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Walking Through the Mount (Part 5) - Prayer and Possibilities, The Golden Rule

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Radio transcript for the week of July 31, 2016

Todd Clippard preaches on "Walking Through the Mount (Part 5) - Prayer, Possibilities and the Golden Rule" on Seeking the Lost - International Radio.

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The context of "The Golden Rule" is often overlooked and thus ignored in studies and explanations of this marvelous text.

Note that the first word of Matthew 7:12 is "Therefore". This lets us know that what follows is predicated on the text immediately preceding. In this case, Matthew 7:7-11.

There are a couple of popular views of Matthew 7:7-11. The first is the one generally understood by most.

  1. View #1 - Be Earnest in Prayer (Matthew 7:7-11)
    • Colossians 4:2 (cf Acts 12)
    • Philippians 4:6
    • 1 Peter 5:6-7
  2. View #2 - With God All Things Are Possible (Matthew 7:7-11)
    • Genesis 18:14; Matthew 19:26
    • Perhaps Jesus saw the consternation or anxiety on the faces of His audience and was responding to a "Lord, increase our faith" (Luke 17:5) moment...
      • How can I rejoice in the face of persecution? Acts 4:19, 5:17-42
      • How can I turn the other cheek? Isaiah 50:5-7
      • How can I love my enemies? John 3:16
      • How can I live above worry? Luke 10:1-8, 22:35
      • How can I ignore the pressures of the other’s expectations, especially when they are unreasonable? Eze 3:8-9, Luke 9:51
      • Luke 17:1-10
    • The Response?
      • Ask = Pray - engage the heart
      • Seek = Be Decisive - engage the will
      • Knock = Be Earnest! - refuse to be denied
    • What are the "good things" that our Heavenly Father gives to those who ask Him?
      • Ephesians 5:1 (cf Matt 5:43-48)
      • Ephesians 5:8
  3. Cautions in Prayer: Praying "in Jesus’ Name"
    • Matthew 21:22
    • Matthew 18:19
    • John 14:13-14
    • Praying in Jesus’ name = praying according to His authority
    • Praying in Jesus' name = praying God’s will be done in all things
  4. The Golden Rule - (Matthew 7:12)
    • "Therefore" = "In view of everything I’ve just said, and in consideration of how good God is to you"
    • Treat others the way you want to be treated.
    • How we treat others is an open book to our own view of self
      • If I am quick to criticize others, esp in the smallest matters
      • If I am easily offended,
      • If I am quick to publicize every perceived wrong or slight,
      • If I am not easy to be entreated - James 3:17

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