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Matthew 6

New King James Version (NKJV)

Do Good to Please God

“Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them. Otherwise you have no reward from your Father in heaven. Therefore, when you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory from men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly.[a]

The Model Prayer

“And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.[b] And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words.

“Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him. In this manner, therefore, pray:

Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
10 Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts,
As we forgive our debtors.
13 And do not lead us into temptation,
But deliver us from the evil one.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.[c]

14 “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

Fasting to Be Seen Only by God

16 “Moreover, when you fast, do not be like the hypocrites, with a sad countenance. For they disfigure their faces that they may appear to men to be fasting. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. 17 But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, 18 so that you do not appear to men to be fasting, but to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.[d]

Lay Up Treasures in Heaven

19 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

The Lamp of the Body

22 “The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light. 23 But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness!

You Cannot Serve God and Riches

24 “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.

Do Not Worry

25 “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?

28 “So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; 29 and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?

31 “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

 

 

 

Chapter 12

 

 

As we enter this next section we must remember,

all that we do on this earth is for the body of Christ as a whole,

 not just for me and mine as individual parts.

To develop a heavenly bank account you must become empty of self,

and a funnel through which the flow of the blessings of God

 can flow out from you. These blessings are first to be for you

 and your own family and then to the

 body of Christ and the cause of Christ.

Cast away the vision of the things of this world.

This world tells you that you need, stuff.

  This world works as hard as it can to sell you stuff. 

 When you stand before God,

the only thing that He is going to

remember about your excess stuff

is what the cost of that stuff,

 could have done to develop the body of Christ. 

 Take hold of the vision of heaven and

our eternal existence with God.

Build to what last forever and not to

that which will very soon past away.

Work out your salvation with fear and

trembling and become a empty vessel

to be filled with the Light, Love and Spirit of God,

We are all working together

to get this over with and go home.

 

 

Our Responsibility Starts At Home.

 

 

(1 Tim 5:8 NIV) 

If anyone does not provide for his relatives,

and especially for his immediate family,

he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.

 

Pronoeo

***Pronoeo is the Hebrew word used here for provide which means:

to consider in advance; look out for beforehand;

 act by way of maintenance for others;

 by way of circumspection (foresighted) for oneself:--provide for with forethought.

The responsibilities that we have to provide

 for our immediate family are

made very clear in this passage of scripture.

 

Living Debt Free

The worldly need for stuff creates the need for debt.

In the prosperity of God, all that we posses belongs to God,

not the bank. Therefore, all we have in our possession belongs to God

 and can always be a part of the flow.

How can you give away something that belongs to the Bank.

It would not be yours to give.

 

(Prov 22:26 - 27 NKJV)

26) Do not be one of those who shakes hands in a pledge,

One of those who is surety for debts;

 (27) If you have nothing with which to pay,

Why should he take away your bed from under you?

  • (Rom 13:8 NASB)

(8) Owe nothing to anyone except to love one another;

for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law.

  • (Exo 22:25 NASB)

(25) "If you lend money to any of My people who are poor among you,

 you shall not be like a moneylender to him; you shall not charge him interest.

  • (Prov 22:6 - 7 NKJV)

(6) Train up a child in the way he should go,

And when he is old he will not depart from it.

(7) The rich rules over the poor,

And the borrower is servant to the lender.

I always considered the previous verse to be an

interesting combination for two adjoining scriptures

 

Saving & Investing

(Psa 112:3 NKJV) The blessedness of the righteous.

  1. Wealth and riches will be in his house,
  2.  And his righteousness endures forever.

Prov 21:20-21 NIV(

  1. There is precious treasure and oil in the dwelling of the wise,
  2. (21) But a foolish man swallows it up.

 

After Our Obligation to Our Personal Family,

 God’s Plan For Our Giving Is Then Extended To;

  • Our Larger Family, The Family Of God.
  • To The Spread Of The Gospel.

"Can faith save him?"

We need to ask ourselves about seven times,

or maybe seventy times seven,

Exactly what does this question really mean?

"Can faith save him?"

 

(James 2:14 – 26 NKJV)

(14) What does it profit, my brethren,

if someone says he has faith

but does not have works?

 Can faith save him?

(15) If a brother or sister is naked

and destitute of daily food,

(16) and one of you says to them,

"Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,"

but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body,

what does it profit? (17) Thus also faith by itself,

 if it does not have works, is dead.

(18) But someone will say,

"You have faith, and I have works."

 Show me your faith without your works,

 and I will show you my faith by my works.

 (19) You believe that there is one God. You do well.

Even the demons believe; and tremble!

(20) But do you want to know, O foolish man,

 that faith without works is dead?

(21) Was not Abraham our father justified by works

when he offered Isaac his son on the altar?

(22) Do you see that faith was working together with his works,

 and by works faith was made perfect

(23) And the Scripture was fulfilled which says,

"Abraham believed God,

and it was accounted to him for righteousness."

And he was called the friend of God.

(24) You see then that a man is justified by works,

 and not by faith only.

(25) Likewise, was not Rahab the harlot also

justified by works when she received the

messengers and sent them out another way?

(26) For as the body without the spirit is dead,

so faith without works is dead also.

 

It is God’s will that we make wise decisions with the uses

of all that God gives us.

God will allow us to have an abundance

supply so we are able to meet the demands

 of the need for the things

of this world as we go forth to spread

 the gospel and meet the needs

of others as the Holy Spirit directs.

But this does not change the

individual Christian’s life theme.

The Treasures And Rewards We Invest In,

are Heavenly, Not Earthly.

 

You take

 

(James 2:15 – 16 NKJV), "

(15) If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food,

(16) and one of you says to them, "Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,"

but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit?"

 

 

You add the previous two verses to (Mat 25:34 -46 NKJV),

 and you will have the answer to the following question;

How Do We Seek First The Kingdom Of God And His Righteousness?

(Which is seeking Heavenly Treasure)

 

(Mat 25:34 -46 NKJV)

(34)"Then the King will say to those on His right hand,

 'Come, you blessed of My Father,

 inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:

(35) 'for I was hungry and you gave Me food;

I was thirsty and you gave Me drink;

I was a stranger and you took Me in;

(36) 'I was naked and you clothed Me;

I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.

(37) "Then the righteous will answer Him, saying,

 'Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You,

or thirsty and give You drink?

(38) 'When did we see You a stranger and take You in,

or naked and clothe You?

(39) 'Or when did we see You sick,

or in prison, and come to You?'

(40) "And the King will answer and say to them,

 'Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the 

least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.'

"Then He will also say to those on the left hand, 'Depart from Me,

you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels:

(42) 'for I was hungry and you gave Me no food;

 I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink;

(43) 'I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did

not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.'

(44) "Then they also will answer Him, saying, 'Lord,

 when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked

or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?'

(45) "Then He will answer them, saying,

'Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not

 do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.'

(46) "And these will go away into everlasting punishment,

but the righteous into eternal life."

 

If It Is Not All About Giving Self, Time & Money ,

 What is it About.

Bottom line, we are saved

 by faith and not by works.

When we are saved and walking

in the Spirit of God and His Word,

To watch our lives,

It will look like we believe

We are saved by works,

instead of faith.

Please take a moment and let

 the true meaning of that last statement

"sink in".

 

The following scriptures again goes into the depths of Giving

that the natural man can not understand.

Only by the revelation of God can this be understood.

 

(Rom 15:1 - 2NASB

(1) Now we who are strong ought to bear the weaknesses of those

without strength and not just please ourselves.

(2) Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to his edification.

(Acts 4:33 - 35 NKJV

And with great power the apostles gave witness to the

resurrection of the Lord Jesus.

And great grace was upon them all.

(Acts 4:34 NKJV) Nor was there anyone among them who lacked;

for all who were possessors of lands or houses sold them,

and brought the proceeds of the things that were sold,

(Acts 4:35 NKJV) and laid them at the apostles' feet;

and they distributed to each as anyone had need.

 

God Makes It Very Clear As To

The Reason For Our Daily Labor,

Others and Not Self

"Performing With His Own Hands What Is Good,

 In Order That He May Have Something

To Share With Him Who Has Need"

 

(Eph 4:17 - 28 NASB)

(17) This I say therefore, and affirm together with the Lord,

 that you walk no longer just as the Gentiles also walk,

 in the futility of their mind,

(18) being darkened in their understanding,

excluded from the life of God,

 because of the ignorance that is in them,

because of the hardness of their heart;

(19) and they, having become callous,

have given themselves over to sensuality,

for the practice of every kind of

impurity with greediness.

 (20) But you did not learn Christ in this way,

(21) if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught in Him,

just as truth is in Jesus,

(22) that, in reference to your former manner of life,

 you lay aside the old self,

which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit,

(23) and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind,

(24) and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been

created in righteousness and holiness of the truth (25)

Therefore, laying aside falsehood,

SPEAK TRUTH, EACH ONE of you,

WITH HIS NEIGHBOR, for we are members of one another.

(26) BE ANGRY, AND yet DO NOT SIN; do not let the sun go down on your anger,

(27) and do not give the devil an opportunity.

 (28) Let him who steals steal no longer; but rather let him labor,

performing with his own

hands what is good,

in order that he may have something

to share with him who has need.

God expects us to use a part of what He gives to provide for our immediate family,

but it was never meant that we work daily to build our own little kingdom on earth.

God’s Word makes it very clear as to our responsibility

 to being a giving part of the family of God.

 God’s Word makes it clear that we as a part of the family

should be determine to create equality for the whole family.

 

(2 Cor 8:13 – 15 NKJV)

(13) For I do not mean that others should be eased and you burdened;

 (14) but by an equality, that now at this time your abundance may supply their lack,

that their abundance also may supply your lack; that there may be equality.

(15) As it is written, "He who gathered much had nothing left over,

and he who gathered little had no lack."(Ex 16:18)

 

The Lust Of The Eyes,

Lust Of The Flesh,

Pride Of Life And

The Force Of Greed,

will never come close to being

able to understand or submit to this truth.

It totally makes no sense

to the natural man to individually

 be able to make more so he can

give more so that others

can benefit from his sacrifice. 

 

God requires some to do more

and make more and yet they

are to still live equally with all

others in the body for Christ.

 

Surly, it is not the will of God

for an individual that has the ability

to make and control much of the

thinks of this world, to give up all,

 including his life for other.

Who ever heard of anyone

totally giving all,

for people he does

not even Know,

family of God or not.

 

We must remember that with men this is impossible.

This only becomes possible as each

individual member of the body of Christ

works daily to deny himself.

We must understand that we will become the

 truly functional body of Christ

on the earth when we each can say

it is no longer I who lives,

but Christ who lives within me.

The natural man in his heart

 can not truly understand or live by

the inspiration of the Holy Spirit

to be able to give to others.

It Is More Blessed To Give Than

 To Receive is a spiritual

concept fully manifested in

God’s gift to us, Jesus.'

 

We can fully understand

the following scripture

 through the inspiration of the

Holy Spirit as we surrender all to Jesus

 

(Acts 20:33 35 NASB)

(33) "I have coveted no one's silver or gold or clothes.

 (34) "You yourselves know that these hands ministered

 to my own needs and to the men who were with me.

 (35) "In everything I showed you that by working

hard in this manner you must help the weak

and remember the words of the Lord Jesus,

that He Himself said,

'It is more blessed to give than to receive.'"

 

satan Is At his Best When It Come To Counterfeiting

One might say, the previous scriptures

 sounds like socialism or communism.

 or even the mess our current government

is in with its current social programs and tax rate.

However, you would be wrong,

for men and governments create

those states without God’s Word.

In reality, all those states are, is satan taking

the principles of God and counterfeiting them.

That is what satan does best. But in the end.

 

(Prov 14:11 &12 NKJV)

(11) "The house of the wicked will be overthrown,

but the tent of the upright will flourish.

 (12) There is a way that seems right to a man,

but its end is the way of death."

 

We must look to the Bible for direction in

choosing the way, GOD’s WAY .

We must not let the influence of the world slip in,

in any way.

The Word of God conceived

and growing in the hearts

of believers must direct our path and

we must be willing to follow the truths

of the Word in all things.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Luke 6

 

New Living Translation (NLT)

A Discussion about the Sabbath

One Sabbath day as Jesus was walking through some grainfields, his disciples broke off heads of grain, rubbed off the husks in their hands, and ate the grain. But some Pharisees said, “Why are you breaking the law by harvesting grain on the Sabbath?”

Jesus replied, “Haven’t you read in the Scriptures what David did when he and his companions were hungry? He went into the house of God and broke the law by eating the sacred loaves of bread that only the priests can eat. He also gave some to his companions.” And Jesus added, “The Son of Man[a] is Lord, even over the Sabbath.”

Jesus Heals on the Sabbath

On another Sabbath day, a man with a deformed right hand was in the synagogue while Jesus was teaching. The teachers of religious law and the Pharisees watched Jesus closely. If he healed the man’s hand, they planned to accuse him of working on the Sabbath.

But Jesus knew their thoughts. He said to the man with the deformed hand, “Come and stand in front of everyone.” So the man came forward. Then Jesus said to his critics, “I have a question for you. Does the law permit good deeds on the Sabbath, or is it a day for doing evil? Is this a day to save life or to destroy it?”

10 He looked around at them one by one and then said to the man, “Hold out your hand.” So the man held out his hand, and it was restored! 11 At this, the enemies of Jesus were wild with rage and began to discuss what to do with him.

Jesus Chooses the Twelve Apostles

12 One day soon afterward Jesus went up on a mountain to pray, and he prayed to God all night. 13 At daybreak he called together all of his disciples and chose twelve of them to be apostles. Here are their names:

14 Simon (whom he named Peter),
Andrew (Peter’s brother),
James,
John,
Philip,
Bartholomew,
15 Matthew,
Thomas,
James (son of Alphaeus),
Simon (who was called the zealot),
16 Judas (son of James),
Judas Iscariot (who later betrayed him).

Crowds Follow Jesus

17 When they came down from the mountain, the disciples stood with Jesus on a large, level area, surrounded by many of his followers and by the crowds. There were people from all over Judea and from Jerusalem and from as far north as the seacoasts of Tyre and Sidon. 18 They had come to hear him and to be healed of their diseases; and those troubled by evil[b] spirits were healed. 19 Everyone tried to touch him, because healing power went out from him, and he healed everyone.

The Beatitudes

20 Then Jesus turned to his disciples and said,

“God blesses you who are poor,
    for the Kingdom of God is yours.
21 God blesses you who are hungry now,
    for you will be satisfied.
God blesses you who weep now,
    for in due time you will laugh.

22 What blessings await you when people hate you and exclude you and mock you and curse you as evil because you follow the Son of Man. 23 When that happens, be happy! Yes, leap for joy! For a great reward awaits you in heaven. And remember, their ancestors treated the ancient prophets that same way.

Sorrows Foretold

24 “What sorrow awaits you who are rich,
    for you have your only happiness now.
25 What sorrow awaits you who are fat and prosperous now,
    for a time of awful hunger awaits you.
What sorrow awaits you who laugh now,
    for your laughing will turn to mourning and sorrow.
26 What sorrow awaits you who are praised by the crowds,
    for their ancestors also praised false prophets.

Love for Enemies

27 “But to you who are willing to listen, I say, love your enemies! Do good to those who hate you. 28 Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you. 29 If someone slaps you on one cheek, offer the other cheek also. If someone demands your coat, offer your shirt also. 30 Give to anyone who asks; and when things are taken away from you, don’t try to get them back. 31 Do to others as you would like them to do to you.

32 “If you love only those who love you, why should you get credit for that? Even sinners love those who love them! 33 And if you do good only to those who do good to you, why should you get credit? Even sinners do that much! 34 And if you lend money only to those who can repay you, why should you get credit? Even sinners will lend to other sinners for a full return.

35 “Love your enemies! Do good to them. Lend to them without expecting to be repaid. Then your reward from heaven will be very great, and you will truly be acting as children of the Most High, for he is kind to those who are unthankful and wicked. 36 You must be compassionate, just as your Father is compassionate.

Do Not Judge Others

37 “Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn others, or it will all come back against you. Forgive others, and you will be forgiven. 38 Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.[c]

39 Then Jesus gave the following illustration: “Can one blind person lead another? Won’t they both fall into a ditch? 40 Students[d] are not greater than their teacher. But the student who is fully trained will become like the teacher.

41 “And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye[e] when you have a log in your own? 42 How can you think of saying, ‘Friend,[f] let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,’ when you can’t see past the log in your own eye? Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye.

The Tree and Its Fruit

43 “A good tree can’t produce bad fruit, and a bad tree can’t produce good fruit. 44 A tree is identified by its fruit. Figs are never gathered from thornbushes, and grapes are not picked from bramble bushes. 45 A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. What you say flows from what is in your heart.

Building on a Solid Foundation

46 “So why do you keep calling me ‘Lord, Lord!’ when you don’t do what I say? 47 I will show you what it’s like when someone comes to me, listens to my teaching, and then follows it. 48 It is like a person building a house who digs deep and lays the foundation on solid rock. When the floodwaters rise and break against that house, it stands firm because it is well built. 49 But anyone who hears and doesn’t obey is like a person who builds a house without a foundation. When the floods sweep down against that house, it will collapse into a heap of ruins.”