Upside Down Kingdom Week 7
August 22, 2021
08-21-21 Upside Down Kingdom Week 7
Matthew 6:1-6 & 16-18 — Watch out! Don’t do your good deeds publicly, to be admired by others, for you will lose the reward from your Father in heaven. 2 When you give to someone in need, don’t do as the hypocrites do—blowing trumpets in the synagogues and streets to call attention to their acts of charity! I tell you the truth, they have received all the reward they will ever get. 3 But when you give to someone in need, don’t let your left hand know what your right hand is doing. 4 Give your gifts in private, and your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.
When you pray, don’t be like the hypocrites who love to pray publicly on street corners and in the synagogues where everyone can see them. I tell you the truth, that is all the reward they will ever get. 6 But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private. Then your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.
“And when you fast, don’t make it obvious, as the hypocrites do, for they try to look miserable and disheveled so people will admire them for their fasting. I tell you the truth, that is the only reward they will ever get. 17 But when you fast, comb your hair[d] and wash your face. 18 Then no one will notice that you are fasting, except your Father, who knows what you do in private. And your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.
Giving, Praying, Fasting – portals to feel close to God’s heart, also ways to get CREDIT
Proverbs 14:12 There is a path before each person that seems right,
but it ends in death
JESUS REFRAMES WHAT HEALTHY LOOK LIKE
JESUS REFRAMES WHAT SHOULD LOOK LIKE
BIG IDEA… Communion with God doesn’t come from . It comes from .
1 – Seek the heart of God and His kingdom
2 – Engage in Healthy and
3 – Listen to the nudge of the of God
4 – Have the to
QUESTIONS FOR HEALTHY PRACTICES
What are ways I “put on a show” for the approval of others instead of approval of Father?
What are 1 or 2 tangible things I should do to make a shift towards healthy motives and behaviors as I seek to get close to God (communion with God).