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Saturday, September 7, 2019, 18:01 | No Comments »
Matthew 6:16-18
“Whenever you fast, do not put on a gloomy face as the hypocrites do, for they neglect their appearance so that they will be noticed by men when they are fasting. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full.
But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face so that your fasting will not be noticed by men, but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.”
 
Fasting is something that is supposed to be dune between you and the Lord, but the world and a lot of those who call them self’s Christians have made it a thing about physical health and a spiritual status.
 
Jesus said To do it in a manner so that your fasting will not be noticed by men, but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.
 
Fasting has become an industry in this country just look at the number of books written on it. It is supposed to be between you and God to help cleans your spirit to help you communicate with the Holy Spirit, to bring you closer in spirit with your creator, to present yourself and your needs before your Lord.
 
But once you turn it in to a physical of communal thing it becomes nothing more than another fad or distraction to build up your own ego.
 
You do not need my words or the words of any man what you need is to hear from the Holy Spirit of God who He gave to you when you asked Jesus in to your heart.
 
In John 14:25-26 Jesus tells us
“These things I have spoken to you while abiding with you But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.”
 
It is the Holy Spirit who will teach us ALL things if we will but listen, fasting helps clear the human spirit so that it is smother for our spirit to hear the Holy Spirit, it is between the individual and the Lord and having this pathway connection with the Spirit of God is the path on which to make your request know in a proper way, for the Holy Spirit can communicate our heart and soul to the Father in a way our thought and words can never.
 
And in James 1:5 we are told
“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. James 1:6-8 But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts, is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind.
For that man ought not to expect that he will receive anything from the Lord, being a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.
 
No man has ever written a book that preached a sermon or taught a teaching that has ever come close to a teaching by the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit can use what man has said and adjust it in the heart of man if need be, but to be taught something directly by the Holy Spirit as you read through the word of God is a teaching you will always remember and take to heart for it will penetrate and adhere to your spirit and feed your soul like no words from a man can ever do.
 
And so it is with fasting, take a day and let the Holy Spirit feed your spirit instead of you feeding your flesh.
 
Praying and fasting the best way to get direction in life.
but remember do not do it to be notesed by man but rather by Father God who is in secret, who sees in seceret what is done in secret and will reward you.

Thursday, September 5, 2019, 13:01 | No Comments »
Well nine days have passed hope you have had time to read think over and even start practicing what the Lord has said in Mathew 5.
Today we move on to Matthew 6
 
Giving to the Poor
Mat 6:1 -4
“Beware of practicing your righteousness before men to be noticed by them; otherwise you have no reward with your Father who is in heaven. So when you give to the poor, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may be honored by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full. But when you give to the poor, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving will be in secret; and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.”
 
Prayer
Mat 6:5-16
“When you pray, you are not to be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on the street corners so that they may be seen by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full.
But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.
And when you are praying, do not use meaningless repetition as the Gentiles do, for they suppose that they will be heard for their many words.
So do not be like them; for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.
Pray, then, in this way:
Our Father who is in heaven, Hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done, On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.’
 
For if you forgive others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.
But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions.
 
Do you do things for others so that you can be seen, so that they will look up to you as a great kind and generous person?
 
When you give a gift to someone weather rich or poor do you do it to benefit them or you’re self?
 
If you have to do it in front of others or you have to tell others what you have done your motives need to be checked.
 
When we pray to the Father it should be personal between Him and us not a show case to try and make others think we are a great person or that we may have a higher connection with God than they do.
 
On a scale of 1 to 10 we are all 5’s not one of us is better than another and to do things to try and make others think we are can be seen by all and not only do we receive our reward from man instead of God, most time it will end up with the others who ever they may be looking down on the one trying to be seen or thought more of. And we still lose the reward from heaven because we received it from man even though it was only for a short time, Gifts from Father God are forever gifts from mad fade away.
 
When you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.
 
This concept is alive and well in all aspects of your life, keep your relationship with Christ personal, it is not to be flaunted before man, but instead your life should be lived holy before man so that men may see the glory of Christ shin through you, by what you do day by day moment by moment when you think no one is watching.
 
One thing i have noticed in a lot of Christians they are willing to help others if it means they can be seen doing so but when it comes to helping someone and no one will know about it they do nothing, and sadly there are a lot of churches out there who work in the same manner.
 
Go forth be generous and caring for those in need but do it in secret don’t let the world know what you have done, and wait for your reward from Father God you will be greatly blessed with a reward from heaven that will never fade away

Tuesday, August 27, 2019, 07:58 | No Comments »
Matthew 5:13-16
“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men. You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but rather on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.”
 
How do you know if you have you have become tasteless?
1. When you are around the world you spend your time thoughts and efforts trying to pleas, satisfy, justify, being like the world.
2. Your conversation is no different than the world.
3. You speak the word of God but then turn right around and disobey that same word (your words have no substance.)
When your words have no credibility, because of your life style,
When your words, or actions, have no conviction, to either you or the people you associate with,
When the word of God you do speak are spoken from a heart of unbelief rather than faith hope and anticipation.
 
These can come about in your life by choosing to accept the ways of the world, the concepts, theories, beliefs, philosophies and even sayings.
The more of the world that is in you the weaker your testimony of Christ, (your salt) If you take a five gallon bucket put five pounds of salt in it and drip water in to it at the rate of sixty drips per minute how long will it take you to notes the flavor is getting weak? You won’t.
But one day you will wake up and discover that all your so called friends think you are a joke, a dedicated Christion that only reflects the world in word deeds and actions, and to the fact they walk all over you taking advantage of you at every opportunity.
 
If your salt is strong the world will hate you, disagree with you make fun of you, say evil things about you, but at the same time have a respect you because they do fear God.
 
By living by the commandments given to us by Father God your light will shine before the world and the world will see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. And your salt will be found flavorful.
 
Matthew 5:17-20 “Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill. For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished. Whoever then annuls one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever keeps and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I say to you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.”
 
What are the Commandments that must be keep so that our righteousness may surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees?
 
As we go forward in Matthew Jesus answers that question, Matthew 5:21-48 Jesus lets us know that it is not good enough to just fallow the actions of the Ten Commandments like the scribes and Pharisees, but we should surpass them by following the Ten Commandments in our thought life, in our emotions,
 
The Ten Commandments
Exodus 20:2-17
1 “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before Me.
2 “You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My Commandments.
3 “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.
4 “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.
5 “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you.
6 “You shall not murder.
7 “You shall not commit adultery.
8 “You shall not steal.
9 “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
10 “You shall not covet your neighbor's house; you shall not covet your neighbor's wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor's.”
In Matthew 5:21 Jesus starts showing us this Matthew 5:21-22 “You have heard that the ancients were told, ‘YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT MURDER’ and ‘Whoever commits murder shall be liable to the court. But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother shall be guilty before the court; and whoever says to his brother, ‘You good-for-nothing,’ shall be guilty before the supreme court; and whoever says, ‘You fool,’ shall be guilty enough to go into the fiery hell.”
 
Jesus takes action of committing murder being a sin and expands it to the to the heart attitude of being angry.
 
Matthew 5:27-28 “You have heard that it was said, ‘YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT ADULTERY’; but I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”
 
Matthew 5:31-48 Jesus goes on with more examples of taking an action and expanding it out to a heart condition, showing that we should care for others and what will become of them. And be truthful in all we think and do
 
Matthew 5:31-32 “It was said, ‘WHOEVER SENDS HIS WIFE AWAY, LET HIM GIVE HER A CERTIFICATE OF DIVORCE’; but I say to you that everyone who divorces his wife, except for the reason of adultery, makes her commit adultery; and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.”
 
Matthew 5:33-37 “Again, you have heard that the ancients were told, ‘YOU SHALL NOT MAKE FALSE VOWS, BUT SHALL FULFILL YOUR VOWS TO THE LORD.’ But I say to you, make no oath at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God, or by the earth, for it is the footstool of His feet, or by Jerusalem, for it is THE CITY OF THE GREAT KING. Nor shall you make an oath by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black. But let your statement be, ‘Yes, yes’ or ‘No, no’; anything beyond these is of evil.”
 
Matthew 5:38-42 “You have heard that it was said, ‘AN EYE FOR AN EYE, AND A TOOTH FOR A TOOTH.’ But I say to you, do not resist an evil person; but whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. If anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, let him have your coat also. Whoever forces you to go one mile, go with him two. Give to him who asks of you, and do not turn away from him who wants to borrow from you.
 
Matthew 5:43-47 “You have heard that it was said, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.
For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same?
If you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same?”
 
Matthew 5:48 “Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”
 
Be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect
If we could not accomplish this Jesus would not have told us to do it.
Most Christians don’t even want to talk about this statement Jesus made but rather quickly just move over it.
 
Not me   i asked the Holy Spirit for understanding and wisdom about this and here is what i reserved;
 
Leviticus 19:18 ‘You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the sons of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself; I am the LORD.
 
Matthew 19:19HONOR YOUR FATHER AND MOTHER; and YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.”
 
Matthew 22:39 “The second is like it, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.”
 
Mark 12:29-31Jesus answered, “The foremost is, ‘HEAR, O ISRAEL! THE LORD OUR GOD IS ONE LORD; AND YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND, AND WITH ALL YOUR STRENGTH.’ The second is this, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.' There is no other commandment greater than these.”
 
Luke 10:27 And he answered, “YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR STRENGTH, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND; AND YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.” Romans 13:9 For this, “YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT ADULTERY, YOU SHALL NOT MURDER, YOU SHALL NOT STEAL, YOU SHALL NOT COVET,” and if there is any other commandment, it is summed up in this saying, “YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.”
 
Galatians 5:14 For the whole Law is fulfilled in one word, in the statement, “YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.”
 
James 2:8 If, however, you are fulfilling the royal law according to the Scripture, “YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF,” you are doing well. Want to fulfill
 
Matthew 5:20 “For I say to you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.” Want to fulfill
 
Matthew 5:48 “Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”
 
The way to accomplish this
Fulfilling the royal law according to the Scripture, “YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF,” if you do this, you are doing well.
For God so loved the world He gave His only begotten Son,
what are you willing to give of yourself that others may come to Christ for salvation; ego? pride? comfort? Worldly positions? self-worth? Status?
 
Think about it.
 
start treating others as you would like to be treated,
 
Show the Love of Christ to all who God places in your path whether you think they are loveable or not. 

Saturday, August 24, 2019, 16:21 | No Comments »

Matthew 5: 12

In the last post i ended with Matthew 10 and 11

“Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me."

In 12 Jesus is still speaking about 10 and 11 and says

“Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

The Hebrew Names version Bible buts it this way

“Rejoice, and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven. For that is how they persecuted the prophets who were before you”

We are to be exceedingly glad, not just glad but extremely glad looks like we should be joyfully glad, You may say jay that is a bit extrema but think about it, what better way to know what you are doing saying or believing is right.

Just as the world persecuted, insulted and spoke evil against the prophets of God, if you are determined to live a holy life dedicated to Jesus you will be treated in the same manner, what better way to know you are on the right track than to have the world hate you, for the world heats a true follower of Christ more than anything ells.

This should bring you to a point of being exceedingly glad and even great joy, it should bring you to a point of peace and contentment knowing that you will be spending eternity with Father God and Christ Jesus in the new heaven and new earth (in heaven)

In Matthew 10:32,33 Jesus tells us;

“Therefore everyone who confesses Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father who is in heaven."

And in Hebrews 13:5 Jesus tells us;

"Make sure that your character is free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, “I WILL NEVER DESERT YOU, NOR WILL I EVER FORSAKE YOU,”

Hebrews 13:1-6

"Let love of the brethren continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it. Remember the prisoners, as though in prison with them, and those who are ill-treated, since you yourselves also are in the body. Marriage is to be held in honor among all, and the marriage bed is to be undefiled; for fornicators and adulterers God will judge. Make sure that your character is free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, “I WILL NEVER DESERT YOU, NOR WILL I EVER FORSAKE YOU,” so that we confidently say, “THE LORD IS MY HELPER, I WILL NOT BE AFRAID. WHAT WILL MAN DO TO ME?”

For God created the sole and only God can condemn the soil to the lake of fire (hell)

It is only through the blood of Jesus that we have any hope of salvation for it is through His blood that Father God see us, if we have not excepted the love and the free gift of forgiveness we will be pruned out, cut away, we are saved from the pit of hell by excepting that free gift we are not saved by our actions and deeds, but it by our actions and deeds that shows our commitment to Christ Jesus. And if we are committed to living a righteous holy life before Christ the world will heat us.

I think what holds back many is

1. A lack of faith; either not truly believing or perhaps not knowing what Jesus has promised each of us.

2. Pride; not wanting someone to think badly of you, fearing man more than God.

3. Wanting so badly to fit in and be accepted by others around us; instead of turning to the Holy Spirit and Jesus for friendship and companionship.

I can do all things through Christ who straightens me In the letter Paul wrote to the people of Philippians and to all generations (that includes you and me) In Philippians 4:11-13 Paul makes a few statements that show the proper mind set we should have.

Philippians 4:11-13

“Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.”

If we learn to be content in all Christ has given us, or to do without what He has not given us this will make it much simpler to not be as influence by the world and the ways of the word, which in turn makes it simpler to live a riches life dedicated to the Lord Jesus.

Want to learn a bit more about Joy? Read Philippians;

1:1-30 Joy in suffering

2:1-30 Joy in serving

3:1-21 Joy in believing

4:1-23 Joy in giving

In Nehemiah 8:10 we are told

“Do not be grieved, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.”

Think about it


Thursday, August 22, 2019, 14:42 | No Comments »
When Jesus saw the crowds, He went up on the mountain; and after He sat down, His disciples came to Him. He opened His mouth and began to teach them, saying,
 
These are the first words in Matthew 5, and to me are some of the most important words in the bible that we should be paying attention to, Jesus has started teaching, if you are looking to know who Jesus is and what Jesus wants you to do in and with your life the following words are essential, for in chapters 5,6 and 7 of Matthew Jesus is teaching us not only how we should be living on this earth but also about Himself. So please come along with us and find the secret to a full and successful life.
 
Matthew 5:3-11
Known as the B attitudes Jesus tells us what we should be like.
We are told blessed are the,
Poor in spirit, those who mourn, gentle, hunger and thirst for righteousness, merciful, pure in heart, the peacemaker, those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness and verse 11“Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me.
 
Being poor in spirit;  is to recognize our own spiritual poverty, and our need for God
To mourn;  s to feel regret and sadness about sin in your life
To hunger and thirst after righteousness;   to have a strong desire to learn and live a righteous life
Merciful; to show forgiveness and to have compassion to those in your life
Pure in heart;   to have a singleness of heart toward God 
Peacemakers;  create harmony or make peace, to not house bitterness envy and selfish ambitions in your hearts
Persecuted for the sake of righteousness;   to be persecuted for doing the right thing and following after the Lord
And 11, blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me.
 
The conclusion that i get out of Matthew5: 3-11
We are to know who God is and that we are not worthy, we need to relies and except that we are not god not a big G or a little g
 
and to bring the love of Christ to the world we are in, which can only be dun through the leading of the Holy Spirit



Hodgepenny

As time went on He just sat, knoqing, knowing what no one else seemed to know.

But staring in to the red leave's He knew spring was on it's way, and that His life would go on as He reflected on the Love He had felt.

And that no mater how the lonely streets desended upon Him He would continue to shin, as He sat their He could be heard sining softly to Himself,   This little light of mine.

Hodgepenny's philosphy has always been take care of home first, only give to those who are truly in need, never, No never take anything that you have not earned. always spend as much time with the Father as you can, for His love will guide and keep you through all things, and this will make your life better than great.



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