Daniel Fast 2023

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Message Text

Matt. 6:25-34

‘Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? ‘And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labour or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendour was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you – you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, “What shall we eat?” or “What shall we drink?” or “What shall we wear?” For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Message Notes

1. First things first.

Jesus instructs us, in the midst of everything that is going on, to seek the Kingdom of God first before everything else.
Prioritize and execute.

Make what God is doing every day a priority in all of my circumstances.

“your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”

2. The first thing is not contingent on any second thing.

Our circumstances should never move the first thing from first place.

When things get difficult we abandon the first thing and replace it with something that never moves us forward.

Worry and anxiety are never roommates with seeking God.

2 Corinthians 12:7-10
Phillipians 1:12-26

3. Concentrate on today.

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

If you are constantly anxious about tomorrow you will miss everything about today.

Lamentations 3: 22 Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. 23 They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

What would seeking God’s righteousness look like in my marriage today?

What would seeking God’s righteousness look like in my job today?

What would seeking God’s righteousness look like in my family today.