August 29, 2008
The final condition of the heart we see is the good ground heart: Thus, this heart hears the word, receives the word and brings forth fruit. Hence, the person with a good ground heart not only hears and receives the word, but they also obey the word. Those with a good ground heart have a heart that’s built on Jesus Christ and his crucifixion. They have a heart to love, to operate in Joy, peace, longsuffering, and etc. Does the person with this type of heart claim to be perfect? No. But they are striving everyday for perfection; they are striving each day to be more like Jesus. Those with this type of heart make the change from operating in the flesh to walking in the Spirit, and it is evident to all who are paying attention. They make the change from living the sinful life to living in the glory of God. Their heart is always ready to receive a word from God, and they don’t care who is speaking it as long as they can find God in it. The good ground heart is a repentant heart, a heart that does what’s right, does it because it’s right, and does it the right way, all because they have a desire to please God. In their eyes God is not only more than enough, He is their life line. Therefore, we have to conclude that the man/woman with this heart has a place in heaven.
God Bless You
August 28, 2008
The third condition of the heart we find in (St. Mark 4) is the thorny heart: This is a heart which hears the word, but fails to produce because of three things: The cares of the world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the lust of other things. The person with the thorny heart has a lust problem; the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life. They always seem to want-want, and want. They can never have enough. They’re more concerned with what they want, what they feel and pleasing the flesh. The thorny heart person is always trying to find the next big thing that will produce riches for them only to discover it’s actually putting them further and further behind. It always seems to be about them and never about anyone else. They don’t mind hearing the word, but if the word challenges their lifestyle, if the word challenges many of their dreams or ideas, if it challenges their thought process, then the word becomes unfruitful to them. Thus, they would rather not hear it. The person with the thorny heart often has eyes bigger than their wallet which leads them to be way over their head in debt. God can’t seem to satisfy these types because they want yours-mine and all that the world has to offer. In fact, if they have to choose between God and material things, they will take the material things every time. Saints of God, I’m not saying there is anything wrong with having nice things because we all like nice stuff. However, don’t let the nice stuff have you or your relationship with God. Hence, this thorny heart would also miss heaven, because God would never seem to be enough for them on earth.
God Bless You
August 27, 2008
The second condition of the heart of man (and this also incorporates women) as it pertains to receiving the word of God is the stony heart: The stony heart of a man is one who has heard the word and immediately receives it with gladness; however, because the seed is not sown in good soil; because there is no real root or foundation for the word to be planted, he endures for a time: Thus, when affliction or persecution arises for the word sake, he is immediately offended. This stony heart may have received some foundational teaching; the soil of his heart may have been tilled or touched by the word of God at some point in time. However, there is too much mess still in the soil. The soil of his heart is too rocky, too hard, and in fact, there is much in the stony heart that needs to be unlearned before the word of God can really begin to grow and prosper in him. We must understand there is some teaching in the life of the stony heart because the word was received with gladness, but because the stony heart is not rooted and grounded in the word of God, when affliction and persecution shows up for the word sake the stony heart of man is not able to stand. Hence, the man with the stony heart who shows up to the services on Sunday morning might be excited about the word of God. It may be even a word that he remembers; however, when he has to go through something, when he is faced with some adversity, when he finds himself in the valley of his life, he tends to revert back to his old ways; he tends not to be able to stand for God during difficult times in his life, he tends not to be able to endure. Sounds like some Christians don’t it! It will be nearly impossible for the stony hearted person to make it to heaven because he/she does not have what it takes to stand in the midst of adversity and see the glory of God. In fact saints, if you serve God faithfully and obediently you may become blessed enough to be persecuted for the word’s sake. However, not everyone makes it to this stage of adversity. (Ref- St. Mark 4)
God Bless You
August 26, 2008
Being that the heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked I thought it would be good to talk about some conditions of the heart from the perspective of the parable of the sower in (St. Mark 4:1-20). The first condition of the heart which (St. Mark 4) speaks of is the wayside heart. This is the heart where the word of God is sown, but this heart is not ready to receive; it hadn’t been cultivated to receive the word of God. Thus, it is unplowed and unprepared. This is a heart which is so deep in the world that after the word is heard, Satan has the ability to come forth and take the word which we just heard from our hearts without us even putting up a fight to hold or retain what we heard. This wayside heart is a heart which sits in church on Sunday morning and allows the teaching to go in one ear and right out of the other without any thought given to it. The wayside heart is the heart which hears the word but the word is forgotten before the benediction. Thus, this is not a heart which will receive Jesus at all. The parable of the sower is really an earthly story with a heavenly meaning, and the soil condition is really a picture of our hearts. So let me ask you child of God, what condition is your heart in when it comes to hearing and receiving the truth of the word of God?
God Bless You
August 25, 2008
That’s a question we can all ask ourselves, who are we going to serve? Will it be God or will it be man? You can’t serve both, because when it’s all said and done you will never be able to please both. That’s an important decision which all Christians will eventually have to make because to serve man incorporates our supervisor on the job, church leaders and even our families. Too often, mothers’ get too infatuated with their children or fathers’ make their jobs way too important. It’s not to say that our jobs or our families are not important to us because they are. We should produce when we are at work-we should be at work on time; we should love, care and spend quality time with our children. However, to prefer our jobs or our children over our time with God on a consistent basis puts us in a very dicey situation. The Apostle Paul said “For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I yet please men, I should not be the servant of Christ (Gal 1:10 KJV).” Thus, we must get the motivation of our heart, and our priorities in line, which starts with putting God first. He is the one who is able to take care of our families and meet our needs. All of us who are born again have to be sure we don’t cross over into the territory of pleasing men. Not many people get saved with the idea of pleasing men. Their hopes in the beginning are to live for and please God. However, as we grow in Christ (especially if you are in ministry) and gain a name, or begin to make a certain amount of money or live in a certain neighborhood, we have a propensity to change our message. We begin to water it down so that it will appeal to the masses; thus, it begins to sound good to everyone but God’s people; even the world would agree. When you become more mainstream (where everybody receives you), instead of flowing in the stream of the Holy Ghost, be careful because you could be operating as a man pleaser and not a God pleaser.
God Bless You
August 22, 2008
(1 Thess. 5:24) “Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.”
The God who called us, and choose us to be Christians is faithful. He was faithful yesterday; he is faithful today and will be faithful tomorrow. Thus, because the one who has called us is faithful, you can always rely on him; you can always depend upon him. Jesus will never have a bad day; he will never have a day where he doesn’t lineup with his word perfectly. He will never have a day where he is so busy he can’t hear you, or he is so busy that he doesn’t have time for you because he is faithful. The Apostle Paul was so confident in the faithfulness of God that he absolutely knew he could rely on the Lord to complete in him what he already started. Hence, if the Lord called us he’s going to perfect us if we get ourselves out of the way and allow him to do what he does. Child of God, because he is faithful we too must display the characteristics of faithfulness. Saints it’s sometimes hard to tell what type of mood some Christians are going to be in from day-to-day. You don’t know whether they’re going to be up-down or even around. But one thing is for sure, God will always operate in holiness-love and faithfulness; He will always be there for us as long as we don’t allow sin to separate us from him. At the end of the day faithful-faithful-faithful is our God.
God Bless You
August 21, 2008
(St. John 19:30) “It is finished”
Jesus died on the cross for you and me not exclusively because he loved us, but because he was faithful to the work which the Father called him to do. He displays this faithfulness by proclaiming before he took his last breath “It is finished;” signifying that his work of redeeming man had been completed, and man now had access to God through Jesus Christ. Thus, he was faithful until the end. Was it a difficult task for Jesus as the reality of his death on the cross drew nigh? Sure it was. The prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane gives us some insight into this difficult task. However, he stayed the course and remained faithful to his calling. Could Jesus have come down from the cross? Yes. We know he was challenged to do so by the religious leaders. However, because of his faithfulness to his Father, and the people he came to redeem, He couldn’t come down. For Jesus to come down from the cross would have cost him and us too much. In fact, had he come down we would have no savior, and no gospel. Our God is faithful. Therefore, saints the next time you start wondering whether praying is worth it, or whether or not it takes all of that to get to heaven, or whether or not it’s worth you trying to save your marriage or your family. Understand this; it is worth it, because Christ was faithful enough to die for it. And if he died for it, we ought to be willing to fight for it.
God Bless You.