Ever since the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3:15) God tells us of a future descendant. This descendant would be victorious over the serpent over death, hell and the grave. This descendant is the Messiah and for 4000 years, Israel was watching for their Messiah. The Messiah would set up his kingdom.
When the Jewish religious leaders rejected Jesus Christ as their long awaited Messiah, God saved a Jew named Saul, changed his name to Paul and sent him to preach to Gentiles. Why? Because God tells us. God wants to provoke the Jews to jealousy, that Gentiles would be serving and worshipping their God.
Remember, when Messiah would come, he would set up his kingdom, the Kingdom of Heaven. Had the Jews accepted Christ, the kingdom would have come in then. But God knew the Jewish leaders would reject Jesus as was prophesied in the Old Testament.
When Jesus walked physically on earth Jesus was speaking about the Kingdom of Heaven and how that kingdom operates. Jesus explained the kingdom in many ways, especially through parables. Each parable explained a principle of the Kingdom of Heaven.
The parable of the Sower
The parable of the Wheat and Tares
The parable of The Mustard Tree
The parable of The Leaven
The Hid Treasure
Different laws and principles applied to the kingdom Jesus taught in the Sermon on the Mount and other verses. These kingdom principles cover:
Food and Clothing
And the conditions to enter this kingdom
Throughout Paul’s letters to the churches, Paul is trying to teach Gentiles how God operates, who we are in Christ and kingdom principles.
Gentiles had pagan ways, pagan teachings. Paul even said the Jews require a sign, some proof from God but Gentiles seek wisdom. Gentiles want knowledge about God and his ways.
And then, some Jewish believers tried to tell Gentile believers they needed to keep the Old Testament law that was given to the Jews, even though they are New Testament believers. Paul said no, that is not correct. We are one in Christ made up of Jews and Gentiles.
Even today, churches try to put believers under Old Testament laws. This should not be so. Jesus even explained believers are put into the Kingdom of God and Jesus said the Kingdom of God would be inside of believers. The kingdom of God is inside us, the Holy Spirit indwells all true believers guiding and teaching us.
Luke 17:20, 21 – ” And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation:
21. Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.”
The Kingdom of Heaven is a literal kingdom where Jesus reigns as King of kings and Lord of lords. The Kingdom of God is inside believers, it is not seen with earthly eyes. The Kingdom of God is like a spiritual kingdom where Christ rules and reigns in our hearts. It would be like saying, the Kingdom of God rules our spirit man, our inner man and the Kingdom of Heaven rules and reigns on earth, physically and will be seen.
So when I speak of Kingdom principles, I am speaking about how God has established his way of doing things in this earth. Our spirit man sits in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. Our physical man, sits on this earth. Our spirit man is guided by the Holy Spirit who leads us into all truth. So man has a choice.
Do you choose to be lead and guided by the Holy Spirit in your spirit man and lead by the world’s ways in your flesh on this planet? Or, do you choose to be lead and guided by the Holy Spirit in your inner spirit man and choose to apply kingdom principles to your earthly man? To be lead by God’s way?
We are on a pathway to discover God’s ways known as Kingdom Principles. True success, prosperity, victory over this world comes by following God and his ways, his principles. My plan is to try to show a few kingdom principles and show you how God describes and applies these principles so we can learn to operate in kingdom principles. Until next time.
People in this world live in a country, a kingdom. Each country has laws, rules, and customs. Each country has a leadership team. In America, our constitution puts all the authority into the people’s hands. Elected representatives have tried to remove the authority of the people and bloat a centralized government, trying to remove the power and authority from the people. This is what sets America out from all the other countries. In America, the power and authority rests with the people, not a group of people in a centralized government. Whether the American people know and understand this does not matter. If the American people believe this or not, does not matter. The records prove the power and authority belongs to the people. And as long as the American constitution exists and is the law of the land, it will always be so.
God has his kingdom as well. And God’s “constitution” is his word, the Scriptures. When we look at the scriptures we see the Old Testament speaks of a coming Messiah. The Messiah would come and set everything straight, everything that was wrong, would be made right. The Messiah would set up his kingdom and because the Messiah would setup his kingdom on earth, his kingdom would be a just kingdom because his kingdom comes from God.
Scripture tells us who the Messiah is, where he would be born, and many other attributes and evidence of the true Messiah. Scripture also tells us Messiah would be God himself. Another words God manifest in the flesh. Man would know, when he met Messiah he was meeting God himself, in the flesh.
This was hard for man to understand because God is one. My Jewish friends would say, Christians have three gods. No, Christians have one God, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. But God makes himself known to man in many ways – a burning bush, a pillar of fire, a cloud, and many other ways.
When people say, Christians have three gods, ask? Do you have a body? Yes. Do you have a soul? Yes. Do you have a spirit? Yes. So are you three people? No. God created man in his image scripture says in Genesis. If God created man in his image and God gave man a body, a soul and a spirit, guess what God has? A body, Jesus Christ, a soul, the mind of God. And a spirit, the Holy Spirit. That does not mean three gods just like there are not three of you. But those three parts, your spirit, your soul ( mind, will and emotions) and your body, make up one you. So is it with God.
We know there are angels because scripture tells us so. We could surmise the angels live in an angelic tealm, right? The angelic realm has its own rules, laws and methods of operations, right? Each country on this planet has their own kingdom. God has his kingdom too.
Remember the Lord’s prayer? Thy kingdom come? Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven? So if believers are ambassadors for Christ, and we are, we are on earth living in an earthly kingdom as a foreigner. We are pilgrims in a foreign land. We represent the kingdom of God. We are dispatched to all different countries to bring the message of our kingdom to the kingdoms of this earth.
Now stick with me here. If you go to a foreign country, do you abandon your country’s rules, laws, customs? No. Granted, some countries may put you in jail for practicing your country’s customs and laws but you do not abandon who you are. You may adapt or compromise your faith, your character, your customs, but you do not abandon them. Maybe the world’s system demands you abandon them, after all, look at Daniel the prophet.
God’s people do not compromise their faith, their leader, their rules and laws as established by God. That is what Hebrews chapter eleven explains. Believers were killed for not compromising. And as we studied when we went through the book of Revelation, if believers refuse to take the mark of the beast in their right hand or in their forehead, they will not be able to buy or sell anything. Compromise is not an option.
In our day, believers have compromised their faith because they do not want to be persecuted. They will sell God out for the “pleasures of this world”. If believers truly understood the difference in the kingdoms, they might get courage to take a stand for God and his kingdom. And that is where this study series is born.
As a believer, I took myself aside. Sort of like putting myself on a cloud. I looked at (figuratively speaking) God and his kingdom, which I am a part of, and I see the world. God sets me down in a part of the world. In my case, in America in the state of Florida. He tells me to use his kingdom principles in Florida and reach the lost. He tells me I may have obstacles, hardships, difficulty sometimes and I may be put in prison but stand fast and keep using his kingdom principles. He will reward me before and after my time is up in this world.
And that is when we see prison doors opened, like Peter saw. That is when we see the Red Sea parted. That is when we see people escape in a basket, like Paul. But sometimes we may be killed, like John the Baptist. Many Christians do not want to make sacrifices today. They are willing to sell God out for a life of comfort. And that is why scripture says, many are called but few are chosen. Revelation 3:14 – 22 describes the current day church as neither cold nor hot, but lukewarm when it describes the Laodecian church.
Many believers today are ignorant of God’s kingdom principles because they were not taught God’s kingdom principles. Many are taught the OT law. Others are taught a prosperity gospel and gain is godliness.
1 Timothy 6:3 – 19 KJV ” If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness;
4. He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings,
5. Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.
6. But godliness with contentment is great gain.
7. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.
8. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.
9. But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.
10. For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
11. But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.
12. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.
13. I give thee charge in the sight of God, who quickeneth all things, and before Christ Jesus, who before Pontius Pilate witnessed a good confession;
14. That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukeable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ:
15. Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords;
16. Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen.
17. Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy;
18. That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate;
19. Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life. ”
Honestly, like you, I too have heard how God wants to make all my dreams come true. But that is not what Hebrews 11 tells us. So what is the truth? As an ambassador of Christ, set down in the state of Florida, what do I do? How do I handle things? I must use the gifts and tools God gave me to reach the lost. I must use God’s kingdom principles to live in Florida and I must never, never compromise on my faith.
So the next posts will be on discovering God’s kingdom principles and applying them in my space, my life in Florida. Applying God’s principles to you and your life. Do you want to go on that journey? Until next time.
If you sit back and take a look at your life – what you do for God, how you treat people, if you share the gospel of salvation, if you walk with God or you walk in this world you have to ask at some point, what am I not “getting” about what happens in my life. Why are some believers care free and other believers seem to have all kinds of problems.
Then I look at Hebrews 11, the chapter of faith which records all these promises God made and how believers believed God for the promises even if they never saw the promise come to pass. Hebrews 11 records where some believers saw promises come to pass, like Noah, like Rahab, like Abraham but other believers believed God and went to their death never seeing the promise (s) come to pass.
Hebrews 11: 35 – 40 ” Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection:
36. And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment:
37. They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented;
38. (Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.
39. And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise:
40. God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.”
We know today, Old Testament scripture points to Yeshua / Jesus coming. The Messiah would come and set up what? His kingdom. And the New Testament shows us the Messiah, Yeshua/Jesus came. But he did not set up his kingdom because he was rejected and crucified. So the earthly kingdom Messiah would set up did not happen in the disciples lifetime. Promises made by God, believers did not see happen yet – just like Hebrews 11 says.
But not only did Jesus speak of the kingdom of heaven, but he spoke of other kingdoms too, including the kingdom of God. An example of the kingdom is the parable of the nobleman in Luke 19.
Recently, I have heard many believers say, ” kingdom principles “. When I thought on those two words it was like God was trying to tell me something. I don’t know exactly how many countries are in the world today, but each country has their own kingdom. Their country has their own rules, policies, and laws. When you go into one of the kingdoms, you must obey their laws or be imprisoned. And you can not take the laws from your country/kingdom and occupy another kingdom under your laws. It does not work that way.
As I was looking at the parable of the nobleman, I realized that is a picture of God’s kingdom and how God’s kingdom works. But how can I apply those teachings to my life in the 21st century? And how does living in this world’s kingdoms, as a believer and citizen of heaven play out?
You see, I am a pilgrim in a foreign land. This world is not my home. I am just passing through this world as an ambassador for Christ. And for now, I am in another’s kingdom, in America. But when God created man, he gave man rule and dominion over the earth in Genesis. When man sinned, he lost something. Not only did man spiritually die towards God, but he opened the door to Satan and Satan became the prince and power of the air.
So when I started looking at the parable of the nobleman, I decided to stop and go to the beginning of Luke 19 to look at the background. To see what happened in this world to cause Jesus to speak about the nobleman. Yes, we see Zacchaeus but notice verses 9 and 10.
Luke 19:9,10 – ” And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham.
10. For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost. ”
Look at verse 10. Look at it again. Ask yourself, who? The Son of man (Jesus). What did he do? He came. Why did he come? To seek and to save. What did he come to seek and save? Not who, but what? Jesus came to seek and save something that was lost.
When you read about Zacchaeus, you see he received Jesus joyfully. Just like the parable of the sower in Luke 7. Some receive the word joyfully. But notice what Jesus said about Zacchaeus? Jesus said Zacchaeus is a son of Abraham. Abraham had Ishmael and Isaac for sons and that was thousands of years before this meeting with Jesus.
So before we ever look at the nobleman, we have to understand what happened to make Jesus mention the parable in the first place. We will pick it up from here next time. Until next time.
When our spirit man fights our flesh, and we loose the fight, remember, we live to fight another day. Believers are alive unto God. Our spirit man hears God speak to us. Scripture says God’s people hear his voice. If you do not hear God speak to you and you are a believer, something is wrong. Jesus said, my sheep hear my voice.
When we hear God speak to us he may ask us to do something we do not want to do. So if you do not do what God asked you to do, is that sin? Or what if you are trying to do what God asked you to do but you keep failing at accomplishing what he has asked?
Abraham is a good example.
Genesis 12:1 – ” Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee: ”
If God asked you to leave your family, leave your land, could you? Scripture also tells us to obey is better than sacrifice. As New Testament believers, God has helped us understand our spirit, soul and body. God has taught us the spirit man is born again, not the flesh. And God taught us it is the soul that gets saved, not our spirit man and not our body. So when our body does not want to obey God and our spirit and soul do want to obey God, we see a battle within us. Paul put it this way in Romans 7 –
“14. For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin.
15. For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I.
16. If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good.
17. Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.
18. For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.
19. For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.
20. Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.
21. I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.
22. For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:
23. But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.
24. O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?
25. I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin. ”
One of our battles is bringing our mind and body under subjection to what God asks us to do. But sometimes we fail. Scripture says, Hebrews 12:1 – ” Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, ”
This tells us sin easily besets us. Beset means to surround, to inclose, to hem in, to besiege. When we look at Hebrews 12:2 God explains this to us by telling us, look at Jesus.
Hebrews 12:2 – ” Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
3. For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds. ”
When you look at the cross it is not that Jesus wanted to go to the cross, but he knew what going to the cross meant. He knew going to the cross would reconcile mankind to God.
If you look at the example of Jesus going to the cross and compare that with what God is asking you to do, you have to look beyond the struggle. Something you may be struggling with, it is not that you want to do what God is asking you to do but after you do it, there will be a benefit. That is what ” for the joy that was set before him” is all about.
When I was a teenager my brother taught me to smoke cigarettes. He use to sneak a couple cigarettes from the neighbor. He and I were the only two in my family that smoked.
We both had gotten saved and we both were smoking. At about 30, he had to give the cigarettes up for a medical issue not related to smoking. I kept smoking. As a believer, I read and searched out smoking in the scriptures diligently. Nothing was there. There was more in scripture about drinking alcohol and obesity than smoking.
I heard believers say your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit but if they knew anything about the temple, they would know smoke was in the temple. Usually the people telling me I should not smoke were incredibly over weight. I use to think, you are telling me about my body? Did you look in the mirror? I would chalk up their comments to spiritual ignorance on their part.
I was always careful not to witness to people with a cigarette in my hand. But I was never convicted by God to quit smoking. But about six months ago I was studying scripture and I heard God say to me, I would like you to quit smoking. I was surprised so I said to God, it is not a sin and scripture mentions nothing about it. God said to me, No it is not a sin but I would like you to quit smoking.
Anything God had asked me to do before, I did, the best I knew how. But this time, this was different. I did not want to quit smoking. I’ve heard how God has delivered people from all types of addictions instantly but my mindset was, I did not want to quit smoking.
The usual battles in my mind and flesh with my spirit man were playing out. It is not like I had not quit smoking before just to start up again months later. But what made this time different was this time, God asked me to quit. It wasn’t about sin or smoking per say it was about if I would do as God asked me.
I am still working through this with God. I bought some patches and get to hour 20 out of a 24 hour day and end up lighting one up. I would ask for your prayers if the prayer is for God to give me the strength and will power to quit smoking without me getting sick. Any other prayer for me to quit I do not accept because unless people understand how prayer really does change things, they may pray prayers to one’s detriment.
And that is why this post is about Romans where Paul was struggling with his mind and his flesh. The things he wants to do, he doesn’t. And the things he does not want to do, he does. Friends, the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. If we know how to pray effectually, I covet your prayers. Until next time.
Twenty five years ago I lived in south Florida. When we were preparing to move farther north, in Florida, we moved in with my mom to help get everything ready for the move. As I said, that was twenty five years ago.
Last night I had a dream we were still living there and some unusual things, in my dream, caught my attention when I woke up. In my dream people were building a platform with railroad ties in the garage so my mother could step up onto the threshold to get into the house easier. That was odd. In reality, the threshold was only three inches higher than the garage floor and railroad ties are eight to ten inches. It did not make sense.
We picked up a chalk container to mark some fabric, no biggie. But the chalk container was one inch square and the piece of chalk we took out of that one inch container was four inches long. How could that be?
As I thought on these two things in my dream I realized something. I had no awareness of the location I am living now. What I know as my world today, in reality, I was not aware of in my dream. I was in the place in south Florida where I use to live. I asked God why I was not aware of my current reality. Which got me thinking of when we die in this body.
Remember how many times Jesus said ” he sleepeth” ? Jesus referred to dead people as people sleeping. When we sleep, we have dreams where everything in our dreams appear real but not in our current reality when we are awake. So where do the places in our dreams come from? Our memories? Well what about when we dream of places we have never been before? Is that prophetic?
I know God speaks to us in our dreams – Job tells us in chapter 33 –
33:14 ” For God speaketh once, yea twice, yet man perceiveth it not.
33:15 In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falleth upon men, in slumberings upon the bed;
33:16 Then he openeth the ears of men, and sealeth their instruction,
33:17 That he may withdraw man from his purpose, and hide pride from man.
33:18 He keepeth back his soul from the pit, and his life from perishing by the sword. ”
We know when believers “die”, Jesus says we are sleeping but as Paul records, we are present with the Lord.
In 2 Corinthians 5 –
5:6 ” Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord:
5:7 (For we walk by faith, not by sight)
5:8 We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.
5:9 Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him.”
When Jesus rose from the dead he told Mary not to touch him because he had not yet ascended unto the Father. But he had a body and did not want Mary to touch it. After he went to the Father and came back to see the apostles and over 500 brethren (1 Corinthians chapter 15), then they could all touch him. He had his glorified body then. Could it be when we “die” we get a body like Jesus had when he first rose from the dead. And when the catching up of all the saints happens, then we get our glorified body like Jesus had when he came back? Could it be when we sleep and dream, in our dreams our body is a body like Jesus had right after his resurrection, the same type of body we will have when we die?
In our dreams we can recognize people. Things are familiar to us but an awareness of our present reality in life escapes us. One thing for sure, we must examine our dreams to see if God is telling us something. Dreams are very interesting. Until next time.
For years I thought when we hear God’s word preached, it goes into our mind, then we decide to believe or reject what we hear. You have heard the expression of getting the word to move 18 inches? To move from our head to our heart? But that is an incorrect statement.
What does hearing do? Why would scripture say so many times, he who hath an ear, let him hear? Why would Jesus say, ” and hearing they may not perceive “? What does hearing do?
Romans 10:17 says, faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the word of God. Hearing brings faith. We get faith by hearing the word, the word of God. So when we hear God’s word, it gives us faith to believe. Look at Ephesians 2:8,9 we are told, For by grace are ye saved through faith.
So we are saved by grace, through faith. And we get faith by hearing God’s word. Mankind sees and hears God’s word, but does mankind have faith? Is all of mankind saved then? No. Jesus said,
That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them.
The question has to be, if we are saved by grace through faith and we get faith by hearing God’s word, why did Jesus say they see but do not perceive? Why do they hear and not understand? And now you know why Jesus explained the parable of the sower.
God’s word is the seed. Good seed. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God. So hearing God’s word is taking seed, hearing seed. It is like getting a handful of seeds. But as we learned last time, if the seed is not planted in soil, the seed does not germinate and produce anything. There are a lot of people who go to church and “hear” God’s word preached. But of all those who hear the word of God preached, only those who plant that seed they heard, into their heart, only those people see God’s word bring forth fruit.
The soil of our heart is what Jesus was explaining in Luke 8:5-15 KJV.
So one must ask, How do you get the seed of God’s word planted in good soil, in your heart? And after you plant the seed in your heart, how does the seed grow and produce fruit?
Mark 4:11-12 KJV ” And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables:
 That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them.”
Luke 8:10-12 KJV ” And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand.
 Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.
 Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved.”
Where did the devil take the seed from, where was the seed taken from? Not their head. The seed was planted in their heart and the devil stole it out of their heart. Not only that, if their heart is stoney or hard, the seed can not spring forth. And if they are so caught up with the things in this world and care more about riches and pleasures in this world, the seed gets choked.
Luke 8:12-18 KJV ” Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved.”
Notice, salvation comes when we hear the word of God which brings faith. And the word of God is good seed planted in the heart. The heart is the soil. And Satan can take the seed out of someone’s heart. That is why we are told to hide the word of God in our heart. We are told to guard our heart, why? Because out of our heart are the issues of life.
Friends, our mind is bombarded with all kinds of things all day long. We hear and see all kinds of things, good and bad. But when it comes to life and death, those are matters of the heart. People will die for what they believe in their heart. When people have a heart for someone or something, they will sacrifice their own life to protect those in their heart; Those they love and care about or, for a cause in their heart.
Luke 8:13 ” They on the rock are they , which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away.
 And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection.
 But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it , and bring forth fruit with patience.
 No man, when he hath lighted a candle, covereth it with a vessel, or putteth it under a bed; but setteth it on a candlestick, that they which enter in may see the light.
 For nothing is secret, that shall not be made manifest; neither any thing hid, that shall not be known and come abroad.
 Take heed therefore how ye hear: for whosoever hath, to him shall be given; and whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he seemeth to have.”
According to God’s word, when we hear God’s word preached, our hearing it brings or gives us faith to believe. But when we plant God’s word in our heart, not our head, then and only then will it bring forth fruit. The seed is good seed when it is given but if it is not planted in good ground, it will not produce much fruit, if any fruit.
I believe a lot of believers have planted God’s word in their head and have a lot of head knowledge about scripture. But many of those believers have not planted God’s word in their heart. If they did plant God’s word in their heart, they would obey scripture. Then they would see fruit come forth.
Seeds do not come in packages of one, you get a package with several seeds. Just as an apple tree has apples with many seeds. Zucchini brings forth zucchini with several seeds. God’s word is seed and it produces many seeds just like Paul tells us in Galatians when he explains nine different fruit of the Spirit (God the Holy Spirit) See Galatians 5:22-26 KJV.
If someone says they are a believer and they have a lot of Scripture knowledge but they speak against other believers, they have dead seed. If a believer can help strangers and not their own family, dead seed. If believers says they are a believer and they support ungodly activities, they have seed but it is dead seed to them. If a believer says he/she is a believer and their life reflects worldliness, dead seed.
Society has degraded into immorality. Even television promotes drugs, sex, violence and if you can not get enough immortality on tv, there are video games to give you more. People do not practice the golden rule (Do unto others as you would do unto yourself) or love their neighbor as they love themselves, now they kill them, fight them or destroy their property. Why? Because preachers and believers have dead seed. How is your seed?
Until next time.