March 18, 2009
17″But beware of men, for they will hand you over to the courts and scourge you in their synagogues; 18and you will even be brought before governors and kings for My sake, as a testimony to them and to the Gentiles. 19″But when they hand you over, do not worry about how or what you are to say; for it will be given you in that hour what you are to say. 20″For it is not you who speak, but it is the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you.” (Matthew 10:17-20)
Do you depend on God as fully as a child depends on his father?
We spoke yesterday about the need to be innocent as the dove in our dependence on God as we move through Jesus’ teaching on how to go out into the world which we started here. This scripture is really a great relief! He tells us that we do not need to worry about what to say when we find ourselves in a critical situation representing our Messiah. The Holy Spirit will step in and speak for us. Read the rest of this entry »
February 19, 2009
I almost started this post by beating the drum of “Worship God”…but I stopped because if you don’t get that, it sounds really boring. And if you do, you already know it’s the most amazing way you can live, and you don’t need me telling you. So I thought instead we’d talk about…What do we get out of this praying thing?
Did you know that David was out for himself when he agreed to go slay Goliath? Go check it out; he wanted to know what the reward was. Sorry, let’s stick to the Lord’s Prayer here. God wants to take care of all our needs and Jesus teaches us how to pray for that… Read the rest of this entry »
February 17, 2009
The Lord’s Prayer:Introduction (Matthew 6:9)
My dad used to tuck me into bed saying the Lord’s Prayer. We used to chant it each Sunday morning at the church we attended. Never in this time did I have a clue what Jesus was teaching in this prayer. I just repeated it as if it were a spell. We spoke yesterday about the fact that in these very scriptures Jesus is warning us not to do this sort of thing, “do not keep on babbling like pagans“.
He lays out the foundations for what our prayer life should be and it is quite the opposite of the way that we naturally pray. When we are new in our walks, we spend most of our prayer time asking God for stuff that we want. He can be quite amazing in what He will give us just by asking, but He expects us to grow past this early phase. As you grow, you might be living a life doing the will of the Father and make this your focus. This might seem holy and righteous, but this too is wrong. I battle this temptation a lot because I feel that I am absolutely doing the work that God is calling me to do, but because there is always more to do than I have time to complete, I am tempted to make the work my focus and not God! Jesus clearly shows us that the key to the Kingdom life that He calls us to is the opposite of these natural tendencies. Read the rest of this entry »