Showing posts with label Gospel of Matthew. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Gospel of Matthew. Show all posts

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Saturday - Do Not Worry, God Wil Provide - Matthew 6:25-34 - 1/21/17

Anxiety about worldly things forbidden. The kingdom of God to be first sought.

Matthew 6:25 ... (Reference scripture: Philippians 4:6) Be careful for nothing: but in every thing by prayer & supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

Matthew 6:26 ... (Reference scripture: Psalm/Tehillim 147:9) He giveth to the beast his food, & to the young ravens which cry.

Matthew 6:27 ... Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?

Matthew 6:28 ... And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:

Matthew 6:29 ... And yet I say unto you, That even Sol'o-mon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

Matthew 6:30 ... Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to-day is, & to-morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?

Matthew 6:31 ... Therefore take no thought saying, What shall we eat? or, what shall we drink? or, wherewithal shall we be clothed?

Matthew 6:32 ... (For after all things do the Gen'tiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.

Matthew 6:33 ... (Reference scripture: Luke 12:31 ... The kingdom of God to be first sought.) But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; & all these things shall be added unto you.

Matthew 6:34 ... Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

Reference scriptures used from The KJV Bible, SouthWestern Co., Nashville, TN

Monday, May 26, 2014

God-Centered Prayer: Book Review

This is not a new book review - it is probably seven or more years older.

There are many wonderful things we can learn from the Old Testament saints. Theologian Graham Scroggie put it this way: "The New is in the old contained, and the Old is in the New explained!" Elijah, is commended for the way he prayed (James 5:17-18). We all want to pursue God with the passion of David, a man after God's heart, and with faith like Abraham.

God interrupted Moses and the children of Israel at the Red Sea, where they were trapped by Pharaoh and the world's greatest army. They cried out to God about their circumstances. What was God's response? He essentially said, "Folks, this is no time to pray. Moses, raise the rod and split the sea. And Moses did! (Exodus 14:15-16).

When Jesus arrived, HE did things on the Sabbath that the Pharisees couldn't accept. Then came the day when, with HIS disciples, HE lifted the Communion cup and said, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood" (Luke 22:20).

God responds to the prayers of those who love and honor HIM. We don't throw out the Old Testament and its prayers.

We approach God's throne of grace "with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need" (Hebrews 4:16).

I Corinthians 10:13 -- God carefully measures our trials, and HE promises that we won't face more than we can bear. (But we must also keep in mind that when we choose to walk in darkness, we move out from under God's protection).

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Matthew 5:43-45 -- Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven.

Jesus was no ordinary teacher. HE was the Prince of Peace. "Mercy triumphs over judgment!" (James 2:13).

The prayers God answers are those prayed in accordance with HIS will. The Holy Spirit "searches all things even the deep things of God," and "knows the thoughts of God."

God has told us to call on HIM and he will show us great and mighty things. (Jeremiah 33:3)

As Moses prayed with his hands raised to heaven, Joshua's army was victorious. Prayer worked! (Exodus 17:8-13)

Sickly King Hezekiah lay on his death bed. He cried out to God in prayer. God gave the king fifteen years. (II Kings 20:5)

The author's daddy, Dr. Robert E. Smith (a pastor) laid at death's door in a Tyler Texas Hospital. The medical team advised the family to make his funeral arrangements. In answer to prayer, God raised him up and gave him four and a half more years.

God has created all things for his pleasure. Everything is about the kingdom.

Jesus Christ is the rightful ruler of a spiritual Kingdom, and on day, all men will bow before HIM (Philippians 2:9-10).

What do we know about any king? He's born into his position. He rules those in his kingdom with absolute authority.

Those who are chosen by the king to serve as his ambassadors do everything to symbolize the kingdom. Scripture calls us "Christ's ambassadors" (II Corinthians 5:20).

The author shares in his book that "New Science Magazine" reported a world values survey that analyzed the levels of happiness in more than sixty-five (65) countries. Of the nations surveyed, the United States ranked sixteen (16) on the list, even though the standard of living in the U.S. far exceeds that of the fifteen (15) happiest nations.

Joshua 6 -- Praise preceded the fall of Jericho walls.

II Chronicles 20:14-21 -- Praise preceded Jehoshaphat's victory.

Mark 6:30-44 -- Praise preceded the feeding of the 5,000

Acts 16:20-34 -- Praise preceded the earthquake and jailbreak in Philippi

"It is said of Leonardo da Vinci, the great artist, that he wold sit practically motionless for days at a time, meditating and getting the inspiration for his masterpieces."

Celebrate the Small Stuff!

We are to celebrate God's smallest responses to our prayers. The psalmist David said, "I will praise God's name in song and glorify HIM with thanksgiving" (Psalm 69:30). Jesus said in John 14:13, "I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father."

In Exodus 15, after crossing the Red Sea and escaping the wrath of Pharaoh and his army, the children of Israel threw a praise party to celebrate God for bringing them safely out of Egypt.

Sometimes, after God has done something wonderful that we are celebrating, the enemy throws discouragment in our path.

The author and his wife had finished teaching at the convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, and were headed toward the airport, when they began to witness to the cab driver, who was from Ghana. After a few minutes he prayed to receive Christ as his Lord and Saviour.

When the cab stopped, the driver jumped out, hugged them, and thanked them for sharing Christ's life with him.

At the ticket counter the author's wife was given a boarding pass.

Then the woman looked at the author and told him, "Sir, I'm sorry, but your ticket has been canceled. You don't have a seat on this flight."

He told th woman, "I did't cancel my ticket."

She told him the airline canceled his ticket.

She then told him that he would have to buy another $471 ticket if he planned to fly home on the flight with his wife.

The author was fuming inside as he pulled out his credit card and purchased another $471 ticket. The author said God asked him, "Eddie, why did you sell my praise for $471?" All it took was one setback, one disappointment, to shut down his "praise party" for the salvation of the cab driver. He had allowed the evil one to crash his praise party and rob God of the praise HE was due - for a measly $471.

Let's acknowledge, thank, and celebrate every victory that God sends our way.

The author shares he does not promise to teach you how to get what you want from God. But he do hope that the readers of his book will know how to be heard in heaven.

I believe that Bethany sent me a complimentary copy to review.

Eddie Smith, Author of "How To Be Heard In Heaven. He is also co-founder and president of the U.S. Prayer Center, equips intercessors worldwide through articles, books, and his international teaching ministry.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Everything We Need ... 9/1/2013

Psalm/Tehillim . Gospel of Matthew . Genesis/Berershith . Leviathan . Sunday School Lesson

The Sunday School Lesson for September 1, 2013 is shared from Psalm/Tehillim 104:59, 24-30 (Background Scripture: Psalm/Tehillim 104; Devotional Reading: Matthew 6:25-34)

Levithan ... points to crocodile(s), one of the great lizards. Was once common in Egypt, & possibly was not rare in some parts of Palestine(Then)/Holy Land(Now)

Psalm/Tehillim 104 ... Psalm of Adoration: Of God's power, majesty, & glory.

Psalm 104:5-9

Verse 4 ... Angels; Good Angels; But Not To Be Worshipped

Verse 5,6,7,8,9 ... Works Of God; Creation; The Continents: Vegetable Life Begins

(Genesis 1:9-10; Genesis 7; I Samuel 2:8; Job 38:4; Psalm/Tehillim 75:3; Isaiah 40:8; Genesis 6:1-8:19; Genesis 9:8-17; Genesis 1:1 ... Reference Scriptures in the Sunday School Book)

Genesis 1:5 ... And the ... evening ,,, and the ... morning ... were the first day.

Psalm 104:24-26

Verse 24 ... Works Of God; Creation; The Creator Praised

Verse 25,26 ... Works Of God; Creation; Fish, Reptiles, Birds

(Psalm/Tehillim 104:19-23; Psalm/Tehillim 40:5; Acts 27)

Psalm/Tehillim 104:27-30

Verses 27,28 ... Food Provided for the Lord's Childrenod tt

Verse 27 ... The Outward Man; The Sustenance Of The Body; Food a Gift of God

Verses 28,30 ... Works Of God; Preservation; God the Preserver of All Things

Verse 29 ... Works Of God; Preservation; God's Preserving Power Indispensable

(Job 34:14-15; Psalm/Tehillim 146:4; Ecclesiastes 12:7; Genesis 3:19; Job 10:9; Psalm/Tehillim 90:3; 104:; Genesis 1:2; 14:5; Psalm/Tehillim 19:16)

Matthew 6:25-34 ... Clothing Provided for the Lord's Children, Food Provided for the Lord's Children, The Lord's Love & Care for His Children, & The Upright are Blessed & Prospered. (Prospered/Prosperity means different things to different individuals). Exhorteth not to be careful for worldly things; but to seek God's Kingdom.

Monday - August 26, 2013 - God Knows Our Every Need - Matthew 6:25-34

Tuesday - August 27, 2013 - The Greatness of the Creator - Psalm/Tehillim 104:1-4

Wednesday - August 28, 2013 - Nourishment for All Creatures - Psalm/Tehillim 104:18-23

Thursday - August 29, 2013 - The Cycle of Days & Seasons - Psalm/Tehillim 104

Friday - August 30, 2013 - The Exalted God of Creation - Psalm/Tehillim 97:1-9

Psalm of Adoration: Of God's power, majesty, & glory

August 31, 2013 - Praise God, the Creator - Psalm/Tehillim 104:31-35

Sunday - September 1, 2013 - God, Our Creator & Sustainer - Psalm/Tehillim 104:5-9, 24-30

Scripture reference used/taken from: The International Teacher's Handy Bible Encyclopedia/Concordance KJV Precious Promise & KJV Topical Edition Bible

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Ezekiel - The Watchman 'Voice of Warning' .. 9/17/2012

Trumpet . Ezekiel . Watchman . Sunday School Lesson Bible Readings . Revelation . Hebrews . II Thessalonians . Gospel of Matthew . Love

The Sunday School Lesson was shared for the week of September 23, 2012 from Hebrews 12:18-29 (Background Scripture: Hebrews 12:14-29; Devotional Reading: II Thessalonians 1:1-7)

Trumpets, their use: Numbers 10; Ezekiel 7:14; 33:3; Joel 2:1

Watchmen, their duty" Psalm/Tehillim 127:1; Song of Solomon 3:3; 5:7; Ezekiel 3:17; 33

Ezekiel 33 ... According to the duty of the watchman,in warning the people, Ezekiel is admonished of his duty. God sheweth the justice of his wings towards the penitent, and toward revolters. He maintaineth his justice. Upon the news of the taking of Jerusalem he prophesieth the desolation of the land. God's judgment upon the mockers of the prophets.

Monday - September 17, 2012 - Listening to the Voice of Warning - Ezekiel 33:1-9

Tuesday - September 18, 2012 - Listening to the Spirit - Revelation 3:1-13

What John was commanded to write to the angels of the churches of Sardis & Philadelphia

Wednesday - September 19, 2012 - Anticipating a Better Covenant - Hebrews 8:1-7

New Convenant. By the eternal priesthood of Christ the Levitical priesthood of Aaron is abolished. And the temporal covenant with the fathers, by the eternal covenant of the gospel.

Thursday - September 20, 2012 - Giving Thanks for the Faithful - II Thessalonians 1:1-7

Praise & encouragement. Of the Thessalonian's faith & love. Saint Paul (apostle Paul) certified them of the good opinion which he had of their faith, love, & patience.

Friday - September 21, 2012 - Loving with God's kind of Love - Matthew 5:43-48

To love even our enemies, & to labour after perfectness.

Saturday - September 22, 2012 - Pursuing Peace & Holiness - Hebrews 12:12-17

Exhortation to faith & godliness. An exhortation to constant faith, patience, & godliness.

Sunday - September 23, 2012 - Offering Acceptable Worship - Hebrews 12:18-29

Exhortation to faith & godliness.

September 22, 2012 - 'Steadfast Thanks'

Scripture reference used/taken from: The International Teacher's Handy Bible Encyclopedia/Concordance KJV Precious Promise Bible, & KJV Topical Edition Bible

Language - Aramaic

Aramaic . Daniel 2:4 . Ezra 4:8 . Jeremiah 10:11 . Chaldee . Gospel of Matthew . Gospel of Mark . I Corinthians 16:22 . Languages

Just a short introduction of the language of Aramaic below.

Language: Aramaic may be found in Daniel 2:4-4:7; Ezra 4:8-6:18; 7:12-26, & Jeremiah 10:11. These Scriptures are written in Aramaic, formerly called Chaldee. Aramaic in the New Testament may be found at the following Scriptures: Matthew 5:22; 6:24; Luke 16:9,13; Matthew 16:17; 27:46; Mark 5:41; 7:19; I Corinthians 16:22. Syria. Palestine(then)/Holy Land(Now), & Mesopotamia spoke Aramaic.

Scriptures & Reference used/taken from: The International Teacher's Handy Bible Encyclopedia/Concordance KJV Precious Promise Bible