In His Word
"Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path." – Psalm 119:105

May
26

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While speaking about the kingdom Jesus said, “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking fine pearls, and upon finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it.” (Matthew 13:45-46).  This merchant knew what he was seeking and knew its value when he found it.  Do you?

Many people in the world are seeking meaning and purpose for their lives.  Solomon was and found it in God (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14).  Jesus earlier said, “Seek and you will find” (Matthew 7:7-8).  Seek the kingdom and you will find it.  Be prepared to sell all that you have to buy it.  It’s worth the cost.

Have a great day in His word!

May
25

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When a woman came and poured costly perfume on Jesus’ head, the disciples considered it wasteful (Matthew 26:6-9).  In defending the woman Jesus said, “Assuredly, I say to you, wherever this gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be told as a memorial to her.” (:13).

Today is set aside as a day to memorialize those who have committed their lives to defending our country.  What they have done needs to be remembered.  Jesus said that what this woman did needs to be remembered, that it would “be told as a memorial to her.”   While we remember what people have done for our country, we also remember what this woman has done for Jesus.

Someday we will all stand before God in judgment.  The things we have done will be told as a memorial to us.  What will be told?  What will we have done to be remembered?  Be sure you are doing now what you want to be a memorial to you then.

Have a great day in His word!

May
22

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While speaking about the kingdom Jesus said, “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.” (Matthew 13:44).

When I did an internet search for treasure, you can probably guess what displayed: chests full of gold coins, jewelry, and other material items of monetary value.  The Bible describes something different as treasure, such as the kingdom of heaven.  Jesus offered the rich young ruler treasure in heaven if he would be willing to forsake earthly treasure and follow Him (Matthew 19:21).  Moses made such a commitment, “considering the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt; for he was looking to the reward.” (Hebrews 11:26).

What are you looking to?  What kind of treasure are you laying up (Matthew 6:19-21)?  The treasure of the kingdom of heaven is worth selling all that you have to obtain.  It’s a trade you will never regret.

Have a great day in His word!

May
21

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While speaking about the kingdom Jesus said, “The kingdom of heaven is like leaven that a woman took and hid in three measures of flour, till it was all leavened.” (Matthew 13:33; Luke 13:20-21).

On several occasions leaven refers to the influence of evil, but here it refers to the powerful influence of God’s word.  Just as leaven works from within to change the whole lump, so does the word of God, working on the heart to change the whole man (Acts 2:37).  Like leaven it “is living and active” (Hebrews 4:12).  Hide the word in honest and good hearts and watch the kingdom spread!

Have a great day in His word!

May
20

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In the middle of presenting and explaining the parable of the tares, Jesus presented another parable saying, “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field; and this is smaller than all other seeds, but when it is full grown, it is larger than the garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and nest in its branches.” (Matthew 13:31-32; Mark 4:30-32; Luke 13:18-19).

This parable represents the progress of the gospel.  The kingdom may have begun with a small group of insignificant men, yet it grew to enormous proportions. It represents the growth of the kingdom from its small beginning on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2) to the point of turning the world upside down (17:6), continuing to grow today.  Become a part of the growth by becoming a part of the kingdom.

Have a great day in His word!

May
19

 

After explaining the parable of the sower, Jesus presented another parable saying, “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field.  But while his men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went away.  But when the wheat sprouted and bore grain, then the tares became evident also.  The slaves of the landowner came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?’  And he said to them, ‘An enemy has done this!’ The slaves said to him, ‘Do you want us, then, to go and gather them up?’  But he said, ‘No; for while you are gathering up the tares, you may uproot the wheat with them.  ‘Allow both to grow together until the harvest; and in the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather up the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them up; but gather the wheat into my barn.'” (Matthew 13:24-30).

When the disciples later asked Jesus to explain the parable, He said, “The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man, and the field is the world; and as for the good seed, these are the sons of the kingdom; and the tares are the sons of the evil one; and the enemy who sowed them is the devil, and the harvest is the end of the age; and the reapers are angels.  So just as the tares are gathered up and burned with fire, so shall it be at the end of the age.  The Son of Man will send forth His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all stumbling blocks, and those who commit lawlessness, and will throw them into the furnace of fire; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.  Then THE RIGHTEOUS WILL SHINE FORTH AS THE SUN in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear.” (:37-43).

Be sure to be among the righteous!

Have a great day in His word!

May
18

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As He concluded His explanation of  the parable of the sower, Jesus said, “And the one on whom seed was sown on the good soil, this is the man who hears the word and understands it; who indeed bears fruit and brings forth, some a hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty.” (Matthew 13:23).

All the others hear, but this man hears and understands.  He understands that affliction and persecution will come, and he considers them worth enduring for the sake of the word.  He understands the deceitful nature of wealth and the vanity of worry and does not allow these things to hinder the word in his life.  As a result he is able to bear fruit, along with others who share his resolve for the word of God.  Due to their unique differences their amount produced differs, but all bear fruit for the Lord.

Which soil are you?  The good soil is the only soil that saves.

Have a great day in His word!

May
14

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As He continued explaining the parable of the sower, Jesus said, “And the one on whom seed was sown among the thorns, this is the man who hears the word, and the worry of the world and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.” (Matthew 13:22).  Luke’s account reads that “they are choked with worries and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to maturity.” (Luke 8:14).

There is plenty worry in the world, riches are constantly deceiving, and pleasures are passing (Hebrews 11:25).  If you let any of these control your life, they will choke the word of God right out of it.  What’s the solution?  Turn your worries and anxieties over to God (Philippians 4:6-7), use earthly riches to lay up heavenly treasures (1 Timothy 6:17-19), and love God more than pleasure (2 Timothy 3:4).  Get out the hoe and go to work on the weeds!

Have a great day in His word!

May
12

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As He continued explaining the parable of the sower, Jesus said, “The one on whom seed was sown on the rocky places, this is the man who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; yet he has no firm root in himself, but is only temporary, and when affliction or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he falls away.” (Matthew 13:20-21).

Some places have a layer of topsoil but underneath a layer of rock that prevents roots from taking hold.  Seed may spring up and begin to grow, but not for long.  Unfortunately, some people are like this soil and have “no firm root”.  They may readily respond to the gospel, but they fail to count the cost and don’t endure when tribulation comes – which it will (2 Timothy 3:12).  They are “only temporary”.

Paul and Barnabas went from city to city “strengthening the souls of the disciples, exhorting them to continue in the faith, and saying, ‘We must through many tribulations enter the kingdom of God’” (Acts 14:22).  Plant the word deep enough in your heart that you will “continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel which you heard,…firmly rooted and built up in Him, established in the faith,…” (Colossians 1:23; 2:7).  When the roots of the word grow deep, you won’t fall away.

Have a great day in His word!

May
11

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Today begins a two-week look at Matthew 13, the chapter containing the greatest collection of Jesus’ parables.  Of those parables, the one of the sower is probably the best known.  After presenting it Jesus began to explain it by saying, “When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is the one on whom seed was sown beside the road.” (Matthew 13:19).

Just as it takes work to make hardened ground suitable for growing, it also takes work to make hardened hearts receptive to the word.  Satan knows that the word contains great power (Romans 1:16), so he does whatever he can to remove it from hearts “…so that they will not believe and be saved” (Luke 8:12).

Are there times when your heart is hardened to some truth of God’s word, when you refuse to accept it and let it grow within you and change you into what God wants you to be/do?  Know that Satan is waiting for such opportunities and that he will do his best to accommodate your hardness by removing the truth from you.  Don’t let him.  Submit to God’s word no matter how difficult it may be at the time, “by which also you are saved, if you hold fast the word…” (1 Corinthians 15:2).

Have a great day in His word!

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