Matthew 10

  There’s been a lot going on lately but I’ve been at a loss to get things recorded. I’ve been reviewing the scriptures 28-41 in Matthew 10 recently because that was highlighted to me.

28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

29 Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father.

30 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.

31 Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.

32 Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.

33 But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.

34 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.

35 For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.

36 And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household.

37 He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.

38 And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.

39 He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.

40 He that receiveth you receiveth me, and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me.

41 He that receiveth a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward; and he that receiveth a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man’s reward.

Representative 

Getting off topic for a second but yesterday I took the kids to the library, and while we were driving off Jessica was playing the song “I am Barabbas” & it came to me the importance of showing the kids who Jesus really is.

I don’t have as much of a revelation of this as I would like to, but I do know I have more of a revelation than most, and if I can assist in any way to lead them to the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost and show them that they are real, that they care, and they are here to love, protect, provide, and guide them in the right direction then I will bless the Lord.

He works through people.

I am a representative of Christ.

So far the other representatives haven’t done the best of jobs, and I have to show them that representation is nothing like Christ.

I have to do a breakdown of what they think they know and get rid of the lies they are believing. Only then can we start laying the proper foundation which is Christ alone.

Worthy of Him

Jumping back into the passage I feel the Lord was telling me that if I chose to hold unforgiveness toward someone who puts a wall between us then I’m putting more value on my relationship with them than I am with the Lord and I’m not worthy of Him.

No, I’m not. I mess up, but the Lord died for me and replaced my unrighteousness with His righteousness.

Nevertheless, I want to act in a way that is worthy of Him to the best of my ability.

When scripture says “If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.”

it is saying the same thing as in Matt 10:34. Our relationship with the Lord is not to be compared with our relationship with each other. 



Favorites 

Saying “I’m God’s favorite because we are all “God’s favorite” is sorta true, because He loves each of us as if we were His favorite.

The truth is He doesn’t love one more than another. 

God doesn’t really have favorites. 

He can be pleased more with one than the other but He doesn’t love you more or less than another person.

God is no respecter of persons and He doesn’t love you more or less based on your performance.

Again He can be more or less pleased with you but He still loves you the same. 

Control

Knowing this we can’t look at our situation and blame God for bad circumstances we may be facing.

A lie people face is “if He really loved me this wouldn’t be happening.”

If that were true with that logic nothing bad would ever happen to anyone.

Children wouldn’t starve and no one would go to hell.

That’s not how the world works. 

God isn’t responsible for what happens to you or the circumstances around you but He does have the answer. 

We sing songs about the whole world being in His hands and that is true in one sense but in another, not everything is in His hands.

1 Peter 5:6-7 says: “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” The NLT says, “Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.” If you have to give the Lord your worries then He isn’t holding it – you are.

I heard it said this way before, “God won’t share your problems, let go and let God.” God doesn’t control your life; He partners with you to change your life. 



Humility 

When it says humble yourself under the mighty hand of God that he MAY lift you up in due time, this shows there are laws that govern the blessings of God. He doesn’t raise up people that are in pride.

Proverbs talks about pride coming before a fall.

As long as we think our way is the best way and don’t submit all we do to the Lord then we are living and walking in pride and we will not be promoted. If you have dreams and goals but feel stuck then you are probably trying to do it your own way.

Even if you are trying different methods of your own way it’s still your own way, and will not gain the support of our Lord. Let me remind you of something a wise man often said, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” – Albert Einstein 

Wisdom and understanding come from the Word and Spirit; reading the Bible and spending time with the Lord.

There is so much to learn. One of the things I’m laying a foundation on is that fear is a trap. Fear of not having enough time eats up your time, fear of being dumb shuts down your brain, and fear of not hearing from God stops up your spiritual ears.

You can want to hear the Lord with your whole heart but as long as you allow the fear in you it will crush you.

You may think fear isn’t something you can choose not to have, but if you are a Christian that would be far from the truth. In John 14:27 Jesus tells us “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give unto you, not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

That is a directive to not let your heart be troubled. Many think that’s impossible but the scripture gives us practical instruction on how to keep ourselves in perfect peace. Philippians 4:8 tells us, Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

And Isaiah 26:3 says “You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You.

What we think about most is the root cause of the emotions we experience in our life.

In His Service,

Abi

 

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