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The Bias of First

The Bias of First

A Sermon on Seeking God

Text: Matthew 6:33 But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

1. Bias of Temperament.

Matthew 6:6 But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.
Matthew 5:23-24 Therefore if you are presenting your offering at the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, 24 leave your offering there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother, and then come and present your offering.
Matthew 6:25 “For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?

Ephesians 5:16 making the most of your time, because the days are evil.

2. Bias of Ego

Acts 10. Peter on the rooftop.

Galatians 5:17 For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please.

John 18:36 Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, then My servants would be fighting so that I would not be handed over to the Jews; but as it is, My kingdom is not of this realm.” 37 Therefore Pilate said to Him, “So You are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say correctly that I am a king. For this I have been born, and for this I have come into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.” 38 Pilate *said to Him, “What is truth?”
And when he had said this, he went out again to the Jews and *said to them, “I find no guilt in Him.

3. Bias of Comfort.

John 16:33 These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.”
Ephesians 6:12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.
1 Peter 2:21 For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps.

Matthew 6:33 But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
Galatians 3:13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”
Luke 22:42 “Father, if You are willing, remove this cup from Me; yet not My will, but Yours be done.”

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Transforming Temperaments

Though they go by various names in different systems – it is generally understood that there are four basic human temperaments. Since I am used to the Hippocratic system popularized by Tim Lahaye, I will be using those terms.

Sanguine – the outgoing, super-friendly, life-of-the-party storyteller, with issues of lust, disorganization and commitment.

Choleric – the less outgoing, natural leader, gets work done and commands respect, but in the process stomps over people and hurts them, a particular know-it-all who is bossy.

Melancholic – the thinker, perfectionist, artistic genius who has the potential for significant mental agony and

Phelgmatic – the patient, loyal listener who can meticulously plod along under the worst circumstances, but can be so slow in deciding that life passes by with minimal involvement while he gives silly excuses and has lazy tendencies.

By all accounts of observation and historical data all humans are at least 2 combinations in varying percentages – causing a large variety in human nature and characteristics – and Jesus Christ had a temperament that was a culmination of the best of all temperaments without the negatives of any.

Even though our temperaments are inherited from our parents, life and human attempt or neglect could cause changes in those temperaments for the better or worse.

But the most powerful changes to human temperaments come when they are under God’s control. Specifically, when a person become a Christian, the Holy Spirit starts to take control of his life. A person’s temperament goes from being self-controlled to Spirit-controlled.

When a person becomes a believer God the Holy Spirit starts a work in him by which he changes a person’s temperament to be like that of Jesus Christ.

Galatians 5:22 – But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Romans 8:29 For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son…

As soon as a person becomes a believer then, his temperament should continue to evolve and get rid of its negative features and add more and more of the positive features of the other temperaments – as a person becomes more and more like Jesus.

By inference, the longer a person is a Christian, the lesser he should exhibit features of his natural temperamental negatives and increasingly should show the positive characteristics of all temperaments. But if not, it only means that he is resisting the natural work of God in changing him. But the more we submit to the natural work of God in changing us, the more we should see a change in our natures as the years roll by.