This is part 2 of who the followers of Jesus are and do as found in Matthew chapters 5-7 (ESV). As stated previously, this is the GPS in keeping followers on the right road. The narrow road that Jesus speaks of in Matthew 7:13-14, leading to righteousness, justice, and equity (ESV, Study Bible).
Love your enemies
Pray for those who persecute you
Give to the needy without sounding a trumpet
Pray without using empty phrases with many words.
They do not lay up treasures or serve two masters, God, and money.
They are not to be anxious
Seek the kingdom of God
Not to judge others
They know they can ask God, and He will give them whatever they need
Practice giving, praying, and fasting as their heart reflects their relationship with God
Follow the golden rule, the law of the prophets do unto others what you desire they do unto you.
True believers do the words or teachings of Jesus (Matthew 7:24-27;James 1:22-23; James 2:20-22)
A friend stopped me after church and handed me a poem he wanted me to read; like me, he had the poem written on an opened envelope. I surmise a lot of poets or inspirational writers do that, and I am one of them who writes on whatever is available. I skimmed over it, and to encourage him to continue to write, I told him I would print the inspirational in my blog. After reviewing and editing what he wrote, I met with him to review his work before I print it and informed him that I added scriptures. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NIV) teaches that believers are to encourage one another and build each other up. So here is my brother in Christ, inspirational thought.
by David Gertin
There is something about a rainbow. Does truth have a color? Does righteousness have a color? Does life have a color? Does integrity have a color? Does love have a color?
No! Yet, they come in every color. Does not a rainbow shine in the brilliance of the heavens? Does the rainbow come from the light or the darkness? Does it not come from above from the Kingdom of heaven? Is not the rainbow beautiful? There is something about a rainbow.
Hatred, lust, murder, racism, addictions, and sexual immorality do they not come from the darkness and the flesh? Do these things shine or emit light? Do they arise to teach the truth? Can they stand in the light of the presence of God? Should light not dispense the darkness and the darkness fall away! He writes an answer, a problem solved, a dispute resolved. The color of Jesus, a rainbow.
Reading: Revelation 10:1
He was robed in a cloud, with a rainbow above His head; His face was like the sun, and his legs were like fiery pillars, and He gave a loud shout like the roar of a lion. When He shouted, the voices of the seven thunders spoke.
I couldn’t make up my mind the other morning where to eat breakfast, should I eat at Eggs Up, Shoney’s, the hospital cafeteria that was nearby or IHOP, I chose IHOP.
How about I’m the only person in IHOP and the one person who does all the work, cooking, cleaning, and preparing the restaurant for the day.
As I entered I asked her jokingly has the end come? She smiled. While she was walking me to my booth, she started telling me her story saying she left her husband and found a place, she needed 100 to turn her lights on. What do you think I did for her besides praying. Yep, I did what you were thinking. She said “You must be an Angel” thank you mama! Let there be light! Before I left the weirdest thing happened the lights started blinking. Hmm did IHOP pay their light bill!
Reading: Matthew 5:16
In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
Habakkuk was a prophet of God, and he was different than the others. He was freely open to questioning God which did not bother God at all and God answered Him without hesitation. Habakkuk’s questions were: Why does evil in Judah go unpunished and how can God use a wicked nation like Babylon to punish His chosen people? Some believers are like Habakkuk and they want to know what is God’s reasoning for what He is doing and why, perhaps for the same reasons as Habakkuk.
Habakkuk was concerned that there was too much evil among the righteous and too much free willing power among the wicked. Habakkuk was crying out against injustice, violence, and lawlessness that he was seeing around him. Like his nation, there are nations that are given in to immorality, idolatry, power, and greed today, and some people treat others in ways that are inhumane. However, Habakkuk was aware of God’s sovereignty. So he went to God for answers.
In answering Habakkuk the Lord said, He himself will establish His kingdom. He will hold people and nations accountable. The present may be filled with chaos and wickedness, but the future belongs to the righteous the truly righteous. God will bring his people into His kingdom, give them salvation and rest and judge the adversaries of His people.
God’s rest is the sharing of His joy, the enjoyment of being established in His presence, the same joy He had when He rested on the 7th day (ESV Study Bible, Hebrews 4:8-10). In God’s rest there is peace and order. God said that people who go astray in their heart and have not known His ways shall not enter His rest (Psalm 95:10 -11). Questioning God? God has answers.
In the day of trouble, I will seek the Lord, Psalm 77
This Psalm has a corporate focus, where a body of God’s people are being reminded of what God did in the past for His redeemed who were at His right hand, whom He led like a flock. This particular community of people were laminating and one person recognized as a community that the well-being of one affected the well-being of the whole community. In this psalm the member of the community is crying out to God regarding their day of trouble.
As a member of the community, this person encouraged the other community members to unite and seek the good of the whole. They were to remember and meditate on God and His promises and His mighty deeds when things were better. Doing so would give them confidence for what God has planned for their future.
Reflection 1: So we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another (Romans 12:5). A redeemed people, citizens of the kingdom. Under the kingship of Jesus, being lead by the Holy Spirit. As God’s people, adopted children we have direct contact with the Father who keeps His promises. And as a believer or citizen of the kingdom we are to lookout for the interest and welfare (well-being) of others (Philippians 2:4).
Reflection 2: This troubled world cannot affect your future. For God has plans for your welfare (well-being) in giving you a hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11). He says pray and call upon Him, He will hear you. And when you seek Him with all your heart you will find Him (Jeremiah 29:12-14). Jesus expands on what God said in that as believers we are to seek the Kingdom of God and not worry or be troubled (Matthew 6:33). And apostle Paul encourages believers to not be anxious about anything and in any situation pray and put their petition in with thanksgiving when presenting their request to God (Philippians 4:6).
Let not your heart be troubled, Love from the Father.
Now on the throne interceding as the king of kings
Truth, justice, hope, and divine love reigns
Arise and Awaken your souls honor and exalt the King of Kings and Lord of Lords!!
Reading: Philippians 2:10-11
At the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.