"Blessed are ye who sows by all waters..." Isaiah 32:20
Jesus used parables to get his hearers attention and farmers knew very well when he preached a message about the four soils and the seed, but they didn't get the spiritual applications---only his disciples had. Sowing and reaping is an old testament law that started back in the days of Adam. In fact, the LORD God (Adonai Elohim)'s government of sowing and reaping. Every seed bears something: fruit-bearing seeds yields fruit, herb bearing seed yields herbs. God is very much into people bearing fruit and the seed people use is called the word of God.
He who hears let him hear.
Jesus told his disciples that they are permitted to know the secrets of the mystery of the kingdom of God. He continues to tell them what the seed is and no surprise to that, it is HIMSELF!. If you look it up in accordance, the reference number is 4703. Go down the list and the same reference number is used for Jon 1:1 "In the beginning was the WORD, and WORD was in the beginning and the WORD was God. Some people have problems with Jesus being God. They can't see God on the cross, but God is plural (Elohim). In many denominations, people believe in the trinity: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. Jesus is the word of God.
The above scriptures in natural would be an impossibility, but you have to look at in another context. We have to assume that the blessed person sows seeds just as the farmer sows seeds in the parable. And what exactly is all waters? Does it mean you have to sail in the boat to do that? No. Often times in the scripture, there is symbolism, and waters represents people and nations. The blessed person is one who tells everyone about Jesus! "Jesus saves!" "Jesus heals!", etc.
Not everyone receives the good news about Jesus. Some will hear it but before they can let the word take root, the enemy will take it away. Some will hear it but when persecution comes, they will fall away. Some will hear it, but deceitfulness of riches and cares of life will choke the word out of them, but others who will receive it gladly. Those who do will multiply the kingdom. Jesus often will state what the kingdom of God is like and other times will use parables to tell his hearers how the kingdom is operated on. In this one, its the law of sowing and reaping. Sow seed on good ground and you will reap a harvest of souls.
So go out sow Jesus into people's lives! Sow the word of God and be blessed!
" So I came to hate life because everything done here under the sun is so troubling. Everything is meaningless—like chasing the wind."- Eccless 2:17
The other day, I pondered my life. What was the purpose of my life? The question brought Solomon's words to my mind: everything is meaningless, a chasing after the wind. Solomon pointed out that without God, life is futile, but God gives meaning. Consider the godless. They accumulate wealth, they work their way up the ladder. They do many works, but for what purpose? Life goes on and on. It reminds me of a story I am reading. It's called Escape from Paradise written by Daniel Ferguson. The main character gets lost and ends up living with the ow mountain people who do the same thing over and over and without meaning or purpose.
There is nothing wrong with accumulating wealth as long as you are rich to God and not self. You can use wealth to advance the kingdom of God, but if you are like the man who has plenty of goods stored up, what advantage is that to you? Jesus said that thieves steal and moth and rust destroy. If your heart is for the kingdom of God, you can make investments that will pay off in the end. However many godless who store up wealth are like that farmer.
Solomon wrote when you spend your life without God (godlessness) it is all meaningless and a chasing after the wind. Some translations calls it grasping the wind or vexation of the spirit. Have you tried to grasp wind? Do you even know what it looks like? Jesus told Nicodemus that you can't see the wind but you can see the effects of the wind. So it is all pointless and that's what living without God is like. What is the point of living if you just go about everyday doing the same thing without God? In chapter 2, Solomon wrote that he accomplished many things but it was all meaningless. Remember, he feel away from God when I married pagan women.
If you are not living for God, then you are living for yourself or whatever is first in your life. Only God can give meaning to life.
Live with Regrets
Have you been there? You thought you did the right thing until it dawned on you, it was all a mistake? They say that regret is expensive. Sometimes you can't undo it. Other times, you could apologize to the person you hurt, but what if it comes to choices you made for yourself? I made many mistakes in my life. Instead of seeking God, I went with the impulse to buy it. It felt right, but soon found out I really didn't need it. It would be too late to get a refund so I'm stuck with a product I paid for.
Scripture says if you acknowledge God he will made your paths straight. It also says Commit your ways to him. Sometimes we fail to do that. Just think, if Julie had the kind of relationship with God that she had in book 2, she would not have called the police. Yet Julie acted on impulse as it was one of her flaws.
God works out all things out for the good of those who loves him. Sometimes he could turn our mistakes and use them for our good. When it comes to people he can have two people who have hurt each other to reconcile. You would have to read The Past Hunter to find out more.
Just know that God loves us and will forgive us if he ask him to. Share your thoughts on regrets
As a single woman, it is hard for me to enjoy Song of Solomon. It's a book that celebrates love between two lovers. The bride sings over her lover and he signs over her. It's like having Valentine's Day in your face, but God changed my view on that.
As I showered, a song I heard on my sister's Song 4 Worship CD came to mind.
It was not the song title, but the lyrics that God quickened into my spirit. You see God rejoices over us just as the groom rejoices over his bride. The scripture says that the church is the bride and he is our bridegroom. The prophet Isaiah describes his rejoicing over us this way: "As the bridegroom rejoices over his bride so will God rejoice over you."(Isaiah 62:5)
God. All three of the trinity will rejoice over us because we are His bride. Don't you like that? God sings over us and He delights in us.
We are God's bride. When you read Song of Solomon see that as God's love for us and our love for us. Because of what Jesus did, he overlooks any flaws in us and sees his son just as Solomon saw his bride as perfect. Granted, that the church is not the perfect spotless bride as a whole, but Jesus took our sins and made us blameless in his sight.
Thank you, Jesus for your sacrifice so that I could be the blameless and spotless bride for you!
Now let's rejoice in Him!
"Death and Life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat it's fruit."
Imagine if you will, someone needing your expertise. All it takes is the word of the mouth. But what if the person who has the power to hurt your business or to help it, doesn't speak good about your service? The same could be true of an author. A book review could either hurt or help an author because people uses reviews to determine whether they will purchase the book or not. When a reader says I will not recommend this book because of unrealistic storyline or whatever negative they could find, they are not speaking good about your book? Even in a business when you need people to buy your product or use your services, the words consumers use could hurt us. "Don't hire such and such business because they do a bad job." What they are doing is using their words to curse us.
But when you speak well of someone or a business, you are helping them to succeed and maybe gain new customers, or in my case, readers. The scripture says that life and death are in the power of the tongue. Life and death is blessing and cursing. Deuteronomy 30:15 says, "See, I have set before you today, life and good, death and evil." In the new testament to bless means to speak good of others and to curse means to speak evil of others.
You can not do both of the same person because James wrote, "Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My Brethren, these things ought not to be so." James 3:10. This comes from the same chapter about how evil our tongue can be. So chose wisely what you will say about someone. Someday it will bite you in the bud or blessings will return on you.
If you hear the phone ring, would you stop to answer it or let it go to voicemail? What if you knew who it was from and you love hearing that person's voice? Shouldn't we hear the same about Jesus?
The Lord has put it in my heart to write on callings. I'm not talking about professions or jobs. I am talking about becoming active in politics. If you have seen my posts on Facebook, you know I'm vocal about politic and what I believe. I'm passionate about both. I love Jesus and I want to please him in anyway possible. I know you do too. So I want to ask you, "are you answering his call on your life?"
In the book of Haggai, he tells his people to consider their ways. They neglected God's temple and only concerned themselves with their own lives.
"In the second year of Darius the king, in the sixth month, in the first day of the month, came the word of the Lord by Haggai the prophet unto Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to Joshua the son of Josedech, the high priest, saying,2 Thus speaketh the Lord of hosts, saying, This people say, The time is not come, the time that the Lord's house should be built.
3 Then came the word of the Lord by Haggai the prophet, saying,
4 Is it time for you, O ye, to dwell in your cieled houses, and this house lie waste?
5 Now therefore thus saith the Lord of hosts; Consider your ways.
6 Ye have sown much, and bring in little; ye eat, but ye have not enough; ye drink, but ye are not filled with drink; ye clothe you, but there is none warm; and he that earneth wages earneth wages to put it into a bag with holes.
7 Thus saith the Lord of hosts; Consider your ways."
If many Christians would answer the call, our nation would be better off. I'm not saying you need to run for congress or mayor or governor. There are many ways we could get active in politics. You just need to pray and ask God what he wants you to do. I am saying is stop making excuses and start answering the call God has on your life. A posted a blog at bloggers called, "Are You Available?" Click the link to read more ability and availability.
In the days of the prophet, Elijah, there were fifty sons who learned under him, but something happened that changed their way of thinking and tainted them.
During Elijah's ministry, Ahab and Jezebel reigned in Israel. They worshipped Baal and not the true God. They hated Elijah and what he stood for. While it is not recorded in the Bible, it had been known to me that these prophets dined with the evil leaders of Israel. Here is why I believe it so:
1 Their lost sight of faith. Before Elijah went up to heaven, these prophets kept asking, "Do you know that Elijah will be taken from you?" After Elisha saw Elijah go up to heaven, he saw Moses with him. He said, "My father! My father! The horses and chariots!" He called out Moses as his father just as he called out Elijah as his father." The fifty sons of the prophet didn't see it as Elisha saw it for later, they asked if they could find Elijah. They thought God had swallowed him up and threw him down somewhere (2Kings 2:16) They lost their spiritual vision.
2. They were at Jericho. It was Joshua who pronounced a curse on Jericho and who burned down the town yet the men of Israel called Jericho, a pleasant land. "And the men of the city said unto Elisha, Behold, I pray thee, the situation of this city is pleasant, as my lord seeth: but the water is naught, and the ground barren." (2 Kings 2:19) Now, I know it said the men of Israel, but could have been prophets. Do you see the contradictions? While they call the land pleasant, they admitted to its lack. Dining with darkness blinded them to reality.
3. They were cursed. In another instance, they were chopping trees. While doing so, one of the axes, a prophet lost an ax head and cried out, "it was borrowed!" In those days, if you couldn't afford your own ax, you had to borrow. Just as people in these days borrow money to pay something off. Poverty is under the curse. Jesus hadn't come to take the curse from us so anyone who didn't obey God and his commands, fell under the curse of the law. (Read Deut 28) Even their children were cursed and had no respect for the prophet of God. As Elijah went up a hill, young people called out, "Go on up baldhead." They knew that Elisha was without his master so we bald. It's like them saying, let's see you do what Elijah without your covering. They sure didn't see him take up the mantle of Elijah and Moses in one. (Watch video below for more on that).
So what does this has to do with the body of Christ today? True men and women of God are calling our current administration Ahab and Jezebel. There are leaders of the church who had "taken the cup" of that administration and lost faith. They believe the lies of the mainstream media and instead of faith become sight, it's the other way around. Are they under a curse? That's not for me to say. These same people are disrespecting the true prophets and calling for them to apologize because their words didn't come to pass. And are people prophesizing in the church? I don't know, and I haven't seen it happen, but it could very well be so. Just because what they prophesize hadn't come to pass doesn't mean they were wrong. God operates on his own time table, not ours.
We all need friends, especially when they come along at the right time. There are so many Bible verses that teaches on the value of friendship, and their stories of true friendship like with David and Jonathon. In the book of proverbs, Solomon wrote, "a friend loves at all times," and "the wounds of a friend can be trusted. Our friends would be honest with us when our enemies won't. He even wrote that a brother is born for adversity and that a friend is closer than a brother." Can you imagine that? Fanny Cosby wrote a song called, "What a friend we have in Jesus." We can most certainly call him a friend. But when a friend helps us in time of need, or even counsel us, wow! Suddenly, we are dull no more!
The simile that Solomon used is iron. He likens iron to iron as a friend to a friend. "As iron sharpens ( or makes sharp) iron so a friend sharpens (make sharp) his friend's countenance. Chahad is the Hebrew word for sharpen and as stated, it means to make sharpen. It didn't give me much to go, but what came to mind is if something needs sharpens, than something is dull. What could cause a dull countenance and why would a friend need to sharpening. I looked up dull in my thesaurus and there it was: unrelieved, colorless, lifeless, etc. I know in my life, a friend had come to my aid and she revived me. It is so refreshing when a friend helps. It brings color to our face.
Can you share an experience where a friend sharpened your countenance?
Boxes comes in all shape and sizes. A diamond ring may come in the smallest one while things like appliances come in a big box, but you can never put God in a box.
God is not an object.
When you open a box, do you find a person inside of it? Maybe if it is surprise for someone, but most often, no. You might find a big screen TV where you can decide where to hang it, but you can't decide where to put God. God is everywhere. He is omnipresent. The scripture says that God is with us or that he is by our side, but it doesn't say you can put him in a box. Some people pack up boxes like they are planning to store something. So if you put a God in a box, you are saving him for another day, and my friend, you need Him at all times! I am reminded of a story where Jesus came to a person house as a guest. He told Jesus the only room could have and this was liken to someone saying, he can have my heart, and that is it. When a thief came and robbed him, the person wondered why Jesus didn't save him, and Jesus replied it was because he only let have one room. He didn't invite him to the rest of his house. When we put God in a box, how can he help us when he is not allowed in all of our lives?
God is not a man.
Some people make a mistake that we can treat him as we treat man. We look at him from a human perspective. We see a six footer or even a seven footer, but is so much bigger than even Goliath. He is bigger than our problems and our giants yet people puts him in a box. God is spirit. Genesis starts out saying, "In the beginning, God..." The word God is Hebrew for Elohiym which means that more than one divine being was present at creation. The trinity is made up of three: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. How many Gods do you see there? Surely not one or the word would not be Elohiym. When Jesus told the Pharisees that Abraham saw him, they were in disbelief because they viewed him as man and not as God. Jesus was there in the beginning just as the Holy Spirit was. Before Jesus came to earth, he was not yet of flesh and blood as we are. Only when he came as a baby was he born of man and of spirit.
God is bigger than a box.
No man has ever seen God because God is spirit yet some people put him in a box. How can you do that? You can't. What it means is that people limits God. They think that only some thing are possible for God to do so for those he can't, they keep him in a box. Jesus said that All things are possible. There is nothing God can't do and we need to remember that.
When people saw that God didn't meet their deadline, they put God in a box, but God still has big plans for America and on his own timeline. A song I like goes like this: "God will move and who will hinder.." We need to be amazed. If God is the sender of the rain, than He is the sender of snow and wind. Has your weather been unusual? That is God cleansing out your land of the wickedness that was sown. We serve an awesome God.
Do you like to plant seeds? Many of us do, and what grows depends on the seeds we plant. In the gospel (except John), Jesus talks about sowing seeds and the types of soil. He referred the seed as the word of God. He ended by saying that if the seed falls on good soil it produces a great harvest.
The seed is the word of God.
"Faith comes by hearing, and hearing the word of God."
One way to grow your faith is by reading the Bible out loud. When you read, you hear with your ears. Jesus said, "he who hears, let him hear." Although Jesus meant spiritual hearing, I believe he also meant physical hearing. Our ears is one way we can get the word in out heart.
In the parable of the sower, Jesus said anyone who hears the word of the kingdom, but does not understand it is like the seed that fell along the wayside where the birds of the air ate the seed. The devil can come along and snatch the word from you before it can grow. You need understanding in order for the word to grow. As you read the word out loud, you can think about what it means before the devil can snatch it from you? As you read, ask the Lord to give you understanding. At one other time, Jesus taught about understanding. He said he who has, more will be given, and he will think he has, it will be given to him. In other words, If you understand what the scripture is saying, then God will be give you more, but if not the devil will it from you. It is not God that will take it from you. God prunes not steals.
"And the apostles said unto the Lord, 'increase our faith'." Luke 17:5
Another word for grow is increase. (There are a few other scriptures that uses the word increase and some uses "grow") The disciples needed enough faith to forgive their brother of his sin. They asked Jesus to increase their faith or cause it to grow because Jesus had just told them about offenses. What was Jesus response? "If you have faith as a mustard seed..." He didn't say as small as a mustard seed, he said "as". A mustard seed is so small but it grows to become a huge tree. This is another way of saying "grow your faith." Faith is believing what God says and acting on it. If God's word says you can do all things through Christ which strengthens you", then go about doing what he has called you to do in his strength. When you do that, you have faith. The more you act on what his word says, the more your faith will grow, "Wow! I did it?" You'll be shaking your head in amazement and want to do it again. Later in Luke, Jesus goes onto say, "you can say to the mulberry tree, be uprooted and moved to the sea." Your faith will be so great, that nothing will be impossible for you to do as long as the anointing one is you strengthening you. Christ means the anointed one and his anointing. Now isn't that great news?
Author of the Second Chance Series and owner of Unique Pen Press.