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9/24/12 – “NO TURNING BACK”

Luke 9:62 But Jesus said to him, “No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”

I can remember years ago, some 20 plus years ago when we started our church at one time I was not just the Pastor, I was the worship leader, janitor, fix it man, etc., you name it, I did it. There was a very simple song we used to sing that said, “I have decided to follow Jesus, no turning back, no turning back.” As simple as that song was, it is exactly what every believer who has ever received the wonderful gift of eternal life should do. They should make the decision to follow Jesus, walk after Him, and chase after Him, choosing to turn from the world and it’s ways.

I know that scripture reveals in the last days there are going to be those whose love for the Lord will grow cold. The problem is they won’t think so, but in fact it will happen. Even though I know this to be true, it is still difficult for me to watch as a Pastor. They continue to chase the dreams of the world, and don’t realize that once they turn from the plow of God, they are going to harden their hearts toward God.

I want to address this issue from the scriptures to hopefully do two things. I hope to keep those whose hand is still on the plow chasing after their God, and those who may have turned loose or may have never had a hold on the plow firmly to begin with, to help them take hold of what God has for their life and let go of the things of this world that are keeping them from God. I just don’t think many believers realize what lies ahead, and scripture reveals to us that when we see the things we are now seeing in the world, our focus is to be looking upward toward our God who will keep us close to Him.

Luke 9:59 Then He said to another, “Follow Me.” But he said, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.”
Luke 9:60 Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and preach the kingdom of God.”
Luke 9:61 And another also said, “Lord, I will follow You, but let me first go and bid them farewell who are at my house.”

Jesus in these verses leading up to our foundation verse in Luke 9:62 was talking about the cost of discipleship. There is a misunderstanding when it comes to what Jesus’ desire is for everyone. He never told His disciples to just go out and get people born again, but to go and make disciples. That is the goal of what Jesus came to accomplish in peoples lives. To become a disciple is more than just praying a prayer to become born again. Jesus is speaking of this here in these verses above.

Notice He tells a man to follow Him. My first question is why would we not want to follow Him? Notice when Jesus tells him this his response was, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.” Some may have gotten quite offended at what Jesus said, but He tells the man to let the dead bury their own dead, but he was to go and proclaim the kingdom of God. This is not being disrespectful, but revealing to follow Jesus one must be focused on building the kingdom of God.

Another said He would follow Him, but he must first go and bid them farewell at his house. This is where Jesus responded that he who has put his hands to the plow and then looking back is not fit for the kingdom. The word “fit” here means to be well placed, to be useful. One who is well placed is one who is focused on their life going forward into God, and not going back to the way of the world in which they came from. Before Christ I know my focus in life was totally about what I could get from the world in which I lived. I thought the only way I could be happy is getting out of this world all that I wanted. But I found out that was not going to bring fulfillment in my life.

When I accepted Christ I wanted to know Him and to be a part of what He is doing in the earth. I was amazed that I could even know God, and that through Jesus I could have a relationship with Him. The focus from day one for me was the fact that I could have a relationship with God. I wonder how many people come to God not for the relationship, but what they can get out of knowing God. I just wanted to know Him. This has been my pursuit since the day I got born again. So I do believe that if that is not our focus, we are going to look back because we were not focused on the right thing to start with.

Phil. 3:13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself to have attained this. Instead I am single-minded: Forgetting the things that are behind and reaching out for the things that are ahead,
Phil. 3:14 with this goal in mind, I strive toward the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

The apostle Paul was one of those in the New Testament who once receiving Christ did not turn back, but went fully after God. Paul was one who was focused on living a life of man-made religion. After Jesus appeared to him on the road to Damascus, he turned completely away from the ways of man, and focused fully on God. In these verses above Paul teaches a very important truth if you want to rise up into the upward call of God that is in Christ Jesus. That upward call is not walking in the fear, stress, worry, and defeat of the world; but walking in the peace, joy, and love that God has for us. A life free from care and worry.

Now many Christians hear that but don’t think it’s possible, but in fact as a believer in Christ you are in the world, but not to be of it. Scripture clearly teaches us that we are to live life free from the cares and burdens that life tries to bring. It is obtainable or Jesus would not have told us in Matthew 6:34 that we are not to worry about tomorrow. Often believers that I talk to or hear speaking to others are constantly being affected by what other people do to them, or what the storms of life do to them, and allowing pressure and stress to affect their life is because they are still looking back.

They may have accepted Christ into their life, but they are unfortunately still looking to the way they have always lived their life and trying to fit God into that picture. What they don’t realize is that they need to learn not to fit God into their life, but they need to learn that God is what the focus becomes, and that the rest of our life fits into Him. This is what Paul knew. As he states in verse 13 above he had learned to forget what was behind. Without forgetting what is behind, you will never go forward to what God has ahead. Forgetting what is behind is far more than just forgetting what someone may have done to you, or something you may have done, that is included; but more importantly forgetting the ways of the past and going into a new way of life with God.

Paul gives us a very important key in this verse as to how one does this. Notice he became single minded. That is the most important key to going forward with what God has for your life. A life filled with God, filled with all He is, and with all He desires for your life. Yet far too many believers are still stressed, fearful, frustrated, lacking true peace and contentment in their life. They just don’t seem to realize that this is the way they lived life before Christ when they were focused on other things. To continue to focus on anything other than Christ as the main focus in life will keep us from the upward call of God. What was that single focus in Paul’s life? Take a look at a preceding verse of scripture in which he reveals this single focus.

Phil. 3:10 My aim is to know him, to experience the power of his resurrection, to share in his sufferings, and to be like him in his death,…

Paul’s single-minded focus was first and foremost to know Jesus. Paul did not want to just know about Him, Paul wanted to know Jesus intimately. For example when I saw my beautiful bride for the first time, I want to get to know her. From the first day I met her I began to think about her everyday, and I began to focus a lot of what I did with my time around her. So it is in our walk with Christ, and getting to know Him intimately will help us in our relationship with others.

My concern is that many who have prayed to receive Christ as their Savior have yet to get their single-minded focus on a relationship with Christ. If this is not our focus then we are going to look back to continue in the ways we have always lived in the world. Doing so is why there are far too many believers still living below the calling God has for their life. Relationship with God is what this is all about, but much of modern day Christianity is about self-improvement, and not relationship with Christ. It is through our relationship with Christ that our lives will be greatly improved, but the focus must be on knowing Him.

To know Him means we will also then get to know the power of His resurrection. The power He experienced in His life was the anointing the Father had anointed Him with. We can walk in that same anointing, which comes from relationship with God. This is what will change the lives of others around us and it only comes by getting close to God.

Child of God make sure you are not looking back. If we are not single-minded with a heart to know Christ, we are going to keep looking back to a life of the world that will keep us from the higher calling of life God has waiting for us. Don’t look back, get focused on Christ and keep plowing for Him and you will break up that old hardened ground and experience a heart touched and changed by God. No turning back, no turning back!

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May God’s Best Be Yours!

Pastor Darryl Baker

 
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Posted by on September 24, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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9/17/12 – “RECEIVING GOD’S LOVE”

1 John 4:10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

It is one thing to be given a gift from someone; it is another thing entirely to receive that gift. A gift received is a gift retrieved. Simply put, it does not lie dormant, but has an impact on your life. God Himself is love and in receiving God’s love we are receiving God. It is more that just accepting Christ as your Savior. There are those who have acknowledge the love God has shown to them by calling on the name of the Lord and becoming born again. But more than that once we are saved God desires for us to receive His love in our life as well.

As the scripture above states the love of God is not a love that is shown or given based on us first loving Him. God’s love was given before we ever even knew God personally. That love was personified in Christ Jesus on the cross. Many still see love as a feeling or emotion, but true love, God’s love, is not a feeling or emotion. Again, God is love and God is not a feeling or emotion. God can change your feelings or emotions.

Jesus on the cross revealed the love God has for us. God sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. A big word which simply means that Jesus bore the punishment we deserved because of our sin. Jesus was the atoning sacrifice for our sin. The work of propitiation was that atoning work. If you have ever doubted God’s love for you then you have not received a revelation of what Jesus did for you on that cross. For Him to take not only our sin but also the punishment our sin deserved, is an incredible expression of how much God loves us.

2 Cor. 5:14 For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if One died for all, then all died;
2 Cor. 5:15 and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again.

The apostle Paul not only knew of the love God had shown to him, he had received that love. It was this love God had for him that compelled him to live his life for God. So many today are teaching that we shouldn’t address the issue of how a believer should live their life, but the apostle Paul did. Realizing that Christ died for us, we should no longer live for ourselves, but for Him who died for us. When you talk to people about what the New Testament teaches in relationship to what God says about how we should live our life, often they think you are putting them in bondage. But I have found out over the years they think this because they have not received the love that God has for them.

1 John 2:15 Don’t love the world and what it offers. Those who love the world don’t have the Father’s love in them.

To receive that love you must first and foremost look to Him as the source of all you need in life. If you are still in love with the world or the things of this world then the love of the Father is not in you because it has not been received by you. If you are focused on and chasing after what the world has to offer to find happiness in your life, then you have not received the love that the Father has for you. You can’t do both. Loving the world and what it offers will continue to lead to a life of discontent and frustration. You will never be satisfied because those things cannot complete you, only God can. 1 John is written by the way to believers. So you could be born again and yet in love with the world.

So when people say don’t focus on how you live your life, just realize that God loves you that statement has some truth to it, but what is missing is the fact that you may have not received the love God has for you and this is why your life has not changed as God does desire for us to be transformed. We are in the world but not to be of the world. God does love us no matter what we do that is a fact, but that does not mean you have received that love.

If you are in love with the world or what it offers you have your affections set on those things and not the things of God, and therefore God Himself, and you have not received His love. It is there for you, but won’t make a difference in your life. Receiving Christ is a willful choice in which we turn not just from what we have done in the past, but a choice to begin to walk with Christ and let Him change our future. You won’t have the love of the Father in you if you are still in love with the world.

Heb. 12:5 You have forgotten the encouraging words that God speaks to you as his children: “My child, pay attention when the Lord disciplines you. Don’t give up when he corrects you.
Heb. 12:6 The Lord disciplines everyone he loves. He severely disciplines everyone he accepts as his child.”

Unfortunately today much of what is being taught is leaving out verses like these in Hebrews. Many have begun to leave out the teachings that the Lord disciplines those He loves. I want to explain how He does this in a moment because there are some teachings that do talk about this, but are not in line with the Word. But what most ministers teach on about the love of God has nothing to do with the fact that because God loves you He will in fact correct you and discipline you.

The reason this is happening is because most ministers are focused on one thing. They want everyone to like them. Who doesn’t want to be liked, but the calling to preach the gospel is not the calling to make everyone like you. In fact Paul was not a very popular preacher in his day and yet he himself said that he had not shunned too declare the “whole” truth of God. Too many ministers are only preaching what people want to hear, not what they need to hear.

If you as a parent truly love your children you are going to discipline them for their benefit. You will do so because you want them to grow up and mature, and you want to keep them from doing things that will harm their life. Today we are seeing the results of a society that in many cases no longer discipline their children as scriptures teach we should. God knows how to raise children and His Word teaches that if you discipline your children you will drive hell far from them. If you discipline your children biblically you are not going harm your child, but they will know what they have done is wrong. You don’t punish your children, you correct them through discipline.

So for us to receive God’s love we must not be in love with the world and what it offers, and we must be willing to receive His correction and discipline for our lives. If we are unwilling to do so we are not partaking of the love He has for us that will help us and protect us from wrong. We will not experience the loving protection of a Father who is trying to grow us up and keep us from doing things that will hurt our life. So how does God correct us?

There are several ways which I will not have time to go into in detail but can be seen clearly in scripture as to how God corrects us. First and foremost realize that God does not correct us through anything that has to do with stealing, killing, or destroying. As I have heard Charles Capps say many times, John 10:10 is the dividing line of the Bible. The thief comes to steal, kill, and destroy; Jesus came to give us life and that more abundantly. So realize God does not cause accidents, sickness, disease, etc., to come into peoples lives to correct them or teach them something.

There are four primary ways God corrects us according to the New Testament and you can look them up for yourself. First and foremost God corrects us through His Word. When we come to the Word or hear the Word preached and see things that it says we are to do as a believer and we are not doing so, then we should receive that as a correction from God, not bondage or as some would say, “preaching condemnation”. God is trying to keep you from hurting your life. It is that simple. Those who say obeying the Bible is bondage don’t understand the love God has for them.

A second way God corrects us is through His Spirit. The Holy Spirit has been given to us to show us all things. All things would include when we do wrong. As our Helper He will not only help us in dealing with challenges we face in life, He will also help us to point out things we need to fix and change with His help. He is our teacher and can show us how to have our lives changed as He reveals God’s Word to us.

A third way God corrects us is through our conscience, the voice of our spirit. When our conscience feels guilty that is not a bad thing; that is our spirit revealing something we need to change. And a fourth way God corrects us is through godly leadership who have been given to help grow us up as well. They do so by teaching us the Word of God, all of what His Word says.

So receive the love God has for you by not loving the world, nor the things in the world, and by receiving His correction for your life. God loves you and wants you to experience the power of His love. That love will transform your life and will then in turn help transform the lives of others. It is a wonderful gift that should not lie dormant in our life. Remember a gift received is a gift retrieved!

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May God’s Best Be Yours!

Pastor Darryl Baker

 
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Posted by on September 18, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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9/10/12 – “PSALM 23”

Psa. 23:1 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
Psa. 23:2 He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters.

This week I want to share some powerful truths from one of my favorite Psalms. Many of the Psalms are prophetic, and speak of events to come. Psalm 22 was a prophetic Psalm speaking of the days in which Jesus walked on the earth. Psalm 23 is prophetic of the time we live in now, and therefore a great Psalm to study as we live out the last days of the church age. Psalm 24 speaks of what is to come as Jesus returns for His church. I will go through Psalm 23 a few verses at a time this week as we find out more about how it applies to us now.

Here in verse one we have the statement that the Lord is our Shepherd, and because He is we shall not want. When you learn about how Christ is the One who makes you complete in this life you will understand this statement. Unfortunately many who know the Lord are still living a life of want. They are focused on and chasing after what this life has to offer instead of relationship with Christ. When you come to the place where you are fully submitted to Jesus as the Lord of your life, you will both find true contentment, and you will see Him provide and care for your needs.

Matt. 6:33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

When you seek first the kingdom of God, you are seeking above all else in life the King of that kingdom. When you do, the things you have need of Jesus said would be added unto you. Think about how easy it is to get sidetracked in life and be seeking first things above the Lord. This will lead to you being discontent. Things cannot make you complete; it is only Jesus who makes us complete. As a child of God you must keep things in perspective, and above all else make sure you keep Jesus as the shepherd of your life. That doesn’t happen just because you are born again. This comes as a result of wanting to be a sheep and follow after Him.

When we have Jesus as the One who is shepherding our life, leading us through this life, it is then that we will lie down in green pastures, and be led beside the still waters. This is a place of rest. Sheep were led by their shepherds to places where there was more than enough grass for them to feast on, and water to refresh them. This is a place where you know you are at rest in life because you know Jesus is determining your steps as you hear His voice, and you will live a life of rest and be taken care of by your Shepherd.

Psa. 23:3 He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake.

People often think when scripture speaks of our soul it is referring to our spirit man, but the soul is usually referring to our mind, will, and emotions. The book of James tells us that our soul is not saved. When you get born again your spirit man is the real you, and it is your spirit that has been saved. The soul must be continually renewed if you want to walk in what God has for you here on earth. This is what David is referring to that you and I have the ability to do. Jesus is the Word of God as John chapter one tells us, and it is through the Word of God that our souls are renewed, or continually being restored.

The reason it is so important to have our souls continually renewed is because this is how we learn to walk in the paths of righteousness. There are many paths one can take in life, but there is only one path that leads to what God has for your life. The many other paths that people choose all end up in the same destination, which is taking you farther away from what God wants for your life. If you are not on the path of doing that which is right in the sight of God, then you are being led farther away from Him, not closer to Him.

There are those who walk a path of man-made religion and just like the Pharisees of Jesus’ day, that does not bring you closer to God. But that does not change the fact that there is a path of righteousness, which leads us to God and what God has designed for our life. If someone is going down the path of idolatry for example, this means they have made a god to fit them. This would include believers who know what scripture teaches us, yet they choose to follow their own path. Doing things that God speaks about clearly in the New Testament that will hurt your life, and you know it’s wrong but choose to do so anyway is idolatry. Doing so one has made a god to fit them, instead of chasing after God and experiencing the life He desires for you.

Psa. 23:4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

This is powerful when you understand this is a time again that applies to us right now. Even though we are going through what is currently a valley of the shadow of death, remember we have been redeemed from spiritual death. There is death all around us. I am not talking about people physically dying. Death signifies separation from God, and therefore also represents darkness. Even though we are going through this valley where many are walking separated from God, the believer is not! We have no reason to fear any evil around us for God will not leave us nor forsake us.

His rod and staff comfort us in the midst of this valley of death. The staff refers to the hook shaped staff the shepherd had and is used for several things. He would use this to fight off predators who would come after the sheep. He also would use that staff to hook the sheep when they would get caught in a thicket and would pull them out. Jesus is the One who fights for us when we know who we are in Christ, and He is the One who pulls us out of that which tries to ensnare us. The rod represents the Word of God. It was something the shepherd leaned on for support. We can lean on God’s Word to support us and thus bring comfort to us no matter what we face.

Psa. 23:5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over.

Jesus has also prepared a banqueting table for us right in the midst of this darkness and our enemies all around. On that table is everything we need that pertains to life and godliness. Everything we have as a part of the redeeming work is sitting on that table. To become a partaker of what is on that table you must stop turning your back to the table and looking at your enemies. Instead you need to turn your back on your enemies and look to the table, and by faith jump into the feast of all that Jesus has for you. As scripture reveals for example healing is a part of the children’s bread. That bread is sitting on that table, not in heaven, but right here in the midst of our enemies.

Jesus also has anointed us to walk in the power and presence of the Lord for our lives so that we can receive revelation through the Word, walk in that anointing on our lives, and therefore fulfill His work here on earth. Every believer has been anointed by God to accomplish His work that He Himself did. Jesus said if you believe in Him, the works He did you would do also. How did Jesus do those works? God anointed Him and He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed of the devil. When you start yielding to and walking in this anointing seeing the captives set free, your cup will run over. You will experience the fullness of His joy and His goodness in your life.

Psa. 23:6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the LORD Forever.

Last but not least because of who Jesus made us to be, God’s goodness and His love will follow us all the days of our life. Often people believe that God must not love them anymore, or that God will not show forth His goodness to them because of something they have done.  Not true! God’s goodness and mercy will always follow us, all we have to do is believe in His goodness and His love for us.

Notice what this prophetic Psalm of our day finishes with. Often the last words spoken are the most important in any conversation because it is what you remember the most. We are to dwell in the house of the Lord forever. Simply put, during this church age we are not to abandon the house of God. Many have and don’t realize they are only hurting their lives. Scripture clearly reveals that Sunday is the “Lord’s Day”. This is not to become a bondage to us. God’s house is a place where we get to be blessed by spending time in His presence, which helps us to get refreshed, and is where we grow through the Word of God in our walk with Him. If you don’t want to dwell in His house as the Lord instructed me earlier this year about this, the question is, “Why don’t you want to be in My house?” God designed His house as a place of blessing for our life. If you do church right and are where God called you to be, you will be blessed.

So take time to meditate on this powerful Psalm as this is referring to the church age you and I live in right now. What a wonderful God we serve, and what a blessing to know Him, experience who He is and what He has for our life, and help others do so as well.

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May God’s Best Be Yours!

Pastor Darryl Baker

 
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Posted by on September 12, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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9/3/12 – “GROW YOUR GARDEN”

1 Pet. 1:23 You have been born anew, not from perishable but from imperishable seed, through the living and enduring word of God.

Could you imagine a farmer who wanted to harvest crops so that he could have what was needed to sustain his family, both by what he grows to put on his own table, and through the harvest he would sell to provide the funds to take care of the rest of their needs, yet never plants any seed? He goes to a feed store or supply house and picks up that seed then brings it home and puts it in his barn, but never takes the time to go and plant it. The obvious reason there would be no harvest is because there is no seed in the ground.

Yet often believer’s who are born again who have a desire to harvest the kind of life that Jesus has died and paid for and made available for them, don’t realize that their seed is sitting in their barn. If they want to experience the harvest of all God has for them they need to get the seed out of the barn and in the ground for it to grow up in them. You must first go to the supply store and get the seed. As our foundation verse reveals that seed is the Word of God. It is called an incorruptible (imperishable) seed. That means it cannot decay. As scripture reveals God’s Word does not return void. It never loses its power.

The store where we get this seed is the Bible. Going to scripture is how we go to the feed store where that seed is awaiting us to be brought home and placed in our barns while we get the ground prepared for that seed. When you go to God’s Word it is primarily first head knowledge. Just as our foundation verse reveals it is through this seed that we became born again. Most people don’t respond to the gospel the very first time they hear it. It becomes head knowledge to them, but it must become revelation in their hearts for it to produce new life.

The minute someone gets revelation of the Son of God and then turns their life over to Him they become born again. I know in my life I had several different encounters with the gospel over a couple of years before I finally got it. When I got the revelation of what Christ had done for me, it was then I had the faith to act upon that Word and receive this new birth experience. But it all started with a seed. The key then for us to continue in our walk with God and experience growing our garden and bringing forth what He desires for our life, is getting the seed from the Word, the supply store if you will, then taking it from our barn, which is head knowledge, and planting it in our hearts.

One of the most important parts of taking that seed from knowledge form and now getting revelation of that Word in our hearts comes through the work of the Holy Spirit. Once God’s Word becomes revelation to you, the seed is planted now in your heart and can bring forth a harvest of God’s truth in your life. This is where people often miss it with God’s Word, and thus one of the primary reasons they are not seeing the kind of harvest the Word promises.

Prov. 29:18 Where there is no vision [no redemptive revelation of God], the people perish; …

In the natural if man did not plant his seed, grow that crop, and then harvest it, without food he would perish. The people of God who do not plant the Word of God and harvest it will perish or lack the harvest of what God has for them as well. Without revelation of the Word of God there is no seed yet planted. It may be in your barn (head knowledge), but you need to get it in soil to grow (your heart by way of revelation). I am not trying to belabor this point, but it is imperative if you want to grow the things of God in your garden.

Eph. 3:3 The mystery was made known to me by revelation, as I have briefly written above.

The Word of God scripture reveals is full of mysteries, which simply means hidden truths. They are not hidden from us but for us. This does not mean that God is keeping them from us, for He declares in His Word that there is nothing secret in His Word that will not be revealed. But the Bible also teaches us that the fleshly man, or one ruled by their carnal nature, is blind to these truths. They just don’t get it. They can read the Bible and get head knowledge, but it does not become revelation to them.

What is the difference between head knowledge and revelation? Head knowledge is nothing more than knowing the facts of what scripture teaches. Revelation of the Word is when it comes alive in your heart as revealed by the Spirit of God. You will know when this happens for there will be an absolute knowing within it is so. How then do we get this seed from the barn (head knowledge) into the ground (revelation in our hearts)?

1 Cor. 2:11 For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God.
1 Cor. 2:12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.

The Holy Spirit is the One who knows all the things of God, and no one can know the things of God except by the Holy Spirit. We have received Him so that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God. The word “know” here means to have understanding. In this same context in verse 14 we find out that the things of God are spiritually discerned or understood. When one has understanding of the Word in their hearts as given by the Holy Spirit, they have revelation of God’s Word.

So here is a key. What if I am living a life of willful sin, choosing to quench, resist, or then even grieve the Holy Spirit? I am negating His ability to reveal God’s Word to me. This is why so many churches who have now removed the work of the Holy Spirit from their church or never allowed Him to work in the first place are filling people with head knowledge, but are not getting revelation of God’s Word. If the church where they go does not welcome the third part of the Trinity and those who attend like it that way, they certainly don’t welcome Him working in their life when they leave church.

I had someone awhile back tell me that one of the things that they were concerned about had to do with the church they attended. They did not understand why people came to church and acted one way, then left and were no different than worldly people. If the Word of God does not become revelation in you heart it is not going to change your life. Unless it becomes a seed planted there will be no harvest. There is of course one other very important part here to grow our garden. That is the condition of the soil in which the seed is planted.

Mark 4:14The sower sows the word.
Mark 4:15And these are the ones by the wayside where the word is sown. When they hear, Satan comes immediately and takes away the word that was sown in their hearts.
Mark 4:16These likewise are the ones sown on stony ground who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with gladness;
Mark 4:17and they have no root in themselves, and so endure only for a time. Afterward, when tribulation or persecution arises for the word’s sake, immediately they stumble.
Mark 4:18Now these are the ones sown among thorns; they are the ones who hear the word,
Mark 4:19and the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things entering in choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.
Mark 4:20But these are the ones sown on good ground, those who hear the word, accept it, and bear fruit: some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred.”

Jesus in this parable teaches us how the seed of God’s Word when planted in good ground will produce a harvest of the Word in our lives. There are four types of soil He refers to. The first is wayside soil, which being hardened, the seed falls upon the heart but satan comes immediately and snatches it away. To keep our hearts from being wayside soil we must remain yielded and open to the Holy Spirit. One’s heart becomes hardened when they no longer respond to the work of the Holy Spirit in their life.

The second type of soil is stony ground. This refers to people who are not rooted in Christ; they are to caught up in other things, which would include man-made religion. The third type of soil are those who allow the cares of life, deceitfulness of riches, or desire for other things to become their focus and they choke out the Word of God. But those who are good ground are going to produce a harvest, and that harvest will become more productive as they grow in God.

So grow your garden in God! Take time to go to the supply store to get seed, get it into your barn, prepare your ground for the seed, and then get that seed planted. This will produce a godly harvest of God’s goodness in your life.

See You Again Next Week For More “Weekly Wisdom”

May God’s Best Be Yours!

Pastor Darryl Baker

 
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