Watch Out

Good morning! I pray that the Lord will bless you with an abundance of spiritual gifts, so that you will use your gifts and talents to further the kingdom of God. May God’s blessing fall on you this morning. Enjoy today’s verses. 

Watch out! Don’t do your good deeds publicly, to be admired by others, for you will lose the reward from your Father in heaven.When you give to someone in need, don’t do as the hypocrites do—blowing trumpets in the synagogues and streets to call attention to their acts of charity! I tell you the truth, they have received all the reward they will ever get. But when you give to someone in need, don’t let your left hand know what your right hand is doing. Give your gifts in private, and your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.” – Matthew 6:1-4 NLT

Jesus continued to teach and rebuke the Pharisees hypocritical deeds. Jesus again is looking at the motives (our heart) when we give and do. In these verses, Jesus brought attention to the Pharisees and how they would do things to bring praises to themselves, glory to themselves for the work that they were doing. It was an attempt to show the people/community how righteous they were.

There isn’t a problem with giving and/or doing, it is the motive behind it. Our giving and doing doesn’t prove our righteousness, our righteousness comes from a relationship with God. In that relationship He changes our heart, directs our actions and we begin to do things because we love the Lord and his people, not because we want attention or bring glory to ourselves.

Lord, examine us.

May our giving and deeds align to your Word. Let us seek a desire to please you so that our reward will come from you, not temporary praise to make us look good to others, we want to be pleasing to you. 

Father God thank you for all that you do for us. Lord, thank you for guiding our thoughts and actions. Lord, continue to keep us in your hands and cover/shield us from the enemy. Lord, as you bless us with spiritual gifts and finances, help us to use them to bring glory to you and not ourselves. Lord, examine us and our motives. Show us where and when we act self-righteous and remind us to remain humble in you. Lord, continue to work in us and use us more each day. Lord, we pray for those in need. Lord, you know each person’s need and we ask that you provide for them. Lord, give them hope and comfort them. Lord heal the brokenhearted and restore relationship that need to be restored.  Lord, we pray for the innocent who are imprisoned and ask that you set them free. Lord, we pray for healing in our land. May our leaders submit to you. In Jesus name, amen.

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