Fight The Good Fight Of Faith
Greetings and a pleasant morning to all of you here in the J and L Ministries Paltalk room. Before we get started with this brand new sermon series, I just want each of you to know how much we love and appreciate those who have been continually coming back week after week. In the past couple months, we’ve been recording the messages that are delivered here in this room and also messages that I share in the Zero Hour Ministry room on Wednesday nights at 8:30 PM EST. Glory to God. You can find these messages on u-tube by searching for J and L Ministries. They are also shared on many, many Christian websites and there have been brothers and sisters sharing them on Facebook and Twitter.
Today, we’re going to start a brand new series called “Faith.” We’re going to look at all types of areas we need to have faith in and how to get that faith. Faith is something that I hear many say they have, but I often wonder if we all truly grasp the faith we need. So in this series, and it may be many weeks long, I hope when we are finished, our faith will be so strong that each of us will never want to look back to where each of us is right here in the present. Glory to God.
Please turn to 1 Timothy 6:12 and we’ll get started with what I believe will be a life changing message. As we go through this series, I think many will be freed from wrong ideas and confusion that’s been in many people's minds. There have been so many wrong ideas that have been preached and believed on the message of faith. I’m in hopes that any misconceptions of faith will be far from your minds.
1 Timothy 6:12 KJV Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.
Church, there are so many ignorant theories on the subject of faith, and because of this there are many who are left confused. There are those who are disappointed and discouraged because of some teachings on living by faith. I know, Leanna and I have witnessed it. And then you have those who are mad at God and even turn away from Him. Brethren, listen very carefully. For those hwo proclaim that God let them down, or that He just doesn't care, God has never let you down. He’s never failed to keep His Word. Church, get this. If you think these things have happened, there’s something wrong with your thinking. I know that someone may not like this and it may sound like I’m being harsh, but scripture needs to be rightly divided and that’s what we’re going to do, starting today. Amen? Are we ready to dive right in?
Church, for those who have been in the word, they’ve studied the word and even tried to live the word as best they could, I think once we get to heaven we’ll be in for a big surprise. I think for the first few years many of us are going to shake our heads and say to each other, “That's what that scripture meant. Oh wow, I finally get that.”
Brethren, we live in such a dark world. The enemy has twisted things being taught in many places of worship. And what really bugs me is that so many of the ones attending these churches don't take the time to follow up on scriptures for themselves. Brothers and sisters in Christ, this is why I urge you week after week to read at least a chapter a day and then double up on your spiritual food intake. Amen?
God is faithful. His Word is trustworthy. It’s food to the soul and medicine to the flesh.
1 Peter 2:1-3 KJV Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings, 2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: 3 If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.
Hebrews 5:12-14 KJV For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. 13 For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. 14 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.
I pray that each of us when we are through with this series and the series in the Zero Hour Ministry room, we’ll have our faith so strong. Can I hear a Hallelujah ? Church, it takes a listening ear. It will take a repented heart. It will take each of us putting away all distractions. With God all things are possible. Glory to God.
Friends, like last Wednesday night, I’m excited. Glory to God! And I may get a bit loud this morning. Is that okay? For those wearing headphones, this is a warning, because I am getting excited and I don't want to hold back.
Glory to God!
Church, I want to ask you this. When you go through a storm (and right now I’m thinking about all that Job went through and the arguing between him and his 3 closest friends). In fact, I would love to one day do a sermon on Job. I think it’s such a fascinating book. When you go through a storm and you don't have the answers, what do you do? You’re going through the toughest season of your life and you start questioning God and you start asking Him "Why?" Anyone been there? My hand’s raised. I've been there. And do you know what my friend? I learned from that mistake and it made me stronger. My dear friends, if you need to know the reason why that mountain is in front of you before you put your trust in God and before you believe in His promises, you never trusted Him to begin with. Ouch, that hurt.
Brothers and sisters in Christ, we’re going to learn how to get through the toughest thing that you may go through. It's a faith fight. We just read it.
1 Timothy 6:12 KJV Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.
A faith fight is when you’re going through those dark times and you look up into heaven. When all the confusion is all around you and you don't have the answers. You look up with tears in your eyes through all the unanswered questions and you say, “God, I don't know why these things, but I trust You Lord. You’re a good God! You’re Real! I trust You Lord! And I will trust in Your promises. Hallelujah! Church, are you getting this?
“Lord God, I will trust You till my dying day, because I know You’ll never leave me nor forsake me.” And then church, you carry out that promise.
Friends, get this in your minds and in your hearts. When you do this God will see you through anything. Praise the Lord. He’ll uphold you with the righteousness of His right hand. Isaiah 41:10, in case that sounded familiar to someone. Praise the Mighty God!
Church, He’ll set your feet on the solid rock and bring you through. Psalm 40:2 Glory to God! Are we getting this, friends?
My dear friends, so many times being a Christian isn’t being a religion, but having a relationship with Jesus. It is, but more than that, it’s having a personal relationship with Christ. It’s about having unshakable trust in Him. Praise Jesus! Brethren, we don't need to know all the answers. Get this! There are going to be many things we won't know. There will be many questions that we’ll have until the day we take our last breath. But the important thing is that we have faith in God. Church, everyone with a loud voice say “Lord, I trust You! No matter what, I trust You!”
Friends, now you said it. That was easy, wasn't it? Church, I tell you what, saying it is easy, carrying through with it is a fight. The enemy will come to try to shake your faith. Sow doubt in your life. As Leanna and I were discussing the other night about the things she feels and the things that she doesn't feel, she and I need to fight to hold on. God has promises that He’s made to each of us. I trust Him. I trust and have faith in those promises.
Church, we’re not to fight against flesh and blood.
In fact, let's go there. Please turn to Ephesians 6:12.
Ephesians 6:12 KJV For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Church, so many believers would rather argue scriptures and meaning of scriptures and who can quote the most scriptures. Get over yourselves. Church, we’re not fighting against human beings but against the wicked spiritual forces in the heavenly world. We fight against the rulers, authorities, and cosmic powers of this dark age. Stop fighting with other brothers and sisters. The world does a great job at that. Do we get this?
I shared this passage Wednesday night and church, every one of us needs to get this. Please turn to 2 Timothy chapter 4.
Here we’ll see where Apostle Paul shares his concern to Timothy in his last days and wasn't' sure he would ever see him again. Listen to what his concerns were.
2 Timothy 4:1-5 KJV I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; 2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.
Pastors listening to this, listen up. Why did Paul, being led by the Holy Spirit, say this? I think it’s because we can preach everything under the sun other than the truth and this is what’s happening today. Preaching on experience. Preaching on feelings. What needs to be preached? The Word.
3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
Not everyone wants to hear the truth. I've seen it. I’ve been there in my early walk with God. Are you hearing me church? I have a comic picture that I sometimes use in the prayers that I post on various websites. Some of you may have seen it. I’ll somehow include it in the video if you want to see it. Someone might look at that cartoon and say, “Well that isn't really what people mean.” Well I beg to differ. You forget I have conversations often with pastors from all over the world. It is happening and what’s worse than that is some pastors are told what they can preach on and some of this nonsense is part of the outline.
There are some who want to hear fables rather than the truth. We just read it church, but not us, right brethren?
Friends, something that I hope each of you will start to do from today forward is when someone starts saying something about how they believe, about God, the Word, ask them what verse. Where does scripture say that?
I had someone mention a few weeks ago that Jesus only preached love and acceptance. Think about that. Many people would believe that. Sounds about right. What about you brethren? That phrase just didn't line up with my spirit. What did Jesus preach? Ready for this? Jesus preached the Kingdom and repentance. There’s a huge difference between the two and is the perfect reason why when you're in the Word of God, building up your faith and getting that discernment. Let me put the two phrases together so you can hear it again. Love and acceptance or Kingdom and Repentance. Do you see a big difference?
Here’s something that’s really frustrated me for the past few years. Here we have the Bible (Jesus), and yet there are so many who have made life changing commitments over man’s books. The Shack being one of those books and I'm not even going to get myself all fired up over that evil trash. If we want to live our lives in a way that pleases God, read and study the Word of God. Meditate on the good Book. There are so many who are making these fictional books that could, or might sound like it might line up with the Bible. Friends, what did we read to do? Preach the word!
5 But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry. 6 For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand.
Church, we’re all going to die at some point, and here we see Paul knowing he was nearing that point. Death for the believer isn't termination, but a transition. Glory to God. It means to be with Christ. To be absent from the body and be present with the Lord. What was Paul saying to Timothy and us? It is far better. Amen someone?
Please turn to 2 Corinthians 11:24. Church, here’s what we need to understand. We know from reading the Bible that Paul went thru some awful times. We know that Paul traveled to many places planting churches, training up pastors. Revivals and riots and sometimes the very same day.
2 Corinthians 11:24-31 KJV 24 Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one. 25 Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep; 26 In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren; 27 In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness. 28 Beside those things that are without, that which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the churches. 29 Who is weak, and I am not weak? who is offended, and I burn not? 30 If I must needs glory, I will glory of the things which concern mine infirmities. 31 The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which is blessed for evermore, knoweth that I lie not.
Paul knew Christ. He lived his life for Christ. He knew all the false things that were entering into the churches that went against the teachings of Jesus and he warned them. Is this a warning to you my friend? Are you going to believe the Bible, or mans teachings and ideas? I tell you the enemy will bring to you some twisted beliefs. He’ll do it even through well known pastors. Where will your faith lie?
Church, we all have a mission. We’re to fight the good fight.
2 Timothy 4:7 KJV I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:
Church, we need to fight the good fight of faith. We need to finish the course that God leads us to do. Keeping our faith and not wavering in Jesus.
How do we fight the good fight of faith? For those who have followed this ministry for some time will remember me saying often, that when a preacher or teacher asks the congregation to turn to a particular verse, most of the time, I’ll read 2 verses before the referenced verse and also a couple verses after. Ask Leanna. I’ve trained myself to do that. It’s almost, in my mind, a necessity. “Why would you do that brother Jim?” I want to be sure that what’s being taught isn’t being taken out of context. Many times I’ve heard the first part of a verse used and without the second part, it has a whole different meaning.
Church, here are some examples. You have not because you ask not. I’ve heard this in sermons so many times. Ye ask, and receive not. Here’s what the verse really says, and catch the difference in its meaning.
James 4:3 KJV Ye ask, and receive not, (Why) because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.
Here’s one that I’ve heard for many years. Even before I was born again and thought it was biblical. Judge not. The Bible says don't judge. It does say that, but that's not the end of the sentence. Jesus was saying:
Matthew 7:1-2 KJV Judge not, that ye be not judged. 2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.
Totally different meaning when you read all the way through. We need to be careful my friends. As we’ve just seen with these two verses, things can change.
Church, say this with me. Fight the good fight of faith. Now live it friends.
1 Timothy 6:12 KJV Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses. 13 I give thee charge in the sight of God, who quickeneth all things, and before Christ Jesus, who before Pontius Pilate witnessed a good confession;
Did you notice these two words here saints, profession and confession? Should we do likewise? I think so. Are you ashamed of Jesus? I hope not. So should we be speaking the truth of the Gospel message to all people? Again, I think so. Will you?
Ok, this is something that I pick up from people all the time. We can say a word and paint a picture if you will, to make it sound completely different. Let's use the word hello. The definition is a common greeting . (Pick up the phone) “Hello.” (Surprised to see someone) “Helllllooooo,” (could care less) “Hello.”
Friends, notice the way I said that little word changed the whole meaning. You can do the same thing in your speech. People are so caught up on yakking, motor mouthing and they’re meaningless. Lifeless. Are you getting this friends? The Bible calls them idle words.
What about you, friends? You can say something and put fear in it. You can put doubt in it. Unbelief. Confusion. Depression. Is that how we should be speaking? No. We can and should be speaking life-filled words. Glory to God. Power filled words. Healing filled words. Are you getting this, saints? We need to speak victory and faith filled words. Halleluiah!
How did Jesus deal with Satan? How did He fight the good faith? With His Word. Amen, Church?
1 John 5:4-5 KJV For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. 5 Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?
Are we over comers of the world? Friends, there is some overcoming to be done. We can do this. How do we do it? Faith!
1 Timothy 6:12 KJV Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.
Notice where it says lay hold. What does it mean? Some of the translations use take hold, catch, and claim, win and take for yourself. What’s the fight that we’re fighting? That Jesus already won. Satan is going to try his hardest to twist the word, to sow doubt into what the word says. My Bible says resist the devil and he will flee. Praise Jesus.
1 Timothy 6:13 KJV I give thee charge in the sight of God, who quickeneth all things, and before Christ Jesus, who before Pontius Pilate witnessed a good confession;
Church, do you suppose God’s watching as we fight the good fight? Of course He is. Do you suppose that Jesus already and continues to show us how to fight the good fight? We’ve been seeing His ways since we started this message. Glory to God. And now He’s watching and hearing us. Do you suppose He guides us also? Glory!!
Revelation 1:16 KJV And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength.
And what came out of His mouth? A sharp two-edged sword.
Revelation 2:16 KJV Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.
So does that mean we should be ready to get into the boxing ring with the next guy who insults us? No. Turn the other cheek. Forgive 70 times 7. Church, flesh and blood are not our problem.
2 Corinthians 10:3-7 KJV 3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: 4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) 5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; 6 And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled. 7 Do ye look on things after the outward appearance? If any man trust to himself that he is Christ's, let him of himself think this again, that, as he is Christ's, even so are we Christ's.
Church, because I see so many carnal ways and beliefs, I want to share with you the God's Word Translation.
2 Corinthians 10:3-7 GW 3 Of course we are human, but we don't fight like humans. 4 The weapons we use in our fight are not made by humans. Rather, they are powerful weapons from God. With them we destroy people's defenses, that is, their arguments 5 and all their intellectual arrogance that oppose the knowledge of God. We take every thought captive so that it is obedient to Christ. 6 We are ready to punish every act of disobedience when you have become completely obedient. 7 Look at the plain facts! If anyone is confident he belongs to Christ, he should take note that we also belong to Christ.
How do we fight the good fight of faith? It takes mind renewal, saints. It takes believing in the Word. Reading it. Studying it. Meditating on it. Then acting upon it. I love the Word of God. Do you? Speaking against the powers of darkness. How do most people deal with problems? Listen to me friends. They don't speak with things of the Bible. They don't act the way the Bible says. No, they would rather spew words of hate. Act in a way of retaliation. I'm talking about some Christian friends that you........... may know. They would rather gossip. Come on someone. They would rather slander others’ names. Why? Because of what we looked at in the beginning of this message. They’ve gotten away from the truth of the Bible. They’re content with ear tickling messages.
I'll tell you what church, I won’t belong to any 501c3 church. I won’t belong to any church where I was told I wasn’t able to teach on the blood of Jesus. No way will I belong to a church that I can’t mention and preach on the tree that Jesus hung on and died to free me from my sins. I won't belong to a church where someone who might have sown in to this ministry reminded me and bribed me with what to teach. No, my friends. No one is going to tell me that I can't mention sin because it makes them feel uncomfortable. If you want that kind church, look elsewhere.
My dear friends, Leanna and I love you and we care about your souls. We care about your well-being. I’ll share the gospel wherever the Lord leads me, but I won't water His Word down for anyone. Preach in love? Yes. Teach about sin issues that some deal with? I have to.
Friends, when those issues come up, how are you going to fight? Are you going to load your mouth with faith-filled words? I hope so.
The good faith fight is not with fists, or guns, or knifes. What is it friends? It’s a word fight. It's not throwing four-letter words of hate fight, but faith-filled word fight. Glory to God.
Rom 10:8 But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;
Does everyone believe it’s important to have faith and to strengthen our faith? How many believe that Paul was a faith teacher?
Romans 10:9 KJV That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
Have we noticed in this teaching this morning that several times the scriptures mentioned profess, confess and with your mouth speak? Can you now understand why I often times ask you to say out loud certain things? Is it all coming together now, saints? I know of many churches that I’ve attended, if I was to share a message like this and ask the congregation to say with me, I would never be asked to speak again. Why’s that? Why are some denominations so against the congregation speaking? Church, we just read that we are to speak. Now, does that mean being disruptive? No. Does it mean just talking to be heard? No. Seriously church, why don't you hear faith-based words being spoken in many churches, or like I do, have you repeat scriptures after me? Because the enemy has crept in. We have so many silent believers. There may be some here who feel a bit shy and unsure of speaking and professing God's Word out loud. That's what the enemy wants.
So now I hope those who’ve been sitting behind your computers wanting to shout powerful words that I’ve asked you to say, know now that God's Word says to do so. Go up on your roof tops and proclaim just how good God is. Dance in the street singing praises to God like King David, but make sure you’re fully dressed.
I'm about to close, friends. I want to see each of your lives lived to the fullest according to God's will. When we were born again, we believed in our hearts and we opened our mouths and spoke with our mouths.
Romans 10:10 KJV For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
1 Timothy 6:13 KJV I give thee charge in the sight of God, who quickeneth all things, and before Christ Jesus, who before Pontius Pilate witnessed a good confession;
Jesus is our example and we see here, He gives us a good example of speaking a good confession.
Leanna if you could post John 18: 33. Here’s Jesus. I want you all to see what kind of faith Jesus had. He’s been arrested. He already knows what’s going to happen and here He stands before Pilate. Not a nice man. He had the power to have almost anyone who wasn’t a Roman to be put to death.
John 18:33-34 KJV Then Pilate entered into the judgment hall again, and called Jesus, and said unto him, Art thou the King of the Jews? 34 Jesus answered him, Sayest thou this thing of thyself, or did others tell it thee of me?
John 18:35-36 KJV Pilate answered, Am I a Jew? Thine own nation and the chief priests have delivered thee unto me: what hast thou done? 36 Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence. 37 KJV Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered,
Right here friends is where most people would choke. This is where most would give in. Listen to what the King of kings, Lord of lords, the Beginning and the End said.
Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.
Are you hearing the confidence and the strength of Jesus?
Let’s skip to 19. This is after Jesus was beaten. This is after Pilate’s wife had the dream and tried to get her husband to go easy on Him. And we see Jesus wouldn't talk to Him and now Pilate is scared.
John 19:10-11 KJV Then saith Pilate unto him, Speakest thou not unto me? knowest thou not that I have power to crucify thee, and have power to release thee? 11 Jesus answered, Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above: therefore he that delivered me unto thee hath the greater sin.
Do we hear the faith Jesus has? What about most Christians today? Could you say that to a man like Pilate who’s so powerful and had many people put to death?
Jesus was looking Pilate in the face. He was looking at death in the face and He was looking sin and hell in the face and what did He say? “You have authority over me only because it was given to you by God.” Here’s our example. Fight the good fight of faith.
Church, the message in all of this to you and me is the next time the enemy comes to tell you and sows doubt and tells you, “Yea, I know what you did.” You come at Him with the Word. “Satan, you have no power over me. My sins have been washed by the blood of the Lamb of God.” How do you fight depression and cancer, or any other mountain that comes against you? Are you going to lay down and sob? Are you going to be like a sheep when it’s scared? It either runs itself to death, or it drops to the ground and gives up.
Church, we have so much power in the name of Jesus. There’s power in His Word, but we need to know how to use it. We have to have unwavering faith. Get this, church. Are you going to start speaking to those issues? Are you going to tell those problems just how big your God is? My Bible tells me that “Greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world. You, Satan have no power over me at all.” Tell him who lives in you. Tell that problem who you belong to. “Addiction, you have no power over me. Depression, you have no power over me.” You can speak to that medical issue and say, “You have no power over me. MS, leave my body, you have no power over me. I belong to the King of kings.”
Friends, if you do that in faith, power will come unto you. Glory to God. Church, understand the principles and you’ll see your life change. For a long time, I’ve been suggesting to write out, or type out scriptures and pin them in places where you’ll see them throughout the day. Every time you go by them, read them. Speak them out loud and clear. Proclaim scriptures in faith with boldness. Glory to God.
Church, we serve an awesome, loving God worthy to be praised. We have an awesome Savior in Jesus who is the only way to God the Father, regardless of what any religion may say. He is the life and He is the truth. How many of you trust in Jesus? Glory to God.
Brothers and sisters in Christ, we thank you again this week for allowing us into your homes. We want to thank all of you who are new here and hope that you do add this room to your list and also I want to thank my wife Leanna for doing such a great job posting scriptures each week, and also to all the admins who look after the room, keeping it safe. But most of all, I thank My God for bringing all of you into my circle of friends and the work He’s done in my life and yours.
We love you and may the Lord bless you throughout the week.
Good evening, friends. What an awesome day to be alive. Amen, saints? To see God's perfect plan come to pass. Halleluiah! To see lives changed. How great is the Lord God and how worthy to be praised. I just feel like praising Him tonight. How about you, our dear friends?
So much is happening here at J and L Ministries. For those who have been following this ministry, we’ve seen people's lives changed. I’ve been in touch with those who’ve been following Leanna and me, and some of the notes that have come in about how God is blessing them in their time of need blesses my socks off. To see the love from brothers and sister towards others often brings tears to my eyes. Yes, a 6 foot 1, 220 pound man can have tears and admit it and not be ashamed. Glory to God.
I just feel like praising God tonight. I’m so thankful for all you who have come to be part of the Zero Hour Ministry room tonight. I used to say brother Rich's room, as he was the one who started this room, but as we all concurred last week, this is all our room. Actually, when God gets the glory, isn't it His room? Praise be to God.
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There are those who can't go to church, and this is a source for them to learn what God has planned for their lives and for them to get an understanding of God's ways. I praise God for the internet tool to reach out to the shut-ins. I thank Him that we can reach people even in other countries who are hungry for more of Him and have a hard time finding the truth.
Holy, holy, holy we want to see You Lord and we welcome You into this room tonight. We welcome Your presence in each person's dwelling place who’s in this room and for those watching this video. Great are You, Lord and greatly to be praised. Father God, you’re bigger than any problem that anyone of us can ever go through. Lord, we say You’re greater than any problem we can ever go through. Greater than any sickness or disease. Lord, we don't glorify sin or our mistakes or any of our problems.
Church, raise Your hands and give thanks to the Lord and lay all the junk in your life at the cross of Jesus right now before we get into this message. Prepare your hearts before Him. Give Him your doubts right now. God is great and worthy to be praised. Glory to God!
Church, open your mouths and read with me one of my favorite chapters in the Bible. A couple of the scriptures within this were the first scriptures that I memorized and hold dear to my heart. Read with me saints.
Psalms 34:1-22 I will always thank the LORD; I will never stop praising him. 2 I will praise him for what he has done; may all who are oppressed listen and be glad! 3 Proclaim with me the LORD's greatness; let us praise his name together! 4 I prayed to the LORD, and he answered me; he freed me from all my fears. 5 The oppressed look to him and are glad; they will never be disappointed. 6 The helpless call to him, and he answers; he saves them from all their troubles. 7 His angel guards those who honor the LORD and rescues them from danger. 8 Find out for yourself how good the LORD is. Happy are those who find safety with him. 9 Honor the LORD, all his people; those who obey him have all they need. 10 Even lions go hungry for lack of food, but those who obey the LORD lack nothing good. 11 Come, my young friends, and listen to me, and I will teach you to honor the LORD. 12 Would you like to enjoy life? Do you want long life and happiness? 13 Then keep from speaking evil and from telling lies. 14 Turn away from evil and do good; strive for peace with all your heart. 15 The LORD watches over the righteous and listens to their cries; 16 but he opposes those who do evil, so that when they die, they are soon forgotten. 17 The righteous call to the LORD, and he listens; he rescues them from all their troubles. 18 The LORD is near to those who are discouraged; he saves those who have lost all hope. 19 Good people suffer many troubles, but the LORD saves them from them all; 20 the LORD preserves them completely; not one of their bones is broken. 21 Evil will kill the wicked; those who hate the righteous will be punished. 22 The LORD will save his people; those who go to him for protection will be spared.
Brothers and sister in Christ, I do hope you have the joy of the Lord in your hearts. I do hope each of you realizes just how much God loves you and really does care for your lives and has a plan that far outweighs any plans you could ever imagine. It took me so long to get a revelation of this. Lord, we give You glory. Lord, You’re greater than any trial or test we’ll ever go through, in Jesus’ name.
Church, the more we give God glory, the more He works in our lives. The more we trust Him, the more we see Him move in situations we go through. Will you trust Him today with every situation that comes up? When those who might come into this room to bring strife, to stir up distractions and hate, will we get our dander up, or will we praise God and leave the situation in His hands? Glory to God.
When God comes in the front door, the enemy goes out the back door. When God comes into your hearts, the problems leave. Do you believe that, church?
This is going to be a good evening. Praise Yeshua. If God be for us, who can be against us. Proclaim that, friends. There is none that comes before You, Lord. Lord, we’re Your people and this is Your room here tonight. We love Your presence and we invite You here tonight. What God has done for others, He’ll do for me and He’ll do for you and greater things He’ll do for me and you. His Word says it, and I proclaim it. Teach us Lord, from Your scriptures tonight and let them be written on our hearts. We give You all the glory. In Jesus’ name we pray, and all the saints said, “Amen.”
I’m excited tonight, are you, friends? We’re going to start a new series. I'm not sure how long it’ll be, but God has a word for us and I pray that each of us will be blessed as we go through it. The title of tonight's message is: Love. I know, the girls here are getting all tingly inside. The men are thinking, “Oh brother Jim, don't do this to me. Not the love thing.”
We’re going to look at many things that love is and how we find it. We’re going to look at how we express it, and the list goes on.
Please turn, if you will, to the book of Acts chapter 20 and we’ll start with verse 32. I highly encourage each of you to look at these scriptures for yourselves. Mark them down as we go and study them as you have time. Leanna will be posting them as we go for those who don't have a Bible near them and for those who may not be quick at finding scriptures, but again, please write down the verses and don't just trust what I say.
Acts 20:32-33 KJV And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified. 33 I have coveted no man's silver, or gold, or apparel. 34 Yea, ye yourselves know, that these hands have ministered unto my necessities, and to them that were with me. 35 I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.
Notice what Apostle Paul, being led by the Holy Spirit, is saying here. Paul’s saying, “All the time I was with you, I wasn't money hungry. In fact, I provided my own means and for those who were with me. They covered all their own expenses.” Hmm... I don't need to say anything here.
Church, notice what he says in verse 35. Quoting Jesus’ words. "It is more blessed to give than to receive." There are two types of people. Givers and takers. There are so many who’ll try to buddy up to you if you receive a lump sum of money and see what they can get from you. You know the type, they try to tug on your heart strings. That’s an ungodly selfish person, but what about the giver? And that kind of person can be wrong too, depending on if there’s an agenda behind the giving.
Church, what about you? Are you happier to receive, or to give? Leanna and I love to give. but the people who are unchurched, the ones who haven’t had a renewing of the minds, think they’re happier to receive. They don't believe what we just read from Jesus. What about you, brethren? Would you be happier to receive, or to give?
In fact, let's all say this. “It is more blessed to give than to receive. I am happier to give than to receive.” Is this true, friends? When you give with the right heart, it brings joy to your heart. I know when Leanna and I give, we have so much joy. It's exciting. It brings joy. I know a few in here who’ve given. I know some who’ve given and it was a sacrifice. But those who get what I’m saying, it brought joy to your heart, didn't it? Now don't get me wrong and think that we’re not supposed to receive. No friends, that’s not what I’m saying.
Turn please to Ephesians 4: 28.
Ephesians 4:28 KJV Let him that stole steal no more.
Let me stop there. Many people would look at this verse and think it’s speaking to those who rob banks or hold up a convenience store. I don't think so. I think this includes sneaking things out of places at work that don't belong to them. Many think that oh, it really isn't much, but what did we just read? If you've been stealing, steal no more. Quit it. Don't just cut back on what you take. No more stealing. None! Amen, someone? So many think a few office supplies from the company they work for doesn't matter. Or, like when Leanna and I helped out at a food cupboard, there were volunteers who would sneak food into their cars while we were setting up. This is stealing. If your heart knows it isn't right, then you know it isn't right, whether you admit it or not. No matter whether you admit it, your heart is going to condemn it.
1 John 3:20-22 For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things. 21 Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God. 22 And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.
I'm not sure about you, but in a time of need, I want God on my side, how about you? So if you’re stealing, what do you do? Steal no more.
Church, do Christians steal? Come on, someone. Man, it got quiet in here. Friends, I think they do, because we see Paul’s writing to the church in Ephesus.
Ephesians 4:28 KJV Let him that stole steal no more:
but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.
Now there are going to be ones who won't like the tail end of this verse. What did it say? Let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good. That means we work. Working is good, but so you can what? (that he may have to give to him that needeth.) “But brother Jim, if I work and then I give it away, I’ll have nothing.” Ye of little faith. Friends, these aren't my words. In fact, I struggled big time on giving. That was my mentality for many years. I worked hard for my money and I am supposed to give it to someone else? No way.
Church, what did we read? What did Jesus say? It is more blessed to give than to receive. Friends, when you give, you’re overriding the selfishness of your flesh. You’re going against the natural mans way and abiding in the ways of God. When you give, you’re sharing the love of God because you’re giving from your heart. Glory to God. And friends, many times it won't be a huge gift the Lord asks you to give. Especially when you first yield to Him. I say that and yet, oh wow. The first time we knew that the Lord wanted us to give, other than tithes, or small giving that we did in a church that we attended, was a $1500 dollar gift. Remember that, Leanna? We bought a church a new soundboard and a drum shield.
Church, what I’m trying to say here is this. Handing someone a $5.00 bill could really help someone for the day. A $20.00 bill might really help someone get by for the week. And church, please get this. If God can trust you with a five dollar bill or a twenty dollar bill, it won't be long that He can trust you with hundreds. It's not yours to begin with. It is all God's.
“Brother Jim, I just can't understand what you’ve said has anything to do with love.” Keep listening and I think everything will fall into place for you. Glory to God.
Let's turn to
1John 4:7 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.
How do we know if someone’s born again? The love of God.
1 John 4:8 KJV He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
Church, hear me out on this. I don't care who you are, if you don't love, you don't know God. I don't care what ministry you have, or if you’re a pastor, if you don't have love, you don't know God. You can't know God if you don't know love.
1 John 4:9 KJV In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.
God has proved His love in so many ways, yet we hear those who question God's love. To me it’s very disrespectful toward God. God loved you and me before any of us were born. Even though we did things totally against His will.
1 John 4:10-11 KJV Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.
Do we owe it to other people to love them? Most don't think so. I think some of you may be surprised to read this. I know when I first saw it, I was.
Romans 13:8 Owe no man anything, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.
Now this is referring to other believers.
John 13: 34-35 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.
35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.
1 John 4:12 KJV No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.
Friends, this is very exciting to me and I hope to you also. Though we haven’t seen God face to face, we can experience God's love through the love of others. Do we see that? Praise God.
1 John 4:13 KJV Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit.
Romans 5:5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
1 John 4:14-16 KJV And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world. 15 Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God. 16 And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.
Church, everyone say this after me. “We've known and believe.” These are two different things, get this. You can know about the love of God without believing. You can hear that God loves you, but not believe. I know many people like this and as I’ve grown in my faith walk, I witness it more and more.
Friends, I’m sure each of you have heard this statement from even those professing to be Christians. “With the things I’ve done, how can God love me?” Then you have those who say, “I wish I could believe He loves me.” Church, that’s the wrong statement. You can believe it if you want to. Faith is a choice. These statements tell me you haven't decided to believe it. God loves you. Have you all heard that and read that from your Bible?
I want each of you to think about what I’m about to say. God is love. Because God is love and is the biggest part of what He’s all about, the devil has worked long and hard to confuse people as to what God is and what he is. The enemy twists the whole meaning of love. Think about it. You hear, “I love football and I love shopping. I love, love, love.” Are all those feelings really about love?
What is love? God is love. Most think love is all about feelings. Mushy, mushy.
Friends, I hope throughout what’s going to have to be a series, that we have a renewing of our minds. Glory to God!
1 John 4:16 KJV And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.
I have known and believed. Say this, church. “I have known and believed. The Creator of the universe, loves me.” Glory to God. Friends, not only have we heard about God's love, but we believe it.
Friends I’m about to close and this will have to be part 1 of what I think will be a longer series than I usually do, because of so many scriptures that are coming up in my spirit putting this together, but I think there are many things that we need to get in us to strengthen our faith. Faith comes from hearing and hearing from the Word of God.
Church, how many times have we heard that God is love and that He loves us and the enemy whispers in your ear, "God loves you, but what about what you did? God might love you but what about this?" He is the accuser of the brethren and he’ll accuse you, too. Hear me. “God loves you, but He knows what you did. How can He love you after you did that?” Come on church, you've been there.
What is love? Who is love?
1 John 4:16 (AMP) We have come to know [by personal observation and experience], and have believed [with deep, consistent faith] the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides continually in him.
Church, I hope our minds are being renewed. We need to get out of our mindsets that love is a feeling. Who is love? What is love?
1 John 4:17 KJV Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.
We as true believers are supposed to be God's witness to the world. We’re His representatives. So when the world sees us, who should they see? They’re not just seeing Joanne, Chuck, Leanna and ..... They’re supposed to be seeing Christ living in us.
Think about so many Christians today that get so involved in the world. They’re at the bars, not witnessing but tipping up with the rest of the world. They’re toking on their joints, just like the rest of the world. Their gossiping with the best of them. Stealing office supplies, merchandise from places they work, watching porn, so-called pastors coming into paltalk rooms sowing hate and distractions and confusion among the saints. But we in this room won't belong to that group. Friends, I said, “We won't belong to that group no more.” Can I get an amen? We’re different, because we know and we believe.
Glory to God!
For those who may be watching this video and you profess to be an atheist or whatever kind of theist, and yes saints in this room, I have them following me, too. For those who claim that there is no God, I know that you know, whether you admit it or not, you know that there is a God and your soul is longing, no, aching for the love that God is. Glory to God. But He gives us a choice. God wishes no man perish, but He gives us a choice.
Our dear friends, I know that I’ve had you read a lot of scripture. I know we’ve looked at some things that some of you may not have ever noticed before and I think it’s time to wrap this up. Sometimes too much information all at once is not a good thing.
Leanna and I thank you Rich, Bernie, Chuck, Joanne and Tim, as the originals in this room for inviting us to teach. We thank each of you who took the time away from time you could have been doing other things to visit here, and we hope that each of you were blessed and come away with a stronger knowledge of scripture and the love of God.
Friends, we love you and we do hope that you’ll join Leanna and me in the J and L Ministries room here in Paltalk Sunday morning at 11:00AM EST. Rich, if you could post your times for the week for any new people who’ve joined.
Thanks again. Have a blessed week in the Lord.
Good morning everyone and welcome to part 4 of "The Seeds We Sow." For many, they think of sowing seeds as gardening. You know, planting seeds in the flower garden or vegetable garden. As we've seen in the past three studies, sowing seeds can be much more than planting flower and vegetable seeds.
We want to thank each of you who are joining us here on Paltalk in the J and L Ministries room. I'm recording this message, as I have been for the past few months and that includes recording what's been typed in the chat box and I share it on u-tube and many Christian sites, along with a few secular sites. Some of you may be a little shy of that, but please be comfortable. Many times when those who share scriptures that go along with what we're studying, it helps me. It helps those who are watching to get a further understanding of what's being taught.
Here we are in December and probably most of you have gardens out of your minds for a while. Actually, for me, I've had some seed catalogs come and I've been planting the garden in my mind. I know some of you may think I'm strange, but I do enjoy spending time watching plants grow.
"Brother Jim, for four weeks now, you've talked about seed. Why all this talk about gardens?" Maybe some of you are like my wife and want no part of working in a vegetable garden. I like to watch things grow. I also like the taste of fresh picked veggies. Also, because I know that I use no chemicals in the garden for herbicides or pesticides, I know what I'm eating. To me that makes it well worth the bother.
Last week I mentioned this and I think it's important for us to understand just how important seeds sown are. All through the Bible it talks about seed. When we take the time to study and meditate on the Bible, we find that seed is mentioned in the natural realm, but also in the spiritual realm. In fact, in the King James Version, seed is mentioned 280 times and used in 254 verses. Just a little trivia for you.
In the past three weeks we looked into some of how we sow seeds, whether good or bad from our mouth. Blessings and cursings.
Today, we'll go in a different direction. I want us to look at some verses that Jesus taught on seeds. I do hope that each of you will follow along in your Bibles and take notes on what we study, but for those who don't have a Bible close by, or maybe are slower at finding the verses, no worries. My beautiful bride Leanna will post scriptures in the room as we go.
If everyone could turn to Matthew 13:1-9. We will start here, and I do hope that what we learn today will be a blessing to each of you. We all need to pay close attention to what we're going to learn today.
Matthew 13:1-9 KJV The same day went Jesus out of the house, and sat by the sea side. 2 And great multitudes were gathered together unto him, so that he went into a ship, and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore. 3 And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow; 4 And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up: 5 Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth: 6 And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away. 7 And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them: 8 But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold. 9 Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.
As I've farmed for most of my life, I understand these principles that Jesus spoke on in the natural realm. It should be simple for most everyone to understand. We have a farmer, and let’s say he was planting corn. I've planted and chopped thousands of acres of corn, so I have an understanding of this. While he was planting (verse 4) some of the corn seed fell by the wayside. Now if we look back to how farmers planted back in those days, they didn’t have nice big fancy tractors and fancy planters like I used to run, where the corn is placed in secure hoppers along with fertilizer and it's set to sow the seed at an adjustable depth (I planted 2 inches deep). They didn’t have all the plows, harrows and rock rakes that are available today. No, no my friends. They sowed seeds by hand, or possibly oxen. I would imagine whatever they used to carry the seed was primitive. Possibly with no cover. When you carry seeds not covered and you haul it by oxen, maybe donkeys with carts that were probably made with stone wheels that had nothing to absorb the shock going over rough terrain and stuff would get spilled. This seed that would have been spilled on the dirt roads or paths, wouldn't be able to set root on the very hard packed soil. It would get crushed by others walking on it, or birds would have a feast with it. Are you all following along with me so far?
Matthew 13:5-6 KJV Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth: 6 And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away.
A farmer hates stony ground, because it's rough to get over and it doesn’t allow the seeds to get water and nutrition to grow well. For the seeds that are able to germinate, they wouldn’t last long once the hot sun would shine and they would wither up and dry out and eventually die.
Matthew 13:7 KJV And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them:
For those who've not worked on farms, maybe you've had your own garden. Maybe a flower garden or a vegetable garden. For those who have, you understand weeds. I can grow a great crop of weeds without even trying. In this case Jesus is talking about thorns. Like weeds, they grow quickly and steal from the soil what the seeds need to eat and drink and they shade the sunshine from getting to these tender plants. Eventually, again they either are very weak, or they die.
Matthew 13:8-9 KJV But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold. 9 Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.
Praise the Lord!! When I plant my gardens, I till the soil fairly deep. I hill most of my rows so that when I plant whatever type of seed I'm planting, it's easy for me to work in and side dress with rotted manure so that the plants will get much of the nutrients they need while they're growing, it holds the water into the soil and it keeps the weeds down.
Has this got anyone’s attention? Has it sparked an interest? Does it cause you to want to know more about what I, or should I say what Jesus wants you to know? This is what Jesus was trying to say to the listener in verse 9.
Some may be saying, "Brother Jim, I know all about gardening," or they might be ready to totally tune me out because they don’t have any clue about what all this gardening has to do with the word of God. Well my friends, before you shut me out, please listen as we'll see the importance of what Jesus was saying. This was part of what I believe Jesus was getting to. Jesus spoke often in parables. Those who wanted to know about the Kingdom of God would listen intently to His teachings. Others, and especially the religious leaders, thought they knew it all, and because it would cut into many of the laws of Moses, and (this is the big part) it spoke about their man-made laws and lifestyles, wouldn't listen but instead got very angry and is why they searched for ways of having Jesus put to death.
Let’s continue by reading.
Matthew 13:10-53 KJV And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables? 11 He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. 12 For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath. 13 Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. 14 And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive: 15 For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. 16 But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear. 17 For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them. 18 Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower. 19 When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side. 20 But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it; 21 Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended. 22 He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful. 23 But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.
Wow!! Did these verses speak volumes to anyone? When one really reads and meditates on this whole entire chapter of Matthew 13, you learn much about the kingdom of God. I'd love to go over the whole chapter, but because of times sake, we won’t be able to.
I hope that everyone can really get a full understanding of what this parable is saying as it speaks to you and me.
When we study this parable from Jesus about the sower, to me it has this explanation. His message highlights four different responses to His message, the Gospel.
The seed He's referring to is the Word of God. Who's the Word? John 1:1-5 gives us the answer.
John 1:1-5 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made. In Him was life, and that life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. Praise God!!
So we see the Word was Jesus. Let’s keep reading.
John 1:14, 17-18 The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the one and only Son who came from the Father, full of grace and truth
17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made Him known.
Who is the Word of God? Jesus Christ, the Messiah is the Word of God. The Greek word for the Word of God is Logos.
Back to the parable. And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up:
The hard ground in verse 4 represents the person who is hardened by sin; he hears but doesn't understand "the word". Satan plucks the message away, keeping the heart dull and preventing "the word" from making an impression.
That's why when we try to witness to some they won't hear us. Satan has them right where he wants them, but when we continue to pray for them and tell God to do with them what He wants, the possibility of seeing them saved is greater. Does anyone have unsaved loved ones?
1 Corinthians 1:18 KJV For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.
I had to understand this verse when I first started witnessing to atheists and evolutionists on u-tube starting in 2008. It was a battle. I couldn’t understand why they couldn’t understand the Jesus I knew and loved. I couldn’t understand why the whole Bible didn’t make sense to them. Their hearts were so hard, and it isn’t me that was going to save them. I couldn’t force what I knew on them. Church, that's what we all need to understand about our unsaved loved ones. We can't force the Bible on them. We can't force Jesus on them. We need to continually pray for them and hand them over to God so that He can soften their hearts and keep sowing good seeds into their lives. Amen?
5 Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth:
The stony or rocky ground: This was me for so many years. It represents a person who professes delight with "the word". However, this person's heart isn't changed. When troubles come into his life, his so-called faith quickly disappears. Back when I was a junior in high school, I went to a teen retreat up in Canada and heard a message that scared me. It was a message on hell and I knew that I didn’t want to go there. There was an alter call and I went forward and repeated a prayer that someone said to repeat, and that was the end of that. Later in life, while I was in the army, I went to a chapel and heard a message that was similar to the one in Canada. Again, there was an alter call and I went forward yet again. Even then, there was no change in my life.
Mat 13:7 And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them:
The thorny ground depicts the person who seems to receive "the word," but whose heart is full of riches, pleasures, and lusts. He ends up having no time for it. The seed that fell among thorns stands for those who hear, but as they go on their way they're choked by life's worries, riches and pleasures, and they don't mature. I was at this place also.
These are the ones sown among thorns; they're the ones who hear God’s word, and the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things entering in chokes the word, and it becomes unfruitful.
Thorny ground soil is represented by those who haven't matured, they've moved from babies to teenagers, but haven't made it into adulthood. Church, some Christians have mixed up priorities because their lives are tangled up in things they shouldn't be messing with. Jesus says there are two things that are choking them. Anyone have any idea? We just read it. Worries and riches.
Matthew 13:8 KJV But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold.
The good ground represents the person who hears. He or she understands and receives "the word" and then allows it to bring results into his life. The person represented by the “good soil” is the only one of the four that we've looked at this morning who is truly saved, because salvation’s proof is good fruit.
Brothers and sisters in Christ, here's where we stand. The present age will be marked to its end by the presence of both professors of religion and possessors—sinners and saints. The believer’s work (you and I who are Followers of Jesus, not fans) is to sow the Word of God in faith, not expecting thereby to convert the whole world, but in expectation of Him, who at the end of the age, will come with His angels to separate the good and the bad—to make an end of sinners and set up His glorious Kingdom.
My prayer for each and every person who's in this Paltalk room today who hears these sermons or reads them will understand the importance of being in God’s Word daily. To be in prayer daily. I pray that we all understand the importance of sowing good seed. I pray that we're all more careful with that little thing in our mouth that can get us into so much trouble. I hope and pray that each will get to the place where God's calling you to be in your actions, your words, your beliefs and with the spiritual gifts that the Lord has blessed you with.
In closing today, I want to take you to a passage that the Lord has laid on my heart the whole time I've been putting this together.
Please turn to Romans 16:24-27.
Romans 16:24-27 KJV The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen. 25 Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, 26 But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith: 27 To God only wise, be glory through Jesus Christ forever. Amen.
Notice Apostle Paul said the Gospel was able to establish you. How are you going to become an established Christian? It’s through the gospel. Let me say it this way. Just coming to church will not cause you to be established. Working in the church will not cause you to be established. Doing good deeds will not cause you to be established. Playing instruments and singing in the choir will not cause you to be established. Even you buying one of those beautiful stained glass windows for the church building will not cause you to be established. It's the gospel that will cause you to be established. You can become so established that you can be unshakeable. It said that He would be able to establish you through His Gospel. Where is the Kingdom of God? It's in you. If you're born again, the Kingdom of God is in you. Do you know where He's going to establish you? He's going to establish you in your heart. And friends, those of you who think that it's that mass of muscle that pumps the blood throughout your body being the heart being referenced here, think again. It is your soul.
Brethren, religion does it from the outside. Jesus changes you from the inside.
The incorruptible seed of God's Word when you read it and believe in faith, it changes you. But my dear friends, first you have to read it. You need to study it. Don't just take what I read to you two days a week to be the truth. Don't just listen to the Bible studies that you hear other nights of the week as the only spiritual food that you need. Read a chapter a day a least. Double up on your spiritual intake. Read the Gospel of Matthew for dinner and then read the book of Ephesians for dessert. Church, we need to diligently get into the Word of God. It's medicine for your soul.
For those who may have trouble reading, there are great alternatives to hear the gospel. Most homes have CD players. There are CDs you can purchase with the whole Bible recorded. Make that a Christmas wish item. For those who are members of either of the Cross Roads Fellowship sites, there's a dramatized version of the KJV of the bible you can listen to whenever you're signed on. You can make files in MP3 format so you can add to your mp3 players, or cell phones and listen to it during work, play, or even when you go to bed.
Do you need power in your life? Plant the seed of the Word in your heart. It'll produce life. It'll produce more than you could ever think or imagine.
Ephesians 3:19-20 KJV And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. 20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.
We thank each of you for allowing us into your homes. We thank each of you who might be listening to this video that was created and posted where you're watching right now. I praise God for the awesome tools He's blessed us with to be able to use in this ministry. Leanna and I thank God for the circle of friends that He's drawn to us. Glory to God.
We love you and may the Lord bless you this week.
The Seeds You Sow
Good morning everyone and welcome to part 3 of: The Seeds You Sow. I've been blessed to hear from some of you throughout this week sharing on this series of sowing seeds. I've also heard from some who've been commenting about the series we've been doing in the Zero Hour Ministry room Paltalk room on Wednesday nights called Having the Compassion Of Jesus. Both parts of these series the past couple weeks have been discussing the power of our tongue. Things we should say or not say. I've had those who've claimed that because of what they've learned has caused them to be more careful with the choice of words they use. Glory to God.
Well, all through the Bible it talks about seed. When we take the time to study and meditate on the Bible, we find that seed is mentioned in the natural realm, but also in the spiritual realm. In fact, in the King James Version, seed is mentioned 280 times and used in 254 verses.
In the past two weeks we looked into how we sow seeds. We either speak good or bad from our mouths. We either speak blessings or we speak curses. What's coming out of your mouth? Now for those who've been following along in both the studies, we saw that to speak both ways is like a double minded person and that should not be.
Let's start this morning with scriptures starting in Psalms, chapter 2.
Church, we're commonly tempted to think that because trouble has lasted long, it'll last always, but when we bring the cares and griefs to the throne of grace, we come away with praise, being assured that all will be well at last. Can I hear you shout Halleluiah?
Psalms 12:1-6 KJV To the chief Musician upon Sheminith, A Psalm of David. Help, LORD; for the godly man ceaseth; for the faithful fail from among the children of men. 2 They speak vanity every one with his neighbour: with flattering lips and with a double heart do they speak. 3 The LORD shall cut off all flattering lips, and the tongue that speaketh proud things: 4 Who have said, With our tongue will we prevail; our lips are our own: who is lord over us? 5 For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, now will I arise, saith the LORD; I will set him in safety from him that puffeth at him. 6 The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.
I don't want to hurry through scriptures today, because there's much I'm in hopes for us to see today. Let's look at a couple verses in Proverbs that we've looked at a few times.
Proverbs 18:20-21 KJV A man's belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; and with the increase of his lips shall he be filled. 21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.
Verse 21 should be enough for us to understand that we need to guard out little member. We could take this study and go with it for weeks and weeks, but that's up to the Lord. If this has stirred something up in your spirit and you want your life to change by the things you say, start by writing the verses we've been reading and post them around the house, your car and areas that you'll see them often as a reminder. For those who work in an office, pin them on your monitor so the next time you feel that urgency to blast a co-worker or someone who calls on the phone, you'll have that quick reminder to ask God to calm your tongue. To bridle your mouth. That and others who might see those scripture may ask about them. Praise God!
Death and life are in the power if the tongue. We all believe this, yes? Someone might be chomping at the bit right now wanting to say, "Well brother Jim, I just believe what I believe. I have the right to believe what I want to believe ." No you don't. Nor do I have the right to believe what I believe. Not if you're a Christian. Brethren, listen up. If you're a follower of Jesus you're to believe what God says to believe. For those who have a problem with this statement, your problem isn't with me, but with God and His Word.
Looking back at verse 21. Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.
There may be someone saying, "Brother Jim, you just don't understand. It's just so hard to not speak that way." If you say so. You could say something else and it would be so. Brothers and sisters, get this. Change what you profess. "But brother Jim, I'm just a man. I make mistakes." If you say so. Friends, you and I need to stop being so religious. Jesus is my Lord. I trust in Him and His Word. He is the Word. Can I get an amen!
Friends, this really isn't that difficult to understand. There are key words that we need to look for and change. The enemy's going to try to make you speak fear and death so he can come and mess up your life. Don't listen to that.
Example. Listen up friends. "I get migraines." What's wrong with this statement? Anyone? When you make that claim, you're prophesying faith for death for the future. Do we get this? "Brother Jim, how do I talk about it? How do I change the words?" Very simple. "I have had... migraines." Everyone understand this? Now you're not speaking this into existence. We need to learn not to say things like, "This happens to me." Stop saying things like, "That causes me problems." "I can't take this anymore." "This always does this to me." See what I'm trying to get across, church? Stop speaking these things to happen in your life. If we believe in the Bible, we need to change our speech.
The power of life and death is in the power of our words.
Let me give you an example of a story that we can find in the book of Dr. Luke. Everyone knows that Luke was a physician, right? Leanna, if you could please post Luke chapter 8,verse 49.
Now let me give you an idea of what's happening here in this chapter prior to what we're going to look at. So much happens in this chapter. Jesus is preaching and healing in Galilee. The parable of the sower, the lighted candle, stilling of the waves, demons cast out of a man of Gadara, the healing of a woman, the raising of Jairus’ daughter. Just prior to the verses we're about to read, we can see that Jesus was heading to Jairus' house to heal his daughter when the woman with the issue of blood touched His garment and was healed. And then bingo. Like in this whole chapter, immediately we go to the next agenda.
Luke 8:49-56 KJV While he yet spake, there cometh one from the ruler of the synagogue's house, saying to him, Thy daughter is dead; trouble not the Master. (50) But when Jesus heard it, he answered him, saying, Fear not: believe only, and she shall be made whole. (51) And when he came into the house, he suffered no man to go in, save Peter, and James, and John, and the father and the mother of the maiden. (52) And all wept, and bewailed her: but he said, Weep not; she is not dead, but sleepeth. (53) And they laughed him to scorn, knowing that she was dead. (54) And he put them all out, and took her by the hand, and called, saying, Maid, arise. (55) And her spirit came again, and she arose straightway: and he commanded to give her meat. (56) And her parents were astonished: but he charged them that they should tell no man what was done.
I need to take you back to the beginning of when this all took place. I need you to see the power of the words spoken here so you can see for yourselves.
Luke 8:40-42 KJV And it came to pass, that, when Jesus was returned, the people gladly received him: for they were all waiting for him. (41) And, behold, there came a man named Jairus, and he was a ruler of the synagogue: and he fell down at Jesus' feet, and besought him that he would come into his house: (42) For he had one only daughter, about twelve years of age, and she lay a dying. But as he went the people thronged him.
When I read this, I see that Jairus believed that Jesus could heal this 12 year old girl. If not, he wouldn't have come and barged through this huge crowd excited to see Jesus. He had faith. And then....then church, even after seeing the woman with the issue of blood healed by her faith, what happened?
Luke 8:49 KJV While he yet spake, there cometh one from the ruler of the synagogue's house, saying to him, Thy daughter is dead; trouble not the Master.
Friends, this is a make or break situation. Jairus had already come in faith and then this man comes and says, "Don't worry anymore. She's dead. It's over."
What did Jesus say? And I think He was a bit on the perturbed side.
Luke 8:50 KJV But when Jesus heard it, he answered him, saying, Fear not: believe only, and she shall be made whole.
Mark 5:22-23 KJV And, behold, there cometh one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name; and when he saw him, he fell at his feet, (23) And besought him greatly, saying, My little daughter lieth at the point of death: I pray thee, come and lay thy hands on her, that she may be healed; and she shall live.
When we read this, Jairus spoke the right words, and then we see the enemy comes to sow doubt and death. Is that happening in your life, friends?
Why did Jesus turn abruptly to Jairus? I believe Jesus knew that this man would start letting his faith go toward what he'd just heard. Do we do the same things, friends? Most of us here in this room know the verse that says by His stripes we are, or were healed. Amen everyone? But then we get a report that doesn't sound like what God's Word says and we fall back into the worldly thoughts. Come on, I know I'm speaking to someone today. What did Jesus say? Jairus said to Jesus, "You can heal her Master. I know You can."
Mark 5:35-36 KJV While he yet spake, there came from the ruler of the synagogue's house certain which said, Thy daughter is dead: why troublest thou the Master any further? (36) As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, he saith unto the ruler of the synagogue, Be not afraid, only believe.
Glory to God! Friends, He's saying the same thing to you and me today. "Don't be afraid, only believe." Don't let words start our doubting. Don't let words become fear. Be victorious in Christ.
2 Corinthians 4:13 KJV We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak;
Friends, that's where each of us needs to be. They believed and they spoke. You and I believe and we speak. What you're going to speak is the key here. Speak truth. Speak victory. Only speak positive outcomes. And church, this is where most fail because they don't know what to speak. We're so programmed to the worlds ways.
Brothers and sisters in Christ, my Bible tells me that God will never leave me nor forsake me. His Word says He's not a respecter of persons. He's the same today as He was thousands of years ago and I know you've heard me quote these scriptures many, many times, but do you get it? Do you believe it? Is your 100% faith in them?
You go to the doctor tomorrow and the doctor says, "Well Rich, well Miss Donna, well Mr. Harold, I have some bad news." You look at your bank statement and it's in the red. Are you going to cry out, "Oh God, I can't take this anymore. Why me Lord? Lord, why don't You love me anymore?"
Brethren, that's what the world does. That's what the lost do. We're not like the world. My Bible tells me that we're a peculiar people.
Matthew 17:20 KJV And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.
Friends, what mountain do you have in front of you? What we need to do is thank God for dealing with these matters. We speak in faith, "Lord, I thank You that You're preparing the way that I go. I thank You Jesus for healing me, because You said in Your Word in 2 Peter 2:24:
1 Peter 2:24 KJV Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.
Praise Jesus! But friends, so often we hear other believers when they go through storms start using God's name in vain. "Oh my God. Oh my God." Stop, my friends and stop right now. There are ones who aren't going to like this, but when you're doing this you're using God's name in vain. Hear me out church. I've wanted to say this for a while and didn't have the guts. When you start, "Oh my God, Oh my God," you're not talking to God, and you're not talking about God. You're actually using His name in vain. You're violating one of the commandments. I know many of you have probably never heard this.
Brothers and sisters, when you're going through a storm, when your family member is going through a storm and you're saying, "Oh my God, I knew I shouldn't have. Oh God, I knew this terrible thing would happen." Church, when you do this, you're yielding to the devil. Is that speaking in faith? No, and what's the opposite of faith? Fear and death. Church, are you getting this?
Church, you have a family member and they just got news that a storm has come. Maybe sickness, maybe the loss of a job. This is where they need you. This is where you need to be strong in your faith. Maybe a spouse just got some devastating news. This is where your faith can pull them through. I hope God's speaking to someone today. When you're running around, "Oh my God, Oh my God," you're letting the devil have a playground in your mind. So many think it's a godly thing to do, and yet it's ungodly and most don't have a clue as to the danger.
Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
Actually lets go there. Matthew 5"13.
Matthew 5:13-16 KJV Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. (14) Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. (15) Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. (16) Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
My brothers and sisters in Christ, don't be the gloom and doom speakers. That's the world. Let the world have its own. Let us be those who speak the things of God. When people come to talk about all the negative stuff that's going on, lead their talk in the opposite direction. Or, and this is probably what will happen, leave the conversation. Yes it may take time, but with God all things are possible. Just the other evening there was a room where talk about shooting cops and all this awful stuff was being discussed. Yes, this stuff is happening, I get that, but my Bible says: Fear not for tomorrow. I left the room. The spirit of God was not there at that time and I had to leave. Friends, this is a place where each of us have to get it. For some it won't be easy. Trust in the Lord. Seek the things of God. Don't get involved in discussions where God's out of the picture. Stay away from conversations where God isn't getting glory, and that means even among those who are believers.
Does it matter what comes out of our mouths? How important is it? What kind of seed will you sow from this day forward? Friends, the Lord's speaking to me, too. This isn't brother Jim trying to say he's holier than thou. If it feels like there's a finger pointed at you, remember there three more pointing back at me. In my journey with the Lord, I have and continue to learn these things.
Brothers and sisters in Christ when we were saved, born again, we surrendered our lives to Jesus. We turned our lives over to Him. We surrendered our will to His and that includes our lips and our tongue. So do we need to be careful of what we say?
Philippians 2:3-16 KJV Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. 4 Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. 5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: 7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: 8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. 9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: 10) That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; 11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. 12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. 13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. 14) Do all things without murmurings and disputings: 15 That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; 16 Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.
Romans 10:6 KJV But the righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise, Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down from above:)
Church, as true believers we should be lowly-minded and like-minded, in conformity to the example of Jesus. Jesus was the great pattern of humility and love in service to man. Praise His name! Jesus humbled Himself in suffering and death for You and me, not only to satisfy God’s justice, but to set us an example that we might follow His steps bearing a resemblance to His life, since we have profited by His death. Church, act like it and sow that same kind of seed to other believers, and most importantly, to this lost world. Do we get this?
Brethren, we just celebrated Thanksgiving. A time to be thankful for the things that God has provided for us. Now we enter into Christmas, where we celebrate the birth of Jesus. I know that Jesus wasn't born on December 25, but it should be a time where all people come together in unity.
Jesus came to earth 100 percent God, yet absolutely human. In coming into the world, He did not empty Himself of His divine nature or attributes, but only of the outward and visible manifestation of the Godhead. Glory to God. Friends, we have to realize when Jesus came, He had to empty Himself of His glory or He would have paralyzed the men He came to save. Although equal with God, He took upon Himself the form of a servant for our sake, that He might meet, as God manifest in the flesh, the death of the cross.
Let's continue with verse 7. I love faith, what about you?
Romans 10:7 KJV Or, Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.)
What's being spoken here? Verses 6 and 7? Come on church, it's so close to you? Someone? It's right under your nose. Leanna, post verse 8 please.
Romans 10:8 KJV But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;
Paul being led by the Holy spirit is talking about your faith. You have to speak it. You have to sow that seed. Are we getting this church? How does one become saved?
(9) That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
Glory to God! You have to open our mouth. You need to believe in your heart. Jesus is Lord and you believe that He was raised from death and then you become saved. Has everyone made that decision here this morning? Praise His mighty name. If not, I really would like to talk with you after this message.
Romans 10:10 KJV For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
Church, when you look up the Greek word for saved and salvation, Oh my, my, my. When you look up these words, you're saying a mouthful. It doesn't just save you from hell. No, no, no. I'm going to go quickly with this, but I want you to see this for yourself. Glory to God!
Saved: the Greek word is: sōzō
to save, that is, deliver or protect (literally or figuratively): - heal, preserve, save (self), do well, be (make) whole.
Do we see this church? Copy this down so you have it when you want to see what Jesus did in you when He came into your life.
Let's look at salvation: sōtēria so-tay-ree'-ah
noun; rescue or safety (physically or morally): - deliver, health, salvation, save, saving.
We could go so much more on these two words, but maybe another time, God willing.
Brothers and sisters in Christ, when you thank God that He saved you, when you thank Him for your salvation, you're saying thank you for much more than saving you from eternity in hell. Church, understand this. You're thanking Him for so much more in your life. You're sowing so many wonderful things into your life. The problem is, most aren't even aware, so their faith isn't into these other things.
Protection over your life is one of the things He did when you became born again. Health. Of course most denominations think that healing is something that only happened while Jesus was on earth. What did we just see, though? Health. What about preserve? Oh we could so a whole message on these two words, saved and salvation. Glory to God.
I'm about to close.
Brethren, what seeds are you sowing? Are they good seeds? Are they seeds that will manifest into good fruit? I do hope so. Are we blessing others by the way we speak, or are we cursing? So many of us have been taught from man's dumb religion rather than what the Bible truths say.
In closing, I want to share with you a story that Kerry Kirkwood tells about a pastor and a palm-reading place. For those hwo have been following this series the past couple weeks, you might remember his book, The Power of Blessing. In this book he tells about a pastor who everyday would drive by this palm-reading place and it was always busy. This pastor did what I'd been taught to do. Curse it by the root and have it dry up and whither. Months went by and this pastor questioned God what was going on. He said, "Lord, I've been cursing this place and it gets busier and busier. What am I doing wrong, Lord?"
Right then and there, the Lord reminded him of a verse in the Bible. Anyone want to take a guess at what verse? God asked this pastor why he was cursing the people who owned it and went there. Church get this.
1 Peter 3:9 KJV Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing.
Right off this pastor started changing his words towards this place. Instead of cursing it, he spoke blessings over it and within 3 days, there was a for sale sign on the building.
Beloved, where I want to see each of us is where we stop cursing those places that go against God's word. Bars, palm reading places, strip clubs and whatever the case might be, and speak blessings over them. I believe you'll see a difference. Those who come against you, speak blessings (God's full intension for their life). Is it natural to do? No. Does praying to a God that you can't see feel natural? For those who pray in faith, yes it is. Glory to God.
I know we covered a lot of ground today and I do hope that you wrote these scriptures down so you can study them on your own.
Next week as we continue, we'll look at words that Jesus spoke on sowing seed.
Friends, we thank you all for taking time to spend with us. I do hope that each of you are getting a better understanding about what's being taught, as when we get these concepts I think our lives will change so much. I know in the past couple years, because of words I don't use, because of words I do use, my life has changed. It's all about a renewing of the mind and I praise God He's doing that in me.
Friends, thank you again and thank all of you who watch on u-tube and all the sites these videos are posted. We love you and may the Lord bless you.