He told them another parable: The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.
Though it starts small, it grows large. Though it is the greatest thing above all creation, it is fully contained within the single seed.
Consider the mustard seed. It needs no addition, just to grow. It is self contained, self replicating, and able to endure. This is what the Kingdom is like.
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1 My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you,
2 turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding—
3 indeed, if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding,
4 and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure,
5 then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.
Proverbs 2:1-5 NIV
It is the heart of a good father to want so see their child learn wisdom. It is the heart of our Father that we do as well.
The great questions I had growing as a Christian were, how exactly were supposed to live, and why do Christian men do evil when 2 Corinthians 5:17 says it is no longer the nature of a true believer to want to.
As I’ve considered this, I have come to understand that this is indeed what Jesus intended to bring.
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
As Truth is a person, so is The Way. As surely as any understanding of who He was and what He taught could be expressed, it cannot be understood outside of the person of Who He Is, What He Did and Why He Did It. The Path of Life therefore, as it were, is following Jesus. For the original twelve apostles, this was through both observing who Him directly, as well as by hearing Him teach. Today, while we do not see exactly how He lived the words He preached, we have His Spirit within us to guide us into all truth.
But, most assuredly, His Words are to be obeyed. None of His Words can be fully embraced without the provision of His Spirit, but through Him, and His enabling power, we are able to overcome through faith.
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For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.
I think one of the hardest walks is the walk of Faith and Life in the Gospel, and yet, light and easy at the same time.
The walk is one by the Spirit, and not by the flesh, and requires faith to walk it. It requires a hatred and a crucifixion of everything of this life, but when done as a response to a revelation, it is always with joy.
But, he calls us to learn this way of His, and to call others to it.
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The world cannot hate you; but me it hateth, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil.
The world hates followers of Jesus. The verdict against humanity is this, that men, even though confronted with their own sin in the light, prefer to kill those who show them they are wrong, rather than coming with humility before an Almighty, merciful God (John 3:19). Rather than feeling with their heart, they justify, set up road blocks, walls, and excuses that they cannot tell right from wrong any more.
Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
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Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.
Revival and judgment often go hand in hand. Jesus Himself said that the city of Jerusalem was judged and set for destruction, although the actual destruction took another 40 years from His pronouncement, simply because they missed the day of their visitation (Luke 19:44). He, at the beginning, and notably in the midst of the greatest revival ever, announced judgement.
Judgment will come to America, and to the world. It must. There will be great revival, there will be great turning, but not all will turn. Many, many will choose the darkness, and many, many will persecute, and turn others from the truth.
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The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world.
Man, the carnal man, lives in darkness. All mankind has turned aside from the truth, the true light, and has gone to corruption. There is nothing wholesome about man, and nothing good in what he can do. Ever.
The Spiritual Man, however, as Paul described, has died to it. He has died to himself, to the world with all its desires, and has died to himself. The case is so edged that Paul states that he is crucified to the world and the world is crucified to himself (Galatians 6:14).
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That you may show yourselves to be blameless and guiltless, innocent and uncontaminated, children of God without blemish (faultless, unrebukable) in the midst of a crooked and wicked generation [spiritually perverted and perverse], among whom you are seen as bright lights (stars or beacons shining out clearly) in the [dark] world,
Philippians 2:15 AMP
Those who teach righteousness will show as stars in the heavens for all of time. Surely, even as Jesus said that the one who breaks the least command and teaches others to as well shall be the least in the kingdom, righteousness and justice truly are the foundation of His throne.
He is the Father of lights, and His children are children of light. As we walk in the light as He Is in the light, we have fellowship one with another.
I said to the LORD, “You are my Lord; I have no good besides You.”
Psalm 16:2 NAS
When we try to please the Lord from ourselves, all we have is filthy rags, according to Paul. Jesus said that unless our righteousness surpasses that of the leaders of the Jews, we will not enter the Kingdom of Heaven. In their pride, in their self effort, though they knew they did not fulfill all of the righteousness of the law perfectly, they held themselves as leaders of the people, hiding their own sin, and not crying out for the brokenness that was in them for the depravity of their hearts. Though their lives seemed to demonstrate a holiness that surpassed everything else, they were corrupt, filthy, and unclean in the eyes of God.
Yet, David, years before the New Covenant, already perceived the secret of the Kingdom through the Spirit of prophecy that was on him. He wrote, saying, there was no good in himself except for the Holy Spirit within Him. Read more…
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Ye sent unto John, and he bare witness unto the truth. But I receive not testimony from man: but these things I say, that ye might be saved. He was a burning and a shining light: and ye were willing for a season to rejoice in his light.
Light reveals. Light illuminates. Light is righteousness, and darkness is evil.
In all places, the true light that gives light to every man, Jesus Christ, is always a portrait of illumination, but also of righteousness. It is the voice of Him who is above, who is true light, the Father of Lights.
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