Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.
Our thoughts are what determine our success. It is our thoughts which determine our behaviors, but more than that, it is our thoughts which determine how we feel, and our values.
Beyond the natural, it is also in the realm of our thoughts in which our faith is founded. We have faith in God’s Word. Faith in His promise to heal. And, it is in keeping the realm of our thoughts rooted and grounded in God’s Word that we are able to keep our hearts from doubting what He has told us. So important are our thoughts that they are, indeed, the realm of our salvation, as it is written, if we confess with our mouth and believe in our hearts that God has raised Him from the dead, we will be saved (Romanbs 10:9). Our thoughts are what make our lives.
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.
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
Carry no money belt, no bag, no shoes; and greet no one on the way.
Luke 10:4 NASB
When Jesus sent out his disciples here in Luke chapter 10, He gave these instructions, that they should not greet anyone on the way. Various explanations are proposed for the reason why He gave such specific instructions, but the rationale can be found in both understanding the Scriptures, and the power of God (see Mark 12:24).
Jesus introduced this command with this statement, “Go; behold, I send you out as lambs in the midst of wolves.” (Luke 10:3 NASB).
Because 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.
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).
For if you forgive others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions.
Jesus’ words on the subject of forgiveness are well known by many, and yet, still, the root of so many difficulties within the life of a believer stem from this issue of forgiveness.
The truth is, the heart is a complex, and very deep matter. As Jeremiah said, the heart is deceitfully wicked, who can know it? (Jeremiah 17:9). But, speaking a little while later, the prophet wrote, “Heal me, and I will be healed; save me, and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise.” (Jeremiah 17:14). I do not believe we have a wicked heart, as believers, but we do have one that requires the faithful purification of a loving savior. Read more…
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The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one; I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me.
True unity consists in obeying the first and second greatest commandments, in proper order.
One of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?”
And He said to him, “‘YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.’ This is the great and foremost commandment. The second is like it, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.’ On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.”
Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
1 Corinthians 2:13-14
Hence lies the mystery of Jesus’ words regarding the Gospel. As the Kingdom lies wholly within the realm of the Holy Spirit, and does not exist outside of the context of it, Jesus came as one teaching on a subject that no one could understand.
Think about it. The natural man, the one without His Spirit, cannot receive spiritual truths. They are utterly foreign to him, and he simply cannot discern them. But, for the man with the Spirit, they speak of spiritual things using spiritual words.
For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so the thoughts of God no one knows except the Spirit of God.
1 Corinthians 2:11
As Peter wrote, we have become partakers of God’s divine nature through His precious and magnificent promises (2 Peter 1:4). Now, we are His children, and as His children, we have the right to become ‘like God’, in the degree that He makes available.
Paul makes it clear that we are growing. We do not begin in perfect faith, but we grow in faith, and mature, both individually and corporately, until we reach maturity. This implies change, and this implies growth. It is enough to be like Him.
[U]ntil we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ.
You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies.
The enemy is a deceiver, and he has “no truth in him”.
Even when he tempted Eve in the garden, he could not even speak the truth.
And he said to the woman, “Indeed, has God said, ‘You shall not eat from any tree of the garden’?”
That snake, he couldn’t even even quote the truth. He was challenging what God had said, but he couldn’t even speak it.
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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