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All that is done in secret shall be revealed!

The Parable of the Leaven - All that is done in secret shall be revealed!

The Parable of the Leaven - All that is done in secret shall be revealed!

Matthew 13:33(KJV) - Another parable spake he unto them; The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened.

The first step toward understanding this short parable is dissecting its main components; the use of leaven and the act of hiding. We can do this by asking certain questions. Why did Jesus specifically use leaven? Why did He mention that the leaven was hidden in the meal? Why did He want us to know that the leaven eventually affected the entire meal? To ensure that I don’t make things up like several other prominent Bible teachers, I won’t use logic to answer Biblical questions. I’ll base my answers on information from the words of Jesus already available in the Bible.

Luke 12:1-3(KJV) - In the mean time, when there were gathered together an innumerable multitude of people, insomuch that they trode one upon another, he began to say unto his disciples first of all, Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither hid, that shall not be known. Therefore whatsoever ye have spoken in darkness shall be heard in the light; and that which ye have spoken in the ear in closets shall be proclaimed upon the housetops.

Jesus used leaven in Luke 12:1-3 to describe hidden agendas. He confirmed this by immediately following His statement about the leaven of the Pharisees with a short teaching on transparency in the Kingdom of God. His main point is that if anything at all is done in secret, eventually it will be made public. So it’s not a stretch to conclude that the hiding of the leaven in the measures of meal until the whole meal was leavened meant the same thing.

Mark 4:22(KJV) - For there is nothing hid, which shall not be manifested; neither was any thing kept secret, but that it should come abroad.

In sum, the Kingdom of God is one of honesty and openness which directly contrasts the system of the world. This world prides itself in its portrayal of false images. In that system, it’s more important to control what people think instead of allowing them to see reality. The media can’t be trusted because of subtle bias. People have embraced completely bogus images of reality created by the brilliant minds of marketing and publicity experts. Unfortunately, this has also affected The Church. Many of our Christian leaders live “double lives” where they say one thing based on the advice of their publicists and then live the complete opposite. Therefore, when the Kingdom of God is reestablished on the earth, all of this deception will have to end.

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God will separate the wicked from the righteous!

God will separate the wicked from the righteous!

Today's blog is an excerpt from The Mysterious Kingdom Of Heaven.

The Parable of the Net – God will separate the wicked from the righteous!

Matthew 13:47-50 - Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind: Which, when it was full, they drew to shore, and sat down, and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away. So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just, And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.

This parable is easy to understand because Jesus gave the explanation. In God’s Kingdom, complete separation between the righteous and the wicked will only take place at the end of this age. Therefore, until then both groups of people will coexist on the earth. This is important because many people who appear to be doing well right now are on the slippery slopes to a burning hell. In 1 Samuel 16:7, God said that even though man looks at the outward appearance, He looks at the heart. He can see right through two people who seem to have identical characters. So even though both get the same evaluation from men, God completely separates them.

Matthew 25:31-36, 41-43 (NLT) - “But when the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit upon his glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered in his presence, and he will separate the people as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will place the sheep at his right hand and the goats at his left. “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.’… “Then the King will turn to those on the left and say, ‘Away with you, you cursed ones, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his demons. For I was hungry, and you didn’t feed me. I was thirsty, and you didn’t give me a drink. I was a stranger, and you didn’t invite me into your home. I was naked, and you didn’t give me clothing. I was sick and in prison, and you didn’t visit me.’

Sometimes, when I read this passage I think to myself, “Man, I’m going to hell if I don’t do more to help people.” Obviously, Jesus was much more detailed in Matthew 25 when describing the end of time than He was in Matthew 13. While He only mentioned a general separation between the wicked and the just in the Parable of the Net, He made a clear distinction in the Parable of the Sheep and the Goats. There will be some major surprises on the Day of Judgment and I have no desire to experience this one. Jesus placed a high priority on the works that must accompany our faith.

He expects us to visit the imprisoned, feed the hungry, give to the thirsty, accommodate people in our homes, clothe the naked and take care of the sick. Honestly, I need to work on this and if you’re anything like me, I’m sure you need to also. This is the message of the Kingdom that must be preached before the end comes. It’s a message of action. The Church of Jesus Christ has to become a chief asset to the community because that’s how God plans to differentiate between those who are His and those who are not.

James 2:14-20 (NLT) - What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions? Can that kind of faith save anyone? Suppose you see a brother or sister who has no food or clothing, and you say, “Good-bye and have a good day; stay warm and eat well”—but then you don’t give that person any food or clothing. What good does that do? So you see, faith by itself isn’t enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless. Now someone may argue, “Some people have faith; others have good deeds.” But I say, “How can you show me your faith if you don’t have good deeds? I will show you my faith by my good deeds.” You say you have faith, for you believe that there is one God. Good for you! Even the demons believe this, and they tremble in terror. How foolish! Can’t you see that faith without good deeds is useless?

This is a crucial message to The Body of Christ because it forces us to evaluate our priorities. The life of Jesus was marked by a combination of good teaching and good deeds. He showed compassion for the hurting and always did something about it. As a result, in the Parable of the Net, it’s not far-fetched to think that the separation between the wicked and the just may not be as we think. According to John 14:6, there is no way to the Father but through Jesus Christ. However, in Matthew 25:31-43, Jesus proved that He expects us to live by His standard. What are you doing to help your community? How do you demonstrate your faith? If you never verbally say that you are a Christian will the people around you still be able to see it?

As I said earlier, I’m definitely not blameless in this situation so believe me when I say that we need to all work on this. At the Judgment, will God reject those who claim to be Christians but didn’t demonstrate His love on the earth? I know that God forgives anyone who repents and as long as we remain in Christ, He sees us as perfect and sinless. However, I don’t want to take any chances by living contrary to His Word and neither should you. If He expects evidence then let's give it to Him. James made the point in Chapter 2 that anyone who lives by faith in Christ will act like it. There really is no confusion about the true status of a Christian. If there are no works, there is no faith and salvation is by faith in God's grace.

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Protect The Seed Of God's Word When It Enters Your Heart

The Responsibility Of Teaching God's Word

Today's blog is an excerpt from The Mysterious Kingdom Of Heaven.

The Word of God is Incorruptible Seed

Luke 8:10-11 - And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand. Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.

1 Peter 1:23 - Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.

When studying the Kingdom of God, the first form of seed we must consider is the Word of God. After Jesus illustrated the Kingdom with The Parable of the Sower, He made that point to His disciples. God created all physical matter by sowing His words into the atmosphere and we can create whatever we desire by sowing His Word into our hearts. Our harvest from those seeds is contingent on the condition of our hearts because God’s Word is always potent. Therefore, if we consistently sow the Word into our hearts and nothing really happens in our lives, we know where the problem lies.

Luke 8:11-15 - Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. 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. 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. And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection. But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.

According to Jesus, people lose the seed of the Word of God from their hearts because they let the devil take it, are shallow or get distracted by the things of this world. However, what’s most important about the people whose hearts are considered good ground is that they keep it and bring forth fruit. The word, “keep” according to the Merriam Webster Dictionary means, “to preserve, maintain, watch over, defend and support.” In other words, Jesus wanted us to expect opposition every time we sow the Word of God in the soil of our hearts. Therefore, the only way we can consistently bear fruit is if we’re willing to fight the enemy for it.

Proverbs 4:20-23 - My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh. Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.

The life you desire from the Word of God starts as a seed that grows out of your heart and manifests in your life. This is where many people miss their victory in Jesus. They don’t realize that everything flows out of their hearts. As a result, many have failed in their attempts to see lasting change because they focused on changing their minds and disciplining their actions. Both of those steps are great but without a change of heart everything returns to their original positions after some time. Any deep rooted issues in your life came out of your heart. Consequently, if you want your issues to end your heart must be fixed.

A broken heart leads to a broken life so the most important place you need healing is in your heart. Now I’ll show you how to get that done. In Proverbs 4:20-23 we see that the Word of God is not just seed but it is life and health. As a result, the same Word of God that cannot flourish in a broken heart can also heal the broken heart. Hence, like medicine, you can treat the wounds in your heart with the healing balm of the Word of God. In a practical sense that means you have to encourage yourself in the Word.

Hebrews 4:12 - For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Speak to yourself like David did in Psalm 42. Claim healing for your heart according to Psalm 147:3. Jesus said in Luke 4:18 that the Spirit of the Lord was upon Him to heal the brokenhearted. If you are in Christ, then you already have been offered healing and it’s up to you to receive it. The healing of your heart was included in the stripes Jesus took on the cross according to 1 Peter 2:24. The steps to success in the system of the Kingdom of God are quite simple but unless you understand how it works you’ll never fully enjoy it. The point I am trying to make is that if you are not seeing results you have to prepare the soil of your heart with certain healing scriptures before you start trying to sow other scriptures.

Ezekiel 36:26-27 - A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.

Before we get too deep into this book, God wants to heal your heart. You can't do it by yourself and time doesn't heal anything. He wants to take out that broken heart and give you a brand new one. It's not an easy process but it's necessary. Ask God right now for a new heart and tell Him that you want to change for the better. Once you do so, He'll answer your prayer by taking you through a process of healing. Whatever happens, don't forget that your answers are in Him and His Word is available to you right now.

In sum, God wants us all to understand that the foundation of everything in existence is His Word. Therefore, if you feel like you are being shaken, strengthen your foundation. It is worthless to sow seeds into soil that’s not good so that’s why Jesus’ first parable about the Kingdom was about this very issue. In that parable, He shared the mystery of Kingdom success. While wise men looked elsewhere, He told His disciples to look inside their hearts. This type of wisdom is so profound that it will immediately change your life once it’s understood. The Word of God is quick, powerful, sharp and discerning. Nothing else is as effective. The secret is out!

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Life Out Of Death

Life Out Of Death

John 12:24-25 - Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit. He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.

Mark 4:26-29 - And he said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground; And should sleep, and rise night and day, and the seed should spring and grow up, he knoweth not how. For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear. But when the fruit is brought forth, immediately he putteth in the sickle, because the harvest is come.

One major aspect of the mystery of the Kingdom of God is illustrated by the germination of a seed. Even under perfect conditions, once sown, a seed lies dormant for a period of time before germination takes place. During this period, from all appearances, the seed is dead. It cannot be seen and no sign of it exists on the surface other than a heap of dirt. Hence, to the ignorant, the decision to sow it is a complete waste of time. At least, the seed could have been used for something else and if edible, could have been consumed. The parallels between this concept and the Kingdom of God are astounding.

Our Heavenly Father created man and gave him dominion on the earth. He also enabled man to make his own decisions even if they are completely against His Will. Consequently, it makes complete sense that He wants His Kingdom to operate by free will. A simple definition of His Kingdom in this context should therefore state; “If you want what God has to offer, give Him what you already have!” This system contradicts common sense and seems to go against the standard of the world. However, it has proven to be very effective once accurately implemented.

Mark 10:21-24 -Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me. And he was sad at that saying, and went away grieved: for he had great possessions. And Jesus looked round about, and saith unto his disciples, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God! And the disciples were astonished at his words. But Jesus answereth again, and saith unto them, Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God!

The rich young ruler missed out on an opportunity to receive a spiritual breakthrough because he refused to value Jesus over his money. He was cut off from the Kingdom of God because he trusted in his riches. For some reason, he thought that God’s Kingdom was one of convenience instead of one of sacrifice and that’s a lesson to all of us. God expects our human desires to die before we could fully embrace the extent of His goodness.

Maybe the first time you heard of God’s Kingdom you thought of royalty. You probably pictured yourself wealthy and privileged walking the earth as nobility because you were adopted into the family of God through Christ. While that may be true, the Bible’s definition of God’s Kingdom includes a system of exchange. God wants what you have so that He can give you what He has. The rich young ruler had faith in his money so God wanted him to switch priorities and he would have received what he knew was missing from his life. Unfortunately, the price was too high for him.

What about you? Is there anything in your life higher than God? If you’re not a Christian, the answer is yes because God doesn’t rule your life. If you are a Christian, it is very easy to lose sight of God’s importance while looking through carnal eyes. The Word of God says in Isaiah 55:8-9, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” For you to successfully live in the Kingdom of God an elevation of the standard of your thoughts is essential.

Mark 10:25-30 - It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. And they were astonished out of measure, saying among themselves, Who then can be saved? And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible. Then Peter began to say unto him, Lo, we have left all, and have followed thee. And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel's, But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life.

After the rich young ruler walked away, Jesus revealed another dimension of the Kingdom of God to His disciples that would have greatly interested him. From all appearances, Jesus was making a case for poverty. He first told the rich man in Mark 10:21 to sell all he owned and give it to the poor which is actually one of the contributing factors of sustained poverty. Even in modern society, it is clear that provision without education leads to dependence hence the many objections to social programs like “Welfare” in the US.

He then stated to the disciples in Mark 10:23 that the rich would find great difficulty in entering the Kingdom of God. That blew their minds so He clarified Himself in Mark 10:24 and said that it’s difficult for those who trust in riches to enter into the Kingdom of God. After the disciples shook their heads in disbelief and talked among themselves, Peter spoke directly to Jesus. He reminded Him that they did what the rich young ruler could not do. That’s where Jesus made sense of everything.

The Kingdom of God is not just about sacrifice but it’s a system of exchange. If you let your desires die, God will bless your life with all the desires of your heart. If you give up anything in the name of Jesus, as long as you remain in His Will, it would only be a matter of time before He returns a major harvest to you. He won’t give you back what you gave up but He will give you even better. In fact, Jesus said in Mark 10:30 that you will receive one hundred times what you give up while you are still alive on the earth and on top of that, eternal life.

Psalm 37:4 - Delight thyself also in the LORD: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.

Romans 8:31-32 - What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?

The rich young ruler asked Jesus for eternal life but Jesus asked him to first give up his trust in money. What he did not know was that in addition to eternal life, God would have multiplied his money and returned the harvest to him. He did not stick around long enough to hear that part of the story so he missed out on God’s plan for his life. The same God who fed thousands with five loaves and two fishes intended to take care of his heart’s desires. Nobody knows how God does it but like Jesus said in Mark 10:27, with man it is impossible but it is possible with God.

As a result, what seems like a loss in the Kingdom of God is really an exchange. You might think you’re walking away from something important but as long as you’re doing it in obedience to God you will eventually receive much more than you had before. God’s true purpose is to gain your trust so as soon as that is established He won’t think twice to give you anything you desire. If He could give up His own Son to pay for your sinful nature, is there anything else He wouldn’t do for you? When He becomes your delight, your desires become His responsibility.

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July 15, 2013 Posted by admin in Kingdom

Jesus Christ School Of Ministry - Have You Been Chosen By God?

Jesus Christ School Of Ministry

Jesus offered a crash course in ministry to the seventy in Luke 10:1-24. In one compact leadership seminar He taught them the salient points that must be considered when answering the call to ministry by God’s standard. This is one of the greatest mysteries of the Kingdom of God that few people realize is so obvious in the Bible. In fact, Jesus first gave a similar ministry training seminar to His disciples in Luke 9:1-6. In this chapter from my book; "Mysterious Kingdom Of Heaven", we will witness the mysteries of ministry revealed by Jesus during His time as a man on the earth.

Steps to Finding your Place in Ministry

Ensure that you are selected by God for the specific ministry.

Luke 10:1 – AFTER THESE things the Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place, whither he himself would come.

Finding the perfect position of service in the Kingdom of God can sometimes be overwhelming. There are so many available ministries and they all need help. As a result, people have come up with some of the most innovative reasons for going in a particular direction.

Some pick a ministry where they can be seen. Others pick a ministry where they can hide. Some like to serve while the pastor is preaching at church on a Sunday morning while others prefer to participate in a ministry that only meets on a business day.

Nonetheless, it’s great to volunteer for ministry whenever help is needed. God has called all of us to show His love on the earth by serving His people. However, there is a higher level of effectiveness in ministry that can only be attained when an individual serves exactly where God desires.

Romans 10:13-15 – For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? As it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!

The seventy ministers in Luke 10 were personally selected by Jesus and were commissioned for service. The same can be said of His twelve disciples. Is it really important to be selected by God or is it acceptable to invite yourself? Shouldn’t He appreciate true enthusiasm?

Every ministry needs support staff so if your intention is to support what the leader of the ministry is doing then you can volunteer. However, if you’re going to be taking a leadership position, you’ll have to be selected by the Leader of all ministries; God.

In Romans 10:15 the question is asked, “How shall they preach, except they be sent?” Is it acceptable to be in the front line of ministry if God didn’t send you there? Well, based on this verse, it is not a very good idea. The Word of God is life, so in the very act of sending someone, God empowers the person to do exactly what he is being sent to do. Therefore, if you volunteer yourself for a leadership position in ministry, you may be getting into a bad situation.

Unfortunately, what you are doing when you appoint yourself is operating outside of your empowerment and you have set yourself up for failure. Within the Will of God for your life is everything you need but outside of it is lack and frustration. In sum, good intentions are wonderful but like a pastor in Atlanta always says, “It’s better to be a sent one than a went one!”

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Life Out Of Death

Life Out Of Death

Matthew 9:35(KJV) - And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.

Everywhere Jesus went, He preached one message; "The Gospel of The Kingdom." When He returns, guess what He expects to find us preaching?

Matthew 24:14(KJV) - And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.

Today is Part 4 of this week's series on The Kingdom of God. It is an excerpt from my book "The Mysterious Kingdom of Heaven". For Part 3, "God Runs His Kingdom Like A Business", click here.

John 12:24-25(KJV) - Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit. He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.

Mark 4:26-29(KJV) - And he said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground; And should sleep, and rise night and day, and the seed should spring and grow up, he knoweth not how. For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear. But when the fruit is brought forth, immediately he putteth in the sickle, because the harvest is come.

One major aspect of the mystery of the Kingdom of God is illustrated by the germination of a seed. Even under perfect conditions, once sown, a seed lies dormant for a period of time before germination takes place. During this period, from all appearances, the seed is dead. It cannot be seen and no sign of it exists on the surface other than a heap of dirt. Hence, to the ignorant, the decision to sow it is a complete waste of time. At least, the seed could have been used for something else and if edible, could have been consumed. The parallels between this concept and the Kingdom of God are astounding.

Our Heavenly Father created man and gave him dominion on the earth. He also enabled man to make his own decisions even if they are completely against His Will. Consequently, it makes complete sense that He wants His Kingdom to operate by free will. A simple definition of His Kingdom in this context should therefore state; “If you want what God has to offer, give Him what you already have!” This system contradicts common sense and seems to go against the standard of the world. However, it has proven to be very effective once accurately implemented.

Mark 10:21-24(KJV) -Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me. And he was sad at that saying, and went away grieved: for he had great possessions. And Jesus looked round about, and saith unto his disciples, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God! And the disciples were astonished at his words. But Jesus answereth again, and saith unto them, Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God!

The rich young ruler missed out on an opportunity to receive a spiritual breakthrough because he refused to value Jesus over his money. He was cut off from the Kingdom of God because he trusted in his riches. For some reason, he thought that God’s Kingdom was one of convenience instead of one of sacrifice and that’s a lesson to all of us. God expects our human desires to die before we could fully embrace the extent of His goodness.

Maybe the first time you heard of God’s Kingdom you thought of royalty. You probably pictured yourself wealthy and privileged walking the earth as nobility because you were adopted into the family of God through Christ. While that may be true, the Bible’s definition of God’s Kingdom includes a system of exchange. God wants what you have so that He can give you what He has. The rich young ruler had faith in his money so God wanted him to switch priorities and he would have received what he knew was missing from his life. Unfortunately, the price was too high for him.

What about you? Is there anything in your life higher than God? If you’re not a Christian, the answer is yes because God doesn’t rule your life. If you are a Christian, it is very easy to lose sight of God’s importance while looking through carnal eyes. The Word of God says in Isaiah 55:8-9, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” For you to successfully live in the Kingdom of God an elevation of the standard of your thoughts is essential.

Mark 10:25-30(KJV) - It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. And they were astonished out of measure, saying among themselves, Who then can be saved? And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible. Then Peter began to say unto him, Lo, we have left all, and have followed thee. And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel's, But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life.

After the rich young ruler walked away, Jesus revealed another dimension of the Kingdom of God to His disciples that would have greatly interested him. From all appearances, Jesus was making a case for poverty. He first told the rich man in Mark 10:21 to sell all he owned and give it to the poor which is actually one of the contributing factors of sustained poverty. Even in modern society, it is clear that provision without education leads to dependence hence the many objections to social programs like “Welfare” in the US.

He then stated to the disciples in Mark 10:23 that the rich would find great difficulty in entering the Kingdom of God. That blew their minds so He clarified Himself in Mark 10:24 and said that it’s difficult for those who trust in riches to enter into the Kingdom of God. After the disciples shook their heads in disbelief and talked among themselves, Peter spoke directly to Jesus. He reminded Him that they did what the rich young ruler could not do. That’s where Jesus made sense of everything.

The Kingdom of God is not just about sacrifice but it’s a system of exchange. If you let your desires die, God will bless your life with all the desires of your heart. If you give up anything in the name of Jesus, as long as you remain in His Will, it would only be a matter of time before He returns a major harvest to you. He won’t give you back what you gave up but He will give you even better. In fact, Jesus said in Mark 10:30 that you will receive one hundred times what you give up while you are still alive on the earth and on top of that, eternal life.

Psalm 37:4(KJV) - Delight thyself also in the LORD: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.

Romans 8:31-32(KJV) - What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?

The rich young ruler asked Jesus for eternal life but Jesus asked him to first give up his trust in money. What he did not know was that in addition to eternal life, God would have multiplied his money and returned the harvest to him. He did not stick around long enough to hear that part of the story so he missed out on God’s plan for his life. The same God who fed thousands with five loaves and two fishes intended to take care of his heart’s desires. Nobody knows how God does it but like Jesus said in Mark 10:27, with man it is impossible but it is possible with God.

As a result, what seems like a loss in the Kingdom of God is really an exchange. You might think you’re walking away from something important but as long as you’re doing it in obedience to God you will eventually receive much more than you had before. God’s true purpose is to gain your trust so as soon as that is established He won’t think twice to give you anything you desire. If He could give up His own Son to pay for your sinful nature, is there anything else He wouldn’t do for you? When He becomes your delight, your desires become His responsibility.

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God Runs His Kingdom Like A Business

God Runs His Kingdom Like A Business

Matthew 9:35(KJV) - And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.

Everywhere Jesus went, He preached one message; "The Gospel of The Kingdom." When He returns, guess what He expects to find us preaching?

Matthew 24:14(KJV) - And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.

Today is Part 3 of this week's series on The Kingdom of God. It is an excerpt from my book "The Mysterious Kingdom of Heaven". For Part 2, "When God Is First Good Things Follow!", click here.

Matthew 25:14-19(KJV) - For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey. Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents. And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two. But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord's money. After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them.

It’s important to note that in this illustration, Jesus showed that all of the servants received something. The distribution of the talents was not equal but it was fair because it was directly related to each person’s ability. In this system, individual success is contingent on investment decisions. If this is true then it means that every human being has received something from God that He expects invested. As Christian people, God expects us to follow His directions for success in His Kingdom. We should not seek after things like consumers but we must produce the things we desire by investing the raw material God has already made available to us.

Matthew 25:20-23(KJV) - And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more. His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them. His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

Take note that the master had not given his servants the money to consume but he intended for them to use it as “seed money” for investment. When he saw that two of them made 100% returns on their investments, he was eager to give them more. He identified the initial gifts as small in comparison to their rewards for being successful investors. If this is how the Kingdom of God works then we need to pay close attention to the details. Not only did they keep what they had made but they were given much more.

According to Matthew 25:19, the time will come when God will judge you for what you did with His seeds. From birth, God has placed the seeds of your future in your hands and expects you to do something with them. Here are just a few of those seeds; physical ability, money, time, opportunity, intelligence and favor. If you are a Christian, from the time you were born again, He placed another set of seeds for your future in your hands and they are contained in the Word of God.

Matthew 25:24-29(KJV) - Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed: And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine. His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed: Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury. Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents. For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath. And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

What have you done with your seeds? Did you consume them, thinking they were just for your enjoyment? Did you hide them because you were afraid of taking a risk? Did you invest them and make something more? Your current life is a result of the investment decisions you made in your past. Therefore, your future will be a result of the investment decisions you make now. You can’t change your past because it’s over but you can learn from it. Now that you understand God’s system, you can’t blame anyone for your future because you’re creating it right now.

The master was very annoyed with his servant who did nothing with his talent. In the same way, God is unhappy with anyone who wastes His gifts. As I said earlier, the distribution of seed is never equal but it is always fair. You only get more when you do something with what you have. Like the master, God will continue to increase the people who are good investors while those who fail to make something with what they have remain impoverished.

Jesus said in Matthew 25:24-29 that those who have much already will continue to receive more while those who don’t have much will lose even the little they have. That’s unfortunate because the people who need more don’t seem to understand the Kingdom of Heaven because if they did, they would have done more already. While they remain in a cycle of struggle, God has already set up a system to get them out. This is where many don't recognize God's fairness. Nobody starts at the same place but as long as you do something with what you have you don't have to stay there.

Luke 12:47-48(KJV) - And that servant, which knew his lord's will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes. But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.

Don’t overlook the fact that the worst investor was also the servant who received the least “seed money.” The master knew that he had limited ability so he didn’t trust him with more than one talent. So God obviously does the same with His people. The people at the bottom of the ladder have the least to work with so He expects the least from them. If they just make a little effort where they are, they would be greatly rewarded. He requires little from those who receive little so even though they don't realize it, they have an advantage.

Unfortunately, there is a reason why they receive little and if they keep the same mindset they will never be delivered. If that includes you, it’s worthless complaining that you have the least opportunities, lowest income and fewest connections. God does not have a suggestion box next to His throne in heaven so He doesn’t want to know what you think about His Kingdom. He just expects you to understand it and work with it. He doesn't expect you to change the entire world but if you would at least make use of the little you have, things will change for the better.

Romans 11:29(KJV) - For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.

James 1:17(KJV) - Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

Let me clarify something at this point. You might lose everything you possess if you don’t manage your life well but you’ll never lose the ability to make something of yourself when you decide to get it right. God gave you ability when you were born but during your lifetime He gives you seeds which require the use of your ability for them to flourish. He’ll never change His mind about your ability but His system is set up for you to lose all of your seeds if you allow that to happen. It’s not God’s fault that someone is a failure. He is no respecter of persons according to Acts 10:34. Failure in God’s Kingdom results from improper investment decisions. Nothing just happens without a reason so you must carefully weigh your decisions today because they control your future.

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When God Is First Good Things Follow!

When God's First Good Things Follow!

Matthew 9:35(KJV) - And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.

Everywhere Jesus went, He preached one message; "The Gospel of The Kingdom." When He returns, guess what He expects to find us preaching?

Matthew 24:14(KJV) - And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.

Today is Part 2 of this week's series on The Kingdom of God. It is an excerpt from my book "The Mysterious Kingdom of Heaven". For Part 1, "The Kingdom of God: The Mystery Of A Seed", click here.

Practical Application of The Seed Principle

Matthew 6:31-33 - Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

Jesus left some simple directions for all of us in the preceding scripture reference. If we want our lives to be cared for by God, we have to seek His Kingdom and righteousness first. The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 5:21 that we have been made the righteousness of God in Jesus Christ. As long as we remain in Christ, God sees His purity in us and does not consider the impurity inherent in our humanity. Now concerning the Kingdom of God, we must be clear in our minds what we need to consider.

During the process of Creation, God gave Adam everything he needed for the rest of his life. His initial provision was already in usable form but his future provision existed in the form of seed. That being said, God expects us to never worry about acquiring the things we desire because He set up a system to take care of it. While the world worries about life, we generate whatever we desire by using the seed He has already given each of us. If Adam and Eve were given instructions to replenish the entire earth with seed, we should be able to do the same.

The Word of God is Incorruptible Seed

Luke 8:10-11(KJV) - And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand. Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.

1 Peter 1:23(KJV) - Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.

When studying the Kingdom of God, the first form of seed we must consider is the Word of God. After Jesus illustrated the Kingdom with The Parable of the Sower, He made that point to His disciples. God created all physical matter by sowing His words into the atmosphere and we can create whatever we desire by sowing His Word into our hearts. Our harvest from those seeds is contingent on the condition of our hearts because God’s Word is always potent. Therefore, if we consistently sow the Word into our hearts and nothing really happens in our lives, we know where the problem lies.

When God Is First Good Things Follow!

Luke 8:11-15 - Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. 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. 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. And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection. But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.

According to Jesus, people lose the seed of the Word of God from their hearts because they let the devil take it, are shallow or get distracted by the things of this world. However, what’s most important about the people whose hearts are considered good ground is that they keep it and bring forth fruit. The word, “keep” according to the Merriam Webster Dictionary means, “to preserve, maintain, watch over, defend and support.” In other words, Jesus wanted us to expect opposition every time we sow the Word of God in the soil of our hearts. Therefore, the only way we can consistently bear fruit is if we’re willing to fight the enemy for it.

Proverbs 4:20-23 - My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh. Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.

The life you desire from the Word of God starts as a seed that grows out of your heart and manifests in your life. This is where many people miss their victory in Jesus. They don’t realize that everything flows out of their hearts. As a result, many have failed in their attempts to see lasting change because they focused on changing their minds and disciplining their actions. Both of those steps are great but without a change of heart everything returns to their original positions after some time. Any deep rooted issues in your life came out of your heart. Consequently, if you want your issues to end your heart must be fixed.

A broken heart leads to a broken life so the most important place you need healing is in your heart. Now I’ll show you how to get that done. In Proverbs 4:20-23 we see that the Word of God is not just seed but it is life and health. As a result, the same Word of God that cannot flourish in a broken heart can also heal the broken heart. Hence, like medicine, you can treat the wounds in your heart with the healing balm of the Word of God. In a practical sense that means you have to encourage yourself in the Word.

Hebrews 4:12(KJV) - For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Speak to yourself like David did in Psalm 42. Claim healing for your heart according to Psalm 147:3. Jesus said in Luke 4:18 that the Spirit of the Lord was upon Him to heal the brokenhearted. If you are in Christ, then you already have been offered healing and it’s up to you to receive it. The healing of your heart was included in the stripes Jesus took on the cross according to 1 Peter 2:24. The steps to success in the system of the Kingdom of God are quite simple but unless you understand how it works you’ll never fully enjoy it. The point I am trying to make is that if you are not seeing results you have to prepare the soil of your heart with certain healing scriptures before you start trying to sow other scriptures.

Ezekiel 36:26-27(KJV) - A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.

Before we get too deep into this book, God wants to heal your heart. You can't do it by yourself and time doesn't heal anything. He wants to take out that broken heart and give you a brand new one. It's not an easy process but it's necessary. Ask God right now for a new heart and tell Him that you want to change for the better. Once you do so, He'll answer your prayer by taking you through a process of healing. Whatever happens, don't forget that your answers are in Him and His Word is available to you right now.

In sum, God wants us all to understand that the foundation of everything in existence is His Word. Therefore, if you feel like you are being shaken, strengthen your foundation. It is worthless to sow seeds into soil that’s not good so that’s why Jesus’ first parable about the Kingdom was about this very issue. In that parable, He shared the mystery of Kingdom success. While wise men looked elsewhere, He told His disciples to look inside their hearts. This type of wisdom is so profound that it will immediately change your life once it’s understood. The Word of God is quick, powerful, sharp and discerning. Nothing else is as effective. The secret is out!

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The Kingdom of God: The Mystery Of A Seed

The Kingdom of God: The Mystery Of A Seed

Last Sunday I heard one of the best messages ever on The Kingdom of God. The revelation was so mind-blowing it brought me to tears. I walked out fired up and ready to live The Word I received. It's the inspiration for this week's blog series. Today we'll start with the first blog which is an excerpt from my book "The Mysterious Kingdom of Heaven".

Genesis 1:11-12, 28-29 - And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so. And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good……. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.

The Hebrew word for seed, zera′ was first mentioned by God during the “Creation” process. (Recreation process if you believe in The Gap Theory). His plan to continually supply the earth with vegetation was contained in the seed of each plant. He then created, enabled and instructed Adam and Eve to lead the process of replenishing the earth. To do so, He told them what they had at their disposal. What is important to note is that when speaking of the herb and the fruit God provided, He clearly stated that they possessed seed.

Here are some facts about Creation that we may have overlooked. God only planted one garden and even though He could, He did not fill the entire earth with vegetation. God only created Adam and Eve instead of an entire generation of people to fill the earth. God could have created a ready-made earth just as easily but He chose not to. To fill the earth with people God only created two and gave them the ability to reproduce by placing seed within them. To fill the earth with vegetation, God only planted Eden and ensured that the plants could reproduce after themselves.

That’s how the Kingdom of God was introduced to the earth. God made prototypes and placed within them the ability to use their seed to increase their population. He had no intention of filling the earth by creating everything one by one. This is very important because this is the foundation necessary for human beings to understand the message of The Kingdom of God as it is described in the scriptures. Hence, when Jesus came to re-establish God’s Kingdom on the earth, four thousand years after the fall of Adam, can you guess what His first recorded parable was about?

Matthew 13:1-9 - The same day went Jesus out of the house, and sat by the sea side. And great multitudes were gathered together unto him, so that he went into a ship, and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore. And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow; And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up: Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth: And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away. And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them: But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixty fold, some thirty fold. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.

It is not by chance that Jesus “kicked off” this series of teachings with The Parable of the Sower. He was very aware of The Kingdom of God and even though we might overlook it, His ministry was precisely ordered by God. For that reason, we need to pay close attention to the way He set this up. The actual parable alone made sense on a basic level and some surface principles within it may be easily understood. However, my focus is actually not on the content of this parable but on Jesus’ response to questions that arose as a result of it.

Matthew 13:10-18 - And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables? He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath. Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive: For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear. For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them. Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower.

In direct response to The Parable of the Sower, the disciples asked Jesus why He spoke to the multitude in parables. He then made the following profound statement that provides foundational support for my current train of thought; “Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.” This must not be overlooked because after explaining why the disciples were chosen to understand the Kingdom and not everyone else He proceeded to explain The Parable of the Sower. His point was that most people wished they could understand what He was about to say and if they did, they would be privy to the mysteries of The Kingdom.

Consequently, Jesus without a doubt likened the explanation of The Parable of the Sower to the mysteries of the Kingdom of Heaven. Yes, He may have also been referring to all of His teachings in parable form but in the context of Matthew 13, He dealt specifically with the Parable of the Sower. I made the point earlier that by analyzing the process of Creation we can conclude that the Kingdom of God was based on the germination of seeds resulting in increase by growth and reproduction. Now we see that Jesus made a direct connection between The Parable of the Sower and the mysteries of the Kingdom. Let’s now take a look at the second recorded parable of Jesus.

Matthew 13:24-30 - Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares? He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.

I know that the Kingdom of Heaven has many layers and can be understood from a myriad of perspectives. However, right now I want to operate by The Law of First Mention. It is of great significance that the first parable illustrating the Kingdom is based on seed and now the second one is also based on seed. This one speaks of the followers of Christ being in this world but not of this world. We live on the earth together with the children of darkness but only for a period of time. God is waiting until the end of time to physically separate us. He will gather His children to Himself and send those who denied Him to a burning hell. Let’s now take a look at the third recorded parable delivered by Jesus Christ.

Matthew 13:31-32 - Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field: Which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof.

This third parable is also about the germination of seeds resulting in increase by growth. The pattern is clear. Jesus came to re-establish a Kingdom that was based on The Seed Principle. Hence, regardless of the aspect of the Kingdom we consider, it is first a system founded in the mystery of a seed. That’s what happened in Genesis and that’s how Jesus first described it in Matthew. That’s the basic premise for the main message of this book, The Mysterious Kingdom of Heaven. Now, let’s practically apply it to our personal lives.

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