June 11, 2019

Pastor Rob's Perspective

Matthew 6:5-6

5“When you pray, don't be like the hypocrites who love to pray publicly on street corners and in the synagogues where everyone can see them. I tell you the truth, that is all the reward they will ever get.

6But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private. Then your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.

This is a test for the delivery of Pastor Rob's Perspective of CCRamona Daily Devotional.

Pastor Ricks Devo took us into what is known as “The Sermon on the Mount.” From Matthew 6. So simple, yet so profound. Looking at the chapter we see Jesus giving contrasts. Contrasting what a follower of Jesus looks like and behaves like compared to the “hypocrites” or the pretenders, those religious ones who attempt to look good on the outside but it’s only an appearance. Jesus wants right behavior to flow from a right heart. A right heart is a byproduct of a right relationship with Jesus. If our relationship is right with our “Heavenly Father” we don’t need the praise of man for what we do for others or how we give of our time and money. We don’t need people to be impressed with our prayers. And we will be willing to forgive others because Jesus has forgiven us of sooooo much more than anything others have done to us. If our relationship is right with Jesus we know He loves us and wants what is best for us, we will then trust Him, therefore we don’t have to worry about “Stuff.” So simple, right? Then why is it so hard for us? One word, PRIDE! Pride loves to be in control. Pride loves praise, wants credit, wants to be noticed. Pride hates to surrender. Yet this is exactly what Jesus is asking of us. To surrender to God and allow Him to do in us what we cannot do for ourselves so He gets the glory. Today we will be faced with many forks in the road where we will have to make a simple choice. To choose to surrender and choose to follow Jesus or choose to follow my selfish pride. The moment we choose to surrender to Him, He gives us the power of His Spirit to do what He asks us to do. Ask Jesus to fill you afresh with His Spirit so we operate with His power. May the choices we make reflect the relationship we have with Jesus. Shalom Pastor Rob

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Getting the most from God's Word

As you embark on this Journey, here are four steps to invite God's Word to challenge and encourage you.

  1. Pray

    Pray with focus and openness to see what God has for you. God, connect with me here, as I seek You in your Word.

  2. Read

    Read the selected section of scripture slowly. Take note of intriguing words and phrases. Read them a second time.

  3. Reflect

    Reflect on what strikes you as you read. What does this passage of Scripture teach you about God's values?

  4. Respond

    Respond to the passage. Speak to God directly about what's on your mind and hear. Look for ways to live out what you've uncovered.