Today's Christian thought: Wednesday January 14th, 2004
As many of you know, I love asking questions. I guess that comes from being a somewhat unruly kid, a detective and then a newspaper publisher, for, heaven knows I do love asking questions. So, let's start today with some questions.
Let's start by asking a simple question, are you using cash to tithe? If not, why? Why aren't you using cash?
When you pray in church, are you praying, preaching or trying to make a point?
I'm not going to ask you about your fasting habits, last time I did that, I could hear the laughing all the way up here in Maine.
But, what about forgiving your enemies? How are you in the forgiving department? Say you have a brother that goes to another church who bangs into your car and totals it. And then you find out that his insurance has lapsed, what would you do?
Are you maxing out your 401K, your retirement savings and stock portfolio? Are you putting a bigger percentage of your gross into savings than you are tithing?
What do you spend more time on each day, engulfed in the Word of God or the secular televison, computer stuff, radio, conversations, etc? Where do you spend more time on the net each day, here at ACP or over at Freerepublic?
Who is your master? Are you worried about dying? Are you concerned about the appearance of your wardrobe?
If you have been honest with yourself, I think you have some questions about your answers. Questions like, "Am I wrong?". You know, back about 1,970 years ago when God Himself walked the earth in the form of a man named Jesus, He answered these very same questions. Shall we look at the Lord's answers?
Matthew Chapter Six
1 Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven. 2 Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
3 But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth: 4 That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret Himself shall reward thee openly.
5 And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. 6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.
7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. 8 Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask Him. 9 After this manner therefore pray ye:
Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be Thy name. 10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever.
14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: 15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
16 Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. 17 But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face; 18 That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.
19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: 20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: 21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
22 The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. 23 But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!
24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
25 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? 26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?
27 Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? 28 And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: 29 And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall He not much more clothe you,? O ye of little faith, 31 therefore take no thought, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or, 'What shall we drink?' or, 'Wherewithal shall we be clothed?'
32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. 33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. 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. (Matthew 6:1-34 ACP/KJV)
So, how did you do? Not to good huh? Got a suggestion for you, print this thought out, then take the questions and the corresponding scripture that gives you God's answer to the question and list them. Start with the one that would be easiest for you on down to the one that you look at and say, "I could never do that". Then starting with the easiest to change, go to the Lord in prayer, ask His help and do that first one, then go on to number two, go to the Lord in prayer, first thanking Him for helping you accomplish number one and then asking His help with the second thing on your list. And, by the time you get to the most difficult one on your list, you and the Lord will be working so close together that it will not only no longer seem difficult, it won't be difficult.
Oh Lord God Creator of all things Hallowed, Holy and Sacred is Thy name, help us Lord to avoid temptation, help us Lord to put ego away and tithe in cash, help us Lord to not be concerned for the things of this world, but instead help us to focus on saving and storing treasure fit for You and heaven. Hedge us Lord, protecting us from evil, the evil one, his minions, his ilk and those who serve him knowingly and unknowingly. Lord, be with us as we learn from Thy word, give us strength and a never ending desire to see Your face. Amen.
Pray for my friend Mac, pray for Rush and Michael Savage. While the Lord does not need the platforms and audiences that Rush and Michael have, they, Rush, Michael and their audiences need the Lord.
The Lord God of the Universe, Messiah Y'shua be with you all, amen.
It is better to be a horse fly in the stables of the Lord Jesus than the CEO of hell.
All Scripture quoted, in both sermons and daily thoughts, except when done by a guest, is from the ACP/authorized 1611 King James Version. The words in red are those quotes of God the Son, the Lord Jesus and the words in purple are those qoutes spoken directly by God the Father and the words in this sickly greenish color are of satan. But all of the Bible is spoken by God and should be viewed as God's handbook for us to run our lives by 2 Timothy 3:16.
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