Saturday, January 30, 2016

Are You Among the Thorns?

It's amazing in gardening how unattended soil will have thorns come up and crowd out the plants you have unattended! It is so in our lives if we don't be attentive continually about things that come into our lives! We hear, "It's the popular thing now days!" "Try it just this one time!" "Everybody's doing it!" The more "thorns" there are, the less sensitive we become to the truth.

Matthew 13:22, Jesus explained, "The one who receives the seed that fell among the thorns is the man who hears the Word, but worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth chokes it, making it unfruitful."

7 reasons to not let the thorns of worry take over your life:
1. The same GOD who created life in you can be trusted with the details of your life. (Matthew 6:25)
2. Worrying about the future hampers your efforts of today. (Matthew 6:26)
3. Worrying is more harmful than helpful. (Matthew 6:27)
4. GOD does not ignore those who depend on Him. (Matthew 6:28-30)
5. Worrying shows a lack of faith in and under standing of GOD. (Matthew 6:31-32)
6. Worrying keeps us from real challenges GOD wants us to pursue. (Matthew 6:33)
7.Living one day at a time keeps us from being consumed with worry. (Matthew 6:34)

So, let not the thorns of worry consume you and your life!

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Which Best Describes Your Heart?

Do you have a heart of stone?
Does your heart turn away the message of Jesus Christ and His salvation for you? Do you continue to reject listening to your need for eternal salvation? Do you have a cold heart to GOD's Son? You then have a heart of stone for life eternal with our Awesome, Almighty, Creator, Savior, Holy Father GOD.

That stone can be broken by trusting in Jesus as your savior. 

"All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of GOD" (Romans 3:23)

"GOD so Loved the world, He gave His only Son, that whosoever believes in Him (Jesus) shall have eternal life." (John 3:16) That belief is a heart belief not a head belief. Accept Him today and the stone around your heart will break loose with GOD's mysteries being revealed to you!

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Which Dirt Do You Have?

Good Soil Verses Bad

Matthew 13:3-9, "Then He (Jesus) told them many things in parables, saying, 'A farmer went out to sow his seed. Some fell along the pathway where birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places not having much soil. It sprang up quickly, but the sun came up scorching because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns which grew up and choked out the plant. Still other seed fell on good soil where it produced a crop. He who has ears, let him hear.' "

A parable compares something familiar to something unfamiliar. Some will hear and others will not want to listen. Those who are receptive to spiritual truth will understand. To others it will only be stories without meaning.

In this parable the farmer sowed good seed, but not all produced because of the soil. The Seed is the WORD of GOD. The soils are mankind: pathway, rocks, thorns, and good soil. Pathway is where it is trampled upon or devoured. Rocks are the "hardheadedness" of the heart. Thorns are the influential factors choking out the truth. Good soil is enriched with the willingness to be spiritually open to hear, process, and apply the WORD of GOD:
1. All have sinned and fall short of the glory of GOD. (Romans 3:23)
2. Jesus died for your sins. (Romans 5:6)
3. Repent and accept Jesus as your Savior and       you will be saved. (Acts 2:21) 

What soil do you have? Do you want to listen or refuse to listen? Where you spend eternity is your choice. Accept Jesus-eternity with GOD. Reject Jesus-eternity in the Lake of Fire. (Revelation 20:15)