MATTHEW 6:16_Moreover when ye fast…
Fasting has recently gained popularity. More and more it is considered a health benefit. There are different kinds of fasts. Depending upon the kind of fast, some of the benefits are improvements in blood pressure, cholesterol, weight management, and heart health. These are all health issues which need attention. They are some issues you might address in adulthood, and consulted a physician.
The kind of fasting Jesus refers to in this teaching is more to benefit the spirit than the body. Health benefits for the body are still there, but that is not the purpose of the fast. Health benefits come as a byproduct of your obedience to a spiritual fast. A spiritual fast concentrates on denying the physical to strengthen the spiritual. To gain insight from the Bible, and hear the Holy Spirit’s instructions – plan to incorporate spiritual fasting into your adult life.
Unfortunately, Christians bicker over many Biblical principles, fasting is often one of them. Do not bicker or argue over the Bible – rather, love God and His people. When you are an adult, God may call you at times to fast – to deeper your relationship with Him. A deeper relationship with Jesus can only do one thing – draw you closer to living a life of freedom.
If the Holy Spirit calls you to a fast, you will know.
Holy Jesus, When I am of the age for fasting, I will know Your call. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ fasted—He may call me to as well!
MATTHEW 6:15_Neither will your Father forgive your trespasses…
The unforgiveness box holds a variety of trespasses. The largest of the litter, betrayal, is an emotional trespass – a constant guest in the box. Emotional betrayal clings. It is very difficult to shake off. Emotional trespass resists submission to peace. It does not want to forgive.
Emotions can be tender and gentle or wild and violent. Like a horse, they need a bit and bridle. James 3:3 (KJV), “Behold, we put bits in the horses’ mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body.” The more out of control our emotions, the harder they are to manage.
The central point of control and power is the heart. Rehearsing a trespass over and again in the heart makes a strong hold on emotions. The heart is bound by the trespass and cannot forgive.
On the other hand, a heart fed with the truths of Scripture is freed.
Psalm 32:8-9 (KJV),“I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye. 9 Be ye not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding: whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle, lest they come near unto thee.’“.
God of Power, Please keep my heart under the control of Bible truths. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ can control emotions—I want Him to control mine!
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 6:14_Your Heavenly Father will also forgive you.
To understand forgiveness, understand your salvation.
Salvation is free. Yet it certainly was not free for Jesus. He paid an agonizing, heavy price for your sin freedom. This comes from love without boundaries. John 15:13 (KJV), “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” Add another trait to God’s I AM name – HE IS love.
When you accept Jesus as Savior and serve Him as Lord, life changes. That is what salvation’s transformation does – changes lives – forever. You will never be the same. You have stepped from the path of death to life, from bondage to freedom, from despair to hope, and from hate to love. You do not want to stray from this path.
Salvation comes with love. Not just love for you, but love within you. A freedom and ability to love like you never knew was possible. This is how it works:
Love is a natural byproduct of salvation’s transformation.
Forgiveness is a natural byproduct of love.
You don’t have to work for natural byproducts.
They come with the territory.
Mighty Jesus, Thank You for the undeniable path of salvation. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ gives His love to me—I will give it to others!
MATTHEW 6:9_Hallowed be thy name.
Hallowed can be defined as to hold someone or something in reverence. This is a recognition of God as—the holy, revered God of Heaven. This is who you pray to when you pray. Don’t take this too lightly. It is important to hallow God in your prayer life.
Recognizing the holiness of God adds faith to prayer. You are not praying to someone who may or may not listen because He is too busy running the world. This is the Luke 1:37 (KJV) God, “For with God nothing shall be impossible.” This is the God who created all of heaven and earth -He should be revered! This is the God who parted the waters of the Red Sea – He should be revered! This is the God who made the sun stand still – He should be revered!
The more you hallow God, the more you pray with courage. This is the God who gives you the ability to slay giants. Giants who taunt you with your weakness. This is the God who frees you from any shackles of bondage the devil has lured you into.
The Father in Heaven is pleased when you talk to Him about the cruelty the world has dealt you. He has already answered. Hebrews 13:5 (KJV), “… for he [God] hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”
God of Heaven, I do hallow Your name. You only do I serve and give my heart to. You are God Alone, God of the Impossible, God of Creation. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ wants me to hallow the Father—I do!