Your life is a seed in Gods hand – part 5 – The Withered away Christian

THE WITHERED AWAY CHRISTIAN
(condition of the heart)

 

The Bible says in Mk 4:5,6

And some fell on stony ground, where it had not much earth; and immediately it sprang up, because it had no depth of earth:

But when the sun was up, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away.

The meaning is explained as given in Luke 8:13

They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away.

Or as the Bible says in Mk 4:16,17 we are offended (hurt)  by what happens in our life.
And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness;

And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word’s sake, immediately they are offended.

HAVE WE WITHERED AWAY?

PAUSE: Let us take time to examine our selves and answer this question. Pray to the Lord.

Even in such a situation our God does not forsake us.  He is gracious and loving.  His Word which is ever living is powerful as written in Jer 23:29
Is not my word like as a fire? saith the LORD; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?

Gods Word is like a fire to burn all the thorns and the thistles. Gods Word is like a hammer to break the hardened areas of our heart.  So we have to read and meditate on His Word not once a day but more nos of times.  We must remain in His  Word and His Word abiding in us,  will (help) keep us from falling into temptations and from sin.

We must confess our sins everyday and be washed with His blood from all our sins.  When we do this then our heart l becomes a good soil for the good seed to grow into a tree, and yield much fruit for Gods glory and praise. Hallelujah !

Prayer: Lord I have withered away. God of mercy and compassion have mercy upon me. Help me. Let you Word burn all the thorns and thistles in my heart and break all the hardened areas of my heart, now and even now as I pray.  Make my heart good soil and let the good seed be sown in it and bear fruit for your glory. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.

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When the King returns to the vineyard

 

What is our calling and what does thee Lord expect of us ?  Are we giving Him, our Lord and Master the fruit He expects from us.  Apostle Paul said – I have kept the faith, I have finished the course.…. are we on the appointed Heavenly course ?  When an athlete runs the race he must be on the right track.  In case he breaks the track he could still continue running, but in the end faces disqualification.  Let us run with all diligence, focused on the course laid by Him, so as to win a prize.

As we are careful to make our call and election and our position in building His Kingdom sure, we receive further grace to build and stand upon the rock.   As 2 Pet 3:10 says

 Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble;

In 2 Chron 26 we read about King Uzziah who was a mighty king and who prospered as long as he sought the Lord. But the day he went into the temple to burn incense,  as his heart was lifted up to his own destruction, the Lord struck him with leprosy.  He did not heed the priests advice not to do so… and did what he was not called to do.

Let us run so as to build His Kingdom as members of a larger body of Christ. Let us build in a way He wants it and horseproduce fruits Matt 21:43,44

“Therefore I tell you that the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people who will produce its fruit.  Anyone who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; anyone on whom it falls will be crushed.”

Bearing fruits in our relationship with him, giving Him the fruit of our lips – Thanks giving and Praise, fruits in our relationship with others – doing unto them as we would like them to do unto us and shining in this dark world with the True Light of Christ from within.

For the shaking continues as the Bible says in Haggai 2:6

“For thus says the Lord of hosts: ‘Once more (it is a little while) I will shake heaven and earth, the sea and dry land;
After the Tsunamis and earthquakes, rising of nations against each other and rising terrorism,  and now the current years being full of reports of the shaking of dry land, the shootouts, terror attacks, refugee situation and so on. Situations which the world had not seen in such great magnitude.  Is this not the time to stay our hearts, mind and our focus on the return of the King.  To look upto Him and to Him alone the Coming King.  As recorded in Luke 21:28
Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.”

So when the King returns what will He find us doing- Ready ,serving, building, WATCHING

Blessed are those servants whom the master, when he comes, will find watching. Assuredly, I say to you that he will gird himself and have them sit down to eat,and will come and serve them.
Luke 12:37

Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”  Luke 12:40

The time and season calls for His Kingdom priorities to be first in our lives even as we continue to live for Him.  Surely He is returning.  Let us make our calling and election sure, and put our house in order.

 

 

 

Your life is a seed in Gods hand – part 4 – The Wayside Christian

THE WAYSIDE CHRISTIAN
(condition of the heart)

The Bible says in Mk 4:4,15

And it came to pass, as he sowed, some fell by the way side, and the fowls of the air came and devoured it up.

And these are they by the way side, where the word is sown; but when they have heard, Satan cometh immediately, and taketh away the word that was sown in their hearts.

After the World war there were many places in which unexploded bombs were located.  Recently there was a report on such unexploded bombs being located in the UK. When such unexploded bombs are located they are diffused by a team of experts else they could result in loss to civilian life. So an unexploded bomb could be dangerous and even death to the civilians.

When the seed is sown by the sower, the fowls devour it or the devil comes immediately to take it away if it falls by the wayside. Do we have a wayside attitude to the Living Word of God or does the seed fall in the wayside of our hearts ?  To such a heart there is no difference between reading the newspaper or reading the Bible.

PAUSE: Let us take time, ponder and answer the above question.

The Bible says in 1 Pet 5:8

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

The devil knows that if this seed is left there then it can sprout, grow and bear fruit. So the devil does everything he can to remove this good seed of the Word of God even from the wayside of our hearts. He devours it with great urgency. The seed is like the unexploded bomb which means destruction to the devils kingdom but can bring a blessing upon the hearer who receives the seed.

The seed is the Word of God.

The sower soweth the word.  Mk 4:14

Every seed ( Word of God) has the power to give life to the receiver. This is what the Lord Jesus said in  Jn 6:63

…..the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.

 The Bible says in Luke 8:12

Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved.

Here we see the real power of the seed of the Word. It can save the person from sin and give him who believes eternal life.  The devil steals this opportunity from the person or the heart found by the wayside.  SINCE THERE IS NO SEED THERE WILL BE NO TREE AND SINCE THERE IS NO TREE THERE WILL BE NO FRUIT.

Every seed can germinate and grow into a full fledged tree bringing the receiver a blessing and destruction to the devil and what he plans to do in the life of the receiver.  The seed can build our faith, wash our lives, give us new hope, reveal to us the nature of God, and bless us in many and every way God wants to bless us. The devil knows the power in this seed fallen even by the wayside, that is the reason he quickly devours it.

Let us change our wayside attitude to the Word of God – today and graduate from the  wayside ( Christian)  to better and fertile ground. The Word is eternal and Living  and has a heartbeat.

 

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Oh Taste and see that the LORD is good

 

The Lord would have tasted bitter to Abraham when he called him to sacrifice his son Isaac but his unflinching obedience resulted in eternal sweetness.  Abraham knew that the one who gave him his ministry or his future was to be ministered to, more than the ministry or the promise itself.

Peter fished all night and caught nothing but at the Word of the Lord cast his nets one more time, just to have a great catch, so much so, he had to call his friends to help.  The goodness of the Lord brought Peter on his knees.

At all times and every time, Oh taste and see that the Lord is good .

As the Son of God ministered lives were changed and transformed forever, the bound set free and all kinds of sicknesses were healed.  The masses tasted and saw that the Lord was good, but a rich man missed the bus. We read this in Luke 18:18 onwards.  The story of the rich young ruler in whose context  Jesus said

It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.

But with God all things are possible when our eyes are stayed upon Him and not on our perishable existence and temporal riches.   Jesus picked out that one thing in the rich mans heart which prevented him from wholeheartedly following  God.  As recorded in the Bible he was but the only man who went back disappointed, who went back without tasting the goodness of the Lord.  So close to eternal salvation, yet so far away…..

At times it may be, just that one thing that keeps us away from wholeheartedly following the truth, though we know all of it.  What is it that prevents us from tasting the eternal goodness of God ?   Is there something , a one thing… let us give into God today. Let us turn away from practice of every evil way, breaking of Gods laws…  Let us walk as children of the light, practicing righteousness, living in the truth knowing that all the works of darkness will be made manifest

“Let the one who does wrong, still do wrong; and the one who is filthy, still be filthy; and let the one who is righteous, still practice righteousness; and the one who is holy, still keep himself holy.” Rev 22:11

Is this not where we stand today ? Even as gross darkness covers the world, His true servants and vessels will shine out in this darkness.  Gross darkness e.g Canada starts new curriculum for kindergarten students.  Family is Father , mother and children, or Father father and children or mother mother and children. The filthy will become filthier and the holy will become holier.  The days ahead will not allow us to take a neutral stand. Either one has to be hot or one has to be cold.  As there will be no position in between. The Light will push you into darkness or the darkness will cast you out into the Light.

My testimony

Years back as I worshipped God in a teaching seminar, we were all lifting our voices and praising God.  All were speaking in the Spirit.  That day the Lord gave me a new experience as I spoke in a tongue as the Spirit gave me utterance. Later on I learnt that I was speaking in an Indian language called Telugu.  I never knew what I was speaking, but there was a brother who was kneeling beside me and was so excited to hear me pray in his mother tongue.  When he learnt that I did not know Telugu then we were more excited and remembered the incident in the Bible in Acts 2:7-12.    What was i praying in another known tongue – The Spirit was crying out – Save my soul Oh God, Save my soul Oh God.  This message thrilled the brother and encouraged him greatly in the Lord. But to me it was a warning of my spiritual state which I knew, as at that time I was away from the Lord.  This incident made me to check my heart and fully surrender to the Lord with repentance.  Today the Lord has resurrected me from that situation and I can say – Oh taste and see that the Lord is good…

His goodness gives us every blessing of peace and joy in our hearts.  His goodness also takes us to be with Him as we keep our garments clean……..

Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good;
Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!  Ps 34:8

 

 

 

 

Your life is a seed in Gods hand – part 3

 

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Let us consider how we would sow seed in the ground. First we would clean up the surface of thorns and thistles, remove all stones and other waste material. After loosening the soil we would add water and fertilizers if required.  After this preparation the land is now ready for the seed to be sown.  Now for any seed to germinate and then grow into a full tree, and give fruits it has to be sown in good soil.       THIS IS THE FIRST PART (OUR PART)

Then we would water it regularly so as to get  good results.  But sunshine, dew, rain and winter are not in our hands but given by divine providence. All that we can do is pray for this and be rest assured that our God who is faithful will do His part.   THIS IS THE SECOND PART (GOD’S PART)

After cleaning and sowing the seed we wait for the seed to germinate, then to grow into a sapling, and grow and grow and finally become a tree. Then we wait for the tree to yield fruit in due season. But all this happens in the process of time. So to ensure good results over a period of time  i.e. good fruits the farmer has to put in a good effort.    (THE END RESULT)

As we read the following verses let us remember that the seed is the Word of God (Bible) and the field is our heart.

Let us read Mark 4:3-9
Hearken; Behold, there went out a sower to sow:

And it came to pass, as he sowed, some fell by the way side, and the fowls of the air came and devoured it up.

And some fell on stony ground, where it had not much earth; and immediately it sprang up, because it had no depth of earth:

But when the sun was up, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away.

And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up, and choked it, and it yielded no fruit.

And other fell on good ground, and did yield fruit that sprang up and increased; and brought forth, some thirty, and some sixty, and some an hundred.

And he said unto them, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.

When seed is sown (when we hear/read the Word) by the sower it can fall into the following areas and can result in the following type of Christians. Seeds falling on

  1. The wayside will result in a WAY SIDE Christian
  2. On stony ground will result in a WITHERED AWAY CHRISTIAN
  3. Among thorns will result in a FRUITLESS CHRISTIAN
  4. Good soil will result in a FRUITFUL CHRISTIAN

 

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More in the next post……..

Magnify HIM with THANKSGIVING

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I will praise the name of God with a song,
And will magnify Him with thanksgiving.  Psalms 69:30

With my hands lifted up, and my mouth filled with praise
With a heart of thanksgiving , I will bless thee Oh! Lord.
I will bless thee Oh Lord, I will bless thee Oh Lord
With a heart of thanksgiving, I will bless thee Oh Lord.

A beautiful old song to bless the Lord with a heart full of Thanksgiving.  In Psalms 100:4 King David wrote

Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,
And into His courts with praise.
Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.

He was always glad to go into the house of the Lord.  As He entered the gates of the temple he would remember the victories the Lord gave him, how he had killed the bear and the lion with his bare hands, when the Spirit of the Lord came upon him.  How the Lord lifted him up from a shepherd boy to be the King of Israel.  As his heart pondered on this,  it swelled with thanksgiving to the Lord and he would find himself thanking and praising God as he entered the temple.

A true incident

Thank You Lord for giving me a HOPE and a FUTURE

During my college days there was a tailoring  shop close to where I stayed. One day, a Thursday in the evening between 4 and 5 pm,  the shop  looked closed with half shutter pulled down.   The next day  I asked the tailor about it and what he said moved my heart.  The reason for the shop to be on half shutter, during a good time for business.

The tailor said that a few years back as he was travelling in a bus in South India, the bus fell off into a deep valley and in this accident all the 21 people in the bus died on the spot, but he was the only one who was saved miraculously.  This happened on a Thursday.  So every Thursday between 4 to 5, his heart and mind would turn to the Lord with thanksgiving and he would put the shutter down with his people working , and he would go to the Church to thank the Lord for saving his life.  If the Church was closed he would kneel down outside and pray. So as he went to the Church his heart would definitely swell with thanksgiving to the Lord.

It is a good thing to give thanks to God and to sing a new song of thanksgiving and praise. Remembering the awesome and mighty works and ways in which He has saved, protected and blessed us…..

Most of all when we thank the Lord, we do His will as the Bible records in 1 Thess 5:18

in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 

Daniel knelt three times a day under every circumstance to give thanks to His God.

Let us bless the Lord at all times, and let His praise be continually be in our mouths,  Just three words and a moment of our time in 86,400 seconds in a day.  THANK YOU JESUS. Let us Remember Him through out the day.

 

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Your life is a seed in Gods hand – part 2

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So for the seed to die and for life to come forth what must one do?  When we are planted as a seed then how do we see increase.

Apostle Paul writes in 1 Cor 3:6,7

I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase.So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase.

The day you heard the gospel and accepted Jesus Christ as you Saviour, your life is planted  as a seed. When you are born again in the spirit, the old is gone and behold all things are new.  Then how can the seed die and life come from within ?  How can there be increase ?  As the seed needs sunlight so we also have to look unto God who is the source of life to our spirit and soul. The increase comes when  we are yielded to Him and look to Him continually and seek Him. Then He will bring the rain, the sunshine and dew that are required for this seed to die and bring forth new life from within.

We grow when we are in the Church, in prayer meetings, in our personal devotion – time of reading and meditating of Gods word, personal prayer, family prayer, fellowship with believers, through all this the Lord provides all that we require to grow and increase.

As the Bible says in Is 65:22 – For as the days of a tree, so shall be the days of My people, And My elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands. 

As the tree grows stronger and it brings forth fruits of its kind,  and also gives shade and comfort to the birds and people and is pleasant to the eyes, in the same way God will make His people a blessing to those around them.

Look to Him , seek Him and let us increase as this is the season wherein God will fulfill His promises and all that we have been waiting for from our Father.

Sit with His Word (Bible), meditate on it and keep these words in your heart, linger in His presence, Be still in His presence and according to Psalms 1:3

He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper.

May God bless you and the works of your hands. Amen.

 

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Your life is a seed in Gods hand

 

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I heard the story how a grain of wheat remained as it was, on top of a stone even after three thousand years in a pyramid.  If you leave a grain of seed on a table top it remains as it is without germinating.  In a natural state we know that for any seed to germinate and then grow into a full tree, and give fruits it should be planted in good soil. Then fertilizers with regular watering would yield a good result.  But sunshine, dew, rain and winter are not in our hands and all that we can do is pray, and be rest assured that our God who is faithful will do His part.

Our life is a seed in Gods hands and what does he intend, when he puts us into the soil or sends us into this world.  Isaiah 5:7 says

…. They are the vineyard of the LORD Almighty.

We are the vineyard of the Lord, planted by the Lord expected to give good fruits as mentioned in Isaiah 5:2

….Then he waited for a harvest of sweet grapes,…..  

Then the Lord waited for a good harvest. God is patient and He waits for us to bring forth good fruits in our lives.   But what has our lives brought forth.  As we go ahead in this New year let us reflect for a few moments.  What does God expect from us and what are we giving to Him.  Are we like the grain of wheat which is on the table top.

The Bible says in Joh 12:24 NKJV

Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain.

For the tree to grow and bear fruit the seed must first die.  When the outer shell dies , life from the inside comes forth and gives more life.  So in like manner it is important for us to die.  Die to what ? Die to self, die to our fleshly desires, die to the things of the world so that the life of Christ in us may shine forth.   This is what the Lord meant when He said in Joh 12:25 NKJV

He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.

So in this new season, give in to the Lord,  and the life , the real life that God has placed on the inside through His Spirit, will come forth to the praise and glory of His name.

The time is now to die to self, and for Christ to live and manifest Himself through our lives.  Give in to God and let His light shine through you.

 

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