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Saturday, March 5 2016

Matthew 6: The Messiah's Lessons For Living As A True Christian

"Not every one that saith unto Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the Will of My Father which is in heaven"

The Messiah was not a liberal, looking to "do away with God's Law" (see Is Iniquity Liberal Or Conservative? and What Happens To A Nation When God's Law Is Forsaken?). Nor was He a conservative, working to conserve the rebel regime that had created a self-blinded, by inward-looking, state religion for itself (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Judaism and Israel Never Knew Purim, Hanukkah Or Judaism).

The Messiah was a Teacher and Prophet of Truth who admonished and warned people that the only Way to Salvation is in accordance with the Way that the LORD commanded (see The Identity Of The LORD God and The LORD God Our Saviour).

"7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

7:24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: 7:25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. 7:26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: 7:27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it." (Matthew 7:21-27 KJV)

The principles of true Christian living are based upon humility - doing things, not for dead-end fame or adoration, but rather simply because they are right, according to what the LORD has declared is truly right (see Which Way Is Right And Left?).

The Way

"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.

6:2 Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. 6:3 But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth: 6:4 That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly." (Matthew 6:1-4 KJV)

Prayer is not for show. While some prayer is public, personal prayer is a matter between God and the person praying to God (see What Did The LORD Teach About How To Pray? and How To Pray: 12 Biblical Principles Of Personal Prayer).

"6:5 And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. 6:6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. 6:7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. 6:8 Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.

6:9 After this manner therefore pray ye:

Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
6:10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
6:11 Give us this day our daily bread.
6:12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
6:13 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.

6:14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: 6:15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses." (Matthew 6:5-15 KJV)

Fasting has had a long Christian history (see The Biblical History Of Christian Fasting). One of the true Christian Holy Days is a commanded fast day (see The Christian Day Of Atonement).

"6:16 Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.

6:17 But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face; 6:18 That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly." (Matthew 6:16-18 KJV)

The famous "God and mannon" is a lesson that millions of people are either unaware of, or ignore (see The Mammon Of Past And Present). Notice in the full teaching that it causes spiritual blindness.

"6:19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: 6:20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: 6:21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

6:22 The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. 6:23 But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!

6:24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon." (Matthew 6:19-24 KJV)

Living a true Christian life is not a matter of carelessness, but rather having the faith that overcomes worry. Some have interpreted the teaching below to mean that Christians need not work, and that somehow all of their needs will be met (i.e. by those who do work). But the teaching is about obedience to the LORD's commands, which includes the Fourth Commandment in which the first part is "20:9 Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work" (Exodus 20:9 KJV; see The Christian Work Days, The Christian Sabbath).

"6:25 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? 6:26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? 6:27 Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?

6:28 And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: 6:29 And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 6:30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?

6:31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? 6:32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. 6:34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof." (Matthew 6:25-34 KJV)

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This Day In History, March 5

363: Roman Emperor Julian left Antioch with a force of 90,000 to attack the Persian Sassanid Empire (see also How Hadassah Of Benjamin Became The Queen Of Persia and Israel In History and Prophecy: Roman Judea).

John Cabot 1179: The Third Lateran Council opened under Alexander III. The 300 bishops enacted measures against the Waldenses and Albigensians. Lateran III also required that popes were to be elected by two-thirds vote from the assembled cardinals (see also The Struggle For The Papacy and The Little Big Horn).

1279: Forces of the Livonian Order (a branch of the Germanic the Teutonic Order) were defeated by the Grand Duchy of Lithuania at the Battle of Aizkraukle (see also The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).

1496: King Henry VII of England issued letters patent to the Italian explorer Zuan Chabotto (known in English as John Cabot) and his sons, authorizing them to explore "unknown lands." They became the first to reach northeastern North America (Newfoundland) since the Vikings nearly five centuries before them. Despite the popular myth that Christopher Colombus "discovered America," all four of the voyages of Columbus were actually only to the islands of the Caribbean Sea (see the map of the actual voyages of Columbus at Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy) - and even then, long after other Europeans had actually landed on the continent of North America.

1616: Nicolaus Copernicus's book, De revolutionibus orbium coelestium (that correctly proposed that the Earth orbited the Sun) was banned by the Roman Catholic Church (see also The Maker Of Mystic Mountain and What Are The Hunter and The Seven Sisters Doing In Heaven?).

1778: Thomas Arne, English composer of Rule, Britannia, died.

1790: Flora Macdonald, Scottish Jacobite heroine, died. In 1746 she helped "Bonnie Prince Charlie," the Stuart claimant to the British throne, escape from the Hebridean island of Benbecula.

1824: The British, concerned of a Burmese invasion of Bengal, launched the First Anglo-Burmese War. It lasted nearly 2 years.

1912: Italian forces became the first to use airships for military purposes, using them for reconnaissance behind Turkish lines.

1918: The Soviets moved the capital of Russia from Petrograd to Moscow.

1926: Clement Ader, French self-taught engineer, inventor, and pioneer of flight died at age 85. In 1890 he flew his steam-engine powered aircraft, while the Wright brothers did not fly their gasoline-engine powered aircraft at Kitty Hawk until 1903, 13 years later. The Wright brothers were the first to fly in the U.S. - they were not the first to fly in the world. The word "aviation" itself originated from the name of Ader's aircraft, the Avion.

First Flight

1933: U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt ordered a 4 day "bank holiday" in order to stop large amounts of money from being withdrawn from the banks during a financial panic.

1933: Election returns in Germany gave the Nazis and their allies 52% of the seats in the Reichstag (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).

1936: The Spitfire fighter plane went on display for the first time in England.

1946: In a speech at Fulton, Missouri, Winston Churchill uttered his now-famous: "From Stettin in the Baltic, to Trieste in the Adriatic, an Iron Curtain has descended across the continent."

1953: Soviet leader Joseph Stalin died.

1974: During the Yom Kippur War, Israeli forces withdrew from the west bank of the Suez Canal (see also Israel's Wars In The Twentieth Century).

1979: Voyager 1 made its closest approach to Jupiter. Voyager 2 followed 4 months later.

1982: The Soviet probe Venera 14 landed on Venus.

1999: Paul Okalik was elected the first Premier of Nunavut.

2013: President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela died of cancer at age 59.


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