Seek First The Kingdom
Thursday, March 11, 2021 by Dr. Paul D. Norcross

Today's triumph is often built on yesterday's trial. But how can we speed up the process and overcome these trials faster? Jesus taught the answer. It has to do with the kingdom of God.

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. (Matthew 6:33)

To many believers, the word "kingdom" generically means “things above,” something Godly, or some future place in heaven. But the kingdom of God is more specific than that. The kingdom refers to the presence of God. It is the presence of God which we are to seek first, and His righteousness. It is not a place. It is His presence behind the veil.

  • It is the kingdom presence of God that is within you (Grk: entos = inside of you). Luke 17:20-21. We also know this as Christ in you, the hope of glory. But this is not a “thing.” It is Jesus Himself, and also the Father through the Holy Spirit. We must treat them as the persons they are, and their presence within you not merely as distant Biblical facts.
  • The kingdom of God is not in word, but in power. 1 Corinthians 4:20, Matthew 12:28. 
  • The kingdom of God is not in meat and drink, but in righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit. Romans 14:17. 

Put simply, the kingdom of God is the presence of the King that is acquired legally when you became born again, but is activated through the relationship you seek and that you keep with Jesus Christ.

It is out of this personal interactive relationship that one-ness arises. This one-ness is the kingdom presence of God within you. It is what Jesus prayed for in the Garden (John 17), and what He was talking about when He said that He was going to prepare a place for you (John 14:1-3).  He was talking about the kingdom “place” of His presence where you can meet with Him at any time.

Notice that righteousness also arises. Romans 14:17-18 declares this exquisite connection between the kingdom presence of God and righteousness:

For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. For he that in these things serveth Christ is acceptable to God, and approved of men. (Romans 14:17-18)


The Scriptures clearly declare that you are the righteousness of God (Romans 3:22, 2 Corinthians 5:21, Philippians 3:9, 1 Corinthians 1:30). Getting our soul to believe that we are as righteous as God is has been a regular chore for many believers. So let these verses soak in your heart!

But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: (1 Corinthians 1:30)

And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: (Philippians 3:9)

God made us righteous.  Our performance, or lack thereof, contributes nothing to God making us righteous, only our faith in Jesus Christ to believe what God’s word says!

Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: (Romans 3:22)

For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. (2 Corinthians 5:22)

One of satan’s primary attacks is against your sense of right-standing and acceptance before God. Don't quit trying and reminding yourself of your righteousness! And yet there is an easier way. 

The easier way results from seeking (and enjoying) the presence of God. Hebrews 4:1-11 speak of this as resting in Him. In this place of rest in His presence, we find our struggles to "feel" righteous cease. Instead, we experience times of refreshing from the presence of the Lord (Acts 3:19). 

Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore. (Psalm 16:11)

So what is the path of all life? What is it that makes us righteous? What is it that we are to seek first?

We seek first His presence, a daily personal fellowship, that "better thing" that Mary found, that daily manna of hearing and communing with Jesus Christ for which will be invited to sit with Him on His throne - all this is why we seek first the kingdom presence of God. It is the path of life. The Holy Spirit stands ready to guide you into this place, with the person of the all truth, Jesus Christ.

Share This Blog:

Previous Posts

God Can Fix Dead Bones!
Dr. Paul D. Norcross


Living in the Miraculous: Smith Wigglesworth-Part 3
Cheryl A. Elton


Living in the Miraculous: Smith Wigglesworth-Part 2
Cheryl A. Elton


Living in the Miraculous: Smith Wigglesworth-Part 1
Cheryl A. Elton


The Gospel of the Kingdom
Dr. Paul D. Norcross


No Greater Love, No Greater Joy
Dr. Paul D. Norcross


Thankful Every Day
Cheryl A. Elton


Lessons From Jonah
Dr. Paul D. Norcross


Seek First The Kingdom
Dr. Paul D. Norcross


Lessons From The Mayflower
Dr. Paul D. Norcross


He Teaches Our Hands to War
Dr. Paul D. Norcross


Killing Coronavirus: A Call to Christians
Dr. Paul D. Norcross


Emptiness to Overflow in 2020
Dr. Paul D. Norcross


Be Still
Dr Paul D. Norcross


Confidence in the Lord
Dr. Paul D. Norcross


Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus Christ
Paul D. Norcross / Cheryl A. Elton


Starting the New Year Strong
Cheryl A. Elton


In Whom is No Guile
Dr. Paul D. Norcross


All Africa Shall Be Saved
Cheryl A. Elton


A Man After God's Own Heart
Dr. Paul D. Norcross


Increase Your Power When You Pray
Dr. Paul D. Norcross


What Satan Meant For Evil
Dr. Paul D. Norcross


George Müller's Secret to Effective Prayer
Cheryl A. Elton


Listening For God
Dr. Paul D. Norcross


In The Secret Place
Dr. Paul D. Norcross


When the Trumpet Sounds: Part 10
Dr. Paul D. Norcross


When the Trumpet Sounds: Part 9
Dr. Paul D. Norcross


When the Trumpet Sounds: Part 8
Dr. Paul D. Norcross


When the Trumpet Sounds: Part 7
Dr. Paul D. Norcross


When the Trumpet Sounds: Part 6
Dr. Paul D. Norcross


When the Trumpet Sounds: Part 5
Dr. Paul D. Norcross


When the Trumpet Sounds: Part 4
Dr. Paul D. Norcross


When the Trumpet Sounds: Part 3
Dr. Paul D. Norcross


When the Trumpet Sounds: Part 2
Dr. Paul D. Norcross


When the Trumpet Sounds: Part 1
Dr. Paul D. Norcross


George Müller: Hero of the Faith
Cheryl A. Elton


In Heavenly Places
Dr. Paul D. Norcross


Romans 8:28: Conforming to Christ
Cheryl A. Elton


Arm Yourself
Dr. Paul D. Norcross


Let God Arise
Dr. Paul D. Norcross


Supercharging Your Spiritual Authority: The Role Of Fasting
Dr. Paul D. Norcross


The Weakness Of The Law
Dr. Paul D. Norcross


The Answer For Our Times
Dr. Paul D. Norcross


Cheer Up!
Dr. Paul D. Norcross


Help! I Need Healing!
Dr. Paul D. Norcross


The Mechanism of Miracles
Dr. Paul D. Norcross


My Presence Shall Go Before You
Dr. Paul D. Norcross


Stay In His Presence!
Dr. Paul D. Norcross


The Shortest Distance
Dr. Paul Norcross


Jesus Is Waiting In The Garden
Dr. Paul D. Norcross


Thirsting For Him!
Dr. Paul D. Norcross


Let Us Remember
Dr. Paul D. Norcross


The Lesson of Elijah
Dr. Paul D. Norcross


    Locations of visitors to this page