I pray that you all are moving well in the your God given power.
As you walk your righteous journey meditate on where you want to stand in the kingdom of God. What are you going to lock and unlock in heaven? Most important keep your righteous life clean on the inside and the out. your eternity depends on it.
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Lets get in to the word of God!
Matthew Chapter 23
Verse 1 – 12
Jesus Judges the Pharisees and the Teachers of the law
The word says then Jesus spoke to multitudes and his disciples saying;
Scribes and pharisees sit in Moses seat.
Therefore whatever they tell you to observe, that observe and do. But di not do according to their works, for they say and do not do.
For they bind heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them down on men’s shoulders, but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers.
Bit all their works, they di to ‘be seen by men’. They make their phylacteries nroad and enlarhe the borders of their garments.
They love the best places at feast, the best seats in the synagogues.
Greetings in the marketplaces, and to be called Rabbi, Rabbi.
But you do not be called Rabbi; for one is your teacher, the Christ and you are all brethrens.
Do not call anyone on earth father; for one is your father, he who is in heaven.
And do not be called teacher, for one is your teacher, the Christ.
But he who is greater among you, shall be your servant.
And whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself shall be exalted.
Amen, when I was typing out this verse I tought about how most people arr not going to church because they feel as if it’s now a gathering for hypocrites.
I think at times people want to pick what they want from the bible.
When I started my righteousness walk, I heard people say things like that’s my spiritual mother, that’s my spiritual father. While we are on Earth, we are making away for our heavenly treasures. The Lord says don’t bother calling someone else father or teacher they are your brethren, learning right with you they may know more, and so you share but know this. If that person is exalted here on earth in heaven they will be the servant.
This is something for people that feel as if they know everything, and that certainly can be me at sometimes. If first will be last, and last will be first. Then the one who wants to be better than others and be in charge will have to learn how to serve. And for those who served here on earth will unlock treasures it’s all about your eternity.
Also don’t be so quick to want to teach someone something and not bother learning the lesson your self, just because you wanted a name deacon, pastor, prophet, apostle. Try unlocking it in heaven and on earth stand in service as equal as God has placed us.
Jesus Condemns the religious leaders
Verse 13- 36
But woe to you, scribes and pharisees hypocrites!
For you shut up the kingdom of heaven against men. For you neither go in yourself nor do you allow those who are entering to go in.
Woe to the scribes and pharisees hyoocrites!
For you devour widows houses, and or pretense make long prayers, therefore you will receive greater condemnation.
Woe to you, scribes and pharisees hypocrites!
For you travel land and sea to win one proselyte and when he os won, you makr him twice as much a son of hell as yourselves.
Woe to you, blind guides, who say, “whoever swears by the temple, it is nothing; but whoever swears by the gold of the temple; he is obliged to perdorm it.
Fools and blind! Fir which is greater, the gold or the temple that sanctifies the gold?
And, whoever swears by the altar, it is nothing but whoever swears by the gift that is on it, if oblhed to perform it.
Fools and blind! For which is greater, the gift or the altar that sanctifies the gifts?
There fore he who swears by the altar, swears by it and all things on it.
He who swears by the temple, swears by it and him who dwells in it.
And he who swears by heaven swears by the throne of God and by him who sits on it.
Woe to the scribes and pharisees, hypocrites! For you pay tithe of mint and anise and cumin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: Justice mercy and faith. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone.
Blind guides, who strain out a gnat and swallow a camel.
Woe to you scribes and pharisees, hypocrites!
For you cleanse the outside of the cup and dish, bit inside they are full of extortion and self indulgence.
Blind pharisees, first cleanse the inside of the cup and dish that the outside of them may be clean also.
Woe to you, scribes and pharisees, hypocrites! for you are like whitewashed tombs which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but inside full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness.
Even so you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.
Woe to you scribes, pharisees, Hypocrites! because you built the tombs of prophets. Adorn the monuments of the righteous, and say, ‘If we had lived in the days of our fathers we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets’.
Therefore you are witnesses against yourselves that you are the son of those who murdered the prophets.Fill up then, the measure of your fathers guilt. Serpents brood of viper, how can you escape the condemnation of hell?
Therefore indeed, I send you prophets, wise men, and scribes. Some of them you will kill and crucify, and some of them you will scourge in your in you synagogues and persecute from city to city.
That on you may come all the righteous blood shed on the Earth, from the blood of Zechariah son of Berechiah whom you murdered between the temple and the alter.
Assuredly I say to you all those things will come upon this generation.
Amen! The Lord speaks to the Scribes and Pharisees about their inward behavior, about teaching one way and doing another. About cleaning the outside and still being dirty inside.
In our righteous walk we can be stuck on what people see on the outside and so engulfed in our cover up, that we have forgotten about our inside. I call it the perfect family syndrome. you know , when you tell everyone to smile land act right but in the house everyone is fighting and dealing with regret, animosity, and family hurt.
Well Jesus is saying as teachers, preachers, ministers, prophets we must be careful to keep our insides clean. Building our relationship with God everyday, fighting our flesh not only in the open but also in the house, in our minds. Those corners need to be clean as well as the door frames to our spirits, need to be wiped down. The things that you think people don’t see. God does sees.
Your eternity depends on it. The Lord says in these verses just because you are teaching Gods law your still going to be condemned to hell. Even worse, because now your teaching one thing and then displaying another. This is just teaching the people that are on the inside with you ( student) that they can do it as well, and because you say your the teacher then the person who doesn’t know any better will go to hell, but the teacher will be closer to the fire.
Jesus grieves over Jerusalem again
O’Jerusalem, O’Jerusalem the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings but you were not willing. See! your house is left to you desolate, for I say to you, you shall see me no more till you say, Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
If we take these words and apply it as if we are Jerusalem. we have done things disrespectful to God’s law’s and commands. and the Lord is saying I want to just take your children under my wing, but you won’t let me. your life and going down, and I am not going to come back until you come to me, until you acknowledge who I am.
Now for the most Important part, if you are looking to build your foundation in faith, you can Google, download a free bible app, or turn your bible to Romans chapter 10:9 and confess with our mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead then you shall be saved. Begin to build your foundation of faith with bible study, fellowship, worship and prayer.