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The Good Seed – Wheat and Tares – Part 5

I find myself with a bit of a crazy life. I went digging through the archives for something good to share today and found this. It is right out of the middle of a series on the parable of the Wheat and Tares, but it stands alone nicely. If you want to dig into this parable, you can head here for the first one in the series.

 

Wheat

He presented another parable to them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field.

and the field is the world; and as for the good seed, these are the sons of the kingdom; and the tares are the sons of the evil one” (Matthew 13:24, 38 NASB)

Another simple one today – Seed.

The Greek word pretty much preaches itself: the Greek word for seed is sperma.

Here are a couple excerpts from Thayer’s Lexicon (skipping the human seed definitions)

- the seed i.e. the grain or kernel which contains within itself the germ of the future plants
- whatever possesses vital force or life giving power
- of divine energy of the Holy Spirit operating within the soul by which we are regenerated

Seed

Seed

In the last parable – (the Parable of the Soils) the seed was the Word of God planted in us to impregnate us with truth and the life of God.

Boy – that’ll preach brother Ben.

In this parable the good seed are the sons of the kingdom.

So here it is:

  • First the Word of Life – the seed (sperma) of the Lord  – bursting with new, wonderful, abundant life – is planted in your heart
  • You become pregnant – bursting with new, wonderful, abundant life.
  • Then you (sperma) are in turn planted in the earth – bursting with new, wonderful, abundant life.

I love that the Word is seed in me, and I am seed in the world. I am God’s method of bringing that seed (His word – bursting with new, wonderful, abundant life) to a lost and dying world.

Are you wiling to be planted?

It does mean you will have to die, so others can have life.

Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains by itself alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. (John 12:24 NASB)

Today is a great day to die! Just think of the new, wonderful, abundant life you will be creating! [Tweet This]

BenThanks for stopping by today.

See you tomorrow.

Ben

Field photo credit: downhilldom1984 via photopin cc

Seed photo credit: Martin LaBar (going on hiatus) via photopin cc

Thayer’s Lexicon via BlueLetterBible.org

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Savior’s Food

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The Last Supper – Leonardo Da Vinci

By Benjamin Nelson

Jesus said:

It is written, ‘MAN SHALL NOT LIVE ON BREAD ALONE, BUT ON EVERY WORD THAT PROCEEDS OUT OF THE MOUTH OF GOD.‘ – Matthew 4:4

Which, by the way, is a direct quote from Deuteronomy 8:3

Jesus also said:

My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to accomplish His work.John 4:34

So which is it?

Is God’s Word spoken to our hearts the food we live on?

Is accomplishing what He sends us to do what sustains us?

What I want to show you today is that, to Jesus, there was no distinction between hearing and doing.

And this is where we fall down.

We hear the Word of the Father, and we judge it, we debate it, we line up for or against it. We come just short…

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Our God Reigns ~ Delirious? Lyrics

This song, which is from Delirious?’ CD – The Mission Bell from 2005 found it’s way onto my Worship Faves playlist. Nearly every time I hear it I’m touched by the plight of the lost and dying around us, and the plight of our sin sick world.

Our God Reigns

40 million babies
Lost to Gods great orphanage
It’s a modern day genocide
And a modern day disgrace

If this is a human right
Then why aren’t we free?
The only freedom we have is
In a Man nailed to a tree

100 million faces
Staring at the sky
Wondering if this HIV
Will ever pass us by

The devil stole the rain
And hope trickles down the plug
But still my Chinese take away
Could pay for someone’s drugs

Our God reigns, our God reigns
Forever Your Kingdom reigns

The west has found a gun
And it’s loaded with ‘unsure’
Nip and tuck, if you have the bucks
In a race to find a cure

Psalm one hundred and thirty nine
Is the conscience to our selfish crime
God didn’t screw up when He made you
He’s a Father who loves to parade you

Our God reigns, our God reigns
Forever Your Kingdom reigns
Our God reigns, our God reigns
Forever Your Kingdom reigns

Our God reigns
Yes, our God reigns, our God reigns
Forever Your Kingdom reigns
Our God reigns, He reigns
He reigns, He reigns

Yes, You reign, You reign
You reign, yes, You reign

For there is only one true God
But we’ve lost the reins on this world
Forgive us all, forgive us please
As we fight for this broken world on our knees

Our God reigns, our God reigns
Forever Your Kingdom reigns
Our God reigns, our God reigns
Forever Your Kingdom reigns

He reigns, He reigns
He reigns

Songwriters
Stuart David Garrard; John Thatcher; Martin James Smith; Timothy Jupp; Stewart Smith

Published by
BIRDWING MUSIC

 

 

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Spice it Up ~ SoS Saturday

photo credit: svenwerk via photopin cc

photo credit: svenwerk via photopin cc

My beloved has gone to his garden,
To the beds of spices,
To feed his flock in the gardens,
And to gather lilies.

- Song of Songs 6:2 NKJV

The north wind of adversity has stirred up the fragrance of the spices that grow in our maiden’s garden. The fact that she praises the Lover of her soul in the days of silence draws Him into the garden – her secret place.

Remember the Father uses the north and south wind to enhance the fragrance of the spices, and so the tribulations that we walk through faithfully draw Him to us, and He loves what grows in our lives.

He uses what grows in our lives, and what emanates from our hearts (these fragrant spices) to feed others. The Lord often repurposes what we go through to enhance the growth of others.

God wastes nothing. Think about when Jesus fed the multitudes. What did He do after dinner? He had the boys gather up all that was left over, and there was plenty. So it is with the work He does in our lives. The fruit of the Father’s work in our lives becomes gleanings for others in His care. [Tweet This]

I know there are times that God puts us in testing, but not every test we walk through comes directly from His hand. Some of our trials come from the hand of the enemy, who is launching fiery darts with our names on them.

Our Shepherd King stands with us in each trial, and never lets anything in our life – in our garden – go to waste.

God doesn’t necessarily put us in the circumstances that try our faith, but He is able to use all things to work together the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purposes. (Romans 8:28)

The Lord feeds us in the garden, in our secret place. This is where the trials and tribulations of life bear fruit. As the garden of our soul is given over to Him to do with as He sees fit, and the north and south winds blow, we’re nourished.

Paul prays for the Ephesians:

…that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, – Ephesians 1:17-18 NKJV

And so it is in our lives. The winds of adversity stir up the spices of our gardens so that we grow in the spirit of wisdom and revelation. There is the glint of light in the eyes of our understanding and our knowledge – first hand knowledge – of the hope of His calling comes to life, and it smells wonderful.

Lord, I pray that the fragrance of my life would increase as I walk through life, in good times and bad.

Ben NelsonThanks for stopping by for a visit.

Come back again soon.

Ben

 

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Ancient “gods” We Still Worship | Comments on Christianity

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By Zach Van Houten

We think idolatry is a thing of the past. Something uneducated, uncivilized people created in biblical times. I mean, who would worship a carved statue anyway? I haven’t seen much of this myself. Actually I have never seen it with my own eyes.

But are we all that different from those who practiced idolatry? Let’s examine a few of the false idols in the bible. [Read More... Ancient “gods” We Still Worship | Comments on Christianity].

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The Safest Place On Earth

Mull this over with me for a few minutes:

I have manifested Your name to the men whom You gave Me out of the world; – John 17:6

A few weeks back we saw from John 16 that the Holy Spirit gives us everything there is to get via disclosure or revelation. [read about that here]

I have talked much about the wonderful name of Jesus and the names of God – all those magnificent “I AM”s of the Old and New Testaments.

Here in John 17:6 we find that Jesus’ method of discipleship was to walk through life with these boys and manifest – demonstrate – the name of the Father to them. Jesus demonstrated what it looked like to be “in the name.”

The Father’s name – revealed in all those “Jehovah …” statements and Jesus’ name – revealed in all His “I AM” statements paint for us a picture of the character and nature of God. [I AM healer … provider … righteousness … banner … door… way … truth… life … resurrection … vine … door – you get the idea]

But it does not end with seeing the character and nature of God in Christ.

I am no longer in the world; and yet they themselves are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep them in Your name, the name which You have given Me, that they may be one even as We are. “While I was with them, I was keeping them in Your name which You have given Me; and I guarded them and not one of them perished but the son of perdition, so that the Scripture would be fulfilled. – John 17:6, 11-12 NASB

We are “kept” IN the name.

Jesus demonstrated the name – a full disclosure or revelation.

The revelation of truth by the Spirit makes it ours.

Not only do we now own it – we are drawn into it.

The Name of the Father is given to us as a dwelling place. He abides in us, we abide in Him – and the “how” is by the revelation of His name to our spirit.

As we understand the nature and character of the Father – we live in that truth. We trust in it. We make life choices counting on His character to back us. His name becomes our life collateral.

Then check out the end of it – Jesus says that when He was “keeping them in Your (the Father’s) name – he guarded – protected – covered them.

It turns out that the Father’s name – and by extension the name of Jesus – the name above all names, given to Jesus – the name at which every knee shall bow – that name – is the safest place on earth. [Tweet This]

Father, this day, help me live my life completely in Your great name.

Ben NelsonThanks for stopping by today.

You are a huge blessing to me.

Ben

 

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Raw Materials

It’s another red letter day, and I want to show you an exciting progression that jumped out at me last night.

I have manifested Your name to the men whom You gave Me out of the world; they were Yours and You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word. – John 17:6 NASB

  1. God found me in the world
  2. God – the giver – gave me to Jesus
  3. When I was still in the world, I belonged to God
  4. I now belong to Jesus

When I was a self-absorbed, self-centered worldling, God found me. When my only interest in God was how He made me look and what He could do for me, He handed me over to Jesus – no wrapping paper – no gift card – just me.

Jesus received me (and you too!) as if I were a lump of raw material and started working on forming a model of Himself. [Tweet This]

The tools He uses to work this clay are His word and His wonderful name.

You, Lord, are the potter. I want to look like you, Jesus. Help me to be pliable and conformable to your image. Have Your way in me today.

Ben NelsonThanks for stopping by.

Don’t forget to turn the light on.

Ben

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