How Do You Track Your Spiritual Health?

When we go to the doctor we hope to walk out either feeling better, on the road to feeling better, or being given an outright clean bill of health. Our physical bodies house the part of us that no doctor can diagnose or cure, Our Soul.

The Bible is filled with many ways to keep our spiritual health in check. One of the most important factors in keeping us spiritually healthy is through prayer. Prayer is literally our Spiritual Checkup. It is when we commune with God in our thoughts and words that thank Him, talk about our day, request help for others, repent, and ask that we are able to maintain ourselves through the Holy Spirit. Jesus gave us the ultimate checklist in His teaching on how we should pray.

Jesus provided a pattern to follow when praying that recognizes God’s Omnipotence and our dependence upon Him. Each part can be broken down into other prayers but when the pattern is placed together as a single conversational prayer, the spirit is given a chance for diagnosis, prescription, and healing. Living a healthy, useful life each day is built around these key elements, or vital signs of our spiritual health:

CHRIST’S CHECKLIST FOR MAINTAINING SPIRITUAL FITNESS

  • Our Father, Who art in Heaven    

Recognizes The Father God who alone is to be worshiped as holy and in control of all things.

  • Thy Kingdom Come

Our bodies are the temples which house the Holy Spirit and as such should be used only for the works of God as an example for others.

  • Thy Will Be Done

 A request for our lives to be the workers of His Will and plan. That we be the light in this dark world.

  • Give Us This Day

 Relying on God for the daily Provision of food, water, clothing, but first and foremost His Word which gives our lives a reason and purpose for being.

  • Forgive Us As We Forgive

 Relationships are important and as repent for His forgiveness, so we should forgive others who have wronged us. The way to receive forgiveness is to forgive. Scripture tells us that we must forgive others before we enter into His presence. Have you done that today? This portion also serves as a reminder that we should forgive others.

  • Deliver Us From Evil

Keep our minds on the One who saves so that we do not stray and become encompassed by the worldly things which distract us and separate us from God.

  • Thine Is The Glory

Praise God and in everything we do give God the Glory. Understanding that everything we do is not for us but for Him who gives us life, we praise Him not ourselves for the actions we either will do for the day or have done. It keeps us from accepting the accolades that boost our ego above Him. Recognizing our place keeps us from being braggarts of our accomplishments and seeking reward for things we have done.

Knowing and understanding this prayer is a guide for how we should pray. It is the vitals report at the end of the hospital bed which speaks of how our spiritual health is guided towards becoming who God desires us to be. So, How is your Spiritual Health?

Your Brother in Christ,

Rob, Servant of God

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Jewish Influence in the Lord’s Prayer

What I am about to talk about today may shock and challenge some people who are blind to certain facts of historical significance. There are many things about Christianity that so many have been blinded from by radicals who desire supremacy over others when the origins do not even belong to their ethnicity. There is no “Master Race”. There is no White Jesus or Black Jesus. Here is the fact. Jesus was born of Middle Eastern ethnicity in Bethlehem in Judea. His mother and earthly father came from Nazareth. Both of them are descendants of Abraham who descended from Noah who descended from Adam. When Rome took The Way and made it into the national religion called Christianity they tried to strip away all things Jewish except that one fact.  

Did you know that the Lord’s Prayer and other things we say and do as Christians have Jewish roots? In fact, we would not have Christianity except that the first people who knew Jesus and spread the faith were Jewish.     

So we ask this question, “How did Jewish Liturgy influence the Lord’s Prayer?”

Jesus taught us the model on how to talk to God in prayer. Here is the Lord’s Prayer as we know it.

Pray then like this:

“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come, your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
 Give us this day 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 evil.
Matthew 6:9-13 (ESV)

Now Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.” And he said to them, “When you pray, say:

“Father, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come.
Give us each day our daily bread, and forgive us our sins,
for we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us.
And lead us not into temptation.”
  Luke 1:1-4

For thine is the Kingdom and the Power and the Glory Forever, AMEN was added later.

The Lord’s Prayer is by far the most central and well-known Christian prayer in the world but it has almost word by word similarities with different Jewish prayers.

First, the content of the Lord’s Prayer is the same as the key Jewish liturgical concept of אבינו מלכנו (pronounced: Avinu Malkenu). When translated it means “Our Father, Our King”. In fact, everything in the Lord’s Prayer is centered around either the fatherhood or kingship of God.

Our Father, Who art in heaven

​The prayer begins by professing our core religious belief that God is our heavenly Father who is all knowing and all powerful. Notice that Jesus didn’t instruct us to say, “My Father” but stressed “Our Father.” God is not just the Father of one or five children but the Father of the human race.

 “Our Father who is in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. Do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil.” (Matt.6:9b-13a)

Second, there are word-by-word parallels between the Lord’s Prayer and variety of Jewish prayers such as “Our Father, Our King”, the “Amidah”, and the “Morning Blessings”. Here is one example from each:

אָבִינוּ מַלְכֵּנוּ סְלַח וּמְחַל לְכָל עֲוֹנוֹתֵינוּ

Our Father, Our King, forgive and pardon all our sins.

נְקַדֵּשׁ אֶת שִׁמְךָ בָּעוֹלָם כְּשֵׁם שֶׁמַקְדִּישִׁים אוֹתוֹ בִּשְׁמֵי מָרוֹם

We will sanctify your Name in this world, as it is sanctified in high heaven.

ואל תביאנו לא לידי חטא ולא לידי עברה ועון, ולא לידי נסיון ולא לידי בזיון, ואל ישלט בנו יצר הרע

Lead us not into sin and transgression, iniquity, temptation and disgrace, so that evil will not rule over us.

Jesus had taken what was already known from established prayers and petitions to God and gave them deeper meaning outside of the realm of Israel as the plan was originally intended.

The liturgy of Jewish prayers, their festivals, and traditions, are the basis of all things Christian. Some modern scholars even want the Old Testament put aside but then call the New Testament, Scripture. The Word of God, Jesus, is found at the very beginning of the Christian Bible cannot be ignored. Jesus gave the two Great Commandments but they lose their meaning without understanding the Ten Commandments. The Great Commandments are the culmination of the Ten so everything in the Ten still apply.

STOP THE HATE

This Anti-Semitism and ethnicity hatred that has grown stronger must stop. We are supposed to be helping the Jews see Jesus in a peaceful manner not by killing them like the zealous Catholics did during the Inquisition. We should be spreading Love not hatred because we are all of the same flesh. Our outward appearance comes from a manipulation of dirt, clay, and water. That is what our bodies will return to. Our spirits live on after the body dies. There is no color, gender, or ethnicity, just the spirit. We are all one. Let’s start acting like it. Look at the inner person not the sinful shell. Be the Child of God He desires us to be. Love one another, give up the hatred and all things that keep us in the world. That is one of the ways we will have communion with God.

Brothers and Sisters, the time is past and we are already hurting. Now is the time for healing.

Love to All,

 Rob Servant of God