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SIH’s Think On These Things: Matt 6:13f

(Mat 6:13)  For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.

Our Lord is ETERNALLY the King of Kings, the All-powerful Lord over all, who deserves all of our praise and devotion.  He always has been, and always will be, the unmatched God of all creation.

His person, His work, and His Word will never change.

Rejoice in Him knowing that we serve an unchanging Lord, who will always work for His glory (and our good) by being faithful to the promises of His Word.

May the Lord bless each one of us as we “Think On These Things”.

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Matt 6:13e

(Mat 6:13e)  For thine is … the glory

The Lord’s “glory” speaks of His person (who He is) and His reputation (His revelation of Himself).

Our God stands out exceedingly far above all mankind. He is the Almighty, Creator, King and God of this Universe. He knows all things, is everywhere present and His perfectly sinless and just.  He is our loving, heavenly, Father who has given His all for us. This is why He is worthy of all of our reverence, worship, obedience, and attention.  He deserves to be at the very center of our lives.  This is His “glory”.

As we enter our day, let’s think about how His majesty and greatness.  Let’s take a moment to dwell on who He is.

May the Lord bless each one of us as we “Think On These Things”.

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Matt 6:13d

(Mat 6:13d)  For thine is … the power…

The Lord is all-powerful.  The Greek word for “power” is the word from which we get “dynamite”.  It describes the type of power that can accomplish any given task.  No matter how great the need; no matter how difficult the situation; no matter how great the temptation… our Lord can intervene and graciously give us the victory.  What a wonderful Lord we serve!

Are you facing a trial that seems impossible to get through?  Be patient and wait on Him. He will do what is for our good.  When we are unable… He is always able!

May the Lord bless each one of us as we “Think On These Things”.

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Matt 6:13c

(Mat 6:13c)  For thine is the kingdom,…

The Lord Jesus is truly our King.  We are His kingdom.  He is our Ruler… Why?  He has purchased us with His own blood on the cross…

1Pet 1:18-20 (KJV)  “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, [as] silver and gold…19) But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:”

Let’s remember the great price He has paid for us and our need to allow Him to reign in our hearts.  We are His kingdom and owe Him our everything!…

1Cor 6:20 (KJV) “For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”

May the Lord bless each one of us as we “Think On These Things”.

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Matt 6:13b

(Mat 6:13) but deliver us from evil:…

As fallen mankind, our lives are imprisoned by our own evil sinfulness much like an explorer is trapped and held by quicksand. We are facing eternal, spiritual death and cannot remove ourselves from this horrible situation.  Our only hope of deliverance is found in the Lord.  He is the One that can reach down and pull us out of sin’s punishment, power and even its very presence (in eternity).

Let’s come before the Lord in a spirit of helplessness and submission, realizing, without His intervention in our lives, we are ensnared by our own sinful desires and awaiting eternal ruin.

May the Lord bless each one of us as we “Think On These Things”.

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Matt 6:13a

(Mat 6:13) And lead us not into temptation, …

We know that the Lord brings temptation upon no man (James 1:13-14).  In other words, in this section of Scripture, we are saying “Please do not allow temptation to overcome me today.”

Two wonderful principles is brought out by this request:

  1. The Lord is watching over us and protecting us from Satan and His temptations.
  2. Our Lord is in control of the tempter (Satan, demons, and this sinful world) and the temptations that we face.  He will never allow a temptation to come our way that we cannot resist through His grace. (1 Cor 10:13)

Let’s thank Him today for His protecting hand upon us!

May the Lord bless each one of us as we “Think On These Things”.

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Matt 6:12

SIH TOTT ICON(Mat 6:12)  And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

Our willingness to forgive the debts of others is an indication of the Lord’s forgiveness of our sin.  After all, if the great debt of our sin has been forgiven by God… how easy it is to forgive the small debts owed to us by others.

Have we ever experienced God’s gracious forgiveness?  If so, forgive those who are indebted to us.  It is one of the greatest ways we can display Christ and His love to those around us.

May the Lord bless each one of us as we “Think On These Things”.

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Matt 6:11

SIH TOTT ICON(Mat 6:11) Give us this day our daily bread.

We are a needy people. We need our spiritual bread (an understanding of His Word) supplied to us every day. Because we possess a physical body, we need our daily physical bread (food, clothing and shelter) provided to us as well.

As we enjoy, and benefit, from the daily blessings… Do we recognize they come from our Lord? Do we partake of them with thankful hearts? By taking the time to request these blessings from Him, we are showing a recognition of our need, an understanding of His grace and appreciation for His divine supplies.

May the Lord bless each one of us as we “Think On These Things”.

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Matt 6:10b

SIH TOTT ICON(Mat 6:10) Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

God’s will is perfectly fulfilled in heaven.  What a different world this would be if we all flawlessly obeyed His will on earth!  No more murder, no more thefts, no lying nor deceit, the list goes on and on.

Let’s all pray that His will be done here on earth…. beginning with our own life.

May the Lord bless each one of us as we “Think On These Things”.

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Matt 6:10a

SIH TOTT ICON(Mat 6:10)  Thy kingdom come.

Do we desire for God’s kingdom to come?  If so, we are telling Him that we are willing to submit to His will and desires for our life.  We are saying, Lord, I desire for you to be the King of my life and reign in the world around me.

Are we willing to follow His leadership, as the Lord speaks to us through His Word?

May the Lord bless each one of us as we “Think On These Things”.

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Matt 6:9c

SIH TOTT ICON(Mat 6:9c) Hallowed be thy name.

The term “hallowed” refers to “one that is set apart from all others”. Jesus is stating that the “name” of our Heavenly Father is so pure, and special, it is set apart from all others.

The name “Heavenly” reveals to us that He finds His origin in heaven.  He is not of this earthly, sinful world.  His existence is that of eternal perfection far above all mankind.

The name “Father” teaches us that He is the Beginning (Creator) of all.   Also, it helps us to understand that God possesses a love for all which is demonstrated by His care of all creation.  This is in addition to His greater redeeming love He holds towards those he has chosen to save.

Today, let’s praise our Lord for being who He is … our perfect loving Creator who reigns from the heavens!

May the Lord bless each one of us as we “Think On These Things”.

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Matt 6:9b

SIH TOTT ICON(Mat 6:9b) Our Father which art in heaven….

Remember, when we pray, as Christians, we pray to our Heavenly Father who loves and  genuinely works on our behalf AT ALL TIMES…. He will always give us what is best for us.  If the request is not received, it is only because it would harm us.  If the request is postponed, it is being delayed for our benefit.

As we pray, let’s always remember we are praying to One who has a perfect love for us… we can rest knowing He is in control, He knows what is best for us, and He will always bring it to pass.

May the Lord bless each one of us as we “Think On These Things”.

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Matt 6:9a

SIH TOTT ICON(Mat 6:9a)  After this manner therefore pray ye:…

As our Lord begins to instruct us on the content of our prayers, He makes it certain we understand that His instructions are not to be repeated word for word in a vain routine.  The Greek word for “manner” puts forth the idea of “following this pattern” or “in this fashion”.

In the preceding verses, He especially emphasizes this principle by saying …”But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen [do]: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.  Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.”

As we enter into our day and come before Him in prayer, let’s always keep in mind that our prayers should be sincere and personal, flowing from our hearts in an individualized fashion.

May the Lord bless each one of us as we “Think On These Things”.

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Who’s On First, Who’s In Space … or What did you say? (Part #2)

SIH STSTA ICONIn our previous study, we examined the Lord’s teachings on The Proper Preparation for Prayer. (Matt 6:5-8)  We will not begin looking at The Makeup of Our Prayers. (Matt 6:9-13)

THE SCRIPTURE:

And when thou prayest, … For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. (Mat 6:5-13)

THE STUDY:

After this manner therefore pray ye:

Please note the Lord never said to recite this prayer.  He makes this plain earlier in the context of this prayer. (Matt 6:7-8 – Please see Part #1 for a further explanation).

If we study the phrase “after this manner” we find that the Greek word for this phrase means “in this way” or “following this pattern”.  It does not mean to “use these words” or “repeat after me”.   He is giving us a “pattern” for us to follow as we pray.

As we pray we should express… 

#1 – Our Reverence Of Him

Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

We need to recognize His greatness and express that greatness and what it means to us.  In this example Christ is centering on the Father’s greatness by expressing the need for His name to be treated as higher than all other names. “… Stand up and bless the LORD your God for ever and ever: and blessed be thy glorious name, which is exalted above all blessing and praise. “  (Neh 9:5)

#2 – Our Desire For His Will To Be Done Above All Else

 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

These two phrases are simply repeating the same point twice:

“Thy kingdom come” – let your kingly rule take perfect control of all things.

“Thy will be done… heaven” – His will is being done perfectly in heaven… we are to desire the same here on earth.

 This has two implications as we pray…

First, we are to desire His will to be done in any issues we bring to Him.

We should follow the perfect example of Christ, who prayed as He sought for the crucifixtion to be taken from Him… “O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt. “ (Mat 26:39)

Secondly, we should be willing to do whatever He may reveal to us as we seek His guidance for our lives.

Again, we are to follow Christ’s perfect example for us… “Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.” (Joh 4:34)

 #3 – Our Physical Needs

Give us this day our daily bread.

We are to bring all of our physical needs before Him;  our financial, health, and vocational needs, to name a few.

 #4 – Our Spiritual Needs

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

We are to bring before Him our need of forgiveness and our need to treat others as the Lord would treat us.   Repentance for known private, and public, sin in our lives should be dealt with during our prayers. Also, the need for others should be addressed in our prayers.

 #5 – His Leadership For Our Life

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:

Acknowledge His sovereignty over all events in our lives and the activities of Satan and demons.  Especially, seek to avoid situations of temptations, relying on His leadership to detour us.

 #6 – Verbally Praise and Glorify Him

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

Our prayer is to be made with God’s glory in mind.  Everything that a Christian does is to be done in faith, for God’s glory.  (Roms 14:23, Roms 11:36)  This is the main difference between the sinful moral acts of a lost man and the God pleasing acts of His saints. (Isa 64:6, Eph 2:2)

THE PRACTICAL APPLICATION

Prayer is not as complicated as we want to make it… it is simply, honestly, recognizing His greatness and then, by grace, speaking to Him by opening up ourselves and seeking to hear and follow His instructions.

Prayer should be more like approaching a King who is our brother or father.  Approach Him with reverence as God and King, but knowing He is sympathetic towards our every fault and need.

“Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. “ (1Pe 5:6-7)

To see this lesson taught on video please go to my Video Blog at  http://www.youtube.com/settledinheaven

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May the Lord bless your study of His Word.  Like God’s Word… may your soul’s salvation and your life’s faithfulness be “Settled in Heaven.”

Who’s On First, Who’s In Space … or What did you say? (Part #1)

SIH STSTA ICONAbbott and Costello, the legendary comedy team of the 40s and 50s, was the most famous comedy team of their time, and perhaps, of all time.  Their performance of “Who’s On First?” has passed the test of time, still being enjoyed by all. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wfmvkO5x6Ng  “Who’s on First” is an example of a failure to communicate clearly to others .

SETI, The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, originating in the early sixties, is man’s attempt to communicate with aliens from another planet.  After almost 50 years of trying, SETI has, to date, yielded no proof of alien communication with earth, nor the existence of alien life.  It seems to be a serious waste of much needed capital, which could be used to fund many other fields of scientific exploration.  http://www.seti.org

How about the day to day communication that should take place between husband and wife? Most polls indicate that a failure in communication is one of the top three reasons why marriages end in divorce.   Here, a lack of communication causes a rupturing of the family unit and the breaking of marital vows.  This is an extremely serious problem that leads to the ruination of lives.

But there is one other type of communication failure that brings about even worse results… a person’s inability to communicate with Christ.  In the case of the unsaved, his communication ruptured by his sinful condition. (Isa 59:2) The only remedy to restore that communication is God’s forgiveness. (1 John 1:6-10)

However, the Christian can also experience a loss of communion with the Lord.  Christ presents a lesson on communion’s hindrances and remedies for those who are saved and seeking a closer walk with Him….

THE SCRIPTURE:

And when thou prayest, … For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

(Mat 6:5-13)

THE STUDY:

In Part #1 of our study we will be looking at Our Preparation For Prayer. (Matt 6:5-8)

And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.   But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.

Here we find our Lord presenting to us five different principles…

Principle #1 –  We should prepare our hearts to be sincere in our prayers. We need to be SINCERE.   

The Greek word for “hypocrite” is a word that means “to play a role” or “ to be an actor on a stage”. Our prayer life we are not just putting on an act or going through the motions; trying to impress Him or others?  True, Scriptural prayer is entering into sincere communion with our Lord.

Principle #2 – We should enter into our communication with Him as a secret act between Him and us alone.  We need to be SELFLESS

Our heart prepared to meet with Him and Him alone.  This is done by confession of sin and thinking upon His Word.  Also we should have His Word open in front of us as we pray, awaiting to hear from Him during our communion time.  We should be ready to read His Word during this time, knowing He reveals His will for us through His Word.

Principle #3 – We should prepare our heart making sure our motive for prayer is not personal gain but humbling wanting to seek His face and then submit to the His revealed will for our lives. We need to be   SUBMITTED

As His will is revealed to us, we must have a heart prepared to follow His leadership.  As His will is revealed we should place any hindrances aside (no matter what the cost) and immediately seek to align ourselves with His desires.

But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.

Principle #4 – We should be desiring to communicate with the Lord not impress Him.  We need to be SEARCHING

The Lord does not desire for us to be repeating any prayer verbatim, including His model prayer in the following verses.  He desires sincere communication that is simply being transparent and speaking the truth from the heart.  Which would mean more to our spouse… having a friend of ours write a poem  of love that we could read , or for us to simply open our heart and proclaim our love in our own words?

 Principle #5 – We should be dwelling on His greatness, His knowledge of all things and His ability to change any circumstance if it is His will to do so.  We need to be SEEING

 As we enter into prayer our hearts should be filled with a knowledge of His greatness.  In prayer, we are coming before the Sovereign Lord of all.  We should be in awe and appreciation for His wanting to meet with us.  We should be joyful knowing He is the One who can truly meet every need in our life.  Nothing is too hard for Him.

As we pray, our heart should be:

Sincere

Selfless

Submitted

Searching

Seeing

In Part #2 of our study we will be looking at The Makeup of our Prayers. (Matt 6:9-13)

To see this lesson taught on video please go to my Video Blog at  http://www.youtube.com/settledinheaven

If you have any questions concerning this blog, or if you have a subject you would like discussed, please feel free to email me at settledinheaven@gmail.com.    I will answer all emails via my blog, email, or both.

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May the Lord bless your study of His Word.  Like God’s Word… may your soul’s salvation and your life’s faithfulness be “Settled in Heaven.”