An Audacious, Amazing Inclusion

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Matthew 6:13c says, “For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.”

What is God’s Kingdom? It is where He is the King and where His power and glory will remain forever. Remarkably, He asks us to be part of this eternal kingdom where we can partake in His power and glory. At the point of our salvation, we are given the power to overcome our enemy. We are also granted the ability, through the Holy Spirit, to give Him glory through acts of worship and voices of praise to Him.

Sometimes we forget to praise Him. We complain and grumble about our circumstances. The Lord’s Prayer ends by reminding us of the audacious, amazing inclusion God offers us in His kingdom.

To Him be the power and glory forever! Amen!

And there you go!

The Way of Escape

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Matthew 6:13b says, “but deliver us from the evil one.”

Jesus alone is the only Deliverer from evil! Write this down on your heart. He is the Way, the Truth and the Life! He’s the Conqueror King! He’s the Resurrection and the Life, and there is no evil in Him!

Though temptation creeps in and Satan entices us to sin, God, our Father, promises a way of escape. He provides a means of rescue through his Son, Jesus.

So today, when things go right or wrong, when you think you can make it on your own, or even if you can no longer make it at all, know this. He will deliver you from whatever temptation comes your way. As James 4:7 reminds us, “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”

And there you go!

Working for our Good

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Matthew 6:13a says, “And lead us not into temptation…”

We are assured in the book of James, chapter 1, verse 13 that God does not tempt us. So what is Jesus saying in this section of the Lord’s prayer?

Do you suppose when we learn to see that God is not our tempter but is always working for our good, it is then we have assurance He is our Savior?

There are three truths you must nail down before a tragedy or crisis of any kind strikes.

  1. God is good.

  2. God loves me.

  3. God has a purpose for everything.

We have to believe these with all our heart when life is going smoothly so we won’t wonder about God’s goodness, love, and purpose when hard things happen to us. We need to be prepared because we have no idea when tragedy will strike.

Think on these truths, and hide them in your heart. God does not tempt us. He loves us, and He’s good. His purposes are eternal.

And there you go!

Getting Back in the Game

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Matthew 6:12 says, “And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.”

This part of the Lord’s Prayer is a doozie! Sometimes I’m pretty slow about forgiving those who have sinned against me which possibly hurts them, but probably causes me the greatest harm.

After all, I’ve been forgiven. I should be quick to forgive. But when I’ve been hurt so deeply, I tend to justify my anger towards the person. It seems some wounds are so deep they never get healed. That may be because I don’t have the capacity to forgive as I should. Here’s the amazing thing, though. I don’t have to. I have Jesus living in me, and he will provide what I need to release my hurt. I’m learning to forgive with his help. I’ve come to understand healing is a process that may take time because some wounds have been there for awhile.

Healing can begin today. Is there someone you need to forgive? Do it now! It’s time to learn to forgive, and get back in the game. With Jesus on your team, the outcome is truly supernatural!

And there you go!

Able to Deliver

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Matthew 6:11 says, “Give us today our daily bread.”

God will provide! Ask Him, church! 

He’s aware of our need for food, drink and clothing. Each day we live is a gift from Him. He knows what every day will be like and exactly what we will need as we go about it.

Jesus is telling us in this passage to have faith that God will provide our needs for today. In Exodus 16, the Israelites trusted He would provide food for that day. God rained down bread from heaven in the form of manna. They were not to hoard for tomorrow, but rather trust that God would again provide the following day. For those who disobeyed and gathered too much, there were worms in their manna. Exodus 16:20 tells us it was really quite stinky!

Tell Him your needs for today, brothers & sisters. Don’t worry about tomorrow. Today has enough trouble of its own. You can trust Him. He is able to deliver, and He’s always right on time.

And there you go!