Our Conduct Before God

Posted on June 9, 2021

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Our Conduct Before God

by Pastor Afolabi Oladel

And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him. After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. Matthew 6:5-15

Recall our question from our last post; can the creature query his maker? We go further to ask, can the creature impress his maker of his goodness? Our text of today answers these questions demonstrating that human self-portrayal or self-promotion as being religious is definitely not of God neither is it acceptable to Him. Neither yet is seeking the approval of men.

Not of works, lest any man should boast. Ephesians 2:9

Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost. Titus 3:5

We thus learn that our acceptable place is to become and remain subject to Him having trusted and received by faith the mercy extended to us in Christ Jesus. So dearly beloved let James 4:10 operate in your life. Shalom.

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