This chapter begins with Jesus commanding us to be careful with our good deeds, to not do them publicly or for attention. When we do something good for others, we can feel very good and happy about what was just done, but we are not to be boastful of our deeds, it cancels them out. God see’s what we do in private and He knows and is happy with us for it, but we don't need to shout it out to everyone else, we shouldn't want to receive attention for our obedience. When you do a good dead and you feel great about it and excited for what just happened, don't call your friends and tell everyone, instead talk to Jesus about how happy you feel in that moment and thank Him for blessing you so that you can in turn bless others. We are to give in complete secrecy, God will see and will reward us for doing so. But if we give and shout it out, the reward will already be given in full to us. We shouldn't give to receive a reward, but we need to be humble when we give and not brag about it. It can be very exciting to give, even if we aren't intending to brag, you may be simply sharing how good you feel about it, it doesn't take away the fact that Jesus said it needs to be done in secrecy. No matter the reason behind sharing we need to keep it private between us and God.

            The same goes for when we pray, we don't need to pray in public for attention, we need to pray privately with God. We don't need to put our religion on show, we need to focus instead of having a relationship with God and praying/seeking Him out privately. That doesn't mean don't pray for someone else who is need of praying, it just simply means when you pray to God, don't make a production out of it for the wrong reasons. Talk to Him, privately, and grow a relationship with Him. We also do not need repetitive prayers, we don't need to memorize prayers and recite them and be done with it. That is not having a relationship with Jesus, that is simply practicing traditional religious practices. God wants much more with us, He wants a personal relationship with us. He already knows whats on our heart, in our minds and what we need, but He wants us to open up to Him and talk to Him personally, honestly, and in a private place to be able to really seek Him.

            We need to forgive others, if we forgive others God will forgive us of our sins. We all have sins that need to be forgiven, we need to be able to receive that forgiveness which means we can't be hypocrites, we need to forgive others who have wronged us as well. We will never be deserving of Gods forgiveness, yet He forgives us. Someone may not be deserving of your forgiveness but that doesn't matter, put your ego aside and forgive them and ask God to help you heal from the harm they caused. If you have not forgiven someone, that will affect your relationship with God, for that simple reason alone, forgive!

            When we fast, we need to be quiet about that as well. We don't need to advertise it or groan about how hungry and hard it is. We need to act as if we aren't even fasting and keep it private between us and God. Fasting is a spiritual thing for us to grow closer to God, bragging about it or complaining about how hard it is gets in the way of all the benefits of fasting.

            They eye is the lamp of the body, if our eye is clear (spiritually perceptive) our whole body will be full of light (benefiting from God’s commands). But if the eye is bad or spiritually blind, the body will be full of darkness (lack of God’s commands). If your heart/mind is dark, how great is that darkness? We need to have a good spiritual perceptive, we need to know God’s word and what He wants for us. We need to keep ourselves in His word so that we don't grow distant and dark. We need to follow His commands.

            No one can have two masters, you cant love money and God. You have to pick one or the other. You will either serve money, or God, you cant serve both. You will hate one and love the other, you need to be careful as to which master you serve. We also need to stop worrying about life and our needs. The birds of the air get fed and taken care of, we are worth more than birds, we need to trust God to provide us with our needs. We need to simply seek God and His kingdom and our needs will be filled. Worrying doesn't help the situation and isn't good for your body or mind. Simply don't worry about tomorrow or anything, seek God and His kingdom and He will provide your needs which makes worrying useless and not needed in the least bit.

 

            Jesus begins by saying that He has not come to do away with the law of Moses or the writings of prophets, but to fulfill them. Whoever breaks even the least important of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least important in the kingdom of heaven. Whoever teaches and practices them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

            Jesus then informs us that the commandment ‘though shall not murder’ is being done when you have anger in your heart towards a brother or sister. We are never to encourage someone to feel angry with anyone. If you know someone is mad at you, or you are feeling frustrated with them, through love and compassion talk to them and put it to rest. Don't allow the anger to grow in your hearts for its like murder in Gods eyes.

            ‘Though shall not commit adultery,’ is the same as looking at another with lustful thoughts is already committing adultery of the heart. If this is a struggle then remove yourself from the area of temptation (if your right eye makes you stumble tear it out and throw it away). It is better to lose one part of your body then for all of you to fall into sin. If going to a certain place causes you temptations, don’t go there. Its better to go to other places where you will not be tempted to sin. If things pop up on your phone that cause temptation, block it, delete it, or get rid of your phone for a time being. Its always better to get rid of the things that cause temptation then to entice them and fumble and fall into sin. Jesus said if your right hand makes you sin, cut it off and get rid of it for it is better for your right hand to go to hell rather than all of you.

            Next, Jesus speaks on divorce and how marrying another is of adultery, divorcing yourself and then remarrying is still adultery. We are meant to find our spouse and marry them and stay with them only. We are not to swear a bunch of oaths to them either, we are to simply say a firm yes or no if we take them as our spouse. Today, many dont realize that marriage was created by God, and it is a spiritual covenant. But people of the world see it as a legal act for tax breaks and if fails then divorce the person and move on to the next. Remember, though we are in the world we are not of the world. We are to follow what Jesus says on the subject and not do what the world does with their forms of secular marriages.

            Jesus than talks about ‘an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth’ (punishment that fits the offense). But we are to simply turn the other cheek when someone says something rude to us, we are not to continue the banter we are to maintain our dignity and ignore their wrong doing. Dont spend your time quarreling and feeding into strife, keep your peace in Christ and turn away from things that you know will be toxic.

            If you see someone in need, give to them. Be compassionate of others and what they are going through. Help them see what God’s word says on their situation and do what you can to help them. Dont turn away from someone who is coming to you for help, seek God on how you are needed to help them in that moment.

            We are to not only love our neighbors but love our enemies and those who persecute us and pray for them, for they truly dont know any better and they are in desperate need of prayer. We are to show ourselves as children of God who makes His sun rise on those who are evil and good, who makes the rain fall on the righteous and the unrighteous.

            It is easy for us to love people who love us, but how does that separate us from evil? Even the tax collectors loved the ones who loved them. We are to be perfect in growing into spiritual maturity both of the mind and character, we are to integrate Godly characters and values into our daily lives. To be a christian means to be like Christ. We need to be real christians.

 

            There is ALOT of good, needed, spiritual meet in this chapter that shouldn't be read over lightly. So we are going to break it up into a few parts to really take on each section and gain full understanding of it.

            Jesus gives the Sermon on the Mount

            Jesus begins by saying, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Many believe this was about being physically poor, having no money, being broke makes you inherit the kingdom. But thats not what this was about, being poor in spirit is being humbled and the ability to admit that we need Jesus and we need a whole lot more of Him and His teachings. We dont need everything and we are humbled enough to admit it and seek His words on situations in life. When one is poor they are needing something because they are lacking. We always need to need Jesus as if we are in lack. Because the moment you think you have enough and you know it all, is the moment that you loose your humbleness and your “poor in spirit-ness”. We must humble ourselves at all times and always realize our deep need for Jesus. Jesus didn't want His disciples to become prideful in their knowledge they had learned from Jesus that others hadn't quiet yet learned, He didn't want them to loose their humbleness when temptations of pride came. He knew that many were coming to hear Him preach and He knew that strangers would see the disciples and see how close they were to Him and almost see them as some today would see a celebrity. He didn't want them to loose their humbleness and their need to constantly seek and learn from Jesus.

            Next Jesus said, “Blessed are those who moan, for they shall be comforted.” We were created in love, to love others. When we see someone struggling or lost in their way, (which is often) we should feel sadness for them. We shouldn't fall into depression though, we should lean on Jesus and feel His comfort and Healing.

            “Bless are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.” Meek is another word for being gentle, quiet, submissive, long-suffering (patient in spite of troubles), humble, obedient etc. We are to be all these things, humbled, obedient to Gods word, patient in times of trouble, gentle to others, submissive to God, and we will inherit (receive) the earth.

            “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.” Jesus is righteousness, whoever hunger and thirsts for Him will be filled in Him.

“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.” Or blessed are those who forgive, for they shall be forgiven. We were all born sinners, we need His forgiveness, and we must not be hypocrites, we must forgive others. When someone has wronged you, no matter how right you think you maybe to be mad at them and not forgive them, your only hurting yourself. Because God tells us to forgive others and we will be forgiven, and being mad at someone is the same has murder of the heart. No matter how are flesh makes us feel right in the situation you will always be wrong to not forgive anyone no matter what they have done. Forgiving others will bring you closer to God.

            “Bless are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” To be pure means to be clean, unadulterated. When we repent we are forgiven of our sin and can be righteous in Christ. We ourselves don't hold the righteousness, Jesus does. To have Him dwell in you through the Holy Spirit one must be clean aka righteous aka repented of ones sin. God knows our hearts, He knows who obeys Him out of pure love rather than selfish reasons or out of tradition. He knows our hearts, we cant hide it from Him. Ones who have pure, clean, sinless, God seeking Love for God shall see Him.

            “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called Sons of God.” This is simple, we are to keep the peace. That doesn't mean allow someone to mistreat you, it just means dont egg on a bad situation that needs a mediator to help resolve it. Peacemakers are like mediators, their job is to stop the strife and find a peaceful solution, they don’t encourage fights.

            “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Being a follow of Jesus can often time make people dislike you are your lifestyle and beliefs. It can turn loved ones against you. When this happens, dont create strife, simply be a peacemaker in the situation, show the person you love them despite their dislike of your relationship of Jesus and praise Him for you have inherited the kingdom of heaven. Allow God to comfort you in these times cause they can sometimes hurt and make you mourn, but allow God to give you peace. You cant force ones you love to choose God, He wont event force them to choose Him.

            Jesus shares this, to help us to stay humble, seek Him, strive for His character traits that we need to inherit without gaining any pride.

 

 

            We are only covering a few versus in part two because they really need to be mediated on and fully grasped and understood.

            “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has lost its taste (purpose) how can it be made salty?It is no longer good for anything, but to be thrown out and walked on by people (when the walkways are wet and slippery).” -amplified bible

            We are the salt of the earth, salt enhances the flavor in whatever it is that your eating. Its purpose is to make your food taste better. If the salt had no flavor what would you do with it? Throw it out and not use it? Why would we use something that didn't serve its purpose? God created us for a purpose, and when we work with Him and follow Him for His plan for us, we are the best tasting salt there is. But when we fall from His grace and get lost in the way of the world, we are tasteless and useless. Christians should not blend in with others, we should stand out and bring attention and direction to His grace and goodness. When you take a bite of food with salt, the salt stands out and you can taste the flavor of it rather than taste blandness. God doesn't want to us blend in with others, He wants us to stand out and show others who He is by the way we live and do things.

            “You are the light of the world.” Jesus says we are to be the light of the world, we are not to be hidden but be like a house on a hilltop that all can see. When you need to go somewhere at night its hard to see and you can stumble or fall easier because you may not be able to see whats right in front of you. But when you turn the light on everything is visible and its much easier and safer to continue in whatever it is you were doing. For me, if I try to get something at night without turning the lights on, I step on kids toys which is incredibly painful (ever step on a lego?) and can simply be avoided by turning on the light. The light allows me to see an obstacle ahead and simply walk around it, it exposes the darkness and all things that could be hiding in it. Jesus is the light and we are to let Him shine through us so others can see His brightness, His love, His grace, His forgiveness, His everything. When people can look at our fruit and see how good it is, it can show them an insight as to who Jesus is, it can show them His light and eliminate the darkness in their lives. But when we hide it by staying away from others or simply not talking about God to the ones we love, its keeping others in the darkness. Currently, most of us are having to shelter in place, keeping us away from others and in a sense “hiding”. But thank God that during this time we can still be the light through our phones. We can still talk to people and show them how we are dealing with this time and when they see that we are not fearful, we are calm and at peace they can see Gods light shining through their phones and it shows them just how good Jesus really is. Christians can now more than ever share their light! People who dont know Jesus right now are probably terrified, but us Christians can share with them how we stay calm and at peace during these times and share with them the good good news of Jesus and introduce them and literally help to eliminate the darkness thats surrounding them by being the light of the world!


            We will still go over Mathew chapter four but at the end of the bible study I will touch base on a video with Kenneth Copeland regarding Covid 19 to shed some light on this situation. I will also leave the ling for you to watch the video yourself if you are interested, it will definitely help remove any fear if its lingering. But first, I want us to keep up with what we have been doing, I had considered skipping Mathew chapter four to discuss this video instead to help shed some light and remove fear from anyone who is currently battling with it. But then it dawned on me that everything right now in the world is being placed on hold due to this attack and I don't want to add to that, especially when it comes to God’s word, His word shouldn't be placed on hold or postponed, now more than ever. So instead we will keep up with our bible study, and add to it, because you can never get too much of Gods word. So on to Mathew Chapter 4!

            This chapter begins with Jesus being led into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil for forty days and forty nights. He fasted the entire time and did not become hungry till the forty days and nights were completed. He was sent to the wilderness to be temped rather than at home alone because in the wilderness He was more vulnerable and so the temptation would be even stronger. This time of testing really shows that Jesus is the son of God,

            The wilderness is a biblical time for being humbled and tested, in Deuteronomy God led Israel to the wilderness to be humbled and tested as well. We grow the most in our spiritual wilderness times. It doesn't mean in every case you literally have to be in the wilderness, there may be a season when God is asking you to lay low and really draw on Him alone, that could be a time of spiritual wilderness humbling and testing alone.

            The devil temped Jesus first by trying to trick Him into eating food by turning the stones into bread sense He was the Son of God. But Jesus didn't give him any foothold, instead He simply said “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’ “ He didn't argue with the devil or consider or debate what he had said, instead He declared, “it is written” and gave scripture to stand on, and let it be at that. When we are under attack we need to follow Jesus’ example, we dont need to dance with the devil or debate him or argue with him, we simply need to follow Jesus and say, “It is written” and give whatever scripture supports that. Then simply move on, dont give it anymore thought in your mind, for whatever you give thought to in your mind will grow in your spirit and will become something you end up doing. Dont allow the devil a foothold, declare, “it is written” and stand on Gods word and move on. Its that simple if we allow it to be.

            Its important to notice that the first thing Jesus was tempted with was food, just like Adam sinned with the act of eating what he was told not to eat. These are two crucial temptations in the bible mentioned with the act of eating food. Adam first failed which was what brought sin to humans and separated us from God. But Jesus overcame that when he denied the temptation of breaking His fast in the wilderness. Im not saying food is bad, food is good and God created food for us to eat. But if the devil is using food as a way to control your actions and movements then it becomes something we need to be careful of. Our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19-20) we should take good care of it and that includes what we put into it, rather it be words or thoughts or physicality's such as what we eat. Just some food for thought;).

            Next the devil tried to mock the word of God by quoting scripture (however not in complete form just enough to make it appear that it was biblically supporting his request) and telling Jesus to throw Himself down from the highest point of the temple for, “He will command His angels concerning you to serve, care for, protect and watch over you” and “They will lift you up tin their hands so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.”

            Jesus didn't argue with the devil, He didn't waste His time correcting how the verse is stated in the bible, “For He will command His angels in regard to you, to protect and defend and guard you in all your ways (of obedience and serverice). They will lift you up in their hands, so that you do not even strike your food against a stone.” He didn't debate the meaning of that verse and what it actually means in context with the entire chapter, (this happens often, people read a verse and find the meaning for it out of context because they didn't read the entire chapter or book even to see what it pertains to and thats often because they aren't allowing the Holy Spirit to teach them as they read. Jesus didn't point any of that out, instead He said, “It is written, You shall not tempt the Lord your God.”

            Then the devil took Jesus on a high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory, and he said to him “all these things I will give You if you will fall down and worship me.” This right here, believe it or not, happens a lot. I know personally many people who are close to having a spiritual breakthrough and finally opening up and surrendering to God, and the devil sees it and tries to put material things in from of them to keep them satisfied so they stop seeking God. I am not saying all material things or wealth comes from the devil, God blesses His people but its in ways that lead them on His path with the source of income from the way He has chosen for us that is used to further His kingdom. Whenever you are offered a new job or anything thats a new change in your life, always always always pray and make sure its from God and not a temptation from the devil to get you off track. If you have never asked God if you are where you are supposed to be and doing what you are supposed to be doing, ask Him. He has the perfect place and job for you already picked out and thats where you will receive all of His blessings, always in everything seek Him first, and allow Him to provide the way.

            The devil offered Jesus the kingdoms of the world and Jesus replied, “Away with you , Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God and Him only you shall serve.” The the devil left and angels came and ministered to Jesus and brought Him food. Jesus overcame all temptations the devil threw His way.

            After the forty days and nights in the wilderness, Jesus heard that John the Baptist had been arrested and put in prison, so He left for Galilee. He left Nazareth and dwelt in Capernaum, by the sea, in the regions of Zebulun and Naphtali which fulfilled prophecy spoken by Isaiah. From that moment on Jesus began to preach to repent, for the kingdom of heaven was at hand.

            Jesus then sees fishermen, two brothers, Simon (who was called Peter) and Andrew. Jesus called them, to come and follow Him and become fishers of men, and they did, immediately and they became His disciples. From their He saw two more brothers, James the son of Zebedee and his brother John, they were fishing with their father. Immediately they left their boat and their father when Jesus called upon them to serve Him as well. Jesus went all through Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and preaching the gospel of the kingdom and healing every sickness, every kind of disease and demonstrating that He was the promised Messiah.


            Standing Strong against cover 19 with Kenneth Copeland

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJ9BO_G0aGs

            Above is a link to a video that is now on youtube from Kenneth Copeland. It brushes up on the science behind the virus and the real issue at hand here, fear. It helped me to hold onto my peace of mind by shedding light on facts and faith all from the word and I felt the need to share it with anyone who is needing it. If you are battling fear right now, worry or stress from this situation, do yourself a favor and watch this video. It is almost two hours long, however thats not much time when it can help you to eliminate weeks worth of stress or fear from this situation.

            The bible tells us that sickness is a curse and it is not from God, if its not from God then it has to be from the devil. The virus is a spiritual attack so it needs to be handled in the spirit. This video explains what the virus is from a scientific stand point, how to be smart and sanitary (which we should already be doing), as well as what you need to do most importantly in the spirit. It goes over communion and anointing oils which is something that we should all do anyways, regardless of what spiritual attack is going on in the world. The issue in the world right now isn't just the coronavirus, that is the attack. The issue is fear, fear of being sick, fear of dying, fear of the unknown. This video will give you the spiritual knowledge and scientific knowledge needed to eliminate fear. Please, do yourself a favor and watch this video right now.

            Though we are in the world we are not of the world and we do not receive the way the world does unless we choose too. Just because the world is in panic doesn't mean we should be, we are made in love to be at peace and fearless, don’t give that up to receive what the world receives, thats when fear gets a foothold. Eliminate that foothold and step into your righteousness in Christ and cast out the fear. Gods word is pretty clear, His will for us is to be in good health, to be at peace, to live a long life, to be satisfied, to be prospered, to have our needs met so we can better serve Him. Because it is all about Him. He needs us well to serve Him, remember that. All we need to do is stay in Him, stand on His word, stop listening to fear through the media and receive what God is wanting to bless you with. Believe what Gods word says on this situation and there will be no reason to fear. For if you believe, you will receive whatever you ask Mathew 21:22.

             Remember, Jesus didn't argue with the devil and debate the situation at hand. Follow His teachings and His ways in this time.
“It is written, the Lord does NOT give us a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind.”
“It is written, By His stripes I AM Healed.”
“It is written, with a long life He will satisfy me.”

            Find the verses that you need to stand on in this time and stand on them.