Give Us This Day

Matthew 6:11

Our Father, gives us this day in his kingdom to live moment by moment in his will.  Now, in this day, is ours to live in his peace, power, presence and grace.  We can only prepare to live tomorrow in the now of this day with our imaginations, what we believe, and the words we speak.  Yesterdays are for our learning.  They can be kept or put behind us, but this day we are to live in the love of God, delighting in him and trusting him for all things.

This day, is the seventh day, the day of rest.  On the cross of Calvary, Jesus said, It is finished!  (John 19:30)  He took the sins of mankind and shed his innocent blood paying the price of redemption for us all.  Then by the power of God, he conquered death, hell and the grave in obedience and love for his Father.  Receiving Jesus Christ in our hearts is receiving freedom from the law of sin and death.  We can enter into the rest of God this seventh day because Jesus has destroyed the works of the devil. (I John 3:8)  In Matthew 11:29, Jesus said, Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

Give us this day, our daily bread.  All of our spiritual and natural provision (bread) for this day has been given to us. (II Peter 1:3-4)  As we rest in God, we find that there are no needs or wants (lack) in our lives. (Philippians 4:19, Psalm 23:1)  In this day, by faith which works by love, our part of God’s redemptive plan is to reap the harvest of souls in the earth.  Then as joint-heirs of all things with Jesus Christ, we reclaim and move them into the kingdom of God for his glory.

The manifestation of the promises of God in our lives is conditional.  To obtain these promises, we must partake of the nature of God which is love.  We must love others with the love of God, and we must forgive as God forgives.  Matthew 6:12 says, And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.  Unforgiveness stops the flow of God’s power in our lives.  Jesus forgave from the cross – ‘Father, forgive them for they know not what they do’.  (Luke 23:34) He knew that his accusers had been blinded and deceived by satan.  Unforgiveness allows Satan to blind us to God’s goodness and blocks answers to our prayers.  Unforgiveness moves us out of love and our faith will not work to manifest the promises God has already given us.

God is a rewarder of those who believe that he is and who diligently seek him. (Hebrews 11:6)          II Peter 1:5-8 says, And besides this, giving all diligence, add to your faith, virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, godliness, brotherly kindness, and charity (Love).  For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.  As we trust God for all things thereby finding rest for our souls, we live in the blessings of this day while harvesting souls for the kingdom of God.

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