Daily Devotional

October 30, 2014 – “What Can I Do To Prevent Worry?” (Matt. 6:33-34)

Are you always worrying?  Worry and anxiety can lead to physical illness, a lack of focus at work and other important tasks, and anxiety and worry can prevent you from enjoying life.  So are you looking for a cure for anxiety and worry?  Would you like to learn how to worry less?  Anxiety is really fretfulness over what has not taken place.  It is a concern about tomorrow while living in the present.  Therefore, Jesus commands “But seek ...

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October 29, 2014 – “Do Not Worry About Life” (Matt. 6:25-34)

Did you know that stress has become an inevitable part of life for most people?  As one writer pointed out, “Four out of five Americans report a need to reduce stress in their lives.  According to the American Institute of Stress, stress-related illnesses cost the American economy $100 billion annually.”  Child psychologist David Elkind sums it up this way: “There are at least three contemporary sources of stress that mark our age as a difficult one.  First, due ...

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October 28, 2014 – “You Cannot Serve God and Riches” (Matt. 6:24)

One of the most important passages regarding daily life is this section we have been studying, Matt. 6:19-24, because it has to do with the choice we must make between treasures on earth and treasures in heaven.  Jesus instructs us to store up eternal treasures because they are more valuable than any treasures we can store upon earth.  The things of this life are subject to corrosion, deterioration, and theft.  However, we have an alternative and that is ...

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October 27, 2014 – “The Lamp of the Body” (Matt. 6:22-23)

William Barclay wrote of this passage: “The idea behind this passage is one of childlike simplicity.  The eye is regarded as the window by which the light gets into the whole body.  The color and state of a window decide what light gets into a room.  If the window is clear, clean, and undistorted, the light will come flooding into the room, and will illuminate every corner of it.  If the glass of the window is colored or ...

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October 24, 2014 – “Lay Up Treasures in Heaven” (Matt. 6:19-20)

While there are many temptations to keep us from serving the Lord wholeheartedly (Matt. 22:37-40), one of the most distracting temptations is the preoccupation with or emphasis on material objects, comforts, and considerations, with little interest in or rejection of the spiritual values set forth by our Lord.  One can easily find biblical examples of those who loved material or physical concerns more than God.  The great king Solomon allowed the love of money, and women and other ...

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October 23, 2014 – “Fasting That Is Rewarded By God” (Matt. 6:16-18)

It is interesting to observe that Jesus deals with hypocrisy in the three relationships we have in life—God, others, and self (Cf. Matt. 22:36-40).  To begin with Jesus warns us about hypocrisy in relation to others when we give alms, or perform charitable acts (6:2-4).  Then He warns us about hypocrisy in our relationship with God when we pray (6:5-13).  And third, He warns us about hypocrisy regarding our own lives when we are attempting to serve God ...

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October 10, 2014 – “In This Manner, Therefore, Pray” (Matt. 6:9-13)

Father they asked Jesus to teach them to pray (Luke 11:1).  Therefore, Jesus is teaching His disciples how to pray properly, avoiding some of the pitfalls, and including an appropriate mix of praise and petition.  Could someone repeat this Model Prayer and be acceptable to God?  Certainly, one may repeat it word for word if the heart is open and one is sincerely praying to the Father.  However, Jesus is giving us a model to pattern ours prayers ...

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October 9, 2014 – “The Model Prayer” (Matt. 6:8-15)

Augustine said, “Prayer calms and purifies the heart and makes it more capacious for receiving the Divine gifts.  God is always ready to give us His light, but we are not always ready to receive it.  By prayer we open channels through which blessings, which are always ready, may flow.”    One of the most important lessons that a Christian must learn is how to pray.  We should not be surprised to learn that the disciples requested that Jesus ...

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October 8, 2014 – “When You Pray” (Matt. 6:5-7)

Among professed followers of Jesus Christ are three views regarding prayer:  1) There are those who believe prayer really isn’t necessary because God will do whatever He pleases whether we pray or not; 2) There are others who believe that everything is contingent upon prayer and that God will do very little unless we ask; 3) In between these two extremes is the view that God is in charge and is accomplishing His own purposes but who urges ...

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October 7, 2014 – “Charitable Deeds” (Matt. 6:1-4)

Different translations use different expressions for the subject under consideration in this passage. While the NKV uses “charitable deeds”, the NIV uses “acts of righteousness”, and the ESV uses the expression “practicing your righteousness.”  Most scholars agree that the best expression is “acts of righteousness” because verse one is about all kinds of acts of righteousness while the remaining verses are dealing with specific examples of that principle.  Jesus is clearly warning against hypocrisy—“Take heed that you do ...

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