HOW TO HAVE A HAPPY AND HOLY NEW YEAR/LIFE: PART 1 - SEEK GOD!
The first SERMON in this SERMON SERIES that I am suggesting that we subscribe to for a happy and holy new life can be found in the Gospel according to Matthew, Chapter 6:33, where Jesus teaches us, "But SEEK you first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you."
In other words, if we are serious about living and having a happy and holy life we must first begin by SEEKING GOD!
This is a "first thing first" theology. And the first thing we must do as we begin this New Year is to learn and yearn to SEEK GOD.
The word "SEEK" in this context means to :actively pursue" or "go after" God every day consciously, continuously, constantly and consistently.
We read in Jeremiah 29:13, "And you shall SEEK me and find me, when you shall SEARCH for me with all your heart."
We read in Hebrews 11:6, "No one can please God without faith, for whoever comes to God must have faith that God exists and rewards those who SEEK Him."
Please, please notice in order for us to SEEK the KINGDOM, we must first SEEK the KING. We cannot have a kingdom without a king.
Becoming and being a baptized believer is more than just accepting the Lord as our Savior, it is constantly, consciously and consistently SEEKING after Him.
Another note to point out is that it is not enough to SEEK the LORD but we must SEEK the Lord FIRST! The text says, SEEK you FIRST the Kingdom of God.
In other words the FATHER must be FIRST. God doesn't just want a place in our lives, God wants FIRST place in our lives.
-God wants the first moments of everyday.
-God wants the first day of every week.
-God wants the first 10% of every pay check.
-God wants the first fruit of our TIME, TALENTS, TEMPLE and TREASURE.
Not only must we SEEK God but we must SEEK His Kingdom. The word "kingdom" means literally "to rule, to reign, and to regulate". A kingdom is the place where a king rules. Therefore, when we SEEK God, we are also seeking His rules and His regulations over our entire life.
If we are to have a HAPPY and HOLY NEW YEAR/LIFE, we are to SEEK GOD and we are to SEEK Him in several ways during this year:
I. We are to SEEK the GLORY of GOD - Read 1 Corinthians 10:31
II. We are to SEEK the GUIDANCE of God - Read James 1:5
III. We are to SEEK the GRACE of GOD - Read Ephesians 2:8,9; Read 1 Peter 4:10; Read 2 Corinthians 12:9. [We need God's grace to to be SAVED; we need God's grace to SERVE and we need God's grace to SUFFER SUCCESSFULLY!]
IV. We are to SEEK the GLADNESS of God. The word gladness means God's JOY! When we SEEK God's GLADNESS, we will reap: a) the JOY of His SALVATION - Read Psalm 51:12; b) the JOY of His SERVICE; and c) the JOY of our SAVIOR - Read Philippians 4:4.
Throughout this NEW YEAR, when we SEEK GOD and HIS righteousness, we have the promise of God that He will make us HAPPY - SUCCESSFUL; HOLY - SANCTIFIED; and HEALTHY - SATISFIED!
Prayer: O Lord, my God thank you for blessing me to see another New Year. It is my daily desire to SEEK you and to SERVE you FIRST throughout this year. Lord, I pray that you will grant me your grace to never put anything or anybody before you. I love you and I honor you, in Jesus' name I pray - AMEN and ASE'.