Thursday, July 15, 2021

Matthew 7 Devotions by Stephen Taylor

Matthew 7:11-12

If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in Heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! So, in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.

 

Growing up, I longed for a close, intimate relationship with my dad. I love my dad, and he gave me the gifts he knew how to give in the best way he knew how, but I longed for a more intimate relationship, and when I felt like I didn’t receive it, I started trying to earn it. So, I became a people-pleasing, codependent person in all my relationships.

 

That didn’t change when I came to know the Lord. I viewed Him as some far-off God that I had to build my own way to. I would build my way to Him with a little “kindness here” or “honesty there” or “Look what I did, God! Do you love me now? Can I be accepted now?” The whole time, He was shaking His head, saying, “My child, my child, I have loved you and accepted you long before you loved and accepted Me. Stop trying to build a bridge out of works when my Son already built it out of love!!!”

 

The things I longed for from my earthly father were made complete in my Heavenly One. Papa God draws me into His arms daily, sets me on His lap, and lets me tell Him all the things He already knows but acts like it’s the first time He has heard them because He loves me and wants me to know He is there, no matter what!!!

 

And God didn’t stop there; as I have walked with Him, He has put some amazing men of God in my life to love, encourage, teach, train, and edify me in my walk with the Lord!!! So, I want to say thank you to the men who have listened to God and taken me under their wing. My Dads in Jesus, you might say. I love you all!!!

 

Be encouraging, Be vulnerable, Be a light, and most importantly, Be like Jesus!!! I love you all, God bless, glory to God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit!!!

 

Matthew 7:28,29

When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at His teaching because He taught as one who had authority and not as their teachers of the law.

 

Jesus was teaching with authority because He is authority! Knowledge didn’t give us the Lord, but rather, the Lord gives us the knowledge! Jesus doesn’t teach us from second-hand knowledge but from a personal and intimate relationship with it.

 

Think about it like this: Jesus was there when the laws were given to Moses. He knows the heart behind them and the reasoning for each one of them. These laws weren’t taught to our King but are a part of who He is. These laws aren’t of human origin but divinely given.

 

In Matthew 7:12, Jesus sums up the Law and the Prophets in a few words. He can do this because He was there and knows the truth of why the laws were given. These laws weren’t given to be oppressive or hinder us from God but rather to draw us away from sin and toward God. The Law was given for protection, not for destruction, and Jesus knows that!

 

If everything we need is found in Jesus, then why are we chasing anything but Him? Jesus is the source, so then the question becomes, are we going to the source daily? Are we taking our hearts to Him? He has been given all authority, but do we submit to His rule in our lives, or do we still try to control our own lives? Jesus came to set the captives free, but if the captives refuse to leave their prison, what more can be done?

 

Matthew 28:18 - Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.”

 

Galatians 3:21-24 - Is there a conflict, then, between God’s law and God’s promises? Absolutely not! If the law could give us new life, we could be made right with God by obeying it. But the Scriptures declare that we are all prisoners of sin, so we receive God’s promise of freedom only by believing in Jesus Christ. Before the way of faith in Christ was available to us, we were placed under guard by the law. We were kept in protective custody, so to speak, until the way of faith was revealed. Let me put it another way. The law was our guardian until Christ came; it protected us until we could be made right with God through faith.

 

God bless! I love you all! Glory, honor, and praise now and forever to Papa God, Jesus Christ our King, and the Holy Spirit!

 

 

 

 

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