THE SOWER AND THE DIFFERENT KINDS OF SOILS – Luke 8:4-15

I needed to read this again at this time of life and in these circumstances. 🙂

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Jesus spoke many things to them in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path; it was trampled on, and the birds ate it up. Some fell on rocky ground, and when it came up, the plants withered because they had no moisture. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up with it and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up and yielded a crop, a hundred times more than was sown.” When He said this, He called out, “Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.” (Luke 8:5-8)

The first thing to note is that Jesus was teaching about a subject that was very familiar to the Jewish people. In ancient times people passed through the countryside, walking everywhere they went or riding on an animal, and they had to…

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The Lord’s Prayer in Luke 11 in the New King James Version

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Luk 11:1  Now it came to pass, as He was praying in a certain place, when He ceased, that one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.” 

Luk 11:2  So He said to them, “When you pray, say: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven. 

Luk 11:3  Give us day by day our daily bread. 

Luk 11:4  And forgive us our sins, For we also forgive everyone who is indebted to us. And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one.” 

Luk 11:5  And He said to them, “Which of you shall have a friend, and go to him at midnight and say to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves; 

Luk 11:6  for a friend of mine has come to me on his journey, and I have nothing to set before him’; 

Luk 11:7  and he will answer from within and say, ‘Do not trouble me; the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give to you’? 

Luk 11:8  I say to you, though he will not rise and give to him because he is his friend, yet because of his persistence he will rise and give him as many as he needs. 

Luk 11:9  “So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 

Luk 11:10  For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. 

Luk 11:11  If a son asks for bread from any father among you, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent instead of a fish? 

Luk 11:12  Or if he asks for an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? 

Luk 11:13  If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!”

I felt as if God said to blog on Luke 11. I cannot say more than what Jesus is saying here. I know that I feel such a need to pray for our country and our world and politicians and the media and tiny babies lying on the floor in a public laundromat and for those who are sick and for those helping the sick. I hope you are looking to God, the author and finisher of our faith.

As it says in (Heb 12:2-4, NKJV): looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Heb 12:3 For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls.
Heb 12:4 You have not yet resisted to bloodshed, striving against sin.

May God bless you.

Jesus Cares for Us

Our church plays the song, “I Surrender All” on rare occasions. Every time I sing it with my family of believers, I cry. Why? Because I picture people and things I’m letting go of: family members, friends, possessions, health, youth- “all to Jesus, I surrender, I surrender all.”

I cry every time because over the months, “having my way” creeps back in and then I go back to the place of sacrifice. There’s an advantage to this letting go, this dying to the flesh, this sacrifice of praise to God.

When hard things come along, some of the sting, its power got muted months or years ago because I laid people and things at the foot of the cross.

Part of my coping ability with the COVID 19 virus is not listening to news and shielding my eyes on the Internet, for most of the day. I read (Proverbs 1:32, 33 NRSV) today in regards to the call of Wisdom: “For waywardness kills the simple, and the complacency of fools destroys them: but those who listen to me will be secure and will live at ease, without dread of disaster.”

My husband minored in math in college. After hearing the number of those afflicted by COVID 19 in America yesterday, it’s less than 2/10 of one per cent of the population. I am being careful, but I’m doing my best not to be overtaken with fear, and hearing those statistics helps.

Stress can cause disease. That’s why Jesus said in (Matthew 11:29 NRSV) to take His yoke upon us and learn from Him…and He will give us rest. The apostle Peter reminded all with a little different phrasing: (1 Peter 5:7 NRSV) “Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you.”

I pray for God’s blessing to overshadow any anxieties that may try to rob you and me of peace and joy in this life. I’m also praying if people discover their previous activities were stifling their lives, that we’ll take time to consider new opportunities that will benefit ourselves and others.

God knows how we’re all wired. Jesus says to seek Him and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you, in Matthew 6:33, speaking of food and clothing and peace of mind. There are Scriptures that speak of God blessing believers by all sorts of folks in the world. I have a blessing I want to share. My neighbor hired a landscaper to plant daffodils in their side yard which I can see from my house. I didn’t do the work, I didn’t pay the bill, yet I get to enjoy the beauty. Hopefully, the picture I took to show you will copy here.

Daffodils in the Spring

Yay, my husband helped me!            

May God bless you!

All-powerful God and His Truthful Word

Hi! I hope this finds you well and coping in a positive manner during this COVID-19 pandemic.

                   I have to admit, I’ve had a couple of times when I felt panicky for a minute or two, which felt longer since I rarely panic. I immediately turned to activities that decompress stress.

                   One time, my husband was at home, so I told him my fear. He has a calming type of personality and he gave me a hug. Words of assurance accepted, big breath, I regained equilibrium.

                   The second time, he wasn’t home, so I spoke out loud (2 Timothy 1:7, NKJV), “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” 

                   The Bible says in (Rom 10:17, NKJV), “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”

                   Speaking God’s Word over whatever I’m dealing with does something in the supernatural realm that I can actually feel in the earthly realm that I’m inhabiting. My anxiety lifted after I spoke 2 Timothy 1:7.

                   When I hear other people’s angst over the phone, I’ll mention something that helped me and God’s perfect peace that passes all understanding envelops me so I don’t take on their distress. I’m able to pray for them or share a Scripture and then rest in God afterwards.

                   My mother-in-law’s favorite Psalm was Psalm 91 and last night I read it out loud, as Marilyn Hickey suggested back in 1986, when I was in the midst of a trial and she was speaking via the radio. This is the gist of what she said, speak Scriptures that pertain to your predicament and see God move according to His Word. The Bible says God can’t lie. If He spoke it through His Word, it comes to pass in the context of the Scriptures.

                   Malachi 3 tells of God scolding the Israelites for stealing from Him by not paying their tithes. He said to prove Him now in this. Give to God’s work and He’ll open the windows of heaven and have man pour into your bosom.

                   Having re-dedicated my life to follow Jesus in the early 1980’s, I read this Scripture and then said, “God, You said to test You in this,” so I put $15.00 in an envelope and then in the mailbox to send to a televangelist. The mailman hadn’t picked up the mail yet when my youngest sister pulled into our driveway. She loved to give gifts to people. She beeped the car horn and called for me to come outside. Her trunk lid was open and a large television set was inside.

                   “Look at this color television set I just won at Sears! I’m giving it to you!”

                   We owned a smaller black and white television set. “Why don’t you keep it for yourself?”

                   “I just bought one and it’s nicer than this one, but only by a little bit. Don’t you want it?”

                   “Sure,” I said. “Thank you!”

                   Then it hit me, Malachi 3 said to give unto God and He would have people give to me! Oh, hallelujah! What a blessing!

                   Over the years, I’ve experienced God’s Word is true. When I worry about health, immediately I pray to thank God for His Word that says, “I am the LORD Who heals you,” (Exodus 15:26c, NKJV).

                   I am practicing safe distances from folks, washing my hands, staying home way too much for an extrovert and actually getting things done that have been weighing me down. I’m also imploring God to let this pandemic disappear as soon as He wants it to, the sooner the better from my perspective.

         Last night, I prayed the “Our Father” as taught by Jesus and found in (Matthew 6:9-13, KJV):  “After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. 

Mat 6:10  Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. 

Mat 6:11  Give us this day our daily bread. 

Mat 6:12  And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 

Mat 6:13  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.” 

“God’s will be done and deliver us from evil!”

May God bless you and yours!

HE WHO HAS AN EAR LET HIM HEAR WHAT THE SPIRIT SAYS TO THE CHURCHES – Revelation 2 and 3

My friend recommended this post and I read it and wanted to share it with others. Be blessed!

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Hearing and listening are synonyms but have different implications, because, you can hear someone without actually listening to what is being said. 

Listening requires a person to pay attention to the speaker and requires concentration, it means to understand what is being said and providing an adequate response to it, because when we do not listen there really is no communication and no understanding of what was conveyed. 

Jesus talks about “Whoever has ears, let them hear” many times in the Gospels (Matthew 11:15; Mark 4:23; Luke 14:35). “Having ears to hear” was a common expression that referred to those whose hearts were ready to act upon the truth they were given. 

Thousands were impacted by Jesus’ earthly ministry, but only a few people had “ears to hear.” In John 6:66, Jesus had again explained about who He is, but John records that, “After this many of…

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