MATTHEW 6:23_therefore if the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!
Darkness can be dangerous. To the body. To the soul. To the spirit.
Darkness of soul causes deep depression, an absence of hope. Hope gives light.
Without hope there is an absence of security. Security overrides fear.
Without security there is an absence of power. Power defies weakness.
Without power there is an absence of peace. Peace prevails over despair.
Without peace there is an absence of confidence. Confidence resists doubt.
Without confidence there is an absence of love. Love conquers all!
Darkness of the spirit is to be void of Jesus.
Giants cannot be slain.
Mountains cannot be moved.
Waters cannot be parted.
If you allow your light to become darkness – it will be dark indeed!
Jesus Who Conquers, Praise You there is no darkness You cannot conquer. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ has already conquered darkness—I must believe!
MATTHEW 6:20_where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through and steal.
No one can steal your spiritual gifts. The devil will do everything he can to do just that. He wants to discredit all of the fruits of the Spirit. When you are having a bad day, and the fruits don’t appear to be producing – the devil targets your soul. He whispers in your mind, will, and emotions that you have no love, joy, peace, longsuffering (patience), gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, or temperance (self-control). He tries to convince you that you are too low on God’s list for Him to give you these gifts. You are not the only one he accuses of being unworthy of the kingdom. The devil targets all believers.
The devil calls out all the demons in his deadly arsenal to attack you. He sends them to steal the virtues the Spirit bestows – lest you receive the fruit of freedom. The devil hates freedom. That’s why he hits you when you are down.
When your heart is broken, where is your joy? When your future plans have fallen apart, where is your peace? When you feel God has deserted you, where is your faith? Times will come when you feel like this but …
The devil does not have the power to steal your treasures in heaven.
Compassionate Jesus, I ask You to rebuke the devil when he taunts my soul. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ rebukes the devil—He will do it for me!
MATTHEW 6:19_Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth…
Aesop’s fable has some good advice. Jesus gives wise advice. Remember, Jesus teaches radical 180 degree principles of life. Look deeply into His teaching.
One way to study the Bible is to examine words. The key word to understand this verse is treasure. Merriam-Webster defines treasure as, wealth … stored up or hoarded. Jesus is not talking about preparation for future expenses. When you know your college tuition is due next month, don’t spend all your money this month.
Another way to clarify the meaning is to examine I Timothy 6:9-10 (KJV), “But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. 10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.”
The key words in verse 10 are, “For the love of…”
Great wealth, and the power which comes with it, has potential to consume the human soul.
Jesus wants you to live free, not in bondage to wealth.
God Who is my Treasure, I want You to be my treasure. I want to be consumed by You. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ wants me free from the love of money—Free me!
MATTHEW 6:18_but unto thy Father which is in secret…
You want your fast to be seen by God. A time for God to examine your heart and motives. You learn more about how to let God lead, and you follow. Your spirit grows stronger. These are the kinds of things the Father sees in secret.
Prayer, Bible study, and meditation on Scripture, are perfect condiments to fasting. This opens the door for The Big Three: Wisdom, Understanding, and Knowledge. Psalm 119:1-7 (KJV) comes alive, “Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the Lord. 2 Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart. 3 They also do no iniquity: they walk in his ways. 4 Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently. 5 O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes! 6 Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have respect unto all thy commandments. 7 I will praise thee with uprightness of heart, when I shall have learned thy righteous judgments.”
That’s some powerful stuff, but self-denial is a powerful act.
Fasting is by no means the only form of self-denial. Just changing the channel, or turning off the TV when something wicked shows up, can open these same doors.
Your Father sees everything that’s done in secret.
Heavenly Father, I seek You with my whole heart, I want to walk in Your ways. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ walked in the law of the LORD—He teaches me!
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!