Stay Close To God

1 John 1:6, 2:1
6 If we say, “We have a relationship with God” and yet live in the dark, we’re lying. We aren’t being truthful.
1 My dear children, I’m writing this to you so that you will not sin.

One of the struggles believers may face is overcoming sin in their lives. I have heard many different teachings on how one gets free from sin, but one of the most powerful truths in overcoming sin is found here in the book of 1 John. The first chapter tells us that the disciples had seen Jesus for themselves and had developed an intimate relationship with Him and with the Father also. John goes on to tell us that there is no darkness in God for He is light.

In verse 6 he tells us that if we say we have relationship with Him, which this word is also translated fellowship and it refers to an intimate relationship with God, and yet we walk in darkness, we are lying and not speaking the truth. You see if we have an intimate relationship with Him, He will rub off on you, and He is light, and there is no darkness in Him. It is the same in any relationship where someone spends a lot of time with another person and as they do, they are going to have an influence on you.

So it is with God. This is why in chapter 2 verse 1 he tells us that he wrote this to us so we would not sin. The most important key to getting free from sin is to get close to God. If you do you will come under His light, and that light will influence how you live, causing darkness to go from you. So if you want to be free from sin and remain free, stay close to God. As you do, God and His very nature will rub off on you.
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Parable of The Sower – Part 4

Mark 4:20
20 But these are the ones sown on good ground, those who hear the word, accept it, and bear fruit: some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred.

Parable of The Sower – Part 4
Whenever the Word of God is preached faith is present but it is not always received, and this is why many believers are weak in faith. In the parable of the sower Jesus teaches this truth as He reveals the Word is the seed, and the ground is the heart condition of man. The only way that faith will grow is the seed must be planted (received) in good ground.

As we have already seen seed on wayside soil will not produce faith, for that seed is immediately taken by the devil. Wayside hearts are those who do not plow up their harden heart. They are ruled by their fleshly nature. Then there is the stony ground heart, which is the believer who is not a doer but a hearer only of the Word, not willing to give up their will for God’s will. Next is the thorny ground believer whose focus is on other things. The fourth heart condition Jesus reveals is good ground, which receives the seed and produces faith.

The good ground believer does not just hear the Word, they accept it. This means they take it as their own. They don’t question God’s Word, they simply believe what it says and they act upon the Word of God as if it were already so. They do not walk by sight, what they see in the natural, they walk by what God’s Word says. This is a believer who gives full attention to God’s Word, applies what they hear to their life, and God is the priority of their life. If you want to see the Word working in your life, become good ground for the seed of God’s Word.
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Parable of The Sower – Part 3

Mark 4:18-19
18 Now these are the ones sown among thorns; they are the ones who hear the word,
19 and the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things entering in choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.

Parable of The Sower – Part 3
In the parable of the sower we have already seen that those whose hearts are wayside soil or stony ground when they hear the Word of God preached, there is no results produced because the Word cannot fully grow. So it is also with this third type of heart condition known as thorny ground. This person like the first two hears the Word, but notice after the Word begins to grow it is choked out by the thorns. What are these thorns?

Jesus teaches us these thorns are the cares of this world, deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things. This is a believer who is focused on the things of this world. Because their heart is set on worldly things, they are someone who may get caught up with the cares of life, and therefore they worry. Worry and faith do not mix. Worry will choke out faith every time. We are told to cast our cares upon God for He cares for us.

The deceitfulness of riches is someone who thinks money is their answer, but money cannot fix all things in our life, God can. These things happen when God takes a back seat in our lives. When God is not our focus in life, these thorns begin to grow and they will choke the Word in our hearts and keep it from producing. They will cause us to speak words of doubt and unbelief, speaking contrary to the Word of God. If you don’t want to be thorny ground, you must get your focus on God and off of this world.
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Parable of The Sower – Part 2

Mark 4:14, 16-17
14 The sower sows the word.
16 These likewise are the ones sown on stony ground who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with gladness;
17 and they have no root in themselves, and so endure only for a time. Afterward, when tribulation or persecution arises for the word’s sake, immediately they stumble.

Parable of the Sower – Part 2
For faith to be received when the Word of God is preached, we must make sure our heart is good ground to receive the seed of the Word so it produces faith. We don’t want to be wayside soil for the devil comes immediately and snatches away the seed. The second type of heart condition Jesus spoke about was stony ground.

Stony ground in a farmers field is where there are rocks in the soil on which the seed falls, and as Jesus reveals these are people who hear the Word and receive it immediately with gladness, but because they have no root in themselves when persecution comes, they immediately stumble. The comparison He gave is like seeing a plant growing on a rock, which is not rooted in the soil, so when the sun comes up it withers away.

If you are someone who hears the Word preached but you are not a doer of that Word, when challenges in life come you stumble, because faith without corresponding action is dead. In another parable Jesus taught that if you hear His Word but don’t apply what He said storms will come, but the storms will knock you down, because if you are not a doer of the Word you did not dig deep and lay a good foundation. If you don’t want to be overcome in life you are going to need faith, and for faith to work you must be a doer of the Word of God and not a hearer only.
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Parable of The Sower – Part 1

Mark 4:14-15
14 The sower sows the word.
15 And these are the ones by the wayside where the word is sown. When they hear, Satan comes immediately and takes away the word that was sown in their hearts.

Parable of the Sower – Part 1
Do you desire for your faith to work? I would say the obvious answer would be yes. One of the areas that can be overlooked when it comes to faith is in the condition of your heart. Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God. Kenneth Hagin who was a man of faith once said, “Faith always comes, but faith is not always received”. When the Word is preached, faith is there, but if the heart upon which the Word comes is not good ground, that seed of the Word does not get planted and will not produce faith.

In the parable of the sower there are two things revealed. The seed of God’s Word, and the condition of the soil (the heart of man). The first of the four soil or heart conditions Jesus mentions is wayside soil. Wayside soil is the outer perimeter of the farmers field. This soil becomes hardened because it was not plowed like the rest of the field. Because the ground was hardened the birds of the air would come and immediately take the seed that was scattered there. Jesus compares this to satan, who does the same thing with believers whose hearts are not plowed and prepared for the Word.

This happens to many in church. They are not listening intently when the Word is preached. Many today are on their cell phones, or day dreaming about other things. Many just can’t wait to go home and sleep the rest of the day. These are believers who are ruled by their flesh. They are yielding to their fleshly nature. Jesus said to take heed HOW you hear, for to him who hears more will be given, but to him who does not hear, even what he has will be taken away. If your heart is set on God and not your flesh, you give your full attention to the preaching of God’s Word.
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You Are Very Valuable To God

1 Peter 1:18-19
18 Realize that you weren’t set free from the worthless life handed down to you from your ancestors by a payment of silver or gold which can be destroyed.
19 Rather, the payment that freed you was the precious blood of Christ, the lamb with no defects or imperfections.

Several years ago I was watching a car auction and they had a very rare car that sold for 1.2 million. Because it was rare, someone was willing to pay a lot of money for it. What makes something valuable? There are basically two things that determine value. How rare something is, and the other thing that determines value is what someone is willing to pay for it. How valuable are you to God? According to verse 19 above, very valuable.

The most valuable thing ever known to man was the precious blood of Jesus. The word precious means very valuable. That is the price God paid for every human to be liberated from their old lifestyle. How valuable does that make you to God? Many who are born again do not truly understand how valuable their life is to Him. There has never been a higher price paid for anything than what Jesus was willing to pay so that you could become a child of a God and live a new life.

In verse 18 above it says you were set free from a worthless lifestyle that came from our fathers, which was passed down from Adam because of his sin. The word used for “set free” is redeemed. It means to be set free by the payment of a ransom. The payment Jesus made by shedding His blood for us was all that was needed to free us from the old fallen nature. Stop trying to find you worth in this world. Find your worth in Christ Jesus, and you can live a life that is worthy of Him, for you are very valuable to God.
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THE SEVEN CHURCHES OF REVELATION – PART 3

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Jesus gave to John the book of Revelation, including the letters to the seven churches in Asia. These letters are not only addressed to them, but us as well for all who are born again. These seven letters help us see the state of body of Christ. These letters help us to be the church Jesus called us to be, a faithful church.

What You Believe, You Will Receive

Mark 11:23b
…but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.

Many believers do not realize how powerful their words are. When you believe something in your heart, and you confess it as yours, Jesus said you will have whatever you say. Notice He didn’t say you would only have what God’s Word says, but that you would have whatever you say. Because many do not understand this spiritual law, they continue to live with and put up with things that really don’t belong to them as a believer.

When you say things like my arthritis, my anxiety, my depression, my (name a sickness), etc, you are going to continue to have what you say. Here is what this is like. It is similar to when a package is delivered to your home, your confession that is saying it’s yours is like signing for the package, and you give satan the right to leave it with you. You must learn to agree with what God says about you, change what you believe in your heart and what you speak with your mouth, and get in agreement with God.

Romans 4:17 tells us that God calls those things which do not exist as though they did. God says you are healed. God says you have peace. God says you have the joy of the Lord. You must start saying what God says and believe it in your heart. In doing so you are now agreeing with what God says about you, and you are now signing for the package God has given you and rejecting what the devil wants you to have. What are you claiming in your life? You will have what you believe in your heart and speak with your mouth.
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THE SEVEN CHURCHES OF REVELATION – PART 2

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Jesus gave to John the book of Revelation, including the letters to the seven churches in Asia. These letters are not only addressed to them, but us as well for all who are born again. These seven letters help us see the state of body of Christ. These letters help us to be the church Jesus called us to be, a faithful church.

Trust In God

Psalms 9:10
Your loyal followers trust in you, for you, LORD, do not abandon those who seek your help.

One of the most key elements of faith that is often overlooked is revealed through the understanding of this simple word, trust. Years ago a great man of God Dr. Lester Sumrall was asked by a young minister what faith was. Dr. Sumrall looked at the young man and asked him, “ How far can you trust God”? When you define what trust is, it is simply another word for faith. It means you are fully convinced.

For example, how many parents who love their children would take a young baby and give it to someone to take care of for days if they had not gotten to know that person? But, if you knew them well by having built a relationship with them, and therefore had developed a trust in them, then it wouldn’t be difficult to do. So it is with God. Many struggle in their faith walk because they have not really gotten to know the One who they are to put their trust in. They just know about Him.

The best way to develop this relationship is through a daily time in His Word. Especially in the New Testament where we learn about our covenant, and through Jesus we can get to know God. Jesus said if you have seen Me, you have seen the Father. Whenever you open the Word of God you should treat it as if you just sat down to spend time with Him. God’s Word is God speaking to you. Take the time to develop a genuine relationship with your God. Not only will you learn to trust Him, He will not abandon you.
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