The verses below have a lot to say, and given different points of view I am sure more can be said than the subject I been led to cover today. The verses between the two verse selections are the Lords Prayer, (one of the best breakdowns I have ever heard is a series Pastor Robert Morris did, it is on line and easy to listen to. I encourage you to dive in this weekend. It is a powerful study.)
It is interesting to me is people feel the need to tell people everything they do, every single thing. Then there are others that tell you what you want to hear, and of course those that truly manipulate the situation. Whatever that is, like playing friends, colleges, even love relationships against each other. There is power in keeping those people hurting and need you... Remember that is NOT a good power. Rarely do you find people that will tell you the truth, or isn't trying to always have one up on you or use what you do tell them against you or for their own gain. For heavens sake, when you find those rare gems, those are your keepers. Much more on this subject stay tuned - but today let's focus on the simple things. Remember, Keep it Simple Stupid!
Do you really think one of your bragging subjects, one of those exaggerated or one upping takes ought to be your cherritable works, or worse how much time you spend w the Lord, in His Word and in Prayer? There is nothing in your gut that tells you that is okay, nothing. Yet people do it.
If you are competitive in nature, or are compelled and want to do things right, please start here. STOP BRAGGING ON YOURSELF, AND GO INTO YOUR CLOSET! Not literally although some people do, the message is be private. Why, because there it truly becomes real. There is nothing you are doing for points, credits, credibility, nor making others be in awe of you and your works. It is just between you and the Lord, who will reward you Greatly!! TYL. Listen if you boast and someone says oh wow, oh my gosh you are so wonderful. That was your reward.
Go a little deeper, if you must be so public about your praise and worship time, ask yourself this; Are You Praising and Worshipping the Lord, Father God, Jesus Himself and The Holy Spirit? No you are NOT! Do you think you are worshipping yourself, feeding your own ego, maybe even making sure that others worship you even. Be careful here this is a slippery place, and a real trick the enemy will play.
Good news, it is the easiest thing in the world to fix... These verses spell it out as clear as day. Go and Be Blessed today, and go Bless others with your smile, your encouraging words, with your uplifted spirit. Eventually you will also have the chance to witness to them. And say to yourself each time, wow I love you Lord. Thank you for theses blessed opportunities, Thank you Lord!! And in your private prayer time, make it between you and Him, be specific, and spend time in the Word. It is the best recipe I ever learned. I have committed mighty woman and men of God to thank for that, more I thank Him for having refined them, brought them into my life and then refined me. Thank You Lord!!!!
““And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
“When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show others they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that it will not be obvious to others that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” Matthew 6:5-8, 16-18 NIV
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