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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.
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?).
"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.
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.
"6:16 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.
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.
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?
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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).
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.
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.