MARK 1:27 ON 1/27

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The people were all so amazed that they asked each other, “What is this? A new teaching—and with authority! He even gives orders to impure spirits and they obey him.”- Mark 1:27

Every Bible verse brings a gospel song to my mind.  What can I say…  I’m a Southern Gospel  musician – so is it really a big surprise?  This portion of Scripture reminds me of a song from 1977 by The Rambos called, “He was the Talk of the Town”.

There’s a line in that song…  skeptics called Him a devil…  interesting to call one Who gives orders to impure spirits a devil.  Hmm…  it’s been a tactic of the enemy since the dawn of time to put a spin on the truth.  Sadder still is the fact that so many folks bought the spin!  Some folks are still buying the spin.  Sigh.  We need to be so careful to have ears to hear the real truth – God’s truth.

Jesus taught with authority!  He knew Who He was and where He came from – He knew He was sent on a mission to seek and to save the lost.  Not everyone believed His teaching, but some did.

So it is when we teach today.  Not everyone will listen to the teaching of Christ.  Is that a reason to stop sharing His good news?  No, it isn’t – and we are commanded to go and preach – go and teach – go and share – go and love.  We’re given what we need to minister – and there are many ways to minister to others.  Not everyone writes a daily blog, but it seems to be the way God has opened for me.  There are creative ways to tell others about the Lord and what He has done.  Ask Him and He will open a door for you.

If you’re a prayer warrior…  send up a few for this humble blogger, okay?  I appreciate every one of them!  ❤

I’m so thankful that Christ came to earth and lived among us.  He was completely God while becoming completely human.  Don’t ask me to explain that – but that’s the truth.  He preached with authority from His Father, God.  He loved as no one before Him or after Him ever did.  Every battle he fought was spiritual in nature – and praise God – He won them all and He will win every one in the future.

There’s nothing of a spiritual nature in your life that God through Christ can and will not overcome for you.  That’s the truth – the real truth – no spin.  🙂

 

 

 

 

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LUKE 8:12 ON 8/12

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Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.  The ones along the path are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved.  And the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear the word, receive it with joy. But these have no root; they believe for a while, and in time of testing fall away.  And as for what fell among the thorns, they are those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by the cares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not mature.  As for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patience.  –  Luke 8:11-15

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The Parable of the Sower shows us how we are to receive the Word of God effectively.  When the seed hits the soil of your soul, are you moved to action, or do you just shake it off and go about your business?

  • A person with a hard heart is hardened by sin and considered one with hard ground.  Satan plucks the message away which keeps the heart dull and prevents God’s Word from making a serious impression.
  • A person who professes delight with God’s Word, yet does not have a heart that has changed is considered stony ground.  When trouble comes along, faith wavers and quickly disappears.
  • A person who seems to receive God’s Word, but whose heart is full of riches, pleasures and lusts has no time for Bible study because these other things are more fun.  This is thorny ground and it is certainly not considered a rich soil.
  • A person who not only reads God’s Word, but allows it to sink in and prays that God will be alive and working inside.  This is good ground and is the truly saved one because there is evidence in this person’s life and lifestyle.  It’s pleasing to God and honors Him.

To hear it is not enough.  It’s important to know the Word of God.  We can read it, but it’s a lot like the image we see in the mirror.  If you take a quick glance in that mirror, you will soon forget whether your hair looked combed or not.  When we take the time to study God’s Holy Word, we will know it.  We want to know it, because that is what God wants us to do. If we walk along and merely hear the Word of God, we are more susceptible to the devil’s schemes.  Nobody puts a spin on things better than he does!  He can make us believe his lies and call them gospel truth. We see it in our world today. The devil is so sneaky and whispers lies such as God doesn’t really care about you, or if God really did care, He would do something about things.  If you are experiencing serious doubts about these types of things, don’t keep listening to the devil’s deceitful lies.  Open your Bible and read it for yourself.  God will never put a spin on anything and He certainly will not lie to you – ever!  🙂