But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness,
and all these things will be given to you as well.
Matthew 6: 33 NIV
This Christian Assurance Series will now focus on Pillars that I call the Kingdom Keys. As noted in the last post, neglecting to use one’s Kingdom Keys (i.e. 6 Pillars left in this Series) makes it hard to step through the Gates of Assurance. The Pillar covered in today and Monday’s posts cover the 2 keys a Christian needs, I feel, to Get through the Gates. The remaining four will be needed to Stay in the Kingdom.
- Acknowledge and Trust Him
- Abide in the True Vine
- God: A Gracious Giver
- My Cup Runneth Over
Acknowledge and Abide
In one of the most powerful sentences in Proverbs, scripture tells us:
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6)
If one does acknowledge the Lord in ‘all their ways’ (i.e. not a half-hearted acknowledgment), they have (many would say) been transformed into an Abiding Christian. In describing the True Vine, Jesus Christ, John 15 is the key scripture to address what abiding means. Scripture tells us:
Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing (John 15:4 – 5).
The word “abide” basically means “to remain.” Every Christian remains inseparably linked to Christ in all areas of life. We depend on Him for grace and power to obey. We look obediently to His Word for instruction on how to live. We offer Him our deepest adoration and praise and we submit ourselves to His authority over our lives. In short, Christians gratefully know Jesus Christ is the source and sustainer of their lives.
At the root of being assured as a Christian is the scripture I led this post with – the 33rd verse of the 6th Chapter of the Book of Matthew. Those who ‘seek first His Kingdom’, who have the right Kingdom Keys, can be assured that ‘all things’ needed to satisfy their needs will be supplied. As the scripture in Verses 25 – 34 of Matthew 6 tell us, we shouldn’t worry – the Lord ‘has our back’ and is a Need-fulfiller!
Given that all faithful Christians will be blessed with ‘cups that runneth over’ (23rd Psalm), it’s surely not surprising that the Paul tells us in the New Testament the following (Romans 8:31-32):
What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?
- All scripture cited in this post is from the New King James Version of the Holy Bible, unless otherwise noted.
- Miss the earlier posts in this Christian Assurance Series? Check out the 9 Pillar page.
- All the Scripture and Themes for the 1st Pillar can be found on the Acknowledge, Abide, and be Assured Pillar page.
In a nutshell, Acknowledging and Abiding in the Lord (1st Pillar) comes down to:
Being assured he’ll never leave you if you abide and trust Him; only the unabiding fall.
Knowing that, if you trust in Him, he will make your paths straight.
Once a Christian shows that the Kingdom Key reflected in the 1st Pillar is one they hold, the next key they’ll need is reflected in the Pillar I’ll explore in the next post in this Series – Choosing the Right Path for your walk (5th Pillar). These two Pillars, these 2 ‘keys’, work together. Why do I say that? If one hasn’t chosen the path of righteousness, an act of acknowledgment, they will surely never be in a position to ever be an Abiding Christian.
‘Keep first his Kingdom’ . . . and don’t forget your keys! Grace, mercy, and peace to You.
Greg Silverthorne, 66 Assurance Way