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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In the beginning, God created…
They path of discipleship is the path of love. Learning to love, and learning to lay down our lives for Him.
In the process of growing, we have many things to learn. We begin as babe’s in Christ, and, as we mature, we see gifts, talents, and God’s supernatural power in our life.
As we are being formed into the likeness of the Son, we pass through many trials. We are learning to be holy, to be righteous, and upright.
Who maketh his angels spirits; his ministers a flaming fire:
In all the world, there remains one thing better.
In the history of man, one thing has escaped them all.
Despite the rule of tyrants, despite the schemes of men, despite the ways of wickedness, freedom always wins.
He made him master of his household, ruler over all he possessed, to instruct his princes as he pleased and teach his elders wisdom
A man can either be a servant, or a slave.
To be a servant is one who works for someone for a wage, and uses that wage to provide for their own needs. The slave, on the other hand, is fully dependant upon his master. The slave still works, but the master is in charge of the entire well-being of the individual. Whether the slave is well-provided for, or little, it is all in the hands of someone else.
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.
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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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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Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.
He prophesied of Jesus’ coming, saying,
Truly, I give baptism with water to those of you whose hearts are changed; but he who comes after me is greater than I, whose shoes I am not good enough to take up: he will give you baptism with the Holy Spirit and with fire:
Oh how great is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee; which thou hast wrought for them that trust in thee before the sons of men!
Thou shalt hide them in the secret of thy presence from the pride of man: thou shalt keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues.
Hidden, locked away from the world, from the strife of man. Protected in the shadow of the Almighty. The Lord shalt hide me in His Secret place.
In His presence, in His joy and belonging, I am covered and hid. Though I dwell among the Earth, I am protected from it. For, the Lord knows how to preserve His saints, and He will hide His beloved in the cleft of the rock.
Shout joyfully to God, all the earth;
Sing the glory of His name; Make His praise glorious.
Say to God, “How awesome are Your works! Because of the greatness of Your power Your enemies will give feigned obedience to You.
Psalm 66:1-3 NASB
A shout of victory for the Lord our God. The raising of the voice, the shattering of strongholds.
For, out of the mouth of infants, He has ordained strength, He has perfected praise. For out of the mouths of babes and sucklings, out of those who could not lift up their own voice, He has shattered the stronghold of the enemies that were very great.
I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.
Ephesians 3:16-17, portion
There’s something about the flow of the Spirit, the intimacy of His love. Lost in the embrace Beyond words, raptured in the embrace of His flood.