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Faithful A Whisper of Matthew to Me

Who’s Greater of Men?

Who’s Greater of Men?

By on Aug 8, 2013 in Faithful A Whisper of Matthew to Me | 0 comments

Matt 18: 1-5 (1) At this time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who then is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” (2) Then Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the mist of them, (3) and said “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. (4) Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. (5) Whoever receives one little child like this in My name receives Me.” The disciples were in a rather pointless discussion amongst themselves regarding who Jesus would crown champion for their labor when all is done. They were unable to come to an agreement amongst themselves, so they took their argument to Jesus for clarification. There seemed to be no shame in these fellas. This is another example of how inflated pride swarms humility. Man has been taught that, if he labors as a free man, he will be compensated. Men and pride are like the sun and shadows (inseparable). Jesus responded by calling a little child and had him stand amongst them. He answers the disciples by telling them that, unless they change and become like little children, they would never enter into the kingdom of heaven. There is a saying, which has been passed down for generations: “Children are to be seen and not heard.” In my childhood years, this was not just a saying, but an in-house eleventh commandment. Children were not to take part in adult conversations, and were often instructed to leave the premises when adults were conversing. For the most part, it was to protect the innocence of the child, but, unfortunately, adults have a tendency to devalue children. One general American approach to a child is: “So, little one, what would you like to be when you grow up?” Even though the adults mean no harm, this comment often confirms to a child that their current position or status is unfulfilling to society. When a child becomes an adolescent, he or she continues to feel devalued, which leads many adolescents to rebel against those who are still subconsciously waiting...

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Master Jesus and the Master Tempter

Master Jesus and the Master Tempter

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Matt 4:3-11 (3) Now, when the tempter came to Him, he said “If you are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.” (4) But He answered and said: It is written, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.” (5) Then, the devil took Him up into the holy city, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple, (6) and said to Him, “If you are the Son of God throw yourself down. For it is written: “He shall give His angels charge over you”, and, “In their hands they shall bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone.” (7) Jesus said to him, “It is written again, You shall not tempt the Lord your God.” (8) Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. (9) And said to Him, “All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.” (10) Then Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan! For it is written, You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.” (11) Then the devil left Him, and, behold, angels came and ministered to Him. Many believe in God, but do not believe in Satan, just like those who believe in heaven, but not hell. There are numerous recordings in the Bible where Satan and his demons (fallen angels), make their dominant and destructive presence felt. Satan is God’s main adversary. Satan is the greatest deceiver, destroyer and infiltrator. He is definitely real, alive and he (his spirit) still continues to have reign over the earth, because of the fall of man. Satan has succeeded with his most effective strategy, which is to convince man that he does not exist. Satan wants for man to be totally ignorant of his existence. Satan has masterfully deceived man, which includes most Christians into being unaware or unconcerned about the realization of himself and his demons. What he is not is what he has been portrayed to be by historians, artists, novelists and even the film industry. He is not...

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The Son of the living God

The Son of the living God

By on Aug 6, 2013 in Faithful A Whisper of Matthew to Me | 0 comments

Matt 16:13-17 (13) When Jesus came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, saying, “Who do men say that I am?” (14) So they said to Him, “Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” (15) He said to them “But who do you say that I am?” (16) Simon Peter answered and said “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” (17) Jesus answered and said to him “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.” Jesus was pleased with Peter’s response because Peter desired to seek the truth regarding who Jesus was and, because of this, The Father revealed it to Peter. The other disciples were being preoccupied with popular consensus. Matt 16:18 (18) “And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. Again, you can see Peter showing the faith beyond the soundness of his mind, but yet, having God’s spirit supplanted within oneself can lead to one becoming vainglorious. I, as many others misunderstood this compelling message. Many believe that Jesus is calling Peter the Rock that He will build His church on. But Jesus actually is talking about building His church on what was revealed to Peter, but not Peter. Peter name means a stone, but a stone is moveable, it can be reshaped, tossed to and fro and hidden. Jesus was talking about a massive, unmovable, unshaken rock, a rock such as Mt Augustus. (The largest rock in the world) The rock that Jesus is talking about is a rock at which the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. This rock can only be the Spirit of God. The foundation of the gospel can never be built upon men, only upon the Lord...

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