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March 20, 2018, 8:25 AM

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Matthew 6:16-18 (KJV)
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.

“When you fast is a reference both to fasting prescribed under the Mosaic Law in connection with the Day of Atonement (Lev. 16:29) and the voluntary fast of the day. The Pharisees added two fast days, Monday and Thursday of each week, as a case of public display and piety.” (Liberty Annotated Study Bible). When seen with a sad countenance everybody could see their piety, they have their reward is what Jesus said, they were seen of men.

Jesus taught His followers to not advertize your fasting by word or countenance. But to fast in secret and God would reward you openly. Jesus did not institute a fast for His disciples but voluntary fasting was common in the New Testament.

There might seem to be a contradiction with Mathew 5:16. This is not a contradiction but rather an enhancement. There, we are to let our light shine before men that they might glorify God not self. Here, we are to not be like the Pharisees (hypocrites). Our character is on display daily and should reflect the light of Christ to bring Glory to God. Our religious acts should be done as to not draw attention to ourselves but Christ.

You can’t hide from being seen. But you can radiate God’s presence in your life. Our actions are being judged each day by those who know that we are a Christian. Our fruit on display and being seen by those all around, for good or for bad. Most see our failures and use it as a reason to not follow. They don’t understand forgiveness. Others see our failures and understand the struggle. We must be aware that we are the only Jesus most people ever see. Let’s give them a good picture. We are blessed.


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March 16, 2018, 10:09 AM

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March 16th, 2018

Matthew 6:14-15 (KJV)
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.

To forgive is one of the greatest qualities of character in the believer. Sometimes it is easier to hold a grudge than to seek restoration in a relationship. We justify, and share our grievance with anybody who will listen. Gaining allies or choosing sides of people who you tell only your side. You embellish because as you tell it, it doesn’t sound as bad as you say it out loud. Now it’s even more difficult to fix because you have cheerleaders to advocate for you. It spins out of control. Because of this relationships crumble, marriages fall apart and churches split. Sometimes we choose the silliest hills on which to die! “Agree with thine advisory quickly” (Mat. 5:25). Time does not heal all wounds.

Allowing ourselves to be forgiven is often difficult. I have dealt more than once with people who believe that they can’t be forgiven because of the deeds of the past. Most of us who won’t be forgiven, or won’t forgive ourselves, have difficulty forgiving. Let us come to learn the love and grace of God, who through the blood, forgives all sin. Be forgiven!

Now for the crowd:  Assuming a grievance of someone who has been sinned against puts you in a bad place. You can be a peace maker only if you have not chosen sides. Other than that you magnify the problem. You have not been sinned against. You cannot forgive for it is not yours to forgive. One of the most difficult things to do is to keep your nose in your own back yard. Encourage, on the other hand, to forgive and restore.

Being forgiven teaches us to forgive. Sometimes this comes as a hard lesson. God’s love is greater than all our sin and being forgiven makes us free, free to forgive, restore and bring peace. Peace with God and with our brothers and sisters in Christ. In this we are blest.

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March 13, 2018, 9:24 AM

Morning Coffee

March 13, 2018

Matthew 6:13b (KJV)
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

This little sentence is packed with meaning. It is more than a way to close a prayer, but identifies the totality of our work. We are building His Kingdom, in His power for His glory! It might come as a shock to some church leaders that you are not building your kingdom!

It might shock some of you that I believe that Jesus will return to earth and establish His kingdom on earth, w here He physically reigns over the affairs of man. (Even so come Lord Jesus!)  But until then He is seeing His kingdom spiritually through the church, where He rules.  Let us stay faithful to that call.

When we pray using this model it will lead us to pray for the expansion of His Kingdom in power and glory. We will pray about friends in service all around the world. Pray for friends who because of their safety we can’t name but you know them through the church. For great men of God like Jason Vance and Cody Deevers who serve God in starting churches in the Phoenix area. Valley life ministries I believe have already begun three churches. They are supported both financially and with volunteers from two associations that want to enlarge Christ Kingdom. Men such as Rodney Myers, an independent missionary in Africa, he and his family help enlarge God’s kingdom by starting churches, training local men to serve as pastors and leaders expanding, multiplying the Kingdom. I stood with other men from northwest Oklahoma on a vision trip to Colorado Springs. We stood and looked over hundreds of homes with no church of any flavor. Evan in this community, Konawa Oklahoma, there is a calling to change lives, change culture and change families. John 4:35 (KJV) 35  Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.  Matthew 9:37-38 (KJV) 37  Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; 38  Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest. Thine is the Kingdom and the power and the Glory. A great statement about our God and our commitment to faithfulness. We are blessed

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March 12, 2018, 10:46 AM

Morning Coffee

March 12, 2018

Matthew 6:13 (KJV)
13  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:

As believers we are still growing in grace. We still are in conflict with the world, the flesh and the devil. We are still weak against the spiritual attacks of the evil one. Remember that we are still the petition park of this model and the believer should recognize their weakness to temptation. We then ask for God’s leadership against the evil one. James 1:13-14 (KJV) 13  Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: 14  But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. These verses shed light on the teaching of Jesus in our text. The petition is for God to keep us from temptation and the evil one.

We should pray this daily! Even when we feel strong, we can be easily tempted and fall to its enticement. We must remain focused on Christ. Remember that the devil doesn’t need to destroy us, just render us ineffective. Hebrews 12:1-2 (KJV)
1  Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, 2  Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.  Its not the big sins that cause us the most trouble, but those pesky little annoying things that weigh us down making us ineffective for the Kingdom. True victory comes when we become aware of sin in our life, confess it to God. Don’t wait till the end of the day and do the blanket approach, God forgive me of all my sin. But instead name each sin as you become aware of it, it will make you stronger each day as you get forgiveness and victory. As we grow in grace and win victory over those sins which trip us up, are relationship with God becomes closer. Each victory makes our relationship with God sweeter and sweeter. We are blessed.

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March 9, 2018, 8:28 AM

Morning Coffee

March 9, 2018

Matthew 6:12 (KJV)
12  And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

This has always been a tough statement for me to explain, so I would avoid it as much as possible. But here it is, right in the petition part of this model prayer. Are we really only forgiven as much as we forgive? If this is the case I am done! But notice the wording. This is a petition, asking God to forgive as much as I forgive. What are we really asking God? Since this is a prayer coming from a relationship “Our Father”, this not about our relationship but rather our character. Forgiveness is not easy. Matthew 18:21-22 (KJV) 21  Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? 22  Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven. Forgiveness was a spiritual issue even as Jesus taught the twelve. His parable in Mathew 18 gets this character nailed down for us. Notice that throughout, the servant is still His servant. But growing in Grace is something all of us continue to do throughout our life. Learning to forgive is still the goal. This passage establishes the standard. This is the character of Christ. We should be like Him.

1 John 1:9-10 (KJV) 9  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
10  If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
1 John 2:1 (KJV) 1  My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:

Forgiveness comes through Christ. We all know that we sin. God knows and made a provision. He shows us that we are born again not to sin, but He knows us and provided a way to fellowship. We are blessed.



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