August 2, 2016 Saturday
March 28, 2016 Monday
The devil tempts us to doubt our identity and authority in God by seeking to get us to command something to come forth in the name of Jesus Christ to meet our basic needs. God’s answer in us to these temptations is to declare that even our basic needs for physical life itself proceed out of obedience and alignment to the word of God and not too presumptuous temptations that do not have the witness of being from God’s word to us. 1-4
The devil is allowed to tempt us my putting before us temptations that we may not want to see and in the case of Christ even to the point of physically transporting his body to another place of great temptation. This does not mean the devil has power over us but that God is allowing us to be tested and tried that we might be purified. The temptation to receive the comfort, security, wealth and pleasures of this world requires that we fall down and worship Mammon and the things of this world and therein thus worship the devil who has been allowed at this time to be the god of this world. Our answer to this temptation is to declare the word of God that we are to worship Elohim and only serve Him. 5-8
The devil is allowed by God at times to come into our lives to tempt us and sometimes this is to believe our authority in God originates out of us because of our own righteousness. Thus the temptation is to initiate speaking in God’s name some powerful miracle to validate this heart set and mindset. When God is leading us it is not temptation to validate our authority in God out of our own righteousness but is God’s leading which is also aware of our helplessness apart from God and does not seek the deception of self glory and presumptuous choices to glorify God. Our answer to these temptations is to declare that we will not tempt the Lord by demanding that He do some miracle through us to validate our power with God. 9-13
March 29, 2016 Tuesday
Luke 4: continued
God’s blessing is on those that are humble and honest before God and man out of the fear of God. Those that do not have such states of being reveal that there identity and oneness is not in God but in their own self glory and the securities and pleasures of this world. Those that have this real relationship with God are not idolizing the law that exalts themselves with God instead of giving glory to God. The idolization of the law in God’s word reveals the spirit of man’s control without relationship with God and relationship with God has flexibility rather than control.
Matt 5:3-12 (KJV)
(5:3) Blessed [are] the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (5:4) Blessed [are] they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. (5:5) Blessed [are] the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. (5:6) Blessed [are] they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. (5:7) Blessed [are] the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. (5:8) Blessed [are] the pure in heart: for they shall see God. (5:9) Blessed [are] the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. (5:10) Blessed [are] they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (5:11) Blessed are ye, when [men] shall revile you, and persecute [you], and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. (5:12) Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great [is] your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
Luke 6:20-26 (KJV)
(6:20) And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said, Blessed [be ye] poor: for yours is the kingdom of God. (6:21) Blessed [are ye] that hunger now: for ye shall be filled. Blessed [are ye] that weep now: for ye shall laugh. (6:22) Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you [from their company], and shall reproach [you], and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake. (6:23) Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward [is] great in heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets. (6:24) But woe unto you that are rich! for ye have received your consolation. (6:25) Woe unto you that are full! for ye shall hunger. Woe unto you that laugh now! for ye shall mourn and weep. (6:26) Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets.
March 30, 2016 Wednesday
It is not wrong to fear the consequences of God’s judgment because of condoning evil through compromise such as marriage and putting material concerns above seeking and waiting on God. On the other hand, the genuine fear of God is motivated to judge and cut off all compromise out of a genuine conformity of reverence and delight in the holiness of God against all corruption. This is what motives zeal for the house of God to remove all compromise so that the house of God is the house of prayer and meeting with God.
March 31, 2016 Thursday
It takes genuine faith to keep genuinely forgiving someone that repeatedly offends you and then says they repent and asks for forgiveness. Christ describes this faith to be like a grain of mustard seed that is very small and yet full of life to persevere and burst through the hardest rock and driest conditions with life. He then explains that this mustard seed kind of faith is like a faithful servant that is very humble and thankful towards God despite the fact that life is humbling and very difficult. Genuine faith is not puffed up because it is birthed out of the genuine fear of God which recognizes the greatness of God’s goodness and mercy and of one’s unworthiness to have received it so that they are filled with thankfulness despite the worst conditions to have faith in the ultimate trustworthiness of God as the ultimate Good. This keeps releasing the grace of God therein. 1-10
Christ reveals that the kingdom of God will come in relation to where our heart is at with God. Those that are truly in love with God in their heart are focused on God with their life and energy through prayer and good works out of abiding in God that takes priority over the cares of this world. 11-37