From Daniel's Desk on 3/30/2020
My Title: He Who Has Ears to Hear, Let Him Hear
My Verse: 20
20 "Pay attention to what you hear; with the measure you use, it will be measured to you, and still more will be added to you."
PAY MUCH ATTENTION and do not miss this chapter! God sows His Word to EACH heart... we get to chose where we land. BE THE SEED that lands into good soil. Don't let Satan deceive you with selfish lies. Don't let your faith be shallow so that tribulation and persecution will derail you. Don't let your desires and dreams for this life keep you from doing God's will! GO DEEP. Press into His Word and grow strong with the INTENTION of growing fruit... fruit is the seed that multiplies from the tree. (30, 60 and 100 fold) Get busy about the business of His kingdom.
All we are asked to do is to be faithful to plant the seed. God makes it grow and we know not how He does that. Our work has an eternal reward... the harvest. We plant and water but God makes it grow. We don't do the impossible, He does, but we get to share the reward.
Finally, God can command event the wind and waves. He speaks with authority and the things He says are TRUE. Get busy about the business of His kingdom.
How Will This Make You a Better Husband/Father/Man:
LEAD A LIFE WORTH FOLLOWING. The soil where you plant yourself will give your kids a giant advantage to where THEY plant themselves. Teach them that they need to decide where to plant themselves and the dangers and shortcomings of planting somewhere OUTSIDE of good soil. (Be about the business of His kingdom. Never slow down. Expect persecution and tribulation.)
Jesus' teaching has moved from the synagogues to the sea shore.
The sower went out to sow. (The sower sows the WORD.)
Some seeds fell along the path and the birds came to devour it. (These are the ones where the Word is sown: when they hear, Satan immediately comes and takes away the Word that is sown in them.)
Others fell on rocky ground, where it did not have much soil, it sprang up immediately because it had no depth but it also had no root so the sun scorched it as soon as it rose. (These are the ones who, when they hear the Word, immediately receive it with joy. And they have no root in themselves, but endure for a little while; then, when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the Word, immediately they fall away.)
Other seed fell among thorns. The thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no grain. (They are those who hear the Word, but the CARES OF THE WORLD and the DECEITFULNESS OF RICHES and the desires for other things enter in and choke the Word, and it proves unfruitful. - BUT -
Other seeds fell into GOOD SOIL and produced grain, growing up and increasing and yielding thrityfold and sixtyfold and a hundredfold. (Those that were sown on the good soil are the ones who HEAR THE WORD AND ACCEPT IT AND BEAR FRUIT, thirtyfold and sixtyfold and a hundrefold.)
HE WHO HAS EARS, LET HIM HEAR.
A light is not lit to be hidden. Let your light SHINE.
The KINGDOM of GOD:
Is like when a man sows seeds and watches them sprout and grow and create fruit, not knowing HOW that happens and then reaps the reward... the harvest. - If you are faithful to follow the Lord's commands and sow the seed, you will watch it grow, not knowing HOW because that's God's job. BUT you will reap an eternal reward that lasts for forever. < You have nothing to do with it so don't be prideful. You didn't grow the corn you just planted the seed like God asked you to.
It's like the mustard seed. The smallest faith can produce a large fruit by God and can even be used by Him to serve OTHER needs that it wasn't originally intended for! Only God can do that.
JESUS HAS THE POWER TO CALM THE PHYSICAL STORM. THE THINGS HE SAYS AND TEACHES ARE TRUE.
Faith will kill fear or fear will kill faith. They oppose each other and only one will win.