The Lord's Prayer
Jesus taught us how to pray and gave us this prayer. Children are often taught this prayer and encouraged to say it at bed time. We hear what is refered to as the Lords prayer after AA meetings. But I have found that very few people know what the Lords prayer really means. Some even say that it is not a part of AA because it is not in the big book. But yet some of the basic texts philosiphy comes from this very prayer. The pioneers saw the need to study scripture to find out who God really is and what His will is. They did this in the eleventh step.
The eleventh step of the program suggests prayer and meditation:
11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out. Pg 59
In looking at exactly what the pioneers did in their 11th step you will find that it involved the study of scripture to come to know God and His will for us. In the basic text they tell us that they memorized some prayers which emphasied the very principles that we are supposed to be practicing in all our affairs.: we sometimes select and memorize a few set prayers which emphasize the principles we have been discussing. Pg 87
We were given this prayer by Jesus because it teaches us what we should ask for and also gives us insight into how we should live. This prayer also tells us about God now and what will happen with God in the future. Let's take the time to talk about this prayer verse by verse using Gods word to explain each verse. When we are through looking at this prayer we will have been given understanding of what this prayer really means and what we are asking of the Father.
As the basic text philosiphy came mostly from 1 Corinthians, James and Matthew we will use the account of Jesus teaching us this prayer in the book of Matthew:
9After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. 10Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. 11Give us this day our daily bread. 12And forgive us our debts,.(In Luke 11, this says: sins, for we also forgive everyone that is indebted to us), as we forgive our debtors 13And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
Let's look at what is called the Lords prayer line by line, and what it is we are really saying when we recite this prayer.:
Matthew 6:9 9Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
The big book talks about Jesus and the Father in several places. The pioneers were not shy in talking about what the Power was that was guiding them. We Have talked about Jesus in the study about our Creator. Now let's look at the Father. Dr Bob knew where the Power came from that was guiding his life.: Your Heavenly Father will never let you down! Last pg Dr.Bob's nightmare
The very first thing that the pioneers said I must do is know the role that I am assigned. They said that first I had to quit playing God. Then they laid out some simple requirements.: Next, we decided that hereafter in this drama of life, God was going to be our Director. He is the Principal; we are His agents. He is the Father, and we are His children. Pg 62
Bill refered directly to the book of james with this line out of his story.:James 1:17
17Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. I must turn in all things to the Father of Light who presides over us all. Pg 14.
Jesus spoke openly about where the Father dwells.: Matthew 5:16 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
Over and over when Jesus spoke of the Father He told us that He was in heaven.:Matthew 12:50
50For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.
Jesus made it very clear on where the Father is: Matthew 18:14 14Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish.
Jesus and the Father both have several names or titles that They are called in the bible. All of them are Holy or Hallowed. Psalm 33:21
21For our heart shall rejoice in him, because we have trusted in his holy name.
3Let them praise thy great and terrible name; for it is holy.
9He sent redemption unto his people: he hath commanded his covenant for ever: holy and reverend is his name.
7So will I make my holy name known in the midst of my people Israel; and I will not let them pollute my holy name any more: and the heathen shall know that I am the LORD, the Holy One in Israel.
11And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.
Verse 10 talks about the comming of Gods kingdom to earth and the fact that His will is done in earth as it is in heaven. The reason that the pioneers studied scripture is much the same reason that we come to understand alcoholism. So we know what is the truth and we can do away with fables. We hear all the time that when someone dies they either go to heaven or to hell.. But Gods word is very clear on what happens when you die, but that is for another lesson. We can't cover everything all at once. That is why precept must be upon precept. Jesus has this to say about heaven.: John 3:13
13And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven. Besides if we are already in heaven or hell why do we have to have a judgement day, are not we already judged?
Let's move on.
Matthew 6:10 10Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
The bible says over and over again that the kingdom of Jesus will be set up on earth and then the Father will bring down His kingdom where they will both dwell with man forever. He told us to search the scriptures and He taught us out of the scriptures, Genesis through Malachi.: John 5:39 39 Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. . All over the new testament Jesus and the diciples are quoting the old testament and they are always talking about it. The reason for this is that back in their day they did not have the new testament. They were always teaching about what is written in the old testament because this is where we find Gods plan for salvation. The new testament is just that a testamony of the old testament. Jesus explained to us what the prophets and Moses and the psalms said about Him.: Luke 24:44 44And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me. Many places in the book of Psalms it talks about Jesus or is Jesus speaking by the mouth of David.: Psalm 132:13-14
13For the LORD hath chosen Zion; he hath desired it for his habitation. 14This is my rest for ever: here will I dwell; for I have desired it.
Now we know that our redeemer is Jesus. Jesus had to die for mankinds sins to be forgiven. Job had understanding about the coming of the Lord.:
23Oh that my words were now written! oh that they were printed in a book! 24That they were graven with an iron pen and lead in the rock for ever! 25For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: The latter day that Job was talking about is the day that the Lord returns to take His kingdom and rule the earth.
In the book of Zechariah we are given a look at the comming of Jesus to take His reign over all the earth.
3Then shall the LORD go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle. 4And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south. ENTIRE CHAPTER: Zechariah 14:1-21 (This is prophesy of the return of Jesus)
In the book of Acts when Jesus assends to heaven, two angels tell the desiples that He will return to that very spot where He left the earth. They are talking about the same time that is described in Zechariah.
8But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. 9And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. 10And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; 11Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven. 12Then returned they unto Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is from Jerusalem a sabbath day's journey.
In Revelations after Jesus destroys those that are not righteous in His eyes. He will set up His kingdom. Then the Father will bring down His kingdom from heaven to the earth.: Revelation 21:1-10
1And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. 2And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. 4And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. 5And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful. 6And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. 7He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. 8But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death. 9And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb's wife. 10And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God,
And then both the Father and the Son, Jesus will dwell with man on earth!: Revelation 21:22-27
22And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it. 23And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof. 24And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it. 25And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there. 26And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it. 27And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life.
There are plenty of scriptures that talk about the comming of or the day of the Lord. Joel the 3rd chapter, Matthew the 24th, Isaiah the 13th. This is why the pioneers read their bibles. To come to know God.
The big book in several places talks about Gods will not our will being done.: God save me from being angry. Thy will be done." Pg 67 Knowing that of ourselves we are nothing we ask God to remove our anger so that His will can be done. Patience, love and tolerance.
"How can I best serve Thee - Thy will (not mine) be done." Pg 85 This starts with seeing the true make up of ourselves while being kind and considerate to others, and then coming to see His will in scripture. Then acting on what is revealed to us.
humbly saying to ourselves many times each day "Thy will be done." Pg 88 When we go through trying periods in our day we remind ourselves what we need to be doing.
So the first place that the Lord or Jesus makes a covenant with us is when we are given the 10 commadments and all of Gods judgements and statutes and the people basically say thy will be done. In exchange for being obedient God is going to take care of and provide for all who do His will.
3And Moses came and told the people all the words of the LORD, and all the judgments: and all the people answered with one voice, and said, All the words which the LORD hath said will we do. 4And Moses wrote all the words of the LORD, and rose up early in the morning, and builded an altar under the hill, and twelve pillars, according to the twelve tribes of Israel. 5And he sent young men of the children of Israel, which offered burnt offerings, and sacrificed peace offerings of oxen unto the LORD. 6And Moses took half of the blood, and put it in basons; and half of the blood he sprinkled on the altar. 7And he took the book of the covenant, and read in the audience of the people: and they said, All that the LORD hath said will we do, and be obedient. 8And Moses took the blood, and sprinkled it on the people, and said, Behold the blood of the covenant, which the LORD hath made with you concerning all these words.
When Jesus came in the flesh He made it plain that the will of the father will be done on earth if we are to gain eternal life.: Matthew 7:21 21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
Jesus also kept the will of the Father while He was on earth.: Matthew 26:42
42He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done.
Jesus also made it clear that in the flesh He was following the will of the Father and that without the Fathers will He was nothing. John 5:30
30I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.
We see that the Lord created everything and that God has rule over all things and His will is done everywhere.Psalm 135:1-6
1Praise ye the LORD. Praise ye the name of the LORD; praise him, O ye servants of the LORD. 2Ye that stand in the house of the LORD, in the courts of the house of our God, 3Praise the LORD; for the LORD is good: sing praises unto his name; for it is pleasant. 4For the LORD hath chosen Jacob unto himself, and Israel for his peculiar treasure. 5For I know that the LORD is great, and that our Lord is above all gods. 6Whatsoever the LORD pleased, that did he in heaven, and in earth, in the seas, and all deep places.
The Lord told Ezekiel about satan. How he was in the garden of eden and in heaven Gods holy mountain and was found a sinner and cast down to the earth.:
11Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 12Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty. 13Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created. 14Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. 15Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee. 16By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire. 17Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee. 18Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffick; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee. 19All they that know thee among the people shall be astonished at thee: thou shalt be a terror, and never shalt thou be any more.
When satan and his angels decided to do their own will in heaven God had him cast out, Gods will is done in heaven.:
7And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, 8And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. 9And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. 10And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. 11And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. 12Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.
Now let's take a look at what our daily bread is.
Matthew 6:11 11Give us this day our daily bread.
Not only did Jesus feed the masses but He also told us that we will not want if we are diligent in seeking His will. It is God that provides for us to be able to nourish ourselves and the good book is full of examples where He took away or provided food as He saw fit. But our daily bread is more than just physical food. More importantly, our daily bread is our spiritual food. There will come a time when those that desire to eat the true spiritual food will not find it. It is Gods word that we need to keep us spiritually fit.
It is well documented that first things first and easy does it came from Matthew 6:31-33.
We have three little mottoes which are apropos. Here they are:
First Things First
Live and Let Live
Easy Does It. Pg 135
One day at a time. Again atributed to Matthew 6:31-33 Let the alcoholic continue his program day by day. Pg 99
To stay in Gods hands we need to know how we do that. This is why it is important to see what is pleasing to God. Spiritual growth can only be attained by eating Gods spiritual food, reading His word and getting understanding of His will for us.: Both you and the new man must walk day by day in the path of spiritual progress. If you persist, remarkable things will happen. When we look back, we realize that the things which came to us when we put ourselves in God's hands were better than anything we could have planned. Pg 100
The big book laid in front of us many principles of the oxford group which were all taken directly from the word of God. To rest on our laurels or past spiritual acomplichments would be to stop searching for what God would have us do and to stop aplying that to our daily way of life.: It is easy to let up on the spiritual program of action and rest on our laurels. We are headed for trouble if we do, for alcohol is a subtle foe. We are not cured of alcoholism. What we really have is a daily reprieve contingent on the maintenance of our spiritual condition. Pg 85
God was very specific on how the people were to get the bread that He was providing them with.: Exodus 16:4
4Then said the LORD unto Moses, Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a certain rate every day, that I may prove them, whether they will walk in my law, or no.
God always takes care of those who are righteous. Righteous in his eyes!: Psalm 37:25 25I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.
The basic element of the entire spiritual program of Alcoholics Anonymous. One day at a time seeking the Kingdom of God and His righteousness knowing that He will provide for me as long as I strive to learn His will and practice those principles in all my affairs.: Matthew 6:31-33
31Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? 32(For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. 33But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
The Lord says by the mouth of Isaiah that we need to seek him while He is willing to bless us with His grace and mercy.: Isaiah 55:6-7 6Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: 7Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
God is constantly calling us in various ways. For alcoholics it is through our own selfish behavour that we see the need for His care and direction. The time is now for us to seek knowledge and the way we get it is through Gods word. Gods word is what determines the difference between my will and Gods will: Proverbs 1:24-33
24Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded; 25But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof: 26I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh; 27When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you. 28Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me: 29For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD: 30They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof. 31Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices. 32For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them. 33But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil.
This time is not far off! We have no idea what will happen tomorrow. The time will come when man will look for the truth in Gods word but will not find it. The time for each of us to find Gods will for us is now, in the moment. Today, not yesterday or tomorrow!: Amos 8:11-12 11Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD: 12And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it.
Look what Jesus is saying here. Food that we need to survive in this earthly body will not bring us everlasting life! It is the spirit which quickeneth or makes us alive! And the words that He speaks are life. We eat the spiritual food by reading and comming to understand Gods word. His holy bible!: John 6:54-63 54Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. 55For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. 56He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him. 57As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me. 58This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever. 59These things said he in the synagogue, as he taught in Capernaum. 60Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said, This is an hard saying; who can hear it? 61When Jesus knew in himself that his disciples murmured at it, he said unto them, Doth this offend you? 62What and if ye shall see the Son of man ascend up where he was before? 63It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.
The Lord gave Ezekiel His word and then told him to go to the house of Israel and teach them. He ate Gods word. This means comming to the knowledge of Gods will by reading His word.:
1Moreover he said unto me, Son of man, eat that thou findest; eat this roll, and go speak unto the house of Israel. 2So I opened my mouth, and he caused me to eat that roll. 3And he said unto me, Son of man, cause thy belly to eat, and fill thy bowels with this roll that I give thee. Then did I eat it; and it was in my mouth as honey for sweetness. 4And he said unto me, Son of man, go, get thee unto the house of Israel, and speak with my words unto them.
The Lord told John to eat His book and then go teach. The word is our spiritual food that is nesassary for spiritual growth, just as real food is nesassary for humans to survive and grow physically.:
8And the voice which I heard from heaven spake unto me again, and said, Go and take the little book which is open in the hand of the angel which standeth upon the sea and upon the earth. 9And I went unto the angel, and said unto him, Give me the little book. And he said unto me, Take it, and eat it up; and it shall make thy belly bitter, but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey. 10And I took the little book out of the angel's hand, and ate it up; and it was in my mouth sweet as honey: and as soon as I had eaten it, my belly was bitter. 11And he said unto me, Thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings.
If we did not have the knowledge of what we need to eat in our present body, if we do not eat the right things we would die. It is the same with our spiritual lives. If we don't eat our spiritual food and have the knowledge of what we need to do to live spritually we are in danger of dying spiritually.: Revelation 20:11-15
11And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. 12And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. 13And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. 14And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. 15And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
We need to read his word to find out how to get into the book of life. His word is our spiritual food! Only those that are written in the book of life will live with God forever.
Now when we are at verse 12 we are asking God to forgive us as we forgive others. Let's look at we are saying here.
Matthew 6:12 12And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors
This is part of step four and nine. Part of the making of amends to others is to give the people that we have harmed the opportunity to forgive us and clear them of resentments that they may have toward us. Thus they have one less debt hanging over their heads when they go to their Creator asking for forgiveness. We already have forgiven others in step four. In step nine we are clearing away the wreakage of our past.
So as we get done with looking at how we acted throughout our day, we ask God to forgive us.: After making our review we ask God's forgiveness and inquire what corrective measures should be taken. Pg 86
Holding anger toward others brings on all kinds of absurd behaviour that will continue to push us farther into the spirtual malady. We don't begin to straighten out until we can be at peace with those about us.: Resentment is the "number one" offender. It destroys more alcoholics than anything else. From it stem all forms of spiritual disease, for we have been not only mentally and physically ill, we have been spiritually sick. When the spiritual malady is overcome, we straighten out mentally and physically. Pg 64
When I am full of hate and anger toward others I am blocked off from the only Power that can save me, the Power of God!: It is plain that a life which includes deep resentment leads only to futility and unhappiness. To the precise extent that we permit these, do we squander the hours that might have been worth while. But with the alcoholic, whose hope is the maintenance and growth of a spiritual experience, this business of resentment is infinitely grave. We found that it is fatal. For when harboring such feelings we shut ourselves off from the sunlight of the Spirit. Pg 66
It is here in step four that we begin to show God that we truely want His forgiveness when we take the actions needed to forgive others. This was our course: We realized that the people who wronged us were perhaps spiritually sick. Though we did not like their symptoms and the way these disturbed us, they, like ourselves, were sick too. We asked God to help us show them the same tolerance, pity, and patience that we would cheerfully grant a sick friend. When a person offended we said to ourselves, "This is a sick man. How can I be helpful to him? God save me from being angry. Thy will be done."We avoid retaliation or argument. We wouldn't treat sick people that way. If we do, we destroy our chance of being helpful. We cannot be helpful to all people, but at least God will show us how to take a kindly and tolerant view of each and every one. Pg 66-67
In step nine we go out and do our part to try to help others take away some of the wall that they have built up between them and God.: In nine cases out of ten the unexpected happens. Sometimes the man we are calling upon admits his own fault, so feuds of years' standing melt away in an hour. Rarely do we fail to make satisfactory progress. Our former enemies sometimes praise what we are doing and wish us well. Occasionally, they will offer assistance. It should not matter, however, if someone does throw us out of his office. We have made our demonstration, done our part. It's water over the dam. Pg 78
Jesus tells us that the will of our Father is to strive to be at peace with all those that I deel with. I might not be best friends with them but I must be willing to put aside any differences on my part no matter how great the effort and to do it while I have a chance to calm the stiuation before it gets out of control. Matthew 5:21-26
21Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment: 22But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire. 23Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; 24Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift. 25Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison. 26Verily I say unto thee, Thou shalt by no means come out thence, till thou hast paid the uttermost farthing.
Jesus told us that if we don't forgive our neighbors for what they might do against us that we will not be forgiven for sinning against God. Matthew 6:14-15
14For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: 15But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
Peter asked Jesus how often we needed to forgive others for the things they do against us and Jesus told him that as often as your neighbor eanestly repents for any harm done to you, that is how often you forgive him. Forgive others as you would like the Father to forgive you. Matthew 18:21-35
21Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? 22Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven. 23Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants. 24And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents. 25But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made. 26The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. 27Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt. 28But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellowservants, which owed him an hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest. 29And his fellowservant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. 30And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt. 31So when his fellowservants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done. 32Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me: 33Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee? 34And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him. 35So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.
Now let's look at the last verse.:
Matthew 6:13 13And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever.
We are asking God to keep us from our own lusts, and to deliver us from our selfish and selfcentered ways.God does not lead us into temptation, and He also promises to help us during times of temptation, if we seek to do His will. He also promises to keep us safe during the hour of temptation spoken of by Jesus and the prophets. First it must be understood that when we are tempted it is by our own lusts.: James 1:12-15
12Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him. 13Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: 14But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. 15Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.
What is sin? Everyone has there own take on it. This is Gods deffinition of sin.: 1 John 3:4
4Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.
Sin is transgressing or acting out contrary to the the ten commandments. The basic text says that we stand at the turning point, my will or Gods will and by enduring tempatation we are exercising our will to do Gods.: Every day is a day when we must carry the vision of God's will into all of our activities. "How can I best serve Thee - Thy will (not mine) be done." These are thoughts which must go with us constantly. We can exercise our will power along this line all we wish. It is the proper use of the will. Pg 85
By doing this we receive power from God to keep us safe and protected.: Save for a few brief moments of temptation the thought of drink has never returned; and at such times a great revulsion has risen up in him. Seemingly he could not drink even if he would. God had restored his sanity.Pg 57
As long as we strive to do what is pleasing in Gods eyes we will always be given a way out of our own temptations. But the key here is we must strive to do what is pleasing in His eyes.: 1Corinthians 10:13
13There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
We have work to do. God doesn't just make us not give in to our own lusts. We must strive to do what is righteous in His eyes. That is what a fit spiritual condition is. Only then does He enable us to think sanely and normally.: If tempted, we recoil from it as from a hot flame. We react sanely and normally, and we will find that this has happened automatically. We will see that our new attitude toward liquor has been given us without any thought or effort on our part. It just comes! That is the miracle of it. We are not fighting it, neither are we avoiding temptation. We feel as though we had been placed in a position of neutrality - safe and protected. We have not even sworn off. Instead, the problem has been removed. It does not exist for us. We are neither cocky nor are we afraid. That is our experience. That is how we react so long as we keep in fit spiritual condition. Pg 84-85
If we are in fit spiritual condition we don't have to worry about whether or not we can be around those that are enjoying a drink for we will not be tempted.: So our rule is not to avoid a place where there is drinking, if we have a legitimate reason for being there. That includes bars, nightclubs, dances, receptions, weddings, even plain ordinary whoopee parties. To a person who has had experience with an alcoholic, this may seem like tempting Providence, but it isn't.Pg 101
Either you are striving to serve God to the best of your ability or you are not. Only you and God really know for sure, but the signs will be there.: We never, never try to arrange a man's life so as to shield him from temptation. The slightest disposition on your part to guide his appointments or his affairs so he will not be tempted will be noticed. Make him feel absolutely free to come and go as he likes. This is important. If he gets drunk, don't blame yourself. God has either removed your husband's liquor problem or He has not. Pg 120
Jesus also says that He will keep us safe from the hour of temptation. Now the hour of temtation is a whole study in itself. Another reason if you don't come to know and understand God you won't know His will.: Revelation 3:7-11
7And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth; 8I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name. 9Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee. 10Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth. 11Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.
If you are not trying to serve God and find His will by searching His word you won't know about this time. There are several places that talk about the hour of temptation. Here is one that talks specificly about what it will be like.: Matthew 24:15-21 15When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) 16Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: 17Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house: 18Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. 19And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! 20But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day: 21For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. If you have not studied Gods word you have no idea what Daniel the prophet has warned us about, and Jesus is telling us that when we see the abomination of desolation spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place we should understand and know what we should do. Jesus calls this a great tribulation that has never been seen or will ever be seen again. When we pray the Lords prayer we are asking to be saved from this.
The pioneers talked about Gods kingdom though they did not expound on it.: We have found much of heaven and we have been rocketed into a fourth dimension of existence of which we had not even dreamed. Pg 25 This is the beginning of a relationship with our Creator, times of total peace and serenity. We have already talked a bit about the kingdom of God We know that it is comming down from Heaven and will be set up on earth in Jeruselem and there God will dwell with man forever.: 2 Timothy 4:1
1I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;
Now we know that we are powerless and that we are seeking the Power of God by which we might live content sober lives with peace and serenity.: They flatly declare that since they have come to believe in a Power greater than themselves, to take a certain attitude toward that Power, and to do certain simple things, there has been a revolutionary change in their way of living and thinking. In the face of collapse and despair, in the face of the total failure of their human resources, they found that a new power, peace, happiness, and sense of direction flowed into them. Pg 50 Genesis 32:28
28And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed.
We must all come to be Israel meaning that we must all come to serve God in the way that God told Israel to serve Him. Again, like so many things we have discussed in this study, That is another lesson. We can't learn it all at once. The point is that we are given Power by God when we begin to serve Him and continue to respond as more is revealed to us.: This Power has in each case accomplished the miraculous, the humanly impossible. Pg 50 Deuteronomy 8:17-18
17And thou say in thine heart, My power and the might of mine hand hath gotten me this wealth. 18But thou shalt remember the LORD thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day.
He stood in the Presence of Infinite Power and Love. Pg 56 All Power is a gift from God and is given to us by Him! Power from God comes in all forms, it can be as simple as enjoying a sunset to the peace and serenity that we have as we go through certain trials. Everything that we are able to accomplish that is worthwhile in life is a gift from God and is for His glory and honor. Ecclesiastes 5:19
19Every man also to whom God hath given riches and wealth, and hath given him power to eat thereof, and to take his portion, and to rejoice in his labour; this is the gift of God.
Being all powerful, He provided what we needed, if we kept close to Him and performed His work well. Pg 63 As we strive to keep Gods commandments He gives us Power by which we can live happy, joyous and free! Deuteronomy 30:14-19
14But the word is very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart, that thou mayest do it. 15See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil; 16In that I command thee this day to love the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his judgments, that thou mayest live and multiply: and the LORD thy God shall bless thee in the land whither thou goest to possess it. 17But if thine heart turn away, so that thou wilt not hear, but shalt be drawn away, and worship other gods, and serve them; 18I denounce unto you this day, that ye shall surely perish, and that ye shall not prolong your days upon the land, whither thou passest over Jordan to go to possess it. 19I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live: This is true Power. Blessings from God and everlasting life!
Jesus came to fulfilled His part so that we might be given a chance to be a part of the kingdom of God. It starts with a sincere heart and belief in Christ or obedience to His words.: Mark 1:15
15 And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.
To believe is to have faith and if you believe or have faith then you will do what you are told to do by God or be obedient to his word and He will enable you to dwell with Him in the kingdom forever.: James 2:5
5Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him?
If we live righteous in Gods eyes we will be part of his kingdom, perfect in all majesty and splender.: 1 Thessalonians 2:12
12That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory.
Gods glory and His power is beyond comprehension and will be revealed to man in it's entirety at the comming of His kingdom. Psalm 145:10-13
10All thy works shall praise thee, O LORD; and thy saints shall bless thee. 11They shall speak of the glory of thy kingdom, and talk of thy power; 12To make known to the sons of men his mighty acts, and the glorious majesty of his kingdom. 13Thy kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and thy dominion endureth throughout all generations.
The bible refers to Gods righteousness as being clothed in white robes. It is only through following His word or the guidlines that He has given us to conduct ourselves by that we can be His children and He will be our God.: Revelation 7:9-12
9After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; 10And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb. 11And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God, 12Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen..
AMEN'. = This word, with slight differences or orthography, is in all the dialects of the Assyrian stock. As a verb, it signifies to confirm, establish, verify; to trust, or give confidence; as a noun, truth, firmness, trust, confidence; as an adjective, firm, stable. In English, after the oriental manner, it is used at the beginning, but more generally at the end of declarations and prayers, in the sense of, be it firm, be it established. Websters 1828 dictionary
This is the last part of the Lords prayer. There are so many verses that speak directly of the precepts in the Lords prayer. And there are many, that when read with understanding, shout out the precepts that Jesus conveyed to us when He taught us how to pray. I hope that this has been edifying to those of us that long to learn the will of God. The One that not only took away our problem with alcohol, but has brought us: into a way of living infinitely more satisfying and, I hope, more useful than the life I lived before. Pg 43
There are soo many studies that we touch upon in each lesson that we do. With patience we must seek the knowledge of Gods word and, as He reveals more to us, and we respond to what we learn, He continues to open our eyes and mold us to be heirs to salvation. But it starts with being diligent in seeking His will through His word. It may take years of study and prayer to come into a basic understanding of exactly what God would have us do. But with each lesson that we study we have spiritual growth. For the alcoholic it all starts with the steps and must continue if we are to grow.: We have entered the world of the Spirit. Our next function is to grow in understanding and effectiveness. This is not an overnight matter. It should continue for our lifetime. Pg 84
9After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. 10Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. 11Give us this day our daily bread. 12And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors 13And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
1 Thessalonians 5:21-23
21Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. 22Abstain from all appearance of evil. 23And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.