5 “And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. 6 But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. 7 And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words.
8 “Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him. 9 In this manner, therefore, pray:
Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
10 Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts,
As we forgive our debtors.
13 And do not lead us into temptation,
But deliver us from the evil one.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
Have we lost the teachings of Jesus? Are we so focused on Grace that we by pass what Jesus said? What He taught? This is crucial because He taught and showed us the way to heaven. And not only that, He showed us the way we can have peace on earth no matter what is going on around us. If we follow/obey Him we will be blessed. He is the only way, the truth, and the life.
17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. 18 For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. 19 Therefore anyone who sets aside one of the least of these commands and teaches others accordingly will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
“Who can speak and have it happen if the Lord had not decreed it so.”
19 I remember my affliction and my wandering,
the bitterness and the gall.
20 I well remember them,
and my soul is downcast within me.
21 Yet this I call to mind
and therefore I have hope:
22 Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed,
for His compassion never fail.
23 They are new every morning;
great is Your faithfulness.
31 For no one is cast off
by the Lord forever.
32 Though He brings grief, He will show compassion,
so great is His unfailing love.
37 Who can speak and have it happen
if the Lord has not decreed it?
38 Is it not from the mouth of the Most High
that both calamities and good things come?
39 Why should the living complain
when punished for their sins?
40 Let us examine our ways and test them,
and let us return to the LORD.
17 From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”
When I hear repent I think of John the Baptist. However, from the beginning to the end of Jesus’ life he also preached repentance. He preached the Good News, did miraculous healings of all sorts and became widely known.
Repent means to turn away from sin and do it no longer.
Dreams are important. When you honor God with your life, God honors you. He will intervene in your life to guide you. All we have to do is listen and follow Him.
Mary was blessed, but so was Joseph because God was speaking to him directing their family to safety. God spoke to Joseph several times through dreams:
1: 20 But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 24 When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. 25 But he did not consummate their marriage until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.
2: 12 And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they (the Magi) returned to their country by another route.
2:13 When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up,” he said, “take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.”
2: 19 After Herod died, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt 20 and said, “Get up, take the child and his mother and go to the land of Israel, for those who were trying to take the child’s life are dead.”
1.Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit
2.Jesus saves people from sin.
3.Prophets foretold now fulfilled.
4.God’s promises happening now.
The birth of Jesus is miraculous. God sent His one and only Son to earth, that whosoever believes in Him will not perish, but have eternal life. This is a free gift from God.
*Emmanuel means God with us = Jesus. Jesus is not just King of the Jews, but of the Gentiles too. The Scriptures (Bible) gives the answers. For out of the Old Testament the New Testament is revealed. Can’t have one without the other because it is one Book.
Why has God done this? When people or a nation walks away from God Almighty they will reap what they sow.
8 “People from many nations will pass by this city and will ask one another, ‘Why has the LORD done such a thing to this great city?’ 9 And the answer will be: ‘Because they have forsaken the covenant of the LORD their God and have worshiped and served other gods.’”