Thursday, September 7, 2017

Something More

For many of us, life is very busy. It can be difficult to maintain everyday affairs, much less our spiritual relationship with Jesus. Having said that, it is imperative we take time to listen for God's voice inside our heart each day. 

I'd like to share these bible passages:

"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. Then he told them many things in parables, saying: 'A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. Whoever has ears, let them hear.'” (Matthew 13:1-9) NIV


Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in their heart. This is the seed sown along the path. The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful. But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.” (Matthew 13:18-23) NIV

Please notice the words that I have highlighted. I believe all of us fall into this category of people that Jesus described. In this deceitful world we live in, it is nearly impossible not to be negatively impacted by the "worries of this life." As a result, many Christians have had the power and love of God living inside them muffled or hidden entirely. This has lead to an unfruitful life, in regards to the fruits of the Spirit of God.

I believe with 100% conviction that God wants to be closer to each and everyone of us. The benefits of this are twofold:

1) The closer we get to God, the further we get away from sin and the negative impact it has in our lives. We will start to exhibit the fruits of the Spirit and less of the selfish characteristics of the flesh. The peace and love of God, which passes all understanding, will begin to spring up and come alive inside our hearts.

2) The closer we get to God, the more His light will shine inside of us. We will begin to see life and this world in a whole new way. Many of the hidden deceptions all around us will begin to be exposed; those who pretend to be good will be exposed as liars. The devil and his accomplices are extremely clever and deceptive. However, there is no deception that can fool God. As we get closer to God, the Holy Spirit can begin to open our eyes to many things we were once deceived by.

This is extremely important because of the days in which we live. As our country and world descends deeper into darkness, those who seek to deceive others for selfish gains are on the rise. There are some who are so good at their deception that it cannot be seen as a lie. Indeed, the very things they say seem to be good and wholesome; their character appears impeccable. But if we watch them long enough, they will eventually give themselves away and bear fruit that is evil. However, unless we have the Holy Spirit to open our spiritual eyes, we will never see this evil fruit and will remain deceived.

Wherever we are in our spiritual relationship with God, He wants something more. He wants us to give our whole heart to Him and turn away from worldly pleasures that are harmful. In doing so, not only will our hearts become filled with His peace and love, we also become more aware to those things around us which seem to be good, but in reality are very dangerous. The latter is extremely important as we live through these troublesome times. The closer we get to God, the more our doubt of His existence disappears. When this doubt has been completely erased, even the most clever of deceptions cannot pull us away from the truth found in Jesus Christ.

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