Devotionals

23 Apr Matthew 6:1

6 “Beware of practicing your righteousness before men to be noticed by them; otherwise you have no reward with your Father who is in heaven. Several weeks ago we started with this verse. After studying Jesus’ application of this verse relative to giving, praying, and fasting, do...

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22 Apr Matthew 6:17-18

17 But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face 18 so that your fasting will not be noticed by men, but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you. Jesus next describes...

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21 Apr Matthew 6:16

16 “Whenever you fast, do not put on a gloomy face as the hypocrites do, for they neglect their appearance so that they will be noticed by men when they are fasting. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full. Jesus’ final “application” relates...

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20 Apr Ephesians 4:32

32 Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you. Paul summarizes several of the character traits of a True Disciple in this verse. How should a True Disciple of Jesus relate to other people, especially other Christ...

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19 Apr Matthew 6:15

15 But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions. Though Jesus is not talking about forgiveness by God that leads to salvation, He is talking about forgiveness of others that impacts one’s fellowship with God. Do you forgive others quickly...

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18 Apr Matthew 6:14

14 For if you forgive others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. Last week in our study of the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus spoke of our spiritual need for forgiveness and the importance of forgiving others. In verses 14 and 15, Jesus explains His...

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16 Apr Matthew 6:13

13 ‘And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. [For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.’] The final element of Jesus’ model prayer is one of recognizing our spiritual weaknesses and seeking God’s provision and protection. What...

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15 Apr Matthew 6:12

12 ‘And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. The next element relates to our spiritual need of forgiveness. We are to seek God’s forgiveness in a manner consistent with our forgiveness of others. While you might find it “normal” to ask God...

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14 Apr Matthew 6:11

11 ‘Give us this day our daily bread. The next element relates to seeking God’s provision for our daily needs. While God is active in the “big things” in heaven and on earth, He also desires to be involved in the details of our daily lives. What...

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13 Apr Matthew 6:10

10 ‘Your kingdom come. Your will be done, On earth as it is in heaven. The next element of Jesus’ model prayer is to ask for God’s reign in our lives, in the earth, and in heaven. We are to pray for God’s will to be done...

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