1 Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led around by the Spirit in the wilderness 2 for forty days, being tempted by the devil. 36 While you have the Light, believe in the Light, so that you may become sons of Light.”. . They were familiar with the Law’s directions about forgiveness. I have written to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you, and you have overcome the evil one. God feeds the spiritual being –that which is housed in this earthly body of flesh– with all that is needed to fulfill His purpose as His ambassadors to the world (John 6:35). This description of caring for physical needs predicted Jesus’ mission. . 12 ‘And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. .”, “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. 1 “At the end of every seven years you shall grant a remission of debts. 6 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. 3 And the devil said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.” 4 And Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live on bread alone.’”, 5 And he led Him up and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. Even though they live on the ground, and bloom just a few days, their beauty –their testimony about Jesus’ magnificence– is a stunning contrast to their surroundings. 19 For their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they themselves also may be sanctified in truth. . Denying that He was God living among people (that’s what Immanuel means); that He was God’s Passover Lamb; that He was the Atoning Sacrifice for all; that He was the true Light of men –leaves a person in the worst of all possible conditions (Matthew 8:11-12, Matthew 22:13-14, Matthew 25:30). . Note: Words in capital letters typically indicate Old Testament quotes. Amen.]”. 10 But if anyone walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him.” 35 So Jesus said to them, “For a little while longer the Light is among you. And your recovery will speedily spring forth; And your righteousness will go before you; You will cry, and He will say, ‘Here I am.’. In that chapter nine passage He also spoke about the consequences of putting a patch of new cloth on an old garment and new wine in an old wineskin. Those were public displays performed by self-righteous men (in Matthew 6:1-8). “Pray, then, in this way: ‘Our Father who is in heaven, Hallowed be Your name.”. Used by permission. Isn’t it by relating the unknown to what is well-known? . 9 “Then you will call, and the Lord will answer; You will cry, and He will say, ‘Here I am.’ If you remove the yoke from your midst, The pointing of the finger and speaking wickedness, 10 And if you give yourself to the hungry And satisfy the desire of the afflicted, Then your light will rise in darkness And your gloom will become like midday. “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. The cross would demonstrate that all of mankind’s debts for rebellion against God were canceled once-and-for-all by His own payment. 17 Nor do people put new wine into old wineskins; otherwise the wineskins burst, and the wine pours out and the wineskins are ruined; but they put new wine into fresh wineskins, and both are preserved.”, 11 I say to you that many will come from east and west, and recline at the table with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven; 12 but the sons of the kingdom will be cast out into the outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”, 13 Then the king said to the servants, ‘Bind him hand and foot, and throw him into the outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ 14 For many are called, but few are chosen.”. 2 “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. “Then your light will break out like the dawn. Sermon: Kingdom Living - Matthew 6. by Steve Andrews on Wednesday, January 01, 2014 at 7:00 AM . He told them about specific changes that they would personally witness. And they would come to know that the kingdom had come –it’s where Jesus is God and king over His own. He wants people to trust Him alone “for all things” (Ephesian 5:20) and “in all things” (1 Thessalonians 5:18) for He is the One who works them all out for our good. After Jesus was baptized to distinguished Him as the Messiah, He was led by the Spirit to be tempted by the evil one, the devil, in the wilderness (Luke 4:1-13). 3 But when you give to the poor, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 so that your giving will be in secret; and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you. Jesus calmed their hearts with the Beatitudes –God’s rewards for living by faith– to prepare them for the tumultuous change in covenants. The Old Covenant’s Law was intended to expose everyone’s guilt for usurping God as the Judge (of good and evil) and the need for being reconciled to Him. . 9 “Pray, then, in this way: ‘Our Father who is in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Ten Sleepy Virgins: Are You Ready for Christ's Return? John Piper Mar 13, 1994 807 Shares God is most glorified in us “Beware of practicing your righteousness before men to be noticed by them. That’s exactly the opposite of what He –the true Judge– desires. Keep Believing Ministries is a registered 501(c)3 charitable organization. (It was the set of pictures and dramas predicting His life, death, resurrection and what those would accomplish.) In this devotional series you'll learn of these varied and meaning behind the names, titles and descriptions of Christ. These things Jesus spoke, and He went away and hid Himself from them. “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. Scripture: Matthew 6:25–34. Giving isn’t about money; it’s passing on to others whatever God has generously provided. 17 Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions.”. And He ate nothing during those days, and when they had ended, He became hungry. "It's hard to understand, why not make it simpler?". . Will you call this a fast, even an acceptable day to the L, “Is it not to divide your bread with the hungry.