[WordPOWER!] Matthew 13: Withhold Nothing to Obtain the Kingdom of Heaven

Matthew 13:

36 Then Jesus sent the multitudes away, and went into the house. His disciples came to him, saying, “Explain to us the parable of the darnel weeds of the field.” 37 He answered them, “He who sows the good seed is the Son of Man, 38 the field is the world; and the good seed, these are the children of the Kingdom; and the darnel weeds are the children of the evil one. 39 The enemy who sowed them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are angels. 40 As therefore the darnel weeds are gathered up and burned with fire; so will it be at the end of this age. 41 The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will gather out of his Kingdom all things that cause stumbling, and those who do iniquity, 42 and will cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be weeping and the gnashing of teeth. 43 Then the righteous will shine forth like the sun in the Kingdom of their Father. He who has ears to hear, let him hear.

44 “Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a treasure hidden in the field, which a man found, and hid. In his joy, he goes and sells all that he has, and buys that field.

45 “Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a man who is a merchant seeking fine pearls, 46 who having found one pearl of great price, he went and sold all that he had, and bought it.

47 “Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a dragnet, that was cast into the sea, and gathered some fish of every kind, 48 which, when it was filled, they drew up on the beach. They sat down, and gathered the good into containers, but the bad they threw away. 49 So will it be in the end of the world. The angels will come forth, and separate the wicked from among the righteous, 50 and will cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be the weeping and the gnashing of teeth.”

My Poem: The Ghost and THE RIVER!

I wrote this, based upon a personal story and a dream I had in which I saw Jesus’ face. I remember the GREAT love in His eyes!
jeff
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April ‘89
—-THE GHOST AND THE RIVER
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———-In my twenties, there was a time
———–when my roommates lived with a ghost—
———–thin, pale, sluggish. Eye sockets coal—
———-two black holes— sucked joy from both men.
———I cried up to God, out at them.
——–Physicians could not remedy.
——-Each minute struggled on, on, on….
—–One day, desperate for response,
—-I sought our Maker with complete
abandon, singing praises to
heaven, guitar in hand— full out.
Yet nothing; I heard, saw nothing,
and returned to my dark bedroom.
Asleep, I saw a face;  a face?
Whose face?? This smile— big, full, beaming
.great hope into my shattered self.
It was Christ, looking straight at me!
—.It was like a river flowing—
—.–over rock, over rock, life flowed,
—–.—never ceasing, an endless flow,
——.—-always pouring up and over,
——- .——across, through to the heart— myself
———-  -.——resting there— filling up to pour out—forward,
————–. —   ——to let LIFE flow, from this stream of God Himself.
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Related:

Jesus: “I am GOOD. There will be NO DISAPPOINTMENTS in Me”

FreedomQuotes: Suspicion

If you hold your peace I will fight for you

From: Sid Roth’s It’s Supernatural, August 4-10, 2008

Sid Roth: My guest, David Jones, taught for six months on something that was so significant that the most unusual miracles started erupting….

We are going to find out what he taught because I believe what he taught is mandatory for miracles to take place.

[…]

Sid: God taught you how to walk in something, a word that most people don’t understand, don’t even comprehend, but it’s so important to God that if you want to be elevated to the next level with God, if you want to be used in this mighty outpouring of God’s Spirit, you must understand what David Jones spoke about for six months, the subject is humility. How did God start to teach you about this with a co-worker?

David: Well we got hired and at that time I was doing red iron steel work where we had big wrenches and tightening up bolts in red iron beams and so we were up about three stories and his name was Gar and he asked me what was my name and I told him and so as a couple of days went by he said man get your so and so over here and help me. And I was like shocked and I walked over to him and I said, you know I was always taught to respect the man, I respect you. I don’t want to hear what you got to say let’s get to work. And then I was trying to pray Sid, and then I had just gotten saved and I said Lord I don’t want to pray anymore I am just going to hit this man with this wrench. I said if you say anything to me and then the boss came up and broke us up and then lunchtime came and so I took my little New Testament out and I began…

Sid: You were really going to hit him in the face with the wrench?

David: Oh with all my might and with all my strength as hard as I could.

Sid: That’s not very humble.

David: No, that’s not humble at all.

Sid: Okay go ahead.

David: This is sure enough true. And so I got my New Testament out and the Lord took me to a verse that my grandma taught me, the first Bible verse was Hebrews 12:14, “Follow peace with all men, holiness without which no man shall see the Lord.” And I began to cry Sid, and I began to pray, I said God I don’t want to hurt people anymore, I was taught to kill in the Marines, I don’t want to hurt anyone anymore, I said please help me.

Now Sid, first I wanted to hit him with the wrenches, but now I’m praying for him, okay, all of a sudden the boss didn’t allow us to work together, he separated me. I’m down sorting out bolts, here he came right to me, all of a sudden the power of God picks me up and I look him in the face and I say Gar it is better for a millstone to be tied about your neck and cast into the depths of the sea than to mess with one of God’s little ones. I said that’s all I’m going to say. He said you done said enough. Then he walked off, storming off and I was like oh God have mercy.

The next day when he came to work all one side of his face was swollen up, his eye was closed in and he came straight to me. He said look at my face man, look what happened. I said what happened to you? He said I don’t know, I just woke up this morning and my face was like this and he said, and it constantly hurts. And he walked away. And I said Lord have mercy, have mercy. I didn’t say unhuh, that’s what you get messing with a Christian, no, no, no, no, I didn’t rejoice, I said Lord have mercy, touch him Lord, heal him and the Lord healed him.

From that day forth Sid, that man treated me like I was somebody and God showed me, he said son if you always hold your peace I will fight for you. The reason why a lot of Christians don’t see my mighty hand move in my life they don’t hold their peace. It is conditional; if you hold your peace I will fight for you.

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Related: When They Mock You

William Seymour, 1909: Next Revival Will Come in About 100 Years – It's Due! — Another revival like unto AZUSA Street, only GREATER, would come again, only this time it wouldn’t be in one place, it would be ALL OVER THE WORLD!!!

From: Sid Roth’s It’s Supernatural, July 14-20, 2008

My guest as a young man met elderly people
who were involved in the biggest move of miracles
in the history of America
.
It was called the Azusa Street Revival.
He tells me that he met some of the people and heard
first hand what occurred, stories such as ears
that did not exist popping back into place,
arms that did not exist coming out and growing,
these are called creative miracles.

Did you know that the Azusa Street Revival
that happened in the early 1900’s was the
first integrated church in America
?
God picked a one-eyed black man to lead the greatest
move of God’s Spirit in miracles I believe since the first
coming of the Messiah….

Sid: Now William Seymour prophesied about the next
revival that will come
, tell me about that.

Tommy: He prophesied that in about a hundred years,
he did this in 1909
, that there would be a…

Sid: So about a hundred years would be 2009?

Tommy: Yes, that would be about, before or after?

Sid: About, okay.

Tommy: He said another revival like unto Azusa Street
only greater would come again
, only this time it wouldn’t be
in one place, it would be all over the world….

[But it’s gotta start somewhere – jeff]

pdf of Entire Interview
Related:
The Azusa Street Revival (1906-15): The biggest move of miracles in the history of America — The fire of God’s glory on the roof! “Even the fingernails grew back!” In 1909, Seymour prophesied the next revival will come in about 100 years! We’re due!!!
(audio) Sid Roth on ‘Coast to Coast AM’ 9/1/13: Miracles & Healing — Why did the Azusa St. revival stop (1906-1909)? William Seymour “became too sophisticated for the box” — to hear and obey — but prophesied an even greater revival would happen in 100 years!
Tommy Welchel on William Seymour and Charles Parham’s 100-Year Prophecy: On the same day in 1909, hundreds of miles apart, they both prophesied God’s visible shekina glory would return to earth after 100 years, but this time everywhere!
Wes Hall [IHOP] on William Seymour’s 1909 prophecy of the shekinah glory returning to the church in 100 years: “Let me tell you about the church in the book of Acts. …the fear of God was on the community, and no one dared join them. But they were highly esteemed. Why did no one dare join them?”
Sid Roth: The missing ingredient, speaking in tongues — “I believe that God wants to restore this gift for the last great push of God’s spirit”
Effects of the WELSH REVIVAL 1904-05: Whole communities were radically changed FROM DEPRAVITY TO GLORIOUS GOODNESS. The CRIME RATE dropped, often to nothing. THE POLICE had little more to do than supervise the coming and going of the people to the chapel prayer meetings. THE UNDERGROUND MINES echoed with the sounds of PRAYER and HYMNS, instead of nasty jokes and gossip. People who had fallen out BECAME FRIENDS AGAIN!!!!!!!
The Welsh Revival of 1904-05 by J. Edwin Orr: A Countrywide Asbury-like REVIVAL! The 4 Points: #1 Confess any known sin, and put any wrong done to man right again. #2 Put away any doubtful habit. #3 Obey the Spirit promptly. #4 Confess your faith publicly.
Asbury Revival, 1970: “‘Dr. Kinlaw, I am a liar. Now what do I do?’ … Three days later, she came to me radiant, and she said, ‘Dr. Kinlaw, I’m free!’”
Can ‘Christians’ use Paul’s “Forgetting the things which are behind…I press on” statement as an excuse to not get right with those they’ve hurt? Paul also said: “I also practice ALWAYS having a conscience void of offense toward God and men.” What if you don’t repent? And what will happen when you do? The Third Great Awakening can start with us!!! We can all be happy — ‘ONE’!

[WordPOWER!] Better to Be a Poor Man than a Liar — Getting Treasure by Lying is a Fleeting Vapor, the Pursuit of Death

From: Stand to Reason — Principles of Successful Business from Proverbs

DISHONESTY OFFENDS GOD:

( 11:1 ) A false balance* is an abomination to the Lord, but a just weight is His delight.

( 20:23 ) Differing weights are an abomination to the Lord, and a false scale is not good.

( 16:11 ) A just balance and scales belong to the Lord, all the weights of the bag are his concern.

( 20:10 ) Differing weights and differing measures, both of them are abominable to the Lord.

DISHONESTY is BAD BUSINESS:

( 10:2a ) Ill-gotten gains do not profit.

( 13:11a ) Wealth obtained by fraud dwindles.

( 15:27a ) He who profits illicitly troubles his own house.

( 19:22b ) It is better to be a poor man than a liar….

( 20:17 ) Bread obtained by falsehood is sweet to a man, but afterward his mouth will be filled with gravel.

( 21:6 ) The getting of treasure by a lying tongue is a fleeting vapor, the pursuit of death.

( 28:16b ) He who hates unjust gain will prolong his days.

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From: RickCreighton.com — Dishonesty – Proverbs 11v1

The LORD abhors dishonest scales, but accurate weights are his delight. The basic picture here is pretty straightforward. What you’ve got is a shopkeeper who uses a set of scales those old-fashioned scales. You know the balance-type ones, where you put the weights on one side and the food – or whatever you’re selling – on the other. And let’s say our shopkeeper is an Israelite shopkeeper, so he’s selling figs or olives or something. What he’ll do is he’ll charge you a certain amount per kilo. It’s just the same as supermarkets today – fruit and veg is still usually priced in pounds per kilo. Things haven’t changed much. Well, it might have been denariuses per shekel back then, but the principle is still the same.

Now if he’s a dodgy shopkeeper what he’ll do is he’ll make his set of weights too light. He’ll have these big weights that say 1 Kilo on them, but he’ll have made them slightly hollow or something. So you ask for kilo of figs, and you pay for a kilo of figs, and he pops the 1 Kilo weight on the scales, and it looks like he weighs out a kilo of figs – everything balances nicely. But actually you’re only getting 700 grams of figs. And, the proverb says, God hates it. He really hates it.

Now this is small-time dishonesty that’s being talked about here. It’s not international bank robbery or grand larceny. This is small, day to day stuff. Cheating someone when you do business with them. Certainly God hates big, huge, horrible crimes. But he hates little, small dishonesties too. In fact, the word “hates” almost isn’t strong enough – that’s why the NIV has the word “abhors” – it means absolutely and utterly hates. God hates dishonesty of any sort, big or small.

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Related:
Asbury Revival, 1970: “Dr. Kinlaw, I am a liar. Now what do I do?”
All of my Lying posts at ToBeFree, including Why Do People Lie? Fear, Lack of Love & Greed

[WordPOWER!] "If you love those who love you, what reward do you have?"

Jesus in Matthew 5:43-48

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor, and hate your enemy.’
But I tell you,

love your enemies,
bless those who curse you,
do good to those who hate you,
and pray for those who mistreat you and persecute you,
that you may be children
of your Father who is in heaven.

For he makes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the just and the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Don’t even the tax collectors do the same? If you only greet your friends, what more do you do than others? Don’t even the tax collectors do the same? Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.

Related: John Tesh & Friends: How Important is FORGIVENESS in a Relationship? | FORGIVING: Our GREATEST OPPORTUNITY to SHOW the LOVE of Christ!