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Quick think…

Posted: January 25, 2014 in Quick Think
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Today is an AWESOME DAY!!!! Sometimes you have to shout out to the world that you are having an awesome day. I’ve found when you express your happiness and profess your day. It changes your environment. The next time you can,shout out to the world that you are having an awesome day. I guarantee you will feel good inside and out.

Sowing On Good Ground

Speak With Your Eyes and See With Your Ears

 

As a child I would always hear my mother say, “Angels see with their ears and speak with their eyes.” Whenever she would say that, I would give a bare look. I could not grasp what she was saying to me. As I matured and had encounters with angels in my visions, dreams, and in everyday life, I learned very quickly what she meant and what she said. If you have never had a personal encounter with an angel, think back to a time when you did something wrong and your mother gave you ‘the look’. In that moment, your mother did not have to say anything to you. She simple gave you ‘the look’ and you immediately understood what she said and changed your behavior. With angels, it is the same way. You will notice you never see them move their mouths, however you can hear so much when they look at you. In Matthew 13:13 Yeshua says “Here is why I speak to them in parables: they look without seeing and listen without hearing or understanding.”
(Complete Jewish Bible – CJB)Yeshua was explaining to the talmidim why he was speaking to the people in parables. Yeshua goes on to state in verses 14-15 (CJB), “That is, in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Yesha`yahu which says, `You will keep on hearing but never understand, and keep on seeing but never perceive, because the heart of this people has become dull — with their ears they barely hear, and their eyes they have closed, so as not to see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their heart, and do t’shuvah, so that I could heal them.”

You may ask why I am sharing this with you. It is very simple. I want you to be able to communicate in a way you have never communicated before. Communication is not just hearing information. It is LISTENING to transmitted information and RECEIVING it. Once you have mastered communication you will understand the importance of sowing on good ground. You will understand that you must be careful where you plant your seed. In your listening to God, you will sow your seed where he tells you to sow. You will be more mindful of how you treat others and how you act. The message you are displaying with your actions will change and line up with the word of God. On the contrary if you do not learn to communicate and keep God’s Torah (commandments) you will reap all that you sow. On that note I want to leave you with more from Matthew 13 below.

But you, how blessed are your eyes, because they see, and your ears, because they hear! 17 Yes indeed! I tell you that many a prophet and many a Tzaddik longed to see the things you are seeing but did not see them, and to hear the things you are hearing but did not hear them. 18 “So listen to what the parable of the sower means. 19 Whoever hears the message about the Kingdom, but doesn’t understand it, is like the seed sown along the path — the Evil One comes and seizes what was sown in his heart. 20 The seed sown on rocky ground is like a person who hears the message and accepts it with joy at once, 21 but has no root in himself. So he stays on for a while; but as soon as some trouble or persecution arises on account of the message, he immediately falls away. 22 Now the seed sown among thorns stands for someone who hears the message, but it is choked by the worries of the world and the deceitful glamor of wealth, so that it produces nothing. 23 However, what was sown on rich soil is the one who hears the message and understands it; such a person will surely bear fruit, a hundred or sixty or thirty times what was sown.”

Then in Matthew 13:24 Another parable is given to them by Yeshua. “The Kingdom of Heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field; 25 but while people were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, then went away. 26 When the wheat sprouted and formed heads of grain, the weeds also appeared. 27 The owner’s servants came to him and said, `Sir didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Where have the weeds come from?’ 28 He answered, `An enemy has done this.’ The servants asked him, `Then do you want us to go and pull them up?’ 29 But he said, `No, because if you pull up the weeds, you might uproot some of the wheat at the same time. 30 Let them both grow together until the harvest; and at harvest time I will tell the reapers to collect the weeds first and tie them in bundles to be burned, but to gather the wheat into my barn.'” 31 Yeshua put before them another parable. “The Kingdom of Heaven is like a mustard seed which a man takes and sows in his field. 32 It is the smallest of all seeds, but when it grows up it is larger than any garden plant and becomes a tree, so that the birds flying about come and nest in its branches.” 33 And he told them yet another parable. “The Kingdom of Heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed with a bushel of flour, then waited until the whole batch of dough rose.” 34 All these things Yeshua said to the crowds in parables; indeed, he said nothing to them without using a parable. 35 This was to fulfill what had been spoken through the prophet, “I will open my mouth in parables, I will say what has been hidden since the creation of the universe.”h 36 Then he left the crowds and went into the house. His talmidim approached him and said, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field.” 37 He answered, “The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man; 38 the field is the world. As for the good seed, these are the people who belong to the Kingdom; and the weeds are the people who belong to the Evil One. 39 The enemy who sows them is the Adversary, the harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels. 40 Just as the weeds are collected and burned up in the fire, so will it be at the end of the age. 41 The Son of Man will send forth his angels, and they will collect out of his Kingdom all the things that cause people to sin and all the people who are far from Torah; 42 and they will throw them into the fiery furnace, where people will wail and grind their teeth. 43 Then the righteous will shine forth like the sun in the Kingdom of their Father. Whoever has ears, let him hear! 44 “The Kingdom of Heaven is like a treasure hidden in a field. A man found it, hid it again, then in great joy went and sold everything he owned, and bought that field. 45 “Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a merchant on the lookout for fine pearls. 46 On finding one very valuable pearl he went away, sold everything he owned and bought it. 47 “Once more, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a net thrown into the lake, that caught all kinds of fish. 48 When it was full, the fishermen brought the net up onto the shore, sat down and collected the good fish in baskets, but threw the bad fish away. 49 So it will be at the close of the age — the angels will go forth and separate the evil people from among the righteous 50 and throw them into the fiery furnace, where they will wail and grind their teeth. 51 “Have you understood all these things?” “Yes,” they answered. 52 He said to them, “So then, every Torah-teacher who has been made into a talmid for the Kingdom of Heaven is like the owner of a home who brings out of his storage room both new things and old.” 53 When Yeshua had finished these parables, he left 54 and went to his home town. There he taught them in their synagogue in a way that astounded them, so that they asked, “Where do this man’s wisdom and miracles come from? 55 Isn’t he the carpenter’s son? Isn’t his mother called Miryam? and his brothers Ya`akov, Yosef, Shim`on and Y’hudah? 56 And his sisters, aren’t they all with us? So where does he get all this?” 57 And they took offense at him. But Yeshua said to them, “The only place people don’t respect a prophet is in his home town and in his own house.” 58 And he did few miracles there because of their lack of trust.

 

Scripture Reference

Matthew 13; Genesis 15

Staying Connected

Scripture References: Psalms 119:133; Romans 1:16, 8:14; Hebrews 4; Psalm 95:7-8; Isaiah 66:23; Jeremiah 29:11

We all have accountability for what we ask of God. It is something how we often put God on the back burner, yet we still ask him to do things for us, to fix this or that, and more. It is up to us to pursue Yahweh (God) daily. Hebrews chapter 4 tells us, no matter what happens in our life to make sure we stay on track with Yahweh. If we fall off track, get back on track and allow nothing to come in-between the relationship we have with God. While sin is always present, we should not allow it to rule over us. If we want the word of God to lead us, then we must study his word and speak his word. In the book of Isaiah 66:23, we learn that we are never to turn away from the Holy Day, the Sabbath. “Every month on Rosh-Hodesh and every week on Shabbat, everyone living will come to worship in my presence,” says ADONAI. (Isaiah 66:23). We cannot go day after day, year after year and not study his word. There should not be a moment lived in our life where we are not in communication with God. Staying connected with Yahweh is easier than many think. Here are a few steps I take to assure that I remain connected with him.

  • Pray as soon as you awake. It is important that the moment you wake up you take time to thank God for waking you up. Then proceed to ask him to guide you throughout the day. My prayer usually goes something like this, Father I thank you for waking me up this morning. I thank you for allowing my body to function in the order in which you have created it to operate. Thank you for all that you have in store for me to encounter on this day. For the lives I will pour into and those that will pour into me. I ask that you use me today, speak through me, and allow me to see things through your eyes. Renew my mind; let my mind be in you. Amen!
  • Anoint your body when you bathe. It is important that we anoint ourselves. This is how we speak over and cover ourselves. During this time dispatch your angels to go before you, to cover you, and ask the Holy Spirit to guide you throughout the day.
  • Read a chapter. It only takes a moment to read one chapter. You can read a chapter of your bible instead of a magazine or newspaper, while eating your breakfast. You will find that God will lead you to the chapter that is needed in that very moment of your life.
  • Open your mouth. When God tells you to say something, speak. Too often do we ask that God use yet when he instructs us to speak, we buckle. It can be something as small as saying hello to a complete stranger.
  • Close your day with a prayer and chapter. What a great way to end your day, in the presence of God. I love just talking to God and thanking him for all my experiences during the day. This is the time where I reflect on the day, I learn what I did right, what I could have possibly done better or what I missed. God begins preparing me mentally and emotionally for the day to come. Then as I begin to drift into the atmosphere, God takes me where he desires. Yes, you have read that correctly, God wants to take us spiritually into many places but this cannot happen if we do not remain connected to him.

My prayer is that today’s message will reach you right where you are and transform the relationship you have with God. I want to close out with something my 6-year-old daughter said to us in service that was so profound. She said, “If you open the door you will get power, relationship, spoken, pick a word and read.”