MATTHEW 6:11_our daily bread.
Not only does Jesus teach you to pray Give us this day, but He adds, “our daily bread.” This prayer gives strong emphasis that God is present with you daily, and cares about your needs daily.
The need Jesus concentrates on is food. Jesus knows you need food. He has no problem with you asking for it in prayer. Jesus created food. After that, He created animals and man with the daily need for food. If God had created the other way around, Adam would have been one hungry fellow!
Creation is an example of God’s thought pattern, and organizational skills. He created the supply before the demand. More intelligent design.
In John chapter 6 (KJV), Jesus adds another twist to our need for bread. “33 For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world. 34 Then said they unto him, Lord, evermore give us this bread. 35 And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.”
Have you ever thought of adding to your prayers to be filled with Jesus each day? Start doing that – to be so full of Jesus you don’t hunger for the temporary things of the world.
Bread of Heaven, This day meet all my needs by filling me full of Jesus! In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ is the Bread of Life—I want to be filled with Him!
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 5:34_But I say unto you swear not at all; neither by heaven; for it is God’s throne.
Psalm 15 lists several creation principles everyone should live by – especially salty-lit-up disciples. The last part of verse 4 (KJV) says, “He that sweareth to his own hurt, and changeth not.” If you make a promise and in the long run it turns out to be something bigger than you thought, or cost more money that you expected – keep your promise. Psalm 15 says even if it hurts, keep your word.
In His New Covenant teaching Jesus transforms the old law about swearing – don’t swear at all! A practice in the Hebrew culture in that day was to swear by something. The more important the something was, the more emphasis on the oath. Jesus targets that system.
Perhaps the thought was you could get by without keeping your word if you didn’t swear by God’s name. If you swore by God you had to keep your word. As usual, Jesus looks beyond man’s plans on how to get by without keeping His creation principles. Jesus sees a loophole. He plans to plug it!
If you made a promise by heaven but did not mention God’s name Jesus says, heaven is God’s throne. The two are inseparable.
This sounds a lot like the murder and the anger, and the looking and the lust.
True God, I don’t want to look for loopholes in Your teachings. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ plugs loopholes—I need Him to plug mine!
MATTHEW 5:19_but whosoever shall do…
The all-inclusive whosoever takes a turn for the better. The universal laws of right and wrong ring true for everyone – i.e., the whosoevers.
Wrong ultimately ends in some type of punishment. It may be punishment by our earthly law system, or it may be punishment by life itself. Life is governed by God. It is subject to those principles He included in creation. Let’s look a little further.
There are wrong-doers who get by with their crime – they are never caught by the law enforcers. No one can run or hide from their conscience. God’s creativeness overrules anything the world creates. We cannot escape ourselves. Punishment by life itself – living with the agony of guilt.
The turn for the better is that doing what is right ultimately ends up with rewards. They may not always be public rewards, but God rewards life in ways no plaque, medal, or money can.
Simply to find your way to love, joy, and peace is to own more than anything money can buy.
Lord of Lords, I want to do what is right. I want to live out the truths You teach me – so I can be a salty-lit-up disciple. Thank You that You teach me how to live life through Your Word. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ is love, joy, and peace—He gives those to me!
MATTHEW 5:19_shall break one…
Jesus takes another step. He makes it clear laws can be broken. Once again, it is not dependent upon your belief system as to whether laws can be broken or not. Neither are the laws which govern your physical existence dependent upon your belief.
Ask your local state patrol what will happen when you violate the traffic laws which you think shouldn’t be laws. They will be glad to tell you. They are glad to tell you because they want you to be safe. They don’t want to send out the body bags to pick up your pieces because you saw no value in the law and violated it.
There’s the big difference – the degree of understanding. Law officers are both trained in the laws and experienced firsthand in their results – when laws are kept or when laws are violated. The law officers’ greater understanding of the law comes from their role in life. A life-role to which they are dedicated.
Officers enforce the law, not just as a job, but to protect you. Not only you, but everyone traveling the same road at the same time – as you.
Dear Jesus, I know Your creation principles of life are for my good. Please give me a clear understanding of how to cooperate with them. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ’s creation principles protect me—Thank You, Jesus!