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HEEDING JOYFULLY TO GOD'S WORD
   
  THURSDAY
OCT. 23
   
 

Matthew 6:2,5, 16
Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. *And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. *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.


The Bible says that, faith without works is dead, James 2:17. These works must begin with what the word of God says we must do. Obeying the word of God greatly builds and strengthens our faith in Christ Jesus. One of the first things I will like you to notice in our texts above is that, Jesus directs us to give alms, to pray, and to fast. He did not say 'IF' you do your alms, if you pray and if you fast. There are abundant blessings and rewards that are attached to our engagements in spiritual disciplines.

For giving of alms, Luke 12:30-34 says for all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things. But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you. Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Sell that ye have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that faileth not, where no thief approacheth, neither moth corrupteth. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

One of the things that Jesus was referring to in the above passage was that you should not allow the fear of your own needs to prevent you from having compassion and showing love to others. In addition, Jesus instructed that we should not appear with a poor countenance when we fast. Let the joy of your coming harvest motivate you to obey God's Word. Remember that, you are not fasting to impress anyone or to prove to others that you are spiritual. God, who sees in secret, will reward you openly, and by the Holy Spirit, you will be continually guided into God's Truth.

DECLARATION: Lord, Your word have I hidden in my heart that I might not sin against You. Give me the grace to remain obedient to Your voice. Amen

   
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