MATTHEW 6:15_But if ye forgive not men their trespasses…
God’s path for life is freedom – you will never find a No Trespassing sign on God’s path. Feel free to roam, explore, and enjoy His path.
But God definitely places some No Trespassing signs. You will find them on the paths which lure from His path.
God empowered Joshua to lead His people into the Promised Land. In Joshua 1:7 (KJV), God says, “Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper withersoever thou goest.” There is an obvious plan here. You will need strength and courage to stay on God’s path. Do not stray – at all.
Joshua was called to continue Abraham’s job. A new country for God’s people – designed by God, and for God. There were to be no other gods, no other laws, no other forms of worship – God’s only. To allow anything apart from God’s design was to stray.
When you set up a life designed by you and for you – you’ve strayed. You have decided straying a little to the right or left is not really a bad thing.
What becomes of God’s wanting to bless you wherever life takes you?
One True God, Thank You for Your path that causes me to be blessed. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ knows the path I should take—He will guide me!
MATTHEW 6:4_and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.
Proverbs 15:3 (KJV), “The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.”
God is omnipresent. He never lets you out of His sight. Some people can be intimidated by this verse thinking God keeps check on everything they do. He does! But, that’s a very good thing!
God loves you enough to prod you when you’re headed astray, and to bless you when you’ve done a good deed. II Chronicles 16:9 (KJV), “For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him…”Jesus says your Father is everywhere, showing His strength. Let there be no doubt about it. There isn’t any place, or any way, you can hide from God. Why would you want to?
To hide from God would be like trying to outrun love. A love that never fails. A love that draws you close to your Creator. A love that would die for you. A love that did die for you. A love that gave you eternal life.
God sees in secret and rewards in the open. Live out the creation principles Jesus teaches! Become a salty-lit-up disciple who gives God glory.
That’s a win-win!
Jesus God, Thank You that You are always with me—anytime, anywhere. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ is omnipresent—He will never leave me!
MATTHEW 6:3_But when thou doest thine alms…
Jesus wants you to receive heavenly rewards. Jesus wants you to be generous. Jesus wants you to do good deeds. Jesus wants your righteousness to shine in the darkness. Jesus wants your blessings on others to salt their faith as a preservative.
The truth is, Jesus doesn’t need you to do any of these things. Jesus loves and desires you. Jesus allows His love to flow through you. Jesus chose to let His power be a part of who you are – not something He needed to do. He chose you to do alms (charitable works and giving) for Him. To do alms for Jesus is enough in itself. How incredible is it He wants to reward you for it?
The great evangelist John Wesley caught hold of this teaching. Check out his famous saying:
Do all the good you can
By all the means you can
In all the ways you can
In all the places you can
At all the times you can
To all the people you can
As long as ever you can
Lord Jesus, I want to do good in the world. Please help me use my life in a way that brings glory to the Bible. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ does good to all people—He helps me do good!
MATTHEW 5:46_For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? Do not even the publicans the same?
We like rewards, especially when we have worked hard to receive them. We like to see an accomplishment receive its due credit.
In the kingdom of heaven, we don’t necessarily work to be rewarded – but God does use that system. Our work for God is to love His people by being salt and light in a dark and thirsting world. The fact that God rewards us for that is a blessing.
Just because we love those who love us does not win a blue ribbon. Jesus said even tax collectors (publicans) can do that. Let’s take a moment and clarify tax collectors. In case either or both of your parents work for the IRS, don’t think they are the chief of sinners. During Jesus’ earth time, Israel was occupied by the Romans. The Romans demanded taxes from the Israelites. Tax collectors were considered enemies. Hebrews who worked for the Roman government to collect taxes from their fellow neighbors were considered traitors. Therefore, if Jesus wanted to leave a graphic image of the worst of sinners, tax collectors were a good choice. Jesus says even bad or weak people can love those who love them.
Returning good for evil leaves a salty residue.
God of Love, Please don’t let my love be weak, let it be powerful. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ loves those who don’t love Him—He helps me to!
MATTHEW 5:44_bless them that curse you…
Are blessings something you only receive? Is God the only giver of blessings? Does God ever use people to deliver His blessings?
Think of some of the people God has placed in your life. Are there ways He has blessed you through them? Have you ever thought that God could bless someone through you? Have you ever asked God to bless someone? Have you ever prayed God’s blessing on someone? If you have, most likely it is not someone who just cursed you, right?
By now you have caught on to Jesus’ pattern. Your curser is exactly who He wants you to bless! Don’t you wonder how they would react if you said, “I asked God to bless you today,” and added, “be on the lookout!”
God will bless your enemy if you ask Him. Even more, He will bless you. He will bless you from the inside out. You trusted in and believed the teachings of Jesus.
Think of people in your life who you feel may curse you. Ask God to bless them. Ask Him often. Ask Him to bless them in ways that bring Him glory.
Wait and watch what God will do!
Father God, Please bless the people who may curse me. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ loves to bless people—I pray for His blessings!