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Through desire a man, having separated himself, seeketh and intermeddleth with all wisdom.

(NIV)   An unfriendly man pursues selfish ends: he defies all sound judgment.

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Psalm 51:1-6

David’s plead for mercy, forgiveness, and cleansing. God wants our hearts to be right with him.

Ref: Proverbs 21:2>Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the LORD pondered the hearts 

Ref: Prov.16:2> All a man’s ways seem innocent to him, but motives are weighed by the LORD.  

Focus Points:  “All man ways seem innocent to him,” People can rationalize anything if they have no standards for judging right and wrong. We can always prove that we are right, before putting any plan in into action ask yourself these three questions

(1) is this plan in harmony with God’s truth? 

(2) Will it work under real-life conditions?

(3) is my attitude pleasing to God?

people can find an excuse for almost anything, but God looks behind the excuses to he motives of the heart. We often have to make choices in areas where the right action is difficult to identify our motives first and then asking  “would God be pleased with my real reasons for doing this? God is not pleased when we do good deeds only to receive something in return.

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Romans 12:209/13/2018

“Right Action follows Right thinking”

… And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

John 7:7>The world cannot hate you, but it hates me because I testify that its works are evil.

Gal.1:4>who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father,

Eph.2:2>in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient.

1Pet.1:14>As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance.

Eph.5:10,17>and find out what pleases the Lord. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.

Col.1:21-22>Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior.
But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation—

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(Psalm 91:11) Daily Promises (Sept.12th)


For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. 

(NIV)
For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; 

Focus Points:   One of the functions of angels is to watch over believers (Hebrews 1:14) There are examples of guardian angels in Scripture

(1Kings 19:5;

Then he lay down under the bush and fell asleep. All at once an angel touched him and said, “Get up and eat.”

Daniel 6:22;
My God sent his angel, and he shut the mouths of the lions. They have not hurt me, because I was found innocent in his sight. Nor have I ever done any wrong before you, Your Majesty.”

Matthew 18:10;
“See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven.

Luke 16:22;  Acts 12:13;  Acts 27:23-24) Angels are not visible, except on special occasions

(Numbers 22:31;
Then the LORD opened Balaam’s eyes, and he saw the angel of the LORD standing in the road with his sword drawn. So he bowed low and fell facedown.)

Luke 2:9
An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.

verses 11 and 12 were quoted by Satan when he tempted Jesus 

(Matthew 4:6; “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written: “ ‘He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone

Luke 4:10-11 For it is written: “ ‘He will command his angels concerning you to guard you carefully; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’)

It is comforting to know that God watches over us even in times of great stress and fear.

Reflection
As we abide in the light of our Father, we are given protection beyond all comprehension. These heavenly angels are encamped all about us as they guard our every path throughout this life. Indeed, absolutely nothing shall ever prevail against us as we walk in the light! For He is our rock! He is our mighty fortress! 

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weekend study Matthew 6

Sermon in the mount continued

6:1 – Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.

6:2a – Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues (Church) and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.     

(NIV) “So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 

 Ref:

Rom.12:8> if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.

1Cor.10:31> So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.

Focus points:  God’s love must criterion our motives that all we do will be for his glory. Keep this as a guiding principle by asking, “Is this action glorifying God?” or “How can I honor God through this action?”

6:6 b – When thou prayest, inter into thy closet, 

2 Kings 4:33> He went in, shut the door on the two of them and prayed to the LORD.

6:6 c – and thy Father which sees in secret shall reward thee openly   

 Jer.17:10> “I the LORD search the heart and examine the mind, to reward each person according to their conduct, according to what their deeds deserve.”

6:7d – But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions

  Eccl.5:2> Do not be quick with your mouth, do not be hasty in your heart to utter anything before God. God is in heaven and you are on earth, so let your words be few. (Prov.20:25 – It is a trap to dedicate something rashly and only later to consider one’s vows.)

6:7e – for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.

1 Kings 18:26> So they took the bull given them and prepared it. Then they called on the name of Baal from morning till noon. “Baal, answer us!” they shouted. But there was no response; no one answered. And they danced around the altar they had made. 

(Ps.115:4-5> But their idols are silver and gold, made by human hands. They have mouths, but cannot speak, eyes, but cannot see.)

(Jer.10:5> Like a scarecrow in a cucumber field, their idols cannot speak; they must be carried because they cannot walk. Do not fear them; they can do no harm nor can they do any good.”)

6:8f – for your Father knows what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.   

Ps.139:2> You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. 

Focus points: Sometimes we don’t let people get to know us completely because we are afraid they will discover something about us that they won’t like. But God already knows everything about us, even to the number of hairs on our heads (Matthew 10:30). and still he accepts and loves us. God is with us through every situation, in every trial – protecting, loving, guiding, He knows and loves us completely.

6:9g – therefore pray ye: Our Father which are in heaven,   

Deut.32:6> Is this the way you repay the LORD, you foolish and unwise people? Is he not your Father, your Creator, who made you and formed you?

Matt.23:9> And do not call anyone on earth ‘father,’ for you have one Father, and he is in heaven.

Luke 11:2> He said to them, “When you pray, say: “ ‘Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come” 

Rom.8:15,16> The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba,Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.

1Cor.8:6> yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live; and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live.

Heb.12:9> Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of spirits and live!

Hallowed be thy Name.

Lev.10:3> Moses then said to Aaron, “This is what the LORD spoke of when he said: “ ‘Among those who approach me I will be proved holy; in the sight of all the people I will be honored.’ ” Aaron remained silent.

Isa.6:3> And they were calling to one another: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.”

Rev.4:11>“You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.”

Focus points:   The point of this study is summed up in these verses: all creatures in heaven and earth will praise and honor God because he is the Creator and Sustainer of everything.

6:10 i  – Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven

Ps.103:20> Praise the LORD, you his angels, you mighty ones who do his bidding, who obey his word.

Focus points:   Everything everywhere is to praise the LORD: all angels – mighty ones and heavenly hosts – and all his works!  Praising God means remembering all he has done for us (Ps.103:2) fearing himand obeying his commands (103:17,18> But from everlasting to everlasting the LORD’s love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children’s children—with those who keep his covenant and remember to obey his precepts.

6:11j – Give us our daily bread.

Job 23:12> I have not departed from the commands of his lips; I have treasured the words of his mouth more than my daily bread.

Prov.30:8>Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread.

6:13k – And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

Matt.26:41> “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

Luke 22:40,46>On reaching the place, he said to them, “Pray that you will not fall into temptation.” “Why are you sleeping?” he asked them. “Get up and pray so that you will not fall into temptation.”

1 Cor.10:13> No temptation[fn] has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted[fn] beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted,[fn] he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.

James 1:13> When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone;

2 Pet.2:9> if this is so, then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials and to hold the unrighteous for punishment on the day of judgment.

Rev.3:10>   Since you have kept my command to endure patiently, I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come on the whole world to test the inhabitants of the earth.

deliver us :

John 17:15> My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one.

Gal.1:4> who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father,

6:14m – If  ye  forgive not their trespasses, 

Matt.18:35> “This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart.”

James 2:13> because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment.     

Focus points:    Only God in his mercy can forgive our sins. We can’t earn forgiveness by forgiving others. But when we withhold forgiveness from others after having received it ourselves, we show that we don’t understand or appreciate God’s mercy toward us (see Matt.6:14,15 – For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

 Matt.18:21 – Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?”

Eph. 4:31,32 – Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. Focus points:   This is Christ’s law of forgiveness as taught in the Gospels  (Matthew 6:14,15 Matt.18:35, Mark 11:25). We also see it in the Lord’s Prayer – “Forgive us our debts, as we also forgive our debtors.” God does not forgive us because we forgive others, but solely because of his great mercy. As we come to understand his mercy, however, we will want to be like him. Having received forgiveness, we will pass it on to others. Those who are unwilling to forgive have not become one with Christ, who was willing to forgive even those who crucified him (Luke 23:34 –  Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”And they divided up his clothes by casting lots). Jesus asked God, the Father to forgive the people who were putting him to death – Jewish leaders, Roman politicians and soldiers, bystanders – and God answered that prayer by opening up the way of salvation even to Jesus’ murderers.  The Roman centurion and soldiers who witnessed the crucifixion said,”Surely he was the Son of God”(Matt.27:54). Soon many priests were converted to the Christian faith (Acts 6:7). Because we are all sinners, we all played a part in putting Jesus to death. The Gospel – the Good News – is that God is gracious. He will forgive us and give us new life through his Son.

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Being a Servant of the LORD … Matt.25:31,33-40.

verse 31 – When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: 

Ref: Zech.14:5. You will flee by my mountain valley, for it will extend to Azel. You will flee as you fled from the earthquake[fn] in the days of Uzziah king of Judah. Then the LORD my God will come, and all the holy ones with him.  

Acts 1:11. “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.”

Acts 3:21. Heaven must receive him until the time comes for God to restore everything, as he promised long ago through his holy prophets.

Acts 17:31.   For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to everyone by raising him from the dead.”

Phil. 2:19-10.   I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, that I also may be cheered when I receive news about you. that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 

1 Thess. 4:16.  Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, 

 Heb.9:28.  Therefore I am all the more eager to send him, so that when you see him again you may be glad and I may have less anxiety.

Jude 14.  Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about them: “See, the Lord is coming with thousands upon thousands of his holy ones    

Rev. 1:7  “Look, he is coming with the clouds,” and “every eye will see him, even those who pierced him”; and all peoples on earth “will mourn because of him.” So shall it be! Amen.     

Focus Point:   John is announcing the return of Jesus to earth (see also Mathew 24, Mark 13:  1 Thess. 4:15-18)  Jesus’s second coming will be visible  and victorious. All people will see him arrive (Mark 13:26) and they will know it is Jesus.  When he comes, he will conquer evil and judge all people  according to their deeds (matt. 20: Mark 20 :11-15,),   

verses 33 – 40.  He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.  He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.  “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you?When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ 

Focus Point: This parable describes acts of mercy we all can do every day. These acts do not depend on wealth, ability, or or intelligence; they are simple acts freely given and freely received. We have no excuse to neglect those who have deep needs, and we cannot hand over this responsibility to the church or government. Jesus demands our personal involvement in caring for others reeds (Isaiah 58:7) There has been much discussion about the identity of the “brothers.” Some have said they are the Jews, others say they are all Christians; still others say they are suffering people everywhere. Such a debate is much like the lawyer’s earlier question to Jesus. “Who is my neighbor? “

(Luke 10:29). The point of this parable is not the who, but the what-the importance of serving where service is needed. The focus of this parable is that we should love every person and serve anyone  we can. Such love for others glorifies God by reflecting our love for him.  

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Day by Day by Grace (January 6th)

Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 22:36-40) “Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the law of Moses?” Jesus replied, “‘You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.

A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. In the way of judgment this may be the case, and, if so, be it mine to consider the reason of such a visitation, and bear the rod and Him that hath appointed it. I am not the only one who is chastened in the night season; let me cheerfully submit to the affliction, and carefully endeavour to be profited thereby. But the hand of the Lord may also be felt in another manner, strengthening the soul and lifting the spirit upward towards eternal things. O that I may in this sense feel the Lord dealing with me! A sense of the divine presence and indwelling bears the soul towards heaven as upon the wings of eagles. At such times we are full to the brim with spiritual joy, and forget the cares and sorrows of earth; the invisible is near, and the visible loses its power over us; servant-body waits at the foot of the hill, and the master-spirit worships upon the summit in the presence of the Lord. O that a hallowed season of divine communion may be vouchsafed to me this evening! The Lord knows that I need it very greatly. My graces languish, my corruptions rage, my faith is weak, my devotion is cold; all these are reasons why His healing hand should be laid upon me. His hand can cool the heat of my burning brow, and stay the tumult of my palpitating heart. That glorious right hand which moulded the world can new-create my mind; the unwearied hand which bears the earth’s huge pillars up can sustain my spirit; the loving hand which incloses all the saints can cherish me; and the mighty hand which breaketh in pieces the enemy can subdue my sins. Why should I not feel that hand touching me this evening? Come, my soul, address thy God with the potent plea, that Jesus’ hands were pierced for thy redemption, and thou shalt surely feel that same hand upon thee which once touched Daniel and set him upon his knees that he might see visions of God.