24:22.140
  • of the unseen in my mind,
  • 00:24:22.140 --> 00:24:24.130
  • I was seeing something real
  • 00:24:24.130 --> 00:24:27.020
  • that I couldn't physically see
  • 00:24:27.020 --> 00:24:28.190
  • but I created this picture
  • 00:24:28.190 --> 00:24:30.100
  • and every stroke I took,
  • 00:24:30.100 --> 00:24:32.020
  • I took with that photograph
  • 00:24:32.020 --> 00:24:33.240
  • in mind of where I was going."
  • 00:24:34.200 --> 00:24:37.200
  • This world is a fog,
  • 00:24:38.010 --> 00:24:41.010
  • and if you try to make it
  • 00:24:41.010 --> 00:24:42.040
  • in this world,
  • 00:24:42.040 --> 00:24:42.280
  • it's going to distort
  • 00:24:42.280 --> 00:24:44.000
  • your perspective.
  • 00:24:44.000 --> 00:24:45.120
  • But if you could ever
  • 00:24:45.120 --> 00:24:46.110
  • get in your mind
  • 00:24:46.110 --> 00:24:48.020
  • to seek first the kingdom of God
  • 00:24:48.020 --> 00:24:50.000
  • and his righteousness,
  • 00:24:50.000 --> 00:24:51.190
  • you will find your ability
  • 00:24:51.190 --> 00:24:53.130
  • to make it through the fog
  • 00:24:53.130 --> 00:24:54.280
  • of this world order
  • 00:24:54.280 --> 00:24:56.100
  • and reach the other side
  • 00:24:56.100 --> 00:24:57.270
  • victoriously,
  • 00:24:57.270 --> 00:24:59.160
  • because you're no longer
  • 00:24:59.160 --> 00:25:00.210
  • controlled by what you can see
  • 00:25:00.210 --> 00:25:02.230
  • with these eyes.
  • 00:25:02.230 --> 00:25:03.250
  • You're controlled
  • 00:25:03.250 --> 00:25:04.210
  • by what you see with this eye
  • 00:25:04.210 --> 00:25:06.090
  • based on the rule of God
  • 00:25:06.090 --> 00:25:07.280
  • operating in your life,
  • 00:25:07.280 --> 00:25:09.200
  • and you will see even in the fog
  • 00:25:09.200 --> 00:25:11.160
  • of this world you can still
  • 00:25:11.160 --> 00:25:13.010
  • reach your destination
  • 00:25:13.010 --> 00:25:14.100
  • as a Christian.
  • 00:25:14.140 --> 00:25:17.140
  • That's what God
  • 00:25:17.140 --> 00:25:18.040
  • has called us to, "To seek first
  • 00:25:18.210 --> 00:25:21.210
  • the kingdom of God
  • 00:25:21.210 --> 00:25:22.180
  • - Tony: The unifying theme
  • 00:25:36.150 --> 00:25:37.160
  • of Scripture
  • 00:25:37.160 --> 00:25:39.050
  • is the kingdom of God.
  • 00:25:39.050 --> 00:25:40.280
  • God gets glory in the expansion
  • 00:25:41.010 --> 00:25:44.010
  • of his kingdom in history.
  • 00:25:44.010 --> 00:25:46.240
  • And so he wants that
  • 00:25:46.240 --> 00:25:48.230
  • to be prioritized.
  • 00:25:48.230 --> 00:25:50.130
  • When Jesus preached
  • 00:25:50.130 --> 00:25:51.100
  • the greatest sermon
  • 00:25:51.100 --> 00:25:52.080
  • ever preached,
  • 00:25:52.080 --> 00:25:53.110
  • the Sermon on the Mount,
  • 00:25:53.110 --> 00:25:54.290
  • the centerpiece of that sermon
  • 00:25:54.290 --> 00:25:57.100
  • is Matthew 6:33,
  • 00:25:57.100 --> 00:25:59.100
  • "Seek ye first
  • 00:25:59.100 --> 00:26:01.190
  • the kingdom of God
  • 00:26:01.190 --> 00:26:02.170
  • and his righteousness
  • 00:26:02.170 --> 00:26:03.160
  • and all these things
  • 00:26:03.160 --> 00:26:05.070
  • will be added to you."
  • 00:26:05.070 --> 00:26:07.100
  • If God's kingdom
  • 00:26:07.100 --> 00:26:08.210
  • is not prioritized
  • 00:26:08.210 --> 00:26:10.080
  • and his standards
  • 00:26:10.080 --> 00:26:11.090
  • are not actualized,
  • 00:26:11.090 --> 00:26:13.160
  • then God is not as invested
  • 00:26:14.180 --> 00:26:17.180
  • in what we want to do
  • 00:26:17.180 --> 00:26:18.290
  • because we're not prioritizing
  • 00:26:18.290 --> 00:26:20.170
  • what he wants done.
  • 00:26:20.170 --> 00:26:22.060
  • And what he wants done
  • 00:26:22.060 --> 00:26:23.170
  • is the advancement
  • 00:26:23.170 --> 00:26:24.200
  • of his kingdom.
  • 00:26:24.200 --> 00:26:25.160
  • The word, kingdom, means rule.
  • 00:26:25.160 --> 00:26:27.080
  • It means authority.
  • 00:26:27.080 --> 00:26:28.240
  • God wants to execute his rule
  • 00:26:29.060 --> 00:26:32.060
  • and demonstrate his authority
  • 00:26:32.060 --> 00:26:34.240
  • on earth as it is in heaven.
  • 00:26:34.240 --> 00:26:37.150
  • You remember the Lord's Prayer;
  • 00:26:37.150 --> 00:26:38.160
  • "Thy kingdom come,
  • 00:26:38.160 --> 00:26:39.180
  • thy will be done on earth
  • 00:26:39.180 --> 00:26:41.110
  • as it is in heaven."
  • 00:26:41.110 --> 00:26:42.250
  • So God wants earth
  • 00:26:42.250 --> 00:26:44.010
  • to reflect heaven,
  • 00:26:44.010 --> 00:26:45.280
  • and that is a kingdom issue.
  • 00:26:45.280 --> 00:26:48.100
  • So God's call
  • 00:26:48.100 --> 00:26:49.190
  • is for every Christian
  • 00:26:49.190 --> 00:26:50.250
  • to be kingdomized,
  • 00:26:50.250 --> 00:26:52.260
  • to become so kingdom consumed
  • 00:26:52.260 --> 00:26:54.280
  • and oriented,
  • 00:26:54.280 --> 00:26:56.120
  • that they view everything
  • 00:26:56.120 --> 00:26:58.210
  • through the lens of the kingdom
  • 00:26:58.210 --> 00:27:00.160
  • and are seeking to advance
  • 00:27:00.160 --> 00:27:01.270
  • God's rule
  • 00:27:01.270 --> 00:27:02.260
  • in every aspect of their lives.
  • 00:27:02.260 --> 00:27:05.170
  • God can't do certain things;
  • 00:27:05.170 --> 00:27:08.060
  • he can't sin, he can't lie.
  • 00:27:08.060 --> 00:27:09.190
  • Let me tell you something else
  • 00:27:09.190 --> 00:27:10.120
  • he can't do: he can't be second.
  • 00:27:10.120 --> 00:27:12.190
  • So when you make his purpose,
  • 00:27:12.290 --> 00:27:15.290
  • kingdom and righteousness second
  • 00:27:15.290 --> 00:27:17.250
  • then what you're doing
  • 00:27:17.250 --> 00:27:18.250
  • is something God can't do
  • 00:27:18.250 --> 00:27:20.120
  • because by nature
  • 00:27:20.120 --> 00:27:21.180
  • he is the first
  • 00:27:21.180 --> 00:27:23.070
  • in all categories.
  • 00:27:23.070 --> 00:27:24.250
  • So prioritize the kingdom
  • 00:27:24.250 --> 00:27:26.160