Shine Before Men *Matt. 5:13-16

Matthew 5:13-16
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+5%3A13-16&version=NKJV;NIV
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Let Your light shine before man that they may see your good deeds and praise the Lord God Almighty.
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Short and sweet. Few words, but powerful.
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Lord, fan the coal into flame. May we be a burning torch for You that our light would shine ever so bright that it would draw people to You. That they would see our good deeds and glorify You – the One True God. In Jesus Name, Amen.

 

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Rejoice *Matt. 5:1-12

Matthew 5:1-12
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+5%3A1-12&version=NKJV;NIV
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Rejoice and be glad when people insult, are mean, hurtful, and persecute you, for your reward is great – they persecuted the prophets who went before you.
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Lord, help us to keep our eyes on You. Help us to ward off any offense. Give us forgiving hearts that You would be glorified in all that we have to go through. Your reward is great in heaven. Teach us how to store up riches in heaven. May our eyes be on You and the things of this world will grow strangely dim in the light of Your glorious face. Make us strong in You. Give us confidence, courage, and boldness to hold firm to You, Your Word. And when we are slipping and having trouble holding on, I thank You for Your faithfulness in not letting us go by extending Your mighty arm and Your righteous right hand to take hold of us to keep us safe and secure from all alarm. Steady our heart, hands, and feet. Be glorified in our lives. Thank You God! In Jesus Name. Amen.

 

Jesus Heals *Matt. 4:23-25

Matthew 4:23-25
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+4%3A23-25&version=NKJV;NIV
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Jesus heals sick, diseased, paralyzed, demon-possessed, seizures, pain, etc. Jesus healed all who were brought to Him. Jesus did this for them. Jesus can do this for us. Jesus can do this for me.
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His healings might not be what we think they should be, sometimes it’s even better than we could’ve ever imagined. Our God is powerful and loves us so much. His main desire is that none – absolutely none should perish (not live eternally in damnation – hell. Heaven and hell are real.)
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Lord, Maker and Creator of all things open our eyes to see the truth about life and eternity. Show us Your Word is real, unchanging. Show us the error of our ways and lead us into everlasting, eternal life with You. Lord, many of us are in need of a touch from You. We need Your healing touch. Come, Lord Jesus and touch us physically, spiritually, and emotionally. Heal our minds, hearts, and bodies.
We give You all the praise, honor, and glory. Thank you!

 

Temptations *Matt. 4:1-17

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+4%3A1-17&version=NKJV;NIV
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Jesus fasted 40 days and nights and was hungry. The devil came and said, “If…..then….” Jesus did not need to prove anything to the devil. The weapon Jesus used to defeat the devil – every time – was the Word of God. Each temptation started with “If….then….” statement.
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3 Major Temptations:  * The first temptation was not really about food. It was about misusing God’s power for personal gain. *The second temptation was careless living – it doesn’t matter what I do in life because God will protect me. *The third temptation was wealth & riches – putting them above God.
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The second temptation: The devil again began with an “If you are the Son of God…” “If” is presented as a dare – you have to prove what you say, otherwise if you don’t prove it (doing what someone else wants) then you are not who you say you are. Jesus, nor we have to prove anything to anyone else especially if we have to go against God’s Word.
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The devil is the master deceiver, liar, cheat, and stealer. Holding onto God’s Word is the only way to ward him off. He has to bow before the Word of God (and the powerful Name of Jesus Christ). It renders Satan powerless. But he’ll come back again trying to tempt you in a different area. Temptation looks beautiful, extremely pleasing to the eyes, but is deceiving and it is not what it appears to be.
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The last recorded temptation at this time was to gain wealth and riches. Again, Jesus used the Word of God to fight against the devil. As soon as he did the devil left and angels came and attended to him.
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This is important to note – that when we stand against temptations in our lives the devil will leave and God’s angels are sent to minister to us.
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Father, You are the one and only God. All things must bow before You. Thank you that we can call upon the powerful Name of Jesus- using the Holy Scriptures, hence the enemy has to flee. Thank you for the gift of Your most holy precious Word. Your Word is a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path. Teach Your people how to use Your Word for Your kingdom purposes and to ward off attacks from Satan and his cohorts. Open our eyes to see the deception in those things that tempt us, so that we can really see the temptation for what it truly is. Teach us, Lord, how to use Your Word, so that we may be effective and bring glory to Your most Holy Name. Thank You O Most High God!
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2 Cor. 10:2-5
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2+Corinthians+10%3A2-5&version=NKJV;NIV