AN oath is a very powerful tool.
Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended.
A FEW years ago I knew that understanding this parable of the sower was paramount to my progress in getting results with the word.
The Master said, if you don't understand this parable how can you understand any other! Amazing.
Our text today is talking about the second group of people that received the word. The ground was a stony ground! The word was sown on it. It germinated but it had no root, it withered away.
The Master tells us that these are people who received the word with joy. When they heard the Word, they were full of joy. There was shouting and rejoicing at the word. The light of the word enlightened them! Oh what a joy that came! And out of excitement they began to act on the word they had received.
But then....... Things fell apart! What? They couldn't understand it. They had given, they had tithed, they had given their first fruit offering. But nothing seemed to change. Instead things got worse. Before they knew what was happening the assault increased. My oh my!
You are confessing healing and you fall sick. What is wrong?
What happens? The joy vanishes. They begin to ask questions such as, 'I thought this thing works?'
Why didn't it work for me. What is wrong? The next thing is, they get offended. Offended at God, at the church, at the Pastor, and at the members.
The Master tells us exactly what happened. He said Satan came on ACCOUNT of the word. When they received the word with joy, you see them love the Lord and love the things of God. But then Satan comes.... He always does..... To steal the word. He comes to take the word away. How does he do it? By bringing persecution. By fowling things up. By making things not to work.
His aim is to get you to believe it doesn't work so you can give up and become offended.
The Lord Jesus said that because this person has not yet developed roots in the word, he becomes offended. Really sad!
How can this be overcome? By developing roots in the word.
When you step out and it doesn't work as planned, stay with the Word. Satan is only harassing you. Don't let him intimidate you. Stay with the word. Don't let him steal it from you. Don't let him bully you into letting go of the word you received. Don't get offended. Yes you don't understand what is happening but stay with the word. Stay in church. Stay in Fellowship. The Holy spirit will help you navigate this period of persecution and you will come out victorious to the glory of God and the shame of Satan.
Don't give in to offense. When persecution comes to you, it is because of the word that you received. Stay with the word and you will triumph. Glory.
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God bless you richly. Alleluia!
A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.
RIGHT HERE the Master delivers to humanity the key to a great and glorious life. And it is so simple that many miss it.
Here He is talking about producing good everytime. He is talking about winning everytime. He is talking about excelling everytime. He is talking about manufacturing good always. Someone said, is that possible?
We answer in the affirmative! The Master said it is!
He is saying that a man can ONLY produce what is inside him. He can only produce who or what he is.
The key then is not to bother with what you are producing. But with who you are or rather what you are. By that He means the content on the inside of you.
So then, how is this content going to change? Simply by reason of what you put inside you. How? BY WHAT YOU HEAR.
What you hear over and over again forms your belief system. And as you hear the right things, you will be transformed on the inside and then you can ONLY produce what is inside you.
This is very simple yet, it is a lot of work and requires great discipline.
What you hear, will affect who you are. So you must be careful.
The words you speak are the very words inside of you. If they are not the right words just change what you are hearing and reading.
God has called you to a life of absolute victory and success. You have no need to fear, or be in doubt.
As you listen and meditate God's word, you will be so full of Him, that when you encounter any contrariness, He will jump out of you. Your life will be a life of unending victories and streams of the miraculous.
Take heed what you hear. You become what you hear consistently.
God bless you richly.
And as they departed, Jesus began to say unto the multitudes concerning John, What went ye out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken with the wind?
THIS CHAPTER IS a huge Blessings. I heard one of my sons minister on this and I was so blessed.
Offense comes in both directions. People can be offended at their LEADER. And a leader can be offended at his or her members.
Both need to be cautious not to fall into the trap of offense. Here John had failed the test and had become offended at the Master. The man that once proclaimed that Jesus is the Messiah is now asking publicly, 'are you the One or are we to wait for another!'. What happened? He must have allowed his disillusionment to get a better part of him.
Now on Jesus' part, He could have also been offended at John for trying to bring public disrepute to His ministry by asking publicly if He was the Messiah! Rather He began to tell the people about the greatness of John. And indeed John was an outstanding minister. The Master found something good to talk about John.
The truth is that as a leader people around you may disappoint you. Some will ask stupid questions that may bring you to disrepute. Some may make stupid comments that may embarrass you. The question is, 'are you going to be offended at them?'. If you do, you will begin to speak ill of them. You will begin to wish them Ill. And when you begin to do that you have fallen for offense.
Turn it around, begin to speak good concerning them to people.
Of course it doesn't stop you from disciplining them if you have to. But the major thing is to avoid the trap of being offended at people for bringing you public disrepute.
John failed his test, but the Master didn't have to fail his. He passed with flying colors.
When people around you fail their test of loyalty, you don't have to fail yours. Be magnanimous. Speak good of people. Don't get into an eye for an eye. Be a Blessing.
The Master blessed John's life and ministry before the people by insisting that John was a great prophet. In fact, He said John was the GREATEST! AMAZING!
May God bless you richly.
And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease.
THE TITLE of this post is tautological! This is because Satan and sickness are the same. You can't have sickness without Satan. Neither can you have Satan without sickness. But I had to use it as it is, so as to get your attention.
Here the Master gives authority to His apostles and by extension to us to confront demons. He gave YOU authority against unclean spirits. To cast them out! And then to heal ALL manner of sickness and disease.
This is so paramount in the life and ministry of every child of God.
The Master has set the church against evil spirits. He has set the church against sickness and disease. He has set the church against every thing Satan and his cohorts represent.
He has given you the power of attorney to use His matchless Name and confront this aliens called evil spirits, with their attendant sicknesses and diseases.
It is a pity that many of God's children shy away from confronting unclean spirits and healing the sick and diseased.
The Master is counting on every child of God to get involved in bringing hope and freedom to bound and hopeless humanity. Everywhere you look, you see a rendezvous of broken humanity. And yet you have SOMETHING like Peter and John had at the gate called Beautiful...The Name of Jesus.
With that Name, you are absolutely matchless in confronting unclean spirits and healing the sick and diseased.
You must know that the Name is above every other name. And that at the mention of that glorious Name, every knee should bow and every tongue confess that Jesus is Lord to the glory of God the Father.
You are the light of the world. You have all it takes to shine. You are the hope of broken hopeless humanity.
The Master said, you shall lay hands on the sick and they shall recover.
You have SOMETHING to offer.
Now go and confront unclean spirits. Hunt for the oppressed, obsessed and possessed of unclean spirits, and the sick and diseased.
You are their only hope of freedom.
God can't do this. You are His hands and His voice!
As you go, you will not fail. Use the Name with authority and boldness fearing nothing. And you will be amazed at the miracles that will be wrought by your hands.
God bless you richly.
Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few;
THE harvest is indeed PLENTEOUS!
It is obvious that when the Master looked at the field of humanity He marveled at the fact that there are so many people to be reached.
In every field of endeavour, every city, there are many people to be reached with the gospel of our Blessed Lord.
The sad news then is that the Master said the laborers are few.
He is talking about those who are to help with the harvest!
It is truly disheartening for many of God's children not to be vitally involved and active in gathering in the harvest.
The Bible says a foolish son sleeper in harvest. This is not the time for frivolity. It is not the time for the mundane. It is not the time for offense.
One of the greatest things on the Master's mind for every child of God is to be vitally involved in gathering in the harvest.
Child of God, what are you doing about the harvest?
Are you personally involved in gathering?
There is nothing else worth living for on this earth. We are left here for the purpose of gathering this harvest.
Don't let anything distract you.
This is God's number one job. And those that are faithful will be rewarded greatly by the Father.
Get vitally involved today.
God bless you richly.
And Jesus put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will; be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.
SICKNESS has no origin in God. Sickness is totally born of Satan.
It is amazing how some believe that God gives people sickness in order to teach people something. But the same people can not give sickness to their offspring to teach them obedience. God does not give sickness.
In the scripture before us, the Master demonstrates His willingness to heal. It is amazing the length He went just to SHOW that He was willing to heal.
We should forever settle the issue of God's willingness to heal.
Here a leper came to the Master and said to Him, that if it was His WILL He can make him whole.
Now notice that the leper did not doubt the Master's ability or power to heal. He only doubted His willingness!
Now, in order to respond to him, the Master could have just said to the Leper, go and be healed and the man would have been healed. And that will sufficiently demonstrate to us that He was willing to heal the sick.
But that is not what He did! He did much more! He reached out His hand and touched the Leper and said to him 'I will, be thou cleansed'. Wao, He touched the Leper!
He went the extra mile. He did more than was required. He has proven and demonstrated the point. What point? God is overwhelmingly willing to heal all that are sick and that come to Him. He doesn't just have the power to heal. He is willing to heal.
Now you don't have to put up with sickness.
Also as you go preaching, never doubt if it is God's will to heal.
He said you shall lay your hand on the sick and they SHALL RECOVER!
Do it doubting nothing!
God is willing to heal! Alleluia!
God bless you richly.
Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:
TRUTH BE TOLD, we can win in every situation of life.
Many times people think that it is the troubles of life that defeat them. But it is not so. For if it is, then no body will make it for trouble comes to every one in life.
What defeats people is WHAT THE DO WITH THE WORD OF GOD!
In our text today, the Master says, Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock.
The verse that follows says, And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.
You can notice that the rain, the floods, and the wind beat upon this house yet it stood. What made the difference is the foundation.
Now notice that the foundation is what they did with the word they heard.
Many times people trifle with the word of God and they are SUPRISED when trouble comes and they can't stand.
God is always faithful to bring us the word in due season to guide us. He never fails in this area. When you hear the word and do it, you are building your life on the rock. And when the storms come and go, you will still be standing. GOD HAS CALLED US TO A LIFE OF CONSISTENT PROGRESS, so that no matter what comes our way, we keep moving forward.
Every time you do the word, you are building your life on the rock. Don't trifle with the word. Don't despise the word. Do the word.
James says, he that hears the word and does it is blessed in his deeds.
The truth is, the storms are coming stronger and only those working the word will stand, and not just stand but be lifted and honored by God.
I believe you are one of them. This is your season. Stay doing the word. For you are firmly building your life on the rock.
God bless you richly!
But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
RIGHT here on earth we deal in time. And anything that exists in time in time has a beginning and an ending. It is subject to increases and decreases. Such is subject to becoming and decaying. Such are under the influence of time.
Now when your investments are solely here on earth, they are subject to time and therefore to the influence of time. It can increase and decrease.
Here then, the Master is challenging us to lay up treasures for ourselves in heaven. And there, He says neither moth nor rust can corrupt them. In other words, He is saying that corruption can not get at your investments made in heaven.
The challenge here is that when heaven is talked about, every one becomes very 'spiritual' and abstract. But the Master is talking about a practical thing.
He means literally that we can invest and make deposits in Heaven which are withdrawable here on earth when we need it. He is saying that heaven can be our banker.
The Master is not speculating here, rather He is talking reality.
When you give your first fruits, tithes, offerings etc, you are making deposits into your heavenly account which you can and should demand a withdrawal from when the need arises.
The major challenge is that many people don't even know they have a heavenly account which they fund when they give into God's work. Paul said to the Philippians that he did not necessarily desire their offering but desired the fruit that will abound to their ACCOUNT. This is literal. You do have a literal account with God in even. YOU DO HAVE AN ACCOUNT IN THE BANK OF HEAVEN. From which you can make withdrawals.
Now you don't have to go without. You don't have to go crying and wringing your hands. No. You don't have to be in need and lack all the time. A wise man once said, 'the Lord is my banker, I shall not want.'
You can make a demand from your heavenly account. And the supply will miraculously come to you.
It works just the way the earthly banking system works, the ONLY difference is that it works FAR BETTER. And it is much more profitable.
Today, place a demand for a withdrawal from your account if you are in need. And then look out, the demand will be supplied. God bless you richly.
Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
WHEN the Master speaks, then all out arguments should cease. All our questioning should cease. All doubt should flee.
He said BLESSED are you when you are reviled, persecuted and evil spoken of for His sake.
The word BLESSED means empowered to prosper. The Blessings is a divine enablement to prosper. It is a divine endowment that causes you to prosper.
As you walk with God and advance in the things of God, you begin to notice that certain things are absolutely for your progress.
I wondered why the early church made so much massive progress in the midst of persecution, and palpable envy. The answer lies in the fact that they were Blessed.
The Master States that you are BLESSED When men revile you, persecute you and speak evil of you for His sake.
It is when they start reviling you, persecuting you, and speaking evil against you for His sake, that a special Blessing comes upon you to succeed and prosper some more. That is what happened to the early church.
Never despair when people speak evil against you for your commitment to the gospel and the Master. Never despair when people revile you for the Master's sake. Never despair when they persecute you for your faith in the Master and His holy Word. When you see that happening, then watch out for that Blessedness that will come upon you.
Times of persecution are times of Blessing.
Sometimes when you act on the word, persecution comes. At such times, the Blessing will come upon you and cause you to prosper much more.
Never despise persecutions, and times when people speak evil of you and gossip about you. The Blessing will come upon you and you will surpass them all!
Oh, what beautiful and victorious life we have in Christ. Alleluia!
God bless you richly.