Don’t Be Offended

(Matthew 13:20-21) “But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it; {21} Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended.”

In Matthew 13:20-21 Jesus describes in the parable of the sower people who hear the word and quickly receive it with joy, but have no root and once tribulation or persecution occurs they are offended. In the parable of the sower the seed (the word) can fall upon different types of ground. So, we are the ground, the word is the seed, and the seed must take root and grow. How does it take root and grow you may ask? The seed takes root and grows by reading your Bible daily. It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God (Matthew 4:4). The Word of God is your daily food and nutrition for growth. Jesus is the Word as stated in John 1:1, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” He also is the root, Isaiah 53:2 “For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.” We see from scripture that Jesus is the Word and the root, so we need to read the Word in order for us to be rooted.

Matthew 13:21 says that once tribulation or persecution occurs these people are offended. For those that think once you become a Christian your life will be all roses, no problems, and no headaches this simply is not true. In John Ch. 15 and continuing in Ch. 16 Jesus talks to His disciples on what to expect in this world after His departure so they wouldn’t be offended (John 16:1 “These things have I spoken unto you, that ye should not be offended.”). Jesus warned them of being thrown out of synagogues and being killed by those who think they are doing the service of God (John 16:2-3). He offered these words of comfort in John 16:33, “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”

We can look at the testimony of many in the Bible and see that it wasn’t easy to follow Christ. One man in particular, Paul went through much tribulation and persecution. He was beaten, imprisoned, stoned (but survived,Acts 14:19-20), and finally killed for the cause of Christ. The disciples knew that they must continue in the faith and through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God (Acts 14:22) and we must do the same. 2 Timothy 3:12 says; Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. It doesn’t say we might it says we shall, so we must expect it.

Please “Don’t Be Offended” when tribulation and persecution occurs, take the time now to read and study your Bible daily so you can be rooted and grow. Jesus says in Luke 7:23, “And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.”

All scriptures are KJV only.

 

Are You Good Ground?

In Matthew, Mark, and Luke Jesus spoke on the parable of the sower which gives an illustration on how the seed (the Word of God) is sown and whether it was fruitful or not. I want to focus on the seed that was sown on good ground. In the book of Mark the sower sowed the word (4:14 KJV) and they heard the word, received it, and brought forth fruit (4:20 KJV). This brings me to my question “Are You Good Ground”?

As we have read having good ground would illustrate someone who has heard, received, and is going out to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ to win souls (bringing forth fruit). Soul winning is a very important part of being a Bible believing Christian. Jesus told the disciples this very thing in Matthew 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, his whole ministry was about sharing the gospel. It seems as though alot of Christians forget or ignore this command of Jesus. Some make many excuses like ” I don’t know what to say”, “people don’t want to hear it”, “I’m too shy”, “that’s the Pastors job”, and probably the most used one “I’m scared”.

Jeremiah 1:7-9 gives us a great example for those with the excuse of not knowing what to say. (Jeremiah 1:7-9) “¶ But the LORD said unto me, Say not, I am a child: for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak. {8} Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the LORD. {9} Then the LORD put forth his hand, and touched my mouth. And the LORD said unto me, Behold, I have put my words in thy mouth.” We also know we have the Holy Spirit to lead and guide us in all situations including winning someone to Christ. In regards to being fearful we know that it states in 2 Timothy 1:7; For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. For example, look at Moses when God told him to speak with Pharoah about letting His people go, he didn’t want to do it because he wasn’t an eloquent speaker. God assured him he would be with his mouth and teach him what to say, Moses still didn’t want to comply which made God very angry (Exodus 4:10-14). Every excuse given is not a valid excuse. When we are told to do something by God we ought to trust Him and obey. God told Moses He would help him, but Moses didn’t trust His word. He has already told us what to say in His word when going out to soul win.

I want to share some soul winning tips and scriptures for those that may need them. If you don’t have the books of the Bible memorized already do so. It will help when trying to show someone the scriptures in your Bible. Memorizing soul winning scriptures will be of great benefit when your Bible isn’t handy. Create a soul winning script, which is writing out the dialogue of what you will say and practice it on your family and friends. Below are some example scriptures that can be used for soul winning.

Soul Winning Scriptures:

John 3:16-18, Romans 3:23, Romans 6:23, Rev. 21:8, Hebrews 10:12, Romans 10:9, Romans 10:13, 1 John 4:15, Luke 15:10, 2 Corinthians 5:17-18.

Remember! Proverbs 11:30 says; The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.

 

Are You Ready to Change Your Diet?

When I ask are you ready to change your diet I’m not talking about changing your dietary habits. I’m talking about changing your spiritual diet from milk to meat. For some have been on milk for too long and it’s time to grow up. As our Bible states in Hebrews 5:13-14 “For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. {14} But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.” Even in our dietary needs as babies there comes a time when you must start eating solid foods to sustain and provide your body with the nutrients for growth. It isn’t beneficial to stay on milk. The same is true for our spiritual diet we can’t grow to full age if we are still on milk.

I want to share some examples on what it looks like to be on milk and what it looks like to be on meat.

A believer that is on milk:

-Doesn’t read their Bible on their own they wait until Sunday for the Pastor to read it for them.

-Believes everything the Pastor tells them without checking it for themselves.

-Aren’t able to name or can barely name any Bible character or story.

-Easily influenced by false teachers/ false prophets and doctrines of devils because of the lack of discernment.

Clearly the Bible instructs that we need to study, in 2 Timothy 2:15 it states “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” In studying the Word of God for yourself you would be able to identify when you hear something that is not true, excercising discernment. There are many false teachers and prophets among us as it states in 2 Peter 2:1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.

A believer that is on meat:

-Seek the Kingdom of God (Matthew 6:33)

-Read their Bible daily (Matthew 4:4)

-Study to shew thyself approved

-They can identify false teachers/ false prophets and doctrines of devils

-Speak the truth without compromise

Of course changing one’s diet may be a struggle at first because it involves self control and determination. The self control in not being distracted as you open your Bible to study God’s Word. The determination to be like Christ and exemplify Him in your daily walk. It also involves the act of being unselfish with your time because it is His time after all. Remember you do have the Holy Spirit in you to help with all your struggles.

Spiritual growth is necessary for us to become all that God wants us to be. When you decide you want more out of your walk with God, you want more of Him, and you are not satisfied being on milk anymore because your body needs something that will fill you and that is the meat of the Word.

I’ll ask you again are you ready to change your diet?

*All scriptures are KJV only.