Sermon On The Mount #4

Matthew 6:19-21 “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust does corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also”. 

Jesus commands to not lay up treasure on earth where moth and rust corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal. Yet the church people do just the opposite. The churches have financial planning seminars and retirement planning seminars. Church members own businesses and some of them corporations. They own homes, properties, vacation homes, stocks, bonds, CD’s, and on and on it goes. Jesus commands not to lay up treasure on earth and the rebellious church members do the opposite.

I heard a story of a young woman who had a vision and she saw the head of Jesus just bobbing along in the air. The vision was repeated a few times and the young woman prayed to know what it meant. The Lord told her that it was because he had no body in the earth. How true that is! The head always commands and the body obeys the commands given by the head. Yet Jesus commands and the church does the opposite. The very fact that the church totally rebels against the commands of Jesus reveals that Jesus has no body on the earth today. If he did then they would obey him.

Jesus also commanded to sell what you have and give it to the poor. Yet the church rebels against that command also and refuses to obey. The obstinate church will be vomited  from the mouth of Jesus into hell unless they repent. Jesus promised this and his word cannot be broken. Judgement day is getting closer and closer. This world will soon be judged. Those who die first will already be in eternity and be reserved unto the day of judgement. Hell is already full of rebellious sinners against the commandments of God. Many of them are professing Christians.

Where your treasure is there will your heart be also. Christians verbally acknowledge that Jesus is their Lord. Their actions prove otherwise. By laying up treasure on earth their heart is with their treasure and not with Jesus. The Lord said of old that Israel outwardly appeared to be a nation that sought after God, but their heart was far from him. And so it is today. If you have earthly treasures then your heart will be set on earthly things, but if your treasure is in heaven then your heart will be set on heavenly things.

Matthew 6:22-23 “The light of the body is the eye: if therefore your eye be single, your whole body shall be full of light. But if your eye be evil, your whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you be darkness, how great is that darkness!”

Wherever you place your attention, that is where your eye is and it will determine what your body or spirit shall be full of. If your eye is single, or focused upon only one thing, then your body shall be full of light – that is if that one thing is God and his word. If your eye is evil, or focused upon more than one thing, then your body shall be full of darkness. How great is that darkness! This is the astounding thing. If you are focused upon God and his word PLUS something else, the something else will always cancel out God and his word. God will not share your heart with anything else. Either he is Lord of all or he is not Lord at all. You will have to literally give up all things if you want to go to heaven. Jesus made it clear that you have to give up everything to be his disciple.

Matthew 6:24 “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon”.

Every man has a master that he serves. We are not alone. We either serve God or we serve the devil and his underlings. When you try to serve two masters it just doesn’t work. Each master requires different things. They are opposed one to another. We all have an inner war going on between the things of God and the things of the flesh. We are all tempted to do things that are contrary to the will of God. For this very reason Jesus said to each of the seven churches in Revelation chapters two and three, “To him who overcomes I will give….” There are battles to be fought and a war to be won.

Mammon is the god of money. You cannot serve God and money. The modern Christian church today for the most part serves money as their god. Just turn on your television and see the Christian programs, and all of them are asking for your money, and have gimmicks to get you to give more. Money, money, money is the sign that they worship Mammon the god of money. Everything revolves round the collection of money. It is OK to briefly mention to people that a need exists and to give them an opportunity to give. But when they always ask for money and it goes to finance extravagant living, buildings, jets, theme parks, and other such things then their god is money and that is who they really serve.

Matthew 6:25-32 “Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what you shall eat, or what you shall drink; nor yet for your body, what you shall put on. Is not the life more than meat? and the body than raiment? Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much better than they? Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? And why take thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or. What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:)  For your heavenly Father knows that you have need of all of these things”.

To take no thought for your life doesn’t mean that you do not think about your life to make plans, corrections, changes, and the like. It is speaking about taking thoughts of worry or care. We are to be people of faith who trust in the Lord and therefore are not worried about what will happen in our life circumstances. So take no worried thought about your life, that is, the basic needs that you have. What shall you eat? What shall you drink? What shall you put on?

Remember that Jesus is speaking to his disciples who have left everything to follow Jesus. They have left their homes, their lands, their jobs, their businesses, their families, their friends, and every security and comfort that they had. They have absolutely nothing. They literally have the clothes on their backs and nothing else. They are not to work any longer in secular jobs but they are to follow Jesus and to assist him in his ministry. Now if Jesus had been rich and had a caravan of camels laden with all kinds of riches, tents, food, clothing, and had his slaves to serve them as well, then they would have no cause for worry or care. But the fact is that Jesus is dirt poor as well as they themselves now are. Jesus was walking, not riding a horse or a donkey. Jesus had no possessions, only the clothes on his back. Jesus has no home or lodging place, he is homeless. Yet he tells them to not worry or care about any of their basic needs.

I have lived like that for many years. I left everything, gave away all that I had, became homeless, and lived by faith. I did it in obedience to Jesus and his commands to his disciples. I have NEVER lacked my basic needs being met. I have never lacked shelter over my head. Even if I slept in my car or in a tent, I still was sheltered from the elements. Although I did not have any income, I have never lacked something to eat, or clothes to wear. I have never been stranded anywhere. Always the basic needs would come in when they were needed. So I KNOW that Jesus is real and that his promises are true. I have lived by them for many years. If I were to lose EVERYTHING that I have right now, I would not be worried or be filled with cares. Why? Because I have already lived by faith and I have seen the Lord’s provision in every area of my life.

Now if you have not done so, then if you were to lose everything this very moment, you WOULD be filled with worry and care about your situation. Faith can only come by experience. You must take God at his word and act accordingly. To have strong faith in God you must place yourself in the position where you have no source nor help but God and his promises. You have to LIVE it in order to develop faith. When I first began to live by faith I was nearly petrified by fear at the beginning. I was plagued by thoughts of fear and of lack. I stood my ground and MADE myself just wait on the Lord to provide my every need. I proved him over and over during months and years. I put his promises to the test in just about every conceivable situation that I could think of. And every single time he has come through and he has provided my basic needs. So by doing so I purchased a degree of faith where I no longer worry or have care about anything.

I have given away so much food that the Lord now leads me to where I can get food. I regularly feed 40-50 people. He will start dealing with me to go to such and such a place on a certain day, and sure enough, there will be an abundance of food waiting for me there. I eat well, very well. I enjoy the best name brands of food. I usually just think about something that I would like to eat and it will just appear within a few short days. I eat all of the meat, vegetables, fruit, bread, pasta, dairy, dry goods, canned goods, juices, sodas, and anything else that I want and I never lack anything.

This of course didn’t happen overnight. I had to start by stepping out by faith even though I was filled with fear and couldn’t see how God could supply my needs. I had to live day by day trusting in the Lord to supply my every need. The days turned into months and years. I learned to hear the voice of the Spirit of God, and he tells me where to go and what to do. I have absolutely no worry or care now. I have lived and experienced too much now for me to doubt. That is not to say that the enemy doesn’t try to test, tempt, and torment me. He does that on a regular basis. Remember how satan came to tempt and to test Jesus. So if he did it to Jesus, then you and I will never be exempt from his torments and attacks.

One of the greatest secrets of faith is to learn to shift your attention from one thing to another. Jesus commanded us to not worry. We are not to consider the possibility of not having sufficient food to eat, or beverages to drink, or clothes to wear. We are not to consider, focus, meditate, or think about these things. Instead, we are to consider the lilies of the field, how they sow not, nor reap, nor gather into barns. We are to look to the positive things in life and turn a deaf ear to the negative things in life. If God clothes the grass of the field more richly than Solomon was dressed, then he can provide my needs too. We are to look at the birds of the air; they do not sow, or reap, or gather into barns.

Consider the birds of the air, they too are not to consider with worry what they shall eat, what they shall drink, or what they shall put on. They do not store anything up, but each day they go out and find what they need for that particular day. In a reverse manner of suggestion, Jesus is telling his disciples to not work secular jobs, but to work full-time for God, and to live by faith in God alone. If God provides for all of nature, then he is highly capable to provide for you too. To let go of man’s ways to provide for his own needs, we are to embrace God’s ways and allow him to provide for us. Then all of our time can be dedicated to pursuing God, to know him, to worship him, to serve him, and to love him. There is no hindrance to the man or woman who desires to know God. Your time and your schedule can be freed up to pursue God, if you decide to do so.

I am not a hypocrite, for I have done this and I have lived like this for much of my adult life. I have quit my job and given away all of my goods on many occasions, so numerous that I would have to dedicate hours of careful thought to remember them all. I have just finished five years of being a homeless street preacher. I travelled the southern part of the USA living in my car, camping, and preaching the gospel. All with no support or regular help from anyone. Other than food stamps, I have had no regular income. And much of the time I didn’t have food stamps either. I have lived by faith and God has indeed met my daily basic needs. I have seen thousands of miracles of God’s provision in my lifetime. I have learned to be an expert dumpster diver, and I have eaten free meals at many missions and churches around America.

I have returned to my home town to care for my elderly parents, to feed needy people, to witness, and to write articles and put them on the internet. I keep very busy and I serve Jesus still. I have not worked a secular job for the past nearly 7 years. I still live by faith and prayer alone. Jesus promised to give a hundred fold return to anyone who gave up everything and lived by faith. As I enter a more stable stage of my life, and continue the internet ministry especially, I am confident that the Lord will speak to people to support my ministry. I will not beg or plead, but I will trust in him as I have always done, and he will speak to those who he wants to give money to me. I have seen this happen repeatedly for a large portion of my adult life. The only difference now is that I have an internet ministry to share my experiences to the masses. It has given me a very unique way to see and to understand  the Bible and to share it to others.

Matthew 6:33-34 “But seek you first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for tomorrow: for tomorrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.”

The first and most important part of life is to seek God’s kingdom and his righteousness. This is a fulltime job. It takes all of our attention and our efforts. People today mostly think that they already belong to God’s kingdom and have his righteousness.So they ignore what Jesus commanded and they do not seek for what they think that they already have. Now , the wisest person to ever walk this earth is Jesus Christ. He knows exactly what he is talking about. If he commanded his disciples to seek God’s kingdom, then they did not already possess it. If he commanded them to seek God’s righteousness, then they were not yet made righteous. Jesus clearly said to his disciples, “IF you being evil know how to give good gifts to your children.” He did not say “IF you being righteous.” So we are to seek God’s kingdom and his righteousness with every fiber of our being.

Jesus is Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. No one coming after Jesus can add to his message, or take away from his message. Anyone who does so is a false apostle and a false prophet. Anyone who CHANGES or makes NULL AND VOID the commands of Jesus is an anti-Christ. Jesus is God and King who came to this earth to establish his kingdom. He taught and commanded in great detail the laws that govern his eternal kingdom here on earth. “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.” So do not accept nor listen to anyone who ignores what Jesus taught and commanded, and who taught and commanded something different. There are many deceivers who have gone into the world, and many rise up from among the ranks of professing Christians. Sadly, multitudes of people follow them.

So spend your time and life seeking God’s kingdom and his righteousness. Do not worry or care about your daily needs. Your heavenly Father knows everything that you have need of before you even ask. He has promised to provide for all of your basic needs. And if you give up everything that you possess to follow Jesus, then he has promised that you will one day receive one hundred times what you have given up, in this lifetime. That is a very fair exchange. It may take years for this to happen because you need to grow spiritually and learn how the faith life works. But rest assured that if you take Jesus at his word, and you act upon those words, then Jesus will do for you everything that he has promised that he would do. God is not a man that he should lie, or the Son of man that he should repent.

Matthew 7:1-5 “Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgement you judge, you shall be judged: and with what measure you meet, it shall be measured to you again. And why do you behold the mote that is in your brother’s eye, and consider not the beam that is in your own eye? Or how will you say to your brother, let me pull out the mote out of your eye; and, behold a beam is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of your own eye; and then you shall see clearly to cast out the mote out of your brother’s eye.”

Most people today read this chapter as “Judge not”, and then cross out the remainder of the chapter without reading it. If I speak to people about sin, they say, “Jesus said to judge not”. If I warn people about certain false prophets by naming them, they say, “Judge not”. What they are doing is taking what Jesus said out of context and twisting it to make their own false doctrine. Also they do not want their own sins brought out into the light. As John the Apostle said, people love darkness and hate the light. Just a little further in this very same chapter Jesus commands us to judge the fruit of people to discover false prophets. We are to be fruit inspectors that look at the words and actions of others to determine if they are true brethren or if they are false prophets. Remember that John the Baptist lost his head, LITERALLY, by continually shouting to a king all of his sins whenever he passed near to him. He told the religious leaders that they were a brood of snakes and that their father was the devil. This certainly wasn’t the type of judging that Jesus was speaking of, because he said that John the Baptist was the greatest man to ever be born of a woman. He also said that John the Baptist was the greatest prophet who ever lived, and that they were willing to rejoice in his LIGHT for a short space of time, not darkness. So the type of judging that John the Baptist did was righteous judging. Jesus spoke of EVIL judging, which is a FAR different thing altogether.

So what type of judging is Jesus speaking of here. The good type of judging, or fruit inspecting, comes from our heart with the motive to discern what is holy and what is evil in people. We are to separate ourselves from evil people when we can do so. Remember the old sayings, “Birds of a feather fly together”, or “Tell me who you are with and I will tell you who you are”. The disciples lived TOGETHER and apart from the world. They were in the world and were among evil people, but when they withdrew to where they lived, it was with their own kind. You never see Jesus in close communion with sinners. He was a friend of sinners, but they were not accepted into his group of disciples. It was the disciples of Jesus that he communed with. This entire Sermon On The Mount was privately taught to his disciples on a mountain top. So Jesus certainly is not telling us that to judge the fruit or works of a person is evil, he commanded us to do that.

Jesus spoke of the evil type of judging. This also comes from the heart, but with impure motives. It is born of jealousy, envy, bitterness, strife, hatred, arrogance, and every other motive that is sinful and impure. It is the wicked person judging his enemies, or the proud Pharisee looking down his nose at everyone else and judging them as being inferior to himself. It is the person lacking God’s love judging his fellow man to condemn them and to judge them worthy of punishment, death, and hell. It is the proverbial judge, jury, and executioner all wrapped up in the same person. It is born of criticism with the desire to tear down people without building them up. All gossip is born from this type of inner motive. Gossips just want to tear down people and to destroy as many reputations and lives as is humanly possible. As with everything else that Jesus taught, it all has to do with the motives behind the actions. One person can judge with pure motives and it is a righteous act. Another judges from impure motives and it is a wicked, evil act.

Judge not that you be not judged. I do not wish to be judged in a negative and evil manner, so I no longer judge others in this manner either. I DO desire to be judged with righteous judgement that reveals my faults, failures, and sins. This will help me to repent, change, and improve. Therefore when I judge others it is with the motive to help them to repent, change, and to improve. It is also to point out false apostles and false prophets so people can stay away from them and their doctrine. I do not want anyone to be deceived by a false apostle or false prophet, and be injured by them, and even go to hell one day. I want any false doctrine that I may have to be pointed out to me in a constructive manner. So I only judge in a way that I myself wish to be judged. This is very healthy and constructive. I will be judged by God in the EXACT manner in which I judge others. So when I see my fellow man sin, I think or say, “Father forgive them for they do not know what they are doing. Please do not hold this sin to their account”. This can become a habit and will guarantee that you will be judged in the same way by God. Indeed, if we judge ourselves and correct our own mistakes while here on the earth, then we won’t be judged for those things by God. So embrace wisdom and learn to see the inner motives that govern judgement.

What would you like a judge over you to be like? Would you like to go to a court of law and be judged by an impartial judge? Or would you like to be judged by a biased and prejudiced judge who hates your guts? We would all like to have an impartial judge who sees things as they really are, wouldn’t we? So that is the only type of judgement that we are to mete out ourselves. We all judge others in our thoughts each and every day. We weigh the actions, words, and motives of everyone that we observe each day. Don’t pretend to be blind and that you don’t do this. You DO do this, every single day. So you are to purify your heart and motives so that you judge righteous judgement, the type of judgement that you yourself wish to be judged by. And YES, when you discuss other people with your spouse or your friends, you ARE judging them. The question is, Are you judging righteous judgement? or Are you judging evil judgement? Don’t be deceived, and don’t be a hypocrite. You have judged everything around you, every single day, since you were born. And if you still insist to tell me to “Judge not”, then please be aware of the fact that you just passed judgement on me for judging. Ask the Lord to have mercy upon you and to open your eyes that they may see. If you do this with sincerity and you do it daily, then rest assured that he will do so. It will most probably happen by “Here a little and there a little”. Don’t be in a hurry, but wait patiently upon the Lord.

As far as motes and beams go, we are to correct and perfect our own faults and failures, before attempting to correct the faults and failures of other people. This is on a personal level. We see in other people things that bother us, so we inwardly judge them for it, and we point it out to them and attempt to correct their mistakes. This is pure and unadulterated hypocrisy. We are NEVER to point out the faults and failures of others until we correct our own faults and failures first. And that will be never. Leave other people alone. However when it is a sinful behavior like habitual lying, stealing, adultery, murder, fits of rage, idolatry, witchcraft, and other major sins; we are negligent of our Christian duty NOT TO point these things out to people in a loving manner. They will in all likelihood get mad at you and tell you not to judge. Most people who live in darkness hate the light to shine on them and to expose their sins. They want their sins to remain concealed and dear to them. Especially point out the ten commandments to people in a loving way. The Apostle Paul quoted Ezekiel the prophet when he said that he declared unto all those in Ephesus, that he was free from the blood of all men, because day and night he told them the truth. A large part of the truth is to tell people of their sins and what the Bible says about it. Ezekiel of course, prophesied that we are to be watchmen on the wall who warn the people that the righteous sin not. And if we fail to do this, we will have their blood upon our own hands. So don’t get the blood of all the people around you on your hands, because you did not warn them that the righteous sin not. You will most certainly be judged for these things on judgement day when all of your works are judged.

Matthew 7:6 “Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again to rend you.”

In modern America and many other countries today, dogs are highly prized and loved. In the Bible dogs were considered to be filthy and unclean creatures. I’m not trying to be gross, but I would be very negligent in my duty as a teacher to not go into detail to explain why. Dogs sleep on the ground and roll in the dirt. Dogs love to roll around on dead rotting animal carcasses. They vomit and then return and eat it again. They lick their own genitals, and lick and smell the genitals and butt holes of other dogs. Females in heat will have sex with as many males as want to have sex with her. Male dogs are all bi-sexual. Dogs love to eat human excrement, especially from baby diapers. They drink filthy water and love to go around dirty all of the time. Give a dog a bath and it immediately wants to roll in the grass and the dirt. There is no need for me to continue. That is enough. So the Bible compares evil people with dogs, for these very reasons. Dogs and pigs are held as equals in animal filthiness, from the Bible perspective. Remember that dogs ate Jezebel and licked up all of her blood.

So to not give what is holy unto the dogs, is referring to people who act like dogs. To not cast your pearls before swine is referring to people who act like pigs. There are many evil people who have no appreciation for holy things. So don’t share what is holy unto these kinds of people. You are to present the ten commandments to them, so they can see their own wickedness and evil deeds in the eyes of a holy God. You are responsible to do that, but don’t share the deep and holy things of God with them. They cannot be trusted and they will return and attack you for doing so. They will trample the holy things of God under their feet to ridicule and to mock them.

It is also a mistake to share the love of God or grace to these people if they have no conviction of sin first. Only when they are brought under the conviction of sin, will they appreciate and see the truth with their own eyes. To make converts without true conviction of sin and repentance is the plague of the modern church. It brings about halfling converts. They only get half-saved and half-born again. These are false converts. We now have several generations of this type of converts filling the churches. It started in a big way right at the end of World War 2, incidentally it also coincided with when the nation of Israel was formed in 1948. This is when the time of the Gentiles ended and Jewish time began ticking again. The focus of these end times is the Jew and the nation of Israel. And one day in the not too far future, there will appear two witnesses at the wailing wall in Jerusalem, which will mark the beginning of the seven year tribulation period.

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