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The Picture of Gospel Faith in Matthew 13:44

December 8th, 2011 2 comments

Matthew 13:44

The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in the field, which a man found and hid again; and from joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.

 

  1. This verse is the picture of True Gospel Faith. Biblically, you don’t spell Faith R-I-S-K, you spell it S-I-G-H-T. When you see something in the Spirit, whether the carnal agrees, that alone gets you to do what seems out of place to the world, to obtain the desired end. The only time DOUBT, hence risk,comes in is when the carnal mind converses with the spiritual mind.
  2. All spiritual pursuit and “gifts” work through the principle of Seeing, Selling, and Buying to receive, even Salvation. When you see Jesus, you must forsake everything else. Consider the parable of the the mustard seed: there are not multiple types of seeds sown to produce the entirety of the Kingdom, one seed produces everything. Not only would you find many gifted people with a testimony of “selling” to obtain what they saw, similar to this, you will not find any other. Whether it’s salvation, prophecy, healing, or anything else, it is the knowledge of the treasure that propels.
  3. The person in faith is a “prisoner” to joy, to happiness. Here, it is depicted in the Joy. Considering Matthew 5, true Faith, rooted in God and Christ, results in happiness at expected deliverance, comfort, or other promise. The man poor in Spirit, knowing he is all right with God, is happiest then, in that place, because the Kingdom is his. Those in mourning are happy then, because heavenly comfort will come. The man in the “dire straights” of sell all is joyful because he sees the treasure. There is no fear. Emotional warfare breaks off. You sit at the door awaiting salvation. You accelerate into your deliverance instead of limping into the ambulance when it arrives. Hugely Happy are those… Because. It is the treasure that results in happiness.
  4. The work of the gospel is truth, not performance or striving or guessing. The thing that keeps you going is the treasure itself. If the man in the field wavered half-way through, he would not have to work harder, he would simply go sneak another peek at the treasure. Denial is the Devil. Truth keeps you going. Obstruction is an opportunity for more faith.
  5. Unless you see, you cannot receive. Even if you happened to buy the field, without the revelation, it continues to be empty to you, despite the treasure within. John the Baptist said a man cannot receive anything unless it is given to him by heaven.
  6. A Focused life is essential to walking by the Spirit. It is only by the selling that we can receive. When the eye is single (incorrectly translated “good”), the whole body is full of light. The fires of the passions of the heart are not inexhaustible, and we will simply run out of enthusiasm. Unless we let go of what we have invested in bitterness, unforgiveness, and pain, we cannot fully receive the Kingdom. When the fullness of the treasures of our hearts are fully invested in the right place, the purchase is not hard. It follows that we generally do have the resources on hand to do do what needs to be done to see the treasure become ours, it is just a matter of being willing to part with the familiar and mundane to procure the sure divine.
  7. The presence and purity of faith, not its quantity, is the only thing required. It didn’t take a big mind to make this transaction. The only thing that could stop the man was only doubt that it was there or worth it. It was there. Simply the vision of the true, and a recognition of that was ll that was ever required for the simplest to the most complex to become the richest. Faith becomes the “extension cord” from God’s supply to you, not the power itself, according to Jesus (Mark 11:23).
  8. You can only have faith for what you’ve seen. No one else agrees with your wisdom, because no one else sees the treasure. While every criticism has a grain of truth they say, for the man in the field, everyone points out the worthless field, to which he agrees, and the value of the possessions, to which he agrees, but continues on straight ahead based on perfect logic, confidence, and truth of that which is “hidden”. The proof of faith is treasure in hand, not procurement of the field. You can keep all the fleshly manifestations, the thing that matters is the gold, silver, and precious gems. But, you might not get the goods without them.
  9. The Gospel is always Good News. No one is “losing” anything, at least permanently, only gaining. The only reason for apparent asceticism is the greatness of something better, God Himself. Religion uses mental agreement and “imagination”. Kingdom uses revelation and true sight. It’s a matter of discovery and correct appraisal.
  10. The gospel is as simple as a good business deal. The point of sale looks like to death to the blind, but life to the one who sees. It cost Kathryn Kuhlman everything every time she came out to the platform, but I’d take a hundred of what she had and lose everything else if I could. It’d be worth it a billion times over. The world cannot see nor enter this. We cannot all expect to be Kathryn, but we can all receive a “word” (or vision) from heaven and step out into it. We can’t all be “that”, but we can all be “all that God has called us to be” and nothing else. The only thing truly “deadly” is selling some and not buying the field in the end, or going and “fleshing out”, buying something else so you no longer have the resources to buy what you originally intended to buy.

 

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Separation

May 10th, 2016 No comments
green apple with the red one standing out from the crowd - over a white background with reflection

green apple with the red one standing out from the crowd – over a white background with reflection

Where there is no vision, the people are unrestrained, But happy is he who keeps the law.

Proverbs 29:18

Probably no topic is more fraught with ‘divisiveness’ than the subject of ‘separation’.  The idea of being separate from another has with it the connotation of doing something better, or, by many people’s estimation, ‘being better’, than someone else.  But, that simply is what it is.

Paul pointed this out himself, even while explaining that we should be unified.  He said,

For there must also be factions among you, so that those who are approved may become evident among you.

1 Corinthians 11:19

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Poverty

June 17th, 2015 No comments

CoinsBecause you did not serve the Lord your God joyfully and gladly in the time of prosperity, therefore in hunger and thirst, in nakedness and dire poverty, you will serve the enemies the Lord sends against you. He will put an iron yoke on your neck until he has destroyed you.

Deuteronomy 28:47-48

All throughout the Old and New Covenant, poverty is a part of the curse.  It is said, it doesn’t take much time of the hunger of famine to humble a man.  The same is true of poverty.

Christ’s Kingdom, Paul writes, consists of Righteousness, Peace, and Joy in the Holy Ghost (Romans 14:17).  When Paul wrote of not muzzling the ox that is treading out the grain, he said that the reason was that the plowman should plow in hope (1 Corinthians 9:10).

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The Way of the Gospel

January 21st, 2013 No comments

roadAnd this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.

Matthew 24:14

The Gospel of the Kingdom is not complicated, nor have been any of His commands.  They are simple and plain to all who have understanding.  Too simple, perhaps for some, and yet, in all of our modern culture, they are perhaps the most overlooked texts in our church society.

Consider.  Everything is taught on, and yet we still seem to lack the gripping power when we speak as Jesus did, and the people were amazed at his teaching, teaching as one with authority.  We lack the heart and character that he had, often settling for a production and an entourage, rather than a heavenly following.  And, we lack the demonstration of the miraculous

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Gaining to Lose, Losing to Gain

November 18th, 2012 No comments

For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it.

Mark 8:35

If this life is about giving it all away, then the pathway many of us must first take is to take ownership of that which is ours.

It may seem counter-intuitive at first, to have to take possession of something, only with the intent to then lose it, but unless you take ownership of something, unless you decide that something is your right to do whatever you please with it, you will never have the authority to release that authority to whomever you choose.

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The Eye Is The Lamp Of The Body

November 7th, 2012 1 comment

The light of the body is the eye: therefore when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light; but when thine eye is evil, thy body also is full of darkness. Take heed therefore that the light which is in thee be not darkness. If thy whole body therefore be full of light, having no part dark, the whole shall be full of light, as when the bright shining of a candle doth give thee light.

Luke 11:34-36

The eye is the lamp of the body.  Not an eye, but the eye.  Not the hand, not the tongue, but the eye.  Specifically, it is the eye that is the organ that illuminates the man.

Specifically, when the eye is set correctly, the entire body is filled with light.  This means the solution to being fully illuminated is not in the performance of a thing, nor in the individual execution of any deed, but solely based upon the focus, or gaze of an individual.

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The New

September 25th, 2012 No comments

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

2 Corinthians 5:17

Something fundamentally changes when you accept Christ.  Something profound and New takes place, that cannot have any part with the old (2 Corinthians 6:14).

Now for many, this is unrealized in this life, unless they are taught.  A Christian might live their whole life, and never realize what all Christ has bought for them.  But, as Jesus said, when a man believes, he is born again of a spiritual seed (John 3:3-5), and the old things are “passed away”.

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In Pursuit of the Treasure

May 12th, 2012 No comments

Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field.

Matthew 13:44

The selling of everything can be perceived painful at times, it really can.  That is, in pursuit of this treasure of the Kingdom, which we have seen, while we are attempting to make it completely ours, there is that which is difficult and even hurtful, nearly to the point of death it can seem at times.  But, it is the nature of the Kingdom, however, that it is always worth the effort.

For the children of Israel in the desert, they complained that their trials were hard (Numbers 11:1).  Yet, what they couldn’t see was who the Lord was in their midst, and the wonderfulness of all of His great promises towards them (Hebrews 4:2).

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Grace

April 27th, 2012 No comments

For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

John 1:17

Grace is God’s gift to men.  It is His unmerited favor, it is His divine enablement, it is never deserved.

Grace and holiness always go hand in hand. His Grace teaches us to say no to sin, and by it we put to death the misdeeds of the flesh in the finished works. Any “grace” that is not intrinsically tied to real, practical holiness is not Grace. And by humbling ourselves and repenting and mourning, more Grace is given, submitting to God, resisting the devil, Christ within conquers all our foes.

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Discipleship

April 7th, 2012 No comments

If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.

Luke 14:26

There are many ways to approach discipleship in Christ, but one thing is assured.  Unless your obedience is carried to the extreme, it is not Biblical Christianity.

Discipleship begins at the cross.  It begins at the laying down of everything of this life, and that of following the Master.  From start to finish, it must be about absolute trusting and dependence upon the Shepherd for everything. Read more…