Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? Matthew 6:26
PRE-AMBLE by Robert
It may take a homeless man to bring an example forward, we are just passing through this world, and when we are saved, justified, and reconciled through Yeshua there are a significant number of gifts we will receive throughout our journey. The Lord knows our journey will be filled with many temptations designed to tempt and sway us.
There is scarcely one group of sins against which our Lord Yeshua more largely and earnestly warned his disciples, or against which he armed them with more variety of arguments. The sins of disquieting, distracting, distrustful care about the things of life. These in Yeshua’s eyes are signs, both the treasure and the heart would be focused on worldly items.
OPENING PRAYER by Robert
“Precious Father as our spiritual eyes are opened to the actual condition of the world we live in and those who cross our path as we Spiritually journey through it. I Would ask Lord for your guidance, strength discernment, and understanding to be a part of the leadership role being placed in the lives of those doing your bidding and work. Make those with your knowledge, warriors for the spreading of your Father’s compassion grace, and forgiveness to all in this darkened world. This I pray in Yeshua’s name Amen and Amen.
OPENING STATEMENT by Robert
This often ensnares the poor as much as the love of wealth does the rich. But there is a carefulness about temporal things which is a duty, though we must not carry these lawful cares too far. Take no thought for your life. Not about the length of it; but refer it to God to lengthen or shorten it as he pleases; our times are in his hands, and they are in the right hands. Not about the comforts of this life; but leave it to God to make it bitter or sweet as he pleases. Food and raiment God has promised, therefore we may expect them.
Take no thought for tomorrow, for the time to come. Be not anxious for the future, or how you shall live next year, or when you are old, or what you shall leave behind. As we must not boast of tomorrow, so we must not care for tomorrow or the events of it. God has given us life and has given us the body. And what can he not do for us, who performed that? If we take care of our souls for eternity, which is more than the body and its life, we may leave it to God to provide for us food and raiment, which are less. Improve this as an encouragement to trust in God. We must reconcile ourselves to our worldly estate, as we do to our stature. We cannot alter the disposals of Gods conceived power of sustaining and guiding our destiny [Providence]. Therefore we must submit and resign ourselves to them.
Thoughtfulness for our souls is the best cure of desires for the worldly. Seek first the kingdom of God, and make spirituality your business: do not say this is the way to starvation; no, it is the way to be well provided for, even as we journey through this world. (Psalm 23 1-2)“The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures, He leadeth me beside still waters.
The homeless man giving praise unto Yeshua knew the conclusion of the whole matter. That it is the will and command of Yeshua, which by daily prayers we may get the strength to bear us up under our everyday fears and troubles, to arm us against the temptations that attend them, and then let none of these things capture us:(Psalms 23: 3-4) “He restoreth my soul, he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness, for his name’s sake. Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadows of death, I will fear no evil. For thou art with me, thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.“
Happy are those who take our Lord for their God and make full proof of it by trusting themselves wholly to his wise disposal. Let the Holy Spirit convince us of sin in the want of this disposition, and take away the worldliness of our hearts. (Psalms 23: 5-6) “Thou preparest a table before me, in the presence of my enemies. Thou anointest my head with oil, my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life. And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”
Matthew Henry, in the commentary of the book of Matthew 7:1-6 reveals an essential personal duty we should be exercising. “We must judge ourselves, and judge of our own acts, but not make our word a law to everybody. We must not judge rashly, nor pass judgment upon our brother without any ground. We must not make the worst of people. Here is a just reproof to those who quarrel with their brethren for small faults, while they allow themselves in greater ones. Some sins are as motes, while others are as beams; some as a gnat, others as a camel. Not that there is any little sin; if it is a mote or splinter, it is in the eye; if a gnat, it is in the throat; both are painful and dangerous, and we cannot be easy or well till they are got out. That which charity teaches us to call but a splinter in our brother’s eye, true repentance and godly sorrow will teach us to call a beam in our own. It is as strange that a man can be in a sinful, miserable condition, and not be aware of it, as that a man should have a beam in his eye, and not consider it; but the god of this world blinds their minds. Here is a good rule for reprovers; first reform thyself.“
CLOSING PRAYER by Robert
Lord hear our prayer as we kneel before your throne Father. We thank you, Lord, for all which you have bestowed upon us, patience, wisdom, perseverance, determination. Most of all Father we thank you for taking us through tribulations which have drawn us closer to you. Thank you, Lord, for showing us our weaknesses and filling us with understanding which elevates us through all your trials and tribulations. Thank you, Father, for teaching us
to be joyous in all things, through your wisdom, patience and Grace. This we pray in Yeshua’s name Amen and Amen.
CLOSING COMMENTS by Robert
Although God, by his benefits, gently allures us to himself, as it were by a taste of his fatherly sweetness, yet there is nothing into which we more easily fall than into forgetfulness of him when we are in the enjoyment of peace and comfort.
Prosperity not only so intoxicates many, as to carry them beyond all bounds in their mirth, but it also engenders insolence, which makes them proudly rise up and break forth against God. Accordingly, there is scarcely a hundredth part of those who enjoy in abundance the good things of God, who keep themselves in his fear and live in the exercise of humility and temperance, which would be so becoming.
For this reason, we ought to be more carefully marking the example which is here set before us by David. Who, elevated to the dignity of sovereign power, surrounded with the splendour of riches and honours, possessed of the greatest abundance of temporal good things. And in the midst of princely pleasures, not only testifies that he is mindful of God. But calling to remembrance the benefits which God had conferred upon him, makes them ladders by which he may ascend nearer to Him.
By this means, he not only bridles the wantonness of his flesh but also excites himself with the greater earnestness to gratitude, and the other exercises of godliness, as appears from the concluding sentence of the psalm, where he says, “I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” In like manner, in the 18th psalm, which was composed at a period of his life when he was applauded on every side, by calling himself the servant of God, he showed the humility and simplicity of heart to which he had attained, and, at the same time, openly testified his gratitude, by applying himself to the celebration of the praises of God.
In closing one thing is very apparent as a humble servant, who God has provided for, David’s thoughts are happy thoughts, he lacks nothing; he has no fear, God’s mercy and goodness are with him. And he feels assured they will continue with him all the days of his life. David, however, has but one desire for the future to dwell in the house of God. Setting an example for all when God provides in your life keep your eye on the one goal which kept him humble obedient and always grateful, the desires to dwell in the house of God. As we also recognized was the same desire in the homeless man. They both recognize it was being prepared for them no matter your walk a King or a homeless man beside the curb praying.
Remember, these messages are given by a humble servant obedient unto our Lord Yeshua as a Watchman. This I pray for all. ”Our Heavenly Father brings us to the river which bringeth forth fruit so we may partake of its sustenance and be filled spiritually with nurturing wisdom, and humble dedication in service to Yeshua. “Blessings to All.” As you go forward in peace, knowledge, and strength.