THE WORDS OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST 14

KEY SCRIPTURE: Mark 4:24 ” And he said unto them, Take heed what ye hear: with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you: and unto you that hear shall more be given”.

The Lord Jesus warned us to be careful and selective about what we hear.

God works with words. (Isaiah 55:11) Satan also works with words.(John 8:44)The principle of sowing and reaping is what both God and Satan uses. We learnt that words are seeds. (Mark 4:14) God’s words are seeds of life yielding faith (Rom 10:17). The words of Satan are words of death yielding fear. Be careful Satan does not succeed in planting his word in you.

What are the sources of the words of the devil? Satan’s words come through two main ways: They are:

  1. Negative imaginations. 2nd Corinthians 10:4. The bible speaks of thoughts and imagination that exalts itself against the knowledge of God. These are mainly demonic origin.
  2. The next means of satanic words that come to men are Traditions of men. Mark 7:13. Traditions are the practices and experiences of people which have been believed and passed on from one generation to the other. The bible cautions us in Colossians 2:8 ” Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ”.

These traditions may come through the airwaves, advises from friends, personal experiences, and even through the pulpits. There are a number of teachings taught on various pulpits which have no biblical foundation or proper interpretation of the scriptures. These are ideas of men passed on from one generation to the other.

In 1st Samuel 17.It was the tradition of men that kept the armies of Israel paralyzed before Goliath, but David came with the word of God and conquered.

 Every spiritual failure comes from a positive response to some human tradition of some sort. (That is, to disobey the word of God.)

Now take this advice: any thought, imagination, teaching, information, experience or counsel that does not FULLY agree with the word of God is the word of the enemy and you must refuse and reject it.

 Decide to give attention to the word of God.

Faith in God remains the main answer to the impossibilities of life. Faith always comes by hearing the word of God. (Rom 10:17)

 CONFESSION

God’s word is the tonic of life that gives birth to faith. I am not ignorant of the devices of the devil as he deceives men through deception, I would continually attend to God’s word and see my faith   overcome life challenges.

FURTHER STUDIES.

Proverbs 4:23-24 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee.

Mark 7:8, 13 “For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do. Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye”.

THE WORDS OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST 13

KEY SCRIPTURE: Mark 4:24  ” And he said unto them, Take heed what ye hear: with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you: and unto you that hear shall more be given.”

Our Lord Jesus after explaining the parable of the sower, went on to make some very weighty statements about life. “He said unto them, take heed what you hear; with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you, and unto you that hear shall more be given”. These words are very loaded.

The whole verse is divided into three parts.

  1. Take heed what you hear.
  2. With what measure you mete, it shall be measured back to you.
  3. Unto you that hear shall more be given.

He started by saying, take heed what you hear. In simple terms he is saying be   selective about what you hear.

Before I proceed to explain further on what the Lord said, please understand the makeup of every man. Every man is like an empty barrel, or a plain field. Whatever you fill the barrel with that is what will fill it. What you plant into a particular ground that is what it will produce. Why are some people persuaded by a particular line of thinking? Why would some people decide to take up explosives on their bodies and die with others? Those people have been filled with a kind of information that has fully taken over their thinking faculties to act that way.

Words are like seeds. (Mark 4:14). They always bear fruit after their kind. Words of hatred will always breed anger, bitterness, war and death. Words of love will breed concern, forgiveness, support, unity and life. Why are you happy? You are so happy because you have heard words that excite your emotions to have positive expectations, praise, and inner satisfaction. Your world is made up of the words you hear.

In the beginning   God said some words to our first parents, Adam and Eve. The devil came and gave them his words. They listened, believed and acted on those words of Satan, and so humanity began to be dominated by death yet thank God who allowed Jesus to pay for our sins.

Please take heed what you hear. What you don’t want you don’t watch.

  CONFESSION

Every seed will produce its own kind of fruit, such are the kind of words that I receive. I would only listen, read and watch that which would develop that which I want to be and experience.

FURTHER STUDIES.

John 6:63  It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.

John 1:14  ” And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.””

THE WORDS OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST 12.

KEY SCRIPTURE: Mark 12:30, and thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.

Every lover gives to the one he or she loves. Lovers of God give to God their worship. True worship is always an expression of our love for the Father. Lovers of God will always worship in spirit and truth John 4:24. Ministering to the Lord is an outward expression of our love for the father. It is not dry and dull, but rather emotional and passionate.

A good picture of this experience is how dogs behave when they encounter their master. These dogs, dance, fall to the ground, kiss the fingers of their master and truly adore them. You cannot give true worship if you do not sincerely love the father. Remember that the angels perpetually worship the Lord, singing Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord (Isaiah 6:3, Revelation 4:8).

God created us for His pleasure (Revelation 4:11). God delight that we worship Him out of the abundance of our love for Him. Note: God knows the true state of every heart. Some only pay lip service. This does no good to you.

God always responds to every sincere worship. God responded to Paul and Silas when they worshiped from the dungeon of the prison. Acts 16:25–31. King Jehoshaphat and His people were saved from their enemies because they worshiped the Lord in that moment of crises. 2 Chronicles 20:1-22.

Worshiping the Lord should be done at all times. In challenging times we must intensify our worship. The Lord is always excited to see his children worship Him in truth. Don’t turn to the difficult times and allow it to control you. Maintain your composure and keep blessing the Lord with your whole being. David was an outstanding winner in life because he was a true lover who expressed it in worship in his love for the Lord.

Win always by worshiping always.

CONFESSION

How great you are O God, you live by yourself and does not need anyone to counsel you. Be magnified and exulted above the heaven. My soul will forever love you and extol you.

FURTHER STUDIES.

2 Samuel 6:14 “And David danced before the LORD with all his might; and David was girded with a linen ephod”.

Psalms 27:6  ” And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the LORD.”

THE WORDS OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST 11

KEY SCRIPTURE: Mark 12:30 “And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.”

E.W Kenyon once wrote in his book the new kind of love that ‘selfishness is the mother of all sorrows’. To be carnally minded or to be dominated by self is death according to Romans 8:6a. On the vice versa a spiritually minded person is life and peace. Romans 8:6b. The man who is absolutely yielded to loving God wholly is a spiritual man.

Peace of mind has eluded most people because they have fallen in love with other things, other than the heavenly father.  It is amazing to find a lot of Christians who are so passionate about football. These brethren cannot tell you verses of the scripture but they know the names of every star player. They are ready to stay away from fellowship time to watch a football match. Ask such brethren how many minutes do they spend worshipping the Lord in their devotional moments, and it may   be nonexistent, yet they adore all the soccer stars. Their love for God is nonexistent. When crises arise such brethren are found wanting.

Football is just but one of the many things that dominate the hearts and minds of people. Take it or leave it, these things are like chasing the wind. The simple principle is do not keep idols in your heart. An idol is anything that takes the place of God or the love of God from your heart.1 John 5:21 ” Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen”.

 Anything that competes with God for a place in your heart robs you of your peace. Peace of mind is always a function of our good relationship with God. Romans 5:1 “Therefore being justified by faith we have peace with God”. Peace with God is that access we gain into God at salvation and also by believing the word of God. There is also the ‘peace of God’. This is the peace that God has and enjoys and he can share with us.. This peace of God comes as a result of our fellowship, participation and a focus on Him. Philippians 4:6,7 ” Be careful for nothing, but in everything by prayer and  supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God, and the peace of God which passeth all understanding shall keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus “.

This peace of God comes when we are in true love with the Lord. When we are ready to leave problems to Him.

 CONFESSION

True satisfaction in life is a heart that exhorts the Lord. The Lord is all I have, and He is my life and everything.

FURTHER STUDIES.

Psalms 119:165   “Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them”.

Isaiah 26:3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.

THE WORDS OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST 10.

KEY SCRIPTURE: Mark 12:30 “And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment”.

Our love for God is strengthened as we get to know more about God’s love.  The scriptures say in 1st  John 4:19 that “We love Him because He first loved us”: Our love for God is always as a response to an encounter with His love.

Sir Isaac Watts after being gripped by the great love of our Lord Jesus, demonstrated on the cross, wrote in the last stanza of the hymn titled “When I surveyed the wondrous cross”. He wrote:

 Were the whole realm of nature mine,

That’s an offering far too small

 Love so amazing, so demands my soul, my life, my all”.

After coming to terms with such a love, he said, if the whole of creation was his, it would be an offering far too small. This love demands his soul, his life, his all. What are you giving to the Lord?

On the cross God revealed the consummation of His love for mankind. The scripture said He became sin for us, Him who knew no sin, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him (2nd Corinthians 5:21). The righteous one who had no business with sin. He never desired to sin and would never sin. Because of us he became sin. This is not just an act, but the very nature of sin, so that sin would be slain on our behalf. Romans 8:3 added that “what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending His son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh, that the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us who walk not after the flesh but after the spirit”. A knowledge of this must send waves of joy and appreciation, for the power of sin is destroyed even in our flesh.(this can be realised by faith)

On the cross the menacing effect of disease was also dealt with. 1st Peter 2:24 “…. By who stripes ye were healed”. There are so many things that our Lord Jesus death has made available for us. Knowing all these, we say with Sir Isaac Watts. “Were the whole realm of nature mine. That’s an offering far too small, Love so amazing, so demands my soul, my life, my all”.

Take time to consider the depth of God’s love and reciprocate with a corresponding love.

CONFESSION

We love Him because he first loved us. God has shown an amazing love’ where the immortal died’, I offer my whole life in response to such a love for Him.

FURTHER STUDIES.

Philippians 3:8 “Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ”,

Philippians 3:10 “That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death”;

THE WORDS OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST 9.

KEY SCRIPTURE: Mark 12:30 “And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.”

From our key scripture our Lord Jesus says God demands total love. He wants your complete love and not part of it.

In the story of the Exodus of the children of Israel from Egypt, king Pharaoh requested in Exodus 10:24 that “… go ye serve the Lord, only let your flocks and your herds be stayed. Let your little ones also go with you”. Dear brother or sister, Satan who is a symbol of Pharaoh does the same. He tells you serve the Lord, go to church but don’t commit your whole being unto Him`. Give your time but don’t give your money. The devil is always requesting that something be left for him. Please listen well, give no place to the devil. A little leaven, leavens the whole lump. (1st Corinthians 5:6, Galatians 5:9). Many Christians do not pay their whole tithe. (Malachi 3:10)God our father, always asks for the whole of everything. If you give a only a part, in God’s sight, you have given nothing.

When Pharaoh made that request for them to leave their flocks behind, the following was what Moses said to Him ” Our cattle shall go with us, there shall not an hoof be left behind……” Moses was not going to enter into any bargaining pact with the devil. The Lord said, you shall love the Lord thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul and with all thy mind and with thy strength .He always wants everything.

God is perfect good. He can be trusted with your everything. His word has sustained the universe and has kept it intact in all these years. The scripture says that, He spared not His own son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall he not with Him also freely give us all things.(Romans 8:32)

It is not save to leave any portion of your love for other things. God sanctifies and multiplies whatever he receives, let Him have your everything. (Matthew 14:19).This is the only way to true liberty.

 CONFESSION

I love the Lord with my whole being. Every aspect of my life is to please Him. My way is made perfect as I live to honour Him with my whole being.

FURTHER STUDIES.

Ephesians 4:26-27. Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Neither give place to the devil.

Deuteronomy 28:47-48 “Because thou servedst not the LORD thy God with joyfulness, and with gladness of heart, for the abundance of all things; Therefore shalt thou serve thine enemies which the LORD shall send against thee, in hunger, and in thirst, and in nakedness, and in want of all things: and he shall put a yoke of iron upon thy neck, until he have destroyed thee.”

THE WORDS OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST 8

KEY SCRIPTURE: Mark 12:30” And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.”

Lovers of God are high flyers in this life. King David was one man who excelled so much in his life.He was the only king who handed over to his successor in his lifetime. The Lord described him as a man after His own heart. In Acts 13:22, the Lord added that, David would fulfill all his will. Love for God is doing the will of God in earnest. It places the Lord above self, family and ambitions.

 Lovers of God are men and women of great faith. Love is a commitment. It is a commitment of your life to the one you love. The scripture said greater love has no man than this that a man should lay his life down for his friends. (John 15:13). Great faith is expressed by one’s readiness to count on God and trust in God even if it would mean losing his life. It was David’s love for God which had developed into absolute trust that made him to engage Goliath in that open battle. He knew his lover will not let him down. 1st John 4:18 reads “There is no fear in love, perfect love casteth out fear because fear has torment. He that fears is not made perfect in love”. Indeed there is no fear in love. True love would always trust.

The foundation of love is not to please oneself but to please the object of love. Love always goes out of its way to bring satisfaction to the one he loves. The Lord remarked about this in John 14:20. The one who loves Him would keep His commandments, and He and the Father will manifest themselves to him. When the Lord talks about manifesting Himself to us, He is talking about showing His power in our life engagements. His manifested presence would always be seen. Miracles become the order of the day for the man who loves the Lord.

It is a great life to lead by loving the Lord in sincerity.

CONFESSION

I have set the Lord before me always. I live only to please Him. I honour Him in all I do, my greatest desire is to please Him. O what a life of encountering God daily in my affairs.

FURTHER STUDIES.

John 14:21” He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.”

John 14:23 “Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.”

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