It Is Not About You Or Me, It Is All About God

Those that open the Holy Bible and start reading often enjoy the so called "Sermon On The Mount." For some reason many have selective reading and memory (or perhaps selective application for their own lives), for all they can express is how wonderful the Lord's teaching was, but do not live up to what He commands. That is even the case with what is commonly called "The Lord's Prayer."
It Is Not About You Or Me, It Is All About God
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A lot of people can quote "The Lord's Prayer" almost verbatim. They can rattle it off, but many times not only do they rattle it off, but they selectively knock some things off, or look at them in a narrow way, avoiding any application to their lives. For your convenience, here it is as it is found in Matthew 6:9-13.

"Pray, then, in this way: 'Our Father who is in heaven, Hallowed be Your name.
10 Your kingdom come. Your will be done, On earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread.
12 And

forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.'"

It would be great to look at each line of that prayer, but at the moment I feel led of God just to focus upon the last portion of it as found in verse 13: "For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen." I would say this moderates everything else in the prayer and we will see the following from it. For clarity so that everyone knows that God needs to be the focus, I am going to switch "Yours" back to the Authorized Version's "Thine."

I. Thine Is The Kingdom

The way some people teach and preach you would think that God is a genie: rub Him the right way enough times and you will get what you want. But prayer is not about changing the mind of God, but it is about changing you and me. Prayer is not about forcing the hand of God, but it is the place where we trust the hand of God to mold us and direct us. Prayer is not getting what we want, but what He wants (compare John 14:13-14 with 1 John 5:14).

God is not a genie, but King, sovereign over the universe. Many of His subjects, like humans, have a choice whether or not they will cooperate with Him and His purposes. And, despite how insecure the world seems, rejoice that He is in charge and rejoice that Christ will soon reign on earth (Revelation 20 et al.).

He is King and not a tyrant, so we do have a choice {1}. The most important choice we can make, and the one that definitely affects us now and for eternity, is whether or not we will enthrone Christ as King in our heart (our very center). In so doing we leave the realm of darkness and enter into the Kingdom of God’s dear Son (Colossians 1:13).

We must choose to remain there. God is sovereign, but not a tyrant. In making Him King of our life we are to revere Him as King in every area of our life. He must remain King when we are at work, school, or anywhere else. He is to be King in our business, in our marriage and in regard to our family. He is must be King over our spirit, soul, and body. Every facet of our life needs to come under His rule.

Marriage needs to be addressed. With Christ as King, and with His gracious help, we must not say or think “I want out” but that “I want the grace of God to keep us together.” We must go by His royal written law, the Holy Bible, in everything, including marriage. Many, even those who call themselves Christians, reject what the Holy Bible says about marriage and the God ordained relationship between husband and wife-- to their detriment and that of society’s.

"Thine is the kingdom" indicates we are to revere Him as King every moment of our life. The fact that "Thine is the kingdom" is in a prayer matches very well with the point that we need to make Him King every moment of our lives, for we are to continuously pray {2}.

We must never step in as king, making decisions against His will, and even acting presumptuously though well intentioned. If we consistently make ourselves king we will often meet with disappointment and eventually disaster. There will always be something or someone that can overpower us. However, no one can overpower God. Worst of all, instead of doing God's will we will be doing our will which places us in peril of eternal damnation (1 John 2:17).

II. Thine Is The Power

Our Lord spoke in Aramaic, but the current oldest texts we have for Matthew are in the Greek, and reveal that out of six possible words that could be translated as “power” {3} “dunamis” was used. Of the six, dunamis is most broad and could express several things, viz., {4} 

1a) inherent power, power residing in a thing by virtue of its nature, or which a person or thing exerts and puts forth 
1b) power for performing miracles 
1c) moral power and excellence of soul 
1d) the power and influence which belong to riches and wealth 
1e) power and resources arising from numbers 
1f) power consisting in or resting upon armies, forces, hosts 

I would be very pleased to write about all of those definitions in regard to God’s power (dunamis), and His power applied to our life in all of those areas but I need to watch my time. Firstly, though, it is clear that power is His, therefore when we are badgered we are called to meekness for it is written (Romans 12:19), “‘Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,'" says the Lord.”

Reserving vengeance for God and remaining meek does not mean we cannot ever show might. It is just that we must do things according to His written and spoken word, and only in His strength and direction. “Thine,” not “mine,” is the power. A true Christian is to be crucified in Christ, and permitting Christ to live through him (Galatians 2:20). And all Christians should be open to God working through them in miraculous ways. We must be like Peter and John in such cases, letting observers know the power comes from God and not ourselves (Acts 3:12).

Peter and John were also careful in their statement to point out any holiness involved in the healing of the lame man came solely from God. Other Holy Scriptures point to the fact that true disciples of Christ are holy because of Christ dwelling within each believer. The  ability to be righteous and the ability to be holy is from God through Christ.

True disciples of Christ are sustained by Him, because “Thine is the power.” Christ gives us the ability to do all things according to the will of God (Philippians 4:13). That includes the ability to forgive. “I am only human” is never greater than the powerful grace of God.

III. Thine Is The Glory

I remember back to the time I


first surrendered to Christ and started to attend church services. From time to time someone might present a special in song or on an instrument. Instead of applause there would be exclamations of praising God. It is very different today in many churches where only applause is given. While in some cases the soloist or minister might say about giving a "clap offering" to God, in the minds of many is the thought they are praising "the performer."

At some point in their growth the true disciple realizes every bit of praise and glory belongs to God. Whether one teaches Sunday School, plays the piano for church, preaches, teaches, or anything else, whenever someone says that we have done well we should be very careful to give the glory to God.

Now let us get more internal with this. God must be glorified in every part of our lives. He must be glorified in what we think, what we say, in how we dress, where we go, and in all that we do. We should glorify Him with immediate obedience when directed by His Spirit in any matter. And, in all that we are blessed with and in all that we do, we must realize, and declare, "Thine is the glory."

Before we leave this point, consider forgiveness. Forgiving someone brings glory to God. Receiving the forgiveness of God, or from someone else, brings glory to God. There are times one cannot directly forgive another. Forgive in your heart, and the glory of God will blossom in your life.

IV. Forever

His kingdom, power, and glory will be forever. We are to lovingly yield our heart to Him so that our thoughts and actions say "Thine is the kingdom, and the power and the glory." This is the will of God and it is written in 1 John 2:17, "The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever.”

V. So Be It

"Amen" means "so be it." Anyone who names the Name of Christ should endeavor to remain in, and fully apply, the state of being {5} expressed in Galatians 2:20, “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.”

Following Galatians 2:20 means that one will truly say, mean, and live in such a way that their life, publicly and privately, declares “Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.” It means one’s personal will is totally surrendered and empowered by the will of God.

“Thine,” Not “Mine”

The world does not revolve around you or me. Did someone hurt your feelings? Steal from you? Lie about you? It s really not about you or me, but about God, for, because each of us are made in His image, they have sinned against God. Beware that we ourselves sin against Him by being in the place of God.

Or perhaps a calamity has struck your life. You feel devastated. Ask God to help you take your eyes off of self and enable you to seek His will and apply it in all matters. Realize that He has a plan and purpose for your life and lovingly trust Him. By His grace shake off the negative feelings, stand upon His Word, and act in faith.

If you make it (the next problem, the next argument, the next disregard, and so on) about Him you will win in some way. You might not get your way, but at least God will have His way in your life and you will be blessed, rewarded. Leave ”I,” “me,” “my,” and “mine" behind, and get into “Thine." Get out of “me” mode, and get into “He” mode. Be blessed by God and not crushed by satan {6}.

Notes:

{1} Please read "You CAN Choose--Choose Wisely" at http://thesureword.expertscolumn.com/article/you-can-choose-choose-wisely .

{2} Please read “Get Into The Godly Habit Of Praying” at http://holybibletreasures.expertscolumn.com/article/get-godly-habit-praying . 

{3} Vine, W. E.: An Expository Dictionary Of New Testament Words (Flemming H. Revell Company, Old Tappan, NJ : 1966) Vol. 3, pp 196-197

{4} From an electronic version of Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance by James Strong incorporated in the Online Bible program, and so throughout the article whenever the ancient language is referred to and no other authority is cited.

{5} Please see Most Blessed State Of Being For Now at http://sapphirestreams.com/life/audioM.html#M349 .

{6} Not capitalized on purpose. Experts Column gives me the freedom to express myself in that way.

This article was written in the form of a sermon (message) outline with comments. God willing by January 15, 2017 (hopefully much sooner), you should be able to hear the actual message (sermon) by selecting a link at http://www.sapphirestreams.com/life/audioM.html#M431 .

Unless otherwise noted all Holy Scripture is from the New American Standard Bible changing LORD to YHVH as it rightly should be when the text so indicates. * = For other versions the spelling of some words is updated for our time in addition to changing LORD to YHVH as it rightly should be when the text so indicates.

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Article Written By BrotherPete

I am a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, having served over forty years as a pastor. I graduated from Northeast Bible College of Green Lane Pennsylvania and have a Bachelors Degree in Bible. I am enthused about the Word of God and how it can make a positive change in the life of anyone once it is teamed up with faith and the Holy Spirit. I am happily married. Visit www.sapphirestreams.com.

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  • nbillett  28-12-2016
    Faith will never occur without separation which is why God foresaw it in each one's life: leaving our parents' house, beginning to work, getting married...Faith prepares us to face even more painful separations that will place us entirely at the service of God. As believers, we can never think we have arrived. Until the end of our lives, we are pilgrims, drawn by an ideal never quite reached and always attentive to God's signs to see where God is waiting for us.
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  • goldstay  05-12-2016
    Thanks for elaborating the Lord's prayer... Nice article...
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    • BrotherPete  06-12-2016
      Thank you goldstay. To God be the glory. If you want to here the message (sermon) as delivered, please follow this link: http://www.sapphirestreams.com/life/audioM.html#M431 . It is about 56 minutes long though! Could not help it.
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