The Discipline of Secrecy Part 2
By Pastor Lucy Paynter Glorious Power Church
Your old life is dead. Your new life, which is your real life—even though invisible to spectators—is with Christ in God. He is your life. When Christ (your real life, remember) shows up again on this earth, you’ll show up, too—the real you, the glorious you. Meanwhile, be content with obscurity, like Christ.
Colossians 3:3-4 MSG
“Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. “So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right
hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
“And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. “This, then, is how you should pray: “ ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. ’ For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also
forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.
“When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show others they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that it will not be obvious to others that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given.
For one to develop a discipline you have to consciously train to attain it. Throughout what Jesus was teaching we find a common theme , and it involves the HEART. THE MOTIVATION, INTENTIONS,
Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being
and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart.”
The discipline of secrecy is actually as much of a discipline as giving service, as praying, as fasting. In fact, the discipline of secrecy is one of the most difficult disciplines to follow. Every discipline achieved reciprocate with rewards.
The reward that God wants to give us is a reward called character. Not just any character. The character of the master, of the Rabbi, of Jesus Christ. God is intent on forming the very character of Christ in you so that you are equipped to go out and function very effectively in this world where you are not enslaved by the need for eye service. Ultimately be able to function in his kingdom now and forevermore.
Join us today in our worship service as we continue with the series *The Discipline of Secrecy Part 3* Discipline is taught. Have you ever wondered what tools God uses to teach/ instill a Discipline? For more of this welcome at Glorious Power Church From 11am Est. We will be streaming live through the links in this thread ,Welcome