Matthew 6 Part 3–Only One Soveriegn

Jesus was making God’s position on life clear; and in this part of His sermon, Jesus wanted people to understand there could only one sovereign on the throne of a person’s life.  Since Adam and Eve, men have been guilty trying to at the least help God out, or, at most replace Him. The fact that He is not visibly walking along, where men can see him–has  empowered people to think that his power and presence spiritually is not sufficient to command our respect, reverence and trust.  We are often willing to wait for a bit; but, not for the short lifetime for God to transform us into His image.

Throughout the Bible,we read story after story about reasonably decent folks simply trying to share their life throne with God.In every case it has ended in horrific disasters.  We are not equipped to be God–it is a gift, after all, that we are even in the lineage! God wants us to choose to let Him lead. He wants us to choose to store up treasures with eternal value. God wants us to trust Him for all aspects of our lives–what we eat, what we wear and where we live! If we are willing to do that, then the Lord will provide all that we need and protect us to the end of the journey.  It is always God’s desire to protect, prepare and provide the best for us.  We simply have to be patient and trust that He will complete what He started!  Verse 33 says it best–“Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness; and all these things will be added to you!”  

Follow ad Trust Him, it is the only way to truly experience his power and peace!

God Bless You

Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

22 “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy,[c] your whole body will be full of light. 23 But if your eyes are unhealthy,[d] your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!

24 “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.

Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life[e]?

Psalm 146–God is Faithful Forever

As David became older, he saw both victory and defeat. He saw great and wonderful days as well as dark and desperate times. He had men that were loyal to the death, and others that betrayed him at first chance. What David realized; was that the world was a difficult place, and apart from God, a hopeless existence.

David, however, was not apart from God. David followed him all his life. Throughout those hills and valleys, God remained faithful, kind, loving, supportive and strong. David saw God fight countless battles for him. David knew, in those times when he seemed most alone–God was there big and bold. David also knew that as God had remained faithful throughout his past; He would remain faithful throughout the future for both David and his people.  That was God’s nature.

It is also God’s nature to remain faithful to us. He is there to celebrate our victories and to embrace us in our most  difficult times. He is our strength, shield and friend when the world abandons us.  He is truly with us at every turn, so we will not feel abandoned.  He loves us like none other and is transforming us into people that have purpose and an eternal perspective. As we follow him, it becomes clear  that God is truly faithful forever.

God Bless You 

Praise the Lord.[a]

Praise the Lord, my soul.

I will praise the Lord all my life;
    I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.
Do not put your trust in princes,
    in human beings, who cannot save.
When their spirit departs, they return to the ground;
    on that very day their plans come to nothing.
Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob,
    whose hope is in the Lord their God.

He is the Maker of heaven and earth,
    the sea, and everything in them—
    he remains faithful forever.
He upholds the cause of the oppressed
    and gives food to the hungry.
The Lord sets prisoners free,
    the Lord gives sight to the blind,
the Lord lifts up those who are bowed down,
    the Lord loves the righteous.
The Lord watches over the foreigner
    and sustains the fatherless and the widow,
    but he frustrates the ways of the wicked.

10 The Lord reigns forever,

Psalm 141–God as Sentry and Mentor

David knew God was so much more than the creator and master of the universe.  He knew God wanted to keep it personal with his chosen. He would not only stand as Sentry for the nation, He would also stand as Mentor for the king.  David needed more than a national protector of his kingdom–he needed a personal protector for his heart and life.

David calls for God to guard his heart, his mouth and his life.  David knew that there would always be those that sought to destroy him; but, he also knew that on any given day, that he could say or do something that would make their job easy. So as a wise man and king, he sought God in his personal life to lead, guide and protect him from his enemies, and his own sinful nature.

We need to allow God to be Lord of all aspects of our lives as well. Sure, it is easy to seek him as provider and as protector; but, we also need him as our mentor, our master and our Lord.  We have to seek God’s word and allow Him to guard our hearts, our mouths and our lives. As we do, God will make us the best we can be, straighten our paths, fill our spirits and meet our needs.  That is why He is God!  Jesus said it best, “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness; and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:33

God Bless You

I call to you, Lord, come quickly to me;
    hear me when I call to you.
May my prayer be set before you like incense;
    may the lifting up of my hands be like the evening sacrifice.

Set a guard over my mouth, Lord;
    keep watch over the door of my lips.
Do not let my heart be drawn to what is evil
    so that I take part in wicked deeds
along with those who are evildoers;
    do not let me eat their delicacies.

Let a righteous man strike me—that is a kindness;
    let him rebuke me—that is oil on my head.
My head will not refuse it,
    for my prayer will still be against the deeds of evildoers.

Their rulers will be thrown down from the cliffs,
    and the wicked will learn that my words were well spoken.
They will say, “As one plows and breaks up the earth,
    so our bones have been scattered at the mouth of the grave.”

But my eyes are fixed on you, Sovereign Lord;
    in you I take refuge—do not give me over to death.
Keep me safe from the traps set by evildoers,
    from the snares they have laid for me.
10 Let the wicked fall into their own nets,
    while I pass by in safety.

Psalm 130–Amazing Grace

We all understand the amazing power it takes to create and manage a universe…God said let there be light, and there was light. He formed stars and planets. He filled the earth with life and created people to care for it. He has built and destroyed empires–He is  a mighty God! Still, it is his grace and mercy that sets him apart and allows us to know and follow him.  

The psalmist knew that–He did not cry out from the depths for God’s power–he cried out for God’s mercy.  The psalmist knew that only God’s grace and mercy could restore the broken relationship between men and God.  We have all sinned. We have all tried countless times to run our own lives and be our own boss–all with less than stellar result.  

Still, even before Christ’s sacrifice, men of God knew that the relationship could be restored by God’s mercy.  That mercy has transcended time, space and culture and has allowed us–black-hearted and flawed, to be restored into relationship with God.  The fact that a holy God can fellowship with a “wretch” like me, is truly amazing, amazing grace.  So as his chosen, we need to not only respect God’s almighty power; but, like the psalmist, we need to accept and be grateful for God’s amazing grace and mercy.

God Bless You

Out of the depths I cry to you, Lord;
    Lord, hear my voice.
Let your ears be attentive
    to my cry for mercy.

If you, Lord, kept a record of sins,
    Lord, who could stand?
But with you there is forgiveness,
    so that we can, with reverence, serve you.

I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits,
    and in his word I put my hope.
I wait for the Lord
    more than watchmen wait for the morning,
    more than watchmen wait for the morning.

Israel, put your hope in the Lord,
    for with the Lord is unfailing love
    and with him is full redemption.
He himself will redeem Israel
    from all their sins.

Psalm 103–Bless the Lord, Oh my Soul

Our family has a tradition; whenever we are having a meal together, and happen to start eating before we pray–we begin the prayer with Psalm 103:1. “Bless the Lord, oh my soul AND ALL THAT IS WITHIN ME, bless His holy name.” Certainly, David was not speaking of a meal in his blessing for God–David’s most beloved friend.  In David’s Life, he made some pretty awful mistakes.  Murder, adultery, pride and disregard for justice were among the sins that almost toppled the Great King of Israel. Yet, in the midst of these awful deeds, David took responsibility for his own behavior; and threw himself on the alter’s mercy seat–David simply asked  God to forgive and restore him.

God did as David asked, and made him the father of Israel.  David’s lineage bore our Savior, Jesus.  In this psalm, David reminds us that God is truly amazing, caring and forgiving.  God simply loves as only a Father can. He restores us. He removes our sin from out of our sight–“As far as the East is from the West.” He loves us with an everlasting love.  

It is important to note that this psalm is written well before the appearance of the Savior–yet, David reminds us of God’s desire to forgive and remove our sin from us. The God of the Old Testament is the absolute same as the God of the New Testament! His nature was, is and always will be to care for his own–like David.  All we have to do is humbly come before him and ask! He does not promise to remove our consequence–but, God does promise to remove our sin. Such a promise deserves our love and blessing–from all that is within us! Bless His holy name!!!!

God Bless You

Bless the Lord, O my soul,

    and all that is within me,
    bless his holy name!
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
    and forget not all his benefits,
who forgives all your iniquity,
    who heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit,
    who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
who satisfies you with good
    so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

The Lord works righteousness
    and justice for all who are oppressed.
He made known his ways to Moses,
    his acts to the people of Israel.
The Lord is merciful and gracious,
    slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
He will not always chide,
    nor will he keep his anger forever.
10 He does not deal with us according to our sins,
    nor repay us according to our iniquities.
11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
    so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him;
12 as far as the east is from the west,
    so far does he remove our transgressions from us.

Psalm 100–How To Enter God’s Presence

In this age of identity protection, it seems like there is a need to have a password to go anywhere or do anything.  What is my user ID, What is my password…Well, to enter into the presence of God, the user ID is Jesus and the password is “Thank You”.  As the psalmist saw it, we are to come into God’s presence with a grateful heart and worshipful mindset.  

To be in the worshipful mindset, we need to understand Who God; is and who we are in him.  He is God-our Creator, our Master and Lord. But, He is also Father, Shepherd, and Savior.  God is our Provider, Healer, Shelter and Guide.  He is God.  We should come into His presence humbly, gratefully and joyfully.  When we do, we should be singing praises, giving thanks and expecting to be received with open arms. 

There is no mystery about who God is. There is no reason we cannot enter His presence each day. That is where we should be. We simply need to do so with the right spirit and the right heart–We simply need to know He is God, and that He is glad to see us!!

God Bless You

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth!
    Serve the Lord with gladness!
    Come into his presence with singing!

Know that the Lord, he is God!
    It is he who made us, and we are his;[a]
    we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
    and his courts with praise!
    Give thanks to him; bless his name!

For the Lord is good;
    his steadfast love endures forever,
    and his faithfulness to all generations.

Psalm 89 Part 2–A tribute to God’s Promise to His Annointed

It would be great to be David! God was his biggest cheerleader and support. He loved David’s heart as a boy and transformed his life and lineage to be eternal.  David was by far the greatest King that Israel ever knew. As a teenager, it never dawned upon David to trust anyone other than God for his life or safety. He confidently fought bears, lions and giants with no regard to hismself–simply because he knew God was with him.  

He also was anointed King of Israel, as a boy; and for the next several years he was pronounced a fugitive from justice. He was hated by the current King, hunted by Saul’s army and left seemingly, alone and with no support–Still, he knew God was with Him. 

Finally, He was made King. He unified his nation, established peace for the first time in years and embraced his call to lead–God was there! Then sin and life tried to tear him and the kingdom apart. He still faced it; holding God’s promise in his heart.  He trusted and followed God even in the dark times; he trusted God all the days of his life.  

We are adopted into that lineage through our Lord and Savior. He wants us to walk in the same faith as David walked. In both great and terrible circumstances–he calls us to be people after his own heart.  He will bless and honor such a commitment; both in this life and in eternity.  We are not called to be perfect–clearly David was not perfect. We are simply called to believe in him and to trust him. It will  transform us into his image and  give us a full and meaningful  life on Earth and  a great life for eternity .

God Bless You

Once you spoke in a vision,
    to your faithful people you said:
“I have bestowed strength on a warrior;
    I have raised up a young man from among the people.
20 I have found David my servant;
    with my sacred oil I have anointed him.
21 My hand will sustain him;
    surely my arm will strengthen him.
22 The enemy will not get the better of him;
    the wicked will not oppress him.
23 I will crush his foes before him
    and strike down his adversaries.
24 My faithful love will be with him,
    and through my name his horn[f] will be exalted.
25 I will set his hand over the sea,
    his right hand over the rivers.
26 He will call out to me, ‘You are my Father,
    my God, the Rock my Savior.’
27 And I will appoint him to be my firstborn,
    the most exalted of the kings of the earth.
28 I will maintain my love to him forever,
    and my covenant with him will never fail.
29 I will establish his line forever,
    his throne as long as the heavens endure.