As Christ was preaching and teaching in His Sermon on the Mount, He gave specific instruction on three principles that should be in the life of every believer. We find these instructions in the middle of His sermon and just after His teaching on some issues of life that we face everyday.

The sixth chapter of Matthew begins with instructions about giving, prayer, and fasting. The interesting thing about Christ's teachig on these subjects is that He never says "if." In verses 2 nd 4, regarding giving, we find Him saying "when thou doest." Again, in verses 5 and 6, we have the same mindset when Christ speaks of prayer and says "when thou." This idea continues in verses 16 and 17 with the words "when ye fast" and "when thou fastest."

For the Christian, some things are not optional. The only connection a child of God has with the rest of the world is how we handle our time, talents and treasure. As a result, the only eternal influence we have comes by our faith being shared in life.

In James 1:22 we are told to be "doers of the word, and not hearers only." It goes on in chapter 2 to tell us that our faith is to be shown by our works. Once a person has, by faith, received Christ as their personal Saviour, they are a new creature in Christ. As a result, we receive a new nature and desire for heavenly things. The problem lies in the fact that we still live in a corrupt flesh with sinful tendencies. To get victory over our flesh, we need to apply the things of God to our daily life. This, in turn, will allow the Lord to develop new habits in our life. This is what we refer to as crucifying the flesh. We don't actually kill the person, we allow God to put away the sinful desires of our flesh and replace them with His will.

Can I encourage each of us to work together to know and do the will of God in our lives. For the Christian, it is not "if" we should, but instead, "when" we do these things, God will be glorified and we will be blessed.

Pastor Darrell Roe