Kingdom Resources – Pt 1

By  Blake Higginbotham

Matthew 6:33 But seek first the kingdom of Yahweh and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. NKJV

Note: This passage of scripture if taken out of context implies that if you seek (put) first the kingdom of Yahweh that everything you need and want will be added to you. Is that what is says to you? What does this passage of scripture really say? Read it is context!

Matthew 6:19-34 “Don’t hoard treasure down here where it gets eaten by moths and corroded by rust or—worse!—stolen by burglars. 20 Stockpile treasure in heaven, where it’s safe from moth and rust and burglars. 21It’s obvious, isn’t it? The place where your treasure is, is the place you will most want to be, and end up being. 22“Your eyes are windows into your body. If you open your eyes wide in wonder and belief, your body fills up with light. 23If you live squinty-eyed in greed and distrust, your body is a dank cellar. If you pull the blinds on your windows, what a dark life you will have! 24 “You can’t worship two gods at once. Loving one god, you’ll end up hating the other. Adoration of one feeds contempt for the other. You can’t worship God and Money both. 25“If you decide for God, living a life of God-worship, it follows that you don’t fuss about what’s on the table at mealtimes or whether the clothes in your closet are in fashion. There is far more to your life than the food you put in your stomach, more to your outer appearance than the clothes you hang on your body. 26Look at the birds, free and unfettered, not tied down to a job description, careless in the care of God. And you count far more to him than birds.27“Has anyone by fussing in front of the mirror ever gotten taller by so much as an inch? 28All this time and money wasted on fashion—do you think it makes that much difference? Instead of looking at the fashions, walk out into the fields and look at the wildflowers. They never primp or shop, 29but have you ever seen color and design quite like it? The ten best-dressed men and women in the country look shabby alongside them.30“If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? 31What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving32People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. 33 Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.34“Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes. TMSG

  • How was the ministry and travels of Yahshua and His disciples funded?

Luke 8:1-3 Now it came to pass, afterward, that He went through every city and village, preaching and bringing the glad tidings of the kingdom of Yahweh. And the twelve were with Him, 2and certain women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities—Mary called Magdalene, out of whom had come seven demons, 3and Joanna the wife of Chuza, Herod’s steward, and Susanna, and many others who provided for Him from their substance. (Resources) NKJV

many others who were supporting them from their possessions. HCSB

many others who were contributing to their support out of their private means. NASB

many others who were contributing from their private means to the support of Jesus and his disciples. TLB

many other women who used their own resources to help Jesus and his disciples. GNT

many others who were contributing their own resources to support Jesus and his disciples. NLT

  • How were believers and families of the local work provided for in the early Ekklesia?

Acts 2:45-47 Everyone around was in awe—all those wonders and signs done through the apostles!   44And all the believers lived in a wonderful harmony, holding everything in common.   45They sold whatever they owned and pooled their resources so that each person’s need was met.   46They followed a daily discipline of worship in the Temple followed by meals at home, every meal a celebration, exuberant and joyful,   47as they praised God. People in general liked what they saw. Every day their number grew as God added those who were saved. The Message Bible

  •  How were the poor families in other regions provided for in the early Ekklesia

 2 Corinthians 9:6-10 Remember this—a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop. 7You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.” 8And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others. 9As the Scriptures say, “They share freely and give generously to the poor. Their good deeds will be remembered forever.”10For God is the one who provides seed for the farmer and then bread to eat. In the same way, he will provide and increase your resources and then produce a great harvest of generosity in you. NLT

2 Corinthians 11:7-9 Is it a sin that I abased myself in order for you to be exalted, in that I proclaimed God’s Good News to you without fee or reward?   8Other Churches I robbed, receiving pay from them in order to do you service.   9And when I was with you and my resources failed, there was no one to whom I became a burden—for the brethren when they came from Macedonia fully supplied my wants—and I kept myself from being in the least a burden to you, and will do so still. MSNT

Romans 12:9-13 Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good.10Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; 11not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord;12rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer;13distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality.

 Luke 6:38 –Give, and {GIFTS} will be given YOU, good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over will they pour in (the pouch formed by) the bosom (of the robe and used as a bag). For with what measure YOU deal out – that is, with the measure YOU use when YOU confer benefit on others – it will be measured back to YOU. Amplified Bible

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