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The Leader Of ISIS Could Be A Better Christian Than You Think "SEEK FIRST"

"Seek First" is a platform inspired from Matthew 6:33 where we are encouraged to Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, live righteously, and everything we need will be given to us.

Our objective is to show you the practicality of this verse and hopefully inspire you to seek Him first daily. We use the S.O.A.P model as a study guide to help fulfill this mandate. We pick different scriptures and try to figure out how we can apply them to our daily lives, how they relate to the Kingdom of God and how we can live righteously through them. (S)cripture (O)bservation (A)pplication (P)rayer

(S)cripture: 1 Timothy 1:15-16 “This is a trustworthy saying, and everyone should accept it: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners and i am the worst of them all. But God had mercy on me so that Christ Jesus could use me as a prime example of His great patience with even the worst sinners. Then others will realise that they too, can believe in Him and have eternal life”

Jesus didn’t come to save the righteous, but sinners

God shows mercy & patience to the wicked for our benefit

He uses them to give us a better understanding of His Grace

He used a man who killed Christians, a man we’d consider a terrorist today…imagine the head of ISIS right now steps down and is passionate about God, preaching the Gospel? It would give you hope, if God could do it for him, He can do it for you

Christ didn’t die for believers, He died for the whole world…everybody has already been forgiven, even the leader of ISIS (if everyone has been forgiven, why aren’t we all going to heaven? Read illustration below:)


I always need to remind myself of the Grace of God 

Be more sensitive to unbelievers…God still loves them the same way He loves me, He died for both of us

Make them aware of this truth…all they need to do is Believe and Accept Jesus as their Lord (Read Illustration below)

Stop judging people who seem wicked right now, if God is being patient with them, who am i to do otherwise? their lives could spark a revival in the hearts of many if they don’t run out of time

(P)rayer: Father, i just thank You for these new insights…thank You for loving me so much you died for me, i don’t think i’ll ever be able to fathom this kind of love. Thank You for not giving up on me, i was way off the mark but You remained patient and faithful. Because of your patience, i am privileged to be a citizen and ambassador of Your Kingdom. Thank You Father, Thank You my King

Gospel Illustration:

“Do you know why Jesus had to die? Let me tell you a story that might help make it clear.
Do you have a car?
Well, let’s say you are driving home this weekend and you are cruising. You’re going say, 105 mph. You’re just flying. You get busted, the cop has you on radar and you’re done. They impound your car, and bring you straight to the courthouse to face the judge.

Well the good news is that the county you got busted in just happens to be the county in which your dad is the judge. So you’re thinking that you’re golden. He loves you, he’ll let you off, everything will be fine.
But just as you are entering the courthouse, you remember that your dad is a really good judge. He never punishes the innocent. He always punishes the guilty. He is a good and just judge.

Now you’re a little nervous. Which is going to win out, his love or his justice. He’s your dad and he loves you so he’ll want to do good to you. But he’s just, he’s a good judge and therefore he’ll want to follow the law and render a just verdict.
What do you think he’d do? Which would win, love or justice?

It’s hard to know what he might do. Let me walk you through a scenario that shows how he might solve the dilemma.
You stand before your dad the judge and he says to you, “Son, this officer says you were going 50 mph over the speed limit. How do you plead.”
What would so you say?
Yeah, that’s a good idea, cause you’re guilty.

So he looks at you and says, “That will be $500 or a week in jail. Guilty as charged.” And he bangs down the gavel.
Well you don’t have any money, so the bailiff comes to take you away so you can start serving your time, when your dad, the judge stands up and says, “Wait a minute, bring him back here.” Then he stands up, takes off his robe and walks down from behind the bench. Then he reaches into his coat pocket, takes out his checkbook and writes the court a check for $500, the exact amount of your fine. Then he offers it to you.

What’s going on here is this. He is just, so he declares you guilty, since you are. And he demands that a penalty be paid. But he loves you, and so he has determined to pay that penalty himself, on your behalf.
Now as he stands there offering you the check, what do you need to do? [Accept or reject it]

That’s right. You can accept his payment on your behalf, or for whatever reason you can reject it.
Okay, now roll back the tape. That story is I think, a great picture of what God does for us. If there are two things primarily true about God they are that he is loving and he is just. He loves you, he always has. He cannot love you more and will not love you less. He loves you. And he is just. He always renders a just verdict. He always does the right thing.

Those two things put him in an interesting situation when it comes to us, because every one of us has broken his laws. We are guilty before him. So which would win out? His love, which would want to let us off, or his justice that demands a penalty be paid?

The Bible says that he declared us guilty, because we are, and demanded that a penalty be paid. Then he left heaven, came to earth, became a man, and died to pay our penalty. See, we didn’t owe a $500 penalty, so he didn’t just write a check. The Bible says that sin earns us a death penalty, so he died to pay that.
Then he comes to us to offer his life on our behalf. Just like your dad with the check he stands before you and says, “I’ll take the blame for every rotten thing you’ve ever done, and give you credit, for my perfect life. All you need to do is accept it.”
Does that make sense?
Have you ever come to the point where you accepted his death on your behalf, that substitutionary payment?

Would you like to now?” - Credit CRU.org

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