MATTHEW 7:24_and doeth them…
Jesus’ masonry skills move to the next step – doing. Doing requires action. Get up and do something! Do what? Obedience to Jesus’ teachings you have studied the past year!
You can heed every teaching of this sermon, but until you act upon those teachings—they are powerless. This requires dedication. Doing trusts God to help when you can’t help yourself. Doing requires time in prayer, asking, seeking, and knocking on how to live Jesus’ teachings—not just read them.
If you make rules but never enforce them, they cannot achieve their purpose. If you mix together all the ingredients for a cake but never bake it … okay, I confess I love batter … but it’s not a cake until it is baked.
Knowing and believing are only part of the process. You must act. You may believe there are rewards for attitudes of humility, meekness, mercy, purity, and peacemaking, but believing is not doing. You can believe anger is as deadly as murder, but until you curb the anger it still controls.
You can believe in sexual purity, inside and outside of marriage, but if you are not living purity, your belief is powerless.
Remember, to have power—connect to the Source!
God of Power, Please give me the power to live what I believe. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ wants me to act on His teaching—He helps me!
MATTHEW 7:20_Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
Jesus applied this principle to the Scribes and the Pharisees. They used their power to hold worshipers in bondage to fear. Jesus exposed their hypocrisy numerous times. Hypocrisy is definitely a way of knowing false prophets by their fruit. Those who talk the talk, but don’t walk the walk—a dead giveaway.
People in the public eye are generally there because of their political or financial power, or because of their celebrity status. In either of these cases, you know them by their deeds. If you happen to be a fan, be careful to not only watch their abilities, but listen to their views. If their views don’t line up with your Biblical convictions—don’t become an imitator (doesn’t mean you can’t still be a fan of their talent).
The greatest power figure of all time was Jesus. Mark 10:42-45 (KJV), “42 But Jesus called them to him, and saith unto them, ‘Ye know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them.43 But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister: 44 And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all.45 For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give His life a ransom for many.’”
Sounds like a servant’s heart is also a dead giveaway – to a true Jesus disciple.
Holy Jesus, Please give me a servant heart that bears fruit for You. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ had great power – And a humble heart!
MATTHEW 7:14_and few there be that find it.
You enter the strait gate when you answer the knock of Jesus on your heart’s door. Some baggage automatically drops off at that time. I have known people with strong addictions who were instantly set free through the power of Jesus in their heart.
The baggage that Jesus does not relieve instantly goes with you through the gate. The narrow path, like the Needle’s Eye, can become narrower as you travel. When you reach these narrow passages, which are tight places, they force you to make some changes. You may need to turn sideways to pass through. In some places you’ll have to bend down, because to go through also requires going under a large rock formation.
The changes you make as you pass through the tight places require two things—repentance and humility. When you repent you’ve changed your position. You no longer see value in earthly pain relievers. You are filled with the convicting power of the Holy Spirit. You walk free through the narrow path and exchange all your baggage for true love.
True love is not baggage. It is something you give away—to keep it to yourself would not be true love.
Holy Spirit power reproduces love daily and daily you give it away.
King of Kings, Help me to repent and worship You. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ calls us to repent and be humble—He helps me!
MATTHEW 6:31_Therefore take no thought…
How many times will Jesus teach to stop worrying? How many times will He point out it begins in your thought process?
As many times as a parent teaches a child to tie a shoe, or ride a bike – as many times as it takes.
Jesus’ repetitiveness is for you to follow. The longer you follow, the more you understand the heart of God – which increases faith. Eventually, it will make sense that God takes care of you! You begin to see that when you go through tough struggles, not only is Jesus with you, but a host of other believers have followed the same path. (Study George Washington at Valley Forge for one example).
Rather than allowing the deceiver to fill your thoughts with doubts and fear, begin to take Jesus at His word. Matthew 11:28-30 (KJV), “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
Simon Peter caught on to how to deal with worry: I Peter 5:6-7 (KJV), “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: 7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.”
Loving Jesus, Please teach me how to wear Your yoke and not worry. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ gives His followers rest—He will give it to me
MATTHEW 6:12_our debts…
Your sin debt is too great. You will never be able to pay it. It will remain in God’s ledger for eternity. To pay the debt according to the law keepers, you will have to keep every law, on your own – no indwelling Holy Spirit’s power. Humanly impossible!
To pay the debt according to Jesus, you will have to have a pure heart – likewise impossible! This looks like some kind of double jeopardy. You need a solution that can overcome the impossible! Where can you find that? Oh, wait! You have a key!
Use the key, unlock the treasure chest, and discover something incredible. The Messiah Savior has already solved the problem! He gave His life to cover all your debts. Only Jesus could do it because only He is the perfect Son of God.
To make things even better, Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to dwell in your heart. The Spirit draws you further and further away from sin and causes you to hunger for holiness. Your taste for sin diminishes. When you do sin, the Spirit sends conviction. You humbly ask the Father for forgiveness. I John 1:9 (KJV), “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
God is good all the time and, all the time God is good!
Holy Savior, Thank You for paying my sin debt which I could never pay. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ is the Savior—He saves me!