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.
While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.
The concept of the seed offering has widely been promoted by many, including the late Oral Roberts). In fact, it is said that he has considered it as one of the greatest revelations of his life and ministry. As with a natural harvest, what is sown in finances, time, or any other resource will always produce a harvest, a yield, some thirty, sixty, and a hundred fold, so long as it is sown in “good ground”.
For sure, this revelation has run through the church, and helped to encourage the body of Christ to give, knowing that they are more blessed in the giving, and that, quite plainly, we will surely reap whatever we sow, for good or ill (Galatians 6:7).
Categories: Church of the Beyond, General, Teaching Faith, Giving, Harvest, Invisible, Offering, Oral Roberts, Seed, Seed Offering, Seedtime
Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned:
1 Timothy 1:5
And, if all of our commandments is not love, charity, out of a pure heart and of a good conscience, what is it for? If we do not end up with a real, un-manipulated and un-faked faith, have we more than just begun? In all of our getting, get wisdom, for it is the principle thing!
It was out of love that God killed Ananias and Sapphira. It was out of love that He set an example for the church, just as He did with Sodom and the world. It was out of love that He killed His only Son so that we would live, living His life. It was out of love that He sent forth preachers, and prophets, and evangelists, teachers, and apostles, that the Earth might know the only name by which is Salvation, Jesus Christ.
Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
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That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life; (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;) That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.
1 John 1:1-4 KJV
Jesus came to Earth and spoke concerning the Kingdom of God, the Kingdom of Heaven.
He uttered secret things, things hidden from the foundation of the World.
He spoke in metaphors, parables, so that the masses might not hear, yet hearing not receive.
He, the Teacher, taught to not be understood? He was the perfect one, who knew that all righteousness and perfection must be fulfilled, perfectly.
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And after the sixty and two weeks, cut off is Messiah, and the city and the holy place are not his, the Leader who hath come doth destroy the people; and its end is with a flood, and till the end is war, determined are desolations.
Daniel 9:27 YLT
We are cut off from this world, and we have nothing in it (Galatians 6:14). In baptism, Jesus was cut off from this world. While He lived among those of the flesh, and He was perfectly sinless before and after, from the outpouring of the Spirit upon Him, He no longer interacted with the world in the same way.
We too, through baptism into Christ, are baptized into His life and His resurrection, and are cut off from this world and everything in it. It is a spiritual circumcision in Christ, of the heart, and not of the flesh, but leaves us, not orphans alone in a world with nothing else, but with the greatest treasure, even greater than the whole universe and all of the heavens combined, the great Holy Spirit, God Himself, dwelling in us bodily.
Categories: Church of the Beyond, Revolution, Teaching Baptism, Circumcision, Cut Off, Faith, Holy Ghost, Jesus, Kingdom, Seed, Word of God
That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake. Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat in it, while all the people stood on the shore.
The crowds came to Jesus. Thousands had heard of the miracles following this man. This man, who was God, had the wisdom of the Eternity within His heart, and He chose to take a moment to go out to the lake. Perhaps He went out to pray in a quiet place, or possibly to rest for a moment, but, whatever the reason, the crowds surrounded Him until He was pressed on every side. While the masses swelled, He entered a boat and taught them, while the people came.
Everyone wants the miraculous, the signs, wonders, and miracles, but who wants the reason behind them? We want the power, but who wants the man? We want the demonstration, but who wants the price he paid?
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Truly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says is going to happen, it will be granted him.
Faith preaching gets a bad name these days. Somewhere along the line, in the culture of today, in a large degree the church in the West, the church has taken up the concept of a supernatural faith as almost a negative thing. It is not a surprise, really, for the carnal mind will always be at war against true spirituality. And hence faith, because faith does not align with the carnal intellect but with the spirit of a man, seems peculiar.
Jesus’ words are clear, however. The disciples were rebuked time and again for their unbelief, their lack of faith. This word, unbelief, is simply anti-faith. It is the same word, unbelief, doubt, lack of faith, that is simply the Greek word for faith (some form of the word “pistis”) with the prefix “a-” attached. Where all the variants of the words translated “faith”, “believe”, or “trust” all come from the same Greek word. The Greek word for unbelief, transliterated into English, is “apistis”.
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil. For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But he who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God.
This seems to me one of the most commonly referenced and the littlest truly studied passages in the Bible. It is one of the best tools for evangelism, for it sums up the entirety of the message of Jesus in one little place. It may be that it is just this writer’s perception that it is one of the littlest studied passages, it maybe that so few people do much in depths studies in the Gospels or otherwise, or, it may just be that it seems that this section is so commonly understood, it must, of course, be understood already. When we come to think over these words, we can wrongly assume we understand them all. Yet, as there is no shadow of turning in God, it stands to reason, that if we could plumb the depths of any passage, without taking it grossly out of context, and know the fullness of the weight of the words in the realm of Heaven, we would know Him much better than we know now. Suffice to say, these words are spirit, and they are life.
Categories: General, Teaching Author and Finisher, Eyes, Heaven, Jesus, Kingdom, Light, Perfect Love, Savior, Seed, Single, Spirit, Truth, Verdict
For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit,
I think that when it comes down to it, many people today miss it today regarding the Kingdom.
Nearly all probably do in some ways, perhaps, with some exceptions, but, primarily, we fail to recognize the King’s heart in coming.
Jesus said in language impossible to misunderstand that He was The Way. Not that He came to show it, demonstrate it, teach it, or model it, but rather, that He Himself was The Way. He was the Son of God, and the Son of Man, and no one came to the Father but by Him.
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An entire oak tree is contained well within a tight, easy to carry package. It has it’s own leathery cover, and even a handy carrying cup attached to the top. You could, in fact, carry a hundred complete oak trees just in your pants pockets alone (assuming you’ve got big pockets). The only thing you need to add, in order to convert your easy to transport oak tree into an immovable pillar is some sunshine, a plot of dirt, some water, and a hundred years or so!
The Kingdom of Heaven is like a mustard seed, that when planted, it is the smallest of seeds, but when it grows, it becomes the largest of all garden plants, and the birds of the air make their nest in it.
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