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.