Sermon On The Mount – Matthew 5: 1-5

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The Sermon On The Mount is considered to be the masterpiece of all of the sermons that Jesus preached. It was presented by Jesus to his disciples. It was not given nor intended for the multitudes. For this reason Jesus separated himself from the multitudes and went up into a mountain, and when his disciples came unto him, he taught them. The Sermon On The Mount comprises Matthew chapters 5, 6, and 7. This sermon is a picture of a perfect new born child of God. To have any possibility of living out this sermon, you must first be born again. Second, you must be a disciple of Jesus Christ. A disciple of Jesus is the one who obeys completely the conditions of discipleship that Jesus taught.

Many people say they want to be like Jesus. Do they really? Jesus gave up EVERYTHING to leave his home in heaven and to come to earth. He again gave up EVERYTHING to begin his ministry and to travel throughout Israel as an itinerant teacher and preacher. Jesus owned nothing but the clothes that he wore and a staff. He was homeless, had no job, no income, and lived by prayer and faith alone. He was rejected, ridiculed, and scorned by his own nation. His own family doubted him and thought that he had lost his mind. The people of his hometown of Nazareth tried to murder him by throwing him off a cliff. He suffered persecution everywhere that he went. He was continually attacked and tempted by satan himself. He also commanded his disciples to live the same way as he did. So don’t say that you want to be like Jesus unless you really mean it, and are ready to back it up with action.

The Sermon On The Mount contains the laws that govern the Kingdom of God, also known as the Kingdom of Heaven. The Kingdom of God is found on earth and the Kingdom of Heaven is found in heaven. It is one and the same kingdom with two locations. Although the Sermon On The Mount contains the laws that govern God’s Kingdom, for a complete knowledge of these laws it is necessary to study every single word that Jesus spoke. That would be every word that he spoke in Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, and the Book of Revelation.

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Modern Bible teachers and theologians would tell us that it is not necessary to obey the Sermon On The Mount today. It is the spirit of Anti-Christ that says that. Jesus and his doctrine are one and the same. You cannot have one without the other. So anyone who denies the doctrine of Jesus also denies Jesus himself. That is the spirit of Anti-Christ. You cannot have Jesus as your Savior unless he is first your Lord. The offices that Jesus occupies cannot be split up. He doesn’t occupy the office of Savior apart from the office of Lord. He occupies the single office of Lord and Savior. Either Jesus is your God and King, and you obey him fully; or he is nothing at all to you.

Matthew 5:3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

What is meant by “Poor in spirit”? It is the opposite of “Rich in spirit.” The rich in spirit are proud and arrogant. They think that they know everything and that no one can teach them anything. They think that they do not need any help from anyone, or for that matter anything at all. The rich in spirit are self-sufficient.

The poor in spirit have emptied themselves of self and of sin. They are not self-sufficient unto themselves, they but lean upon God for everything that they need through prayer. They know better than anyone else that they are nothing, that they know nothing, and that they can do nothing by themselves. They are teachable and they are submitted to the authority of the Twelve Apostles. (These are the original Eleven Apostles, plus Matthias, who was the replacement for Judas Iscariot, who was also the traitor.) These are the poor in spirit to whom the kingdom of heaven belongs.

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Matthew 5:4 “Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.”

Why do people mourn? For the death of a loved one. For some calamity that has befallen them or loved ones. It is always for something negative and catastrophic. Happy, fun loving, laughing people do not mourn. You cannot mourn and be happy at the same time.

So why does Jesus say that those who mourn are blessed? There is a mourning over our own sins that is especially good for us. Unless we mourn over our sins we will never stop sinning.

James 4:6-10 “But he gives more grace. Wherefore he says, God resists the proud, but gives grace unto the humble. Submit yourselves therefore unto God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double minded. Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.”

Mourning is part of the process of becoming humble. God gives grace to the humble, but not to the proud. Drawing near to God, cleansing your hands, purifying your heart, becoming single minded, being afflicted, mourning, and weeping all go together. All are necessary for true repentance of sin. Repentance isn’t just feeling sorry for your sins as modern preachers would have you to believe. It is the process of becoming free of your sins. A repented person no longer sins as he once did. Laughter is to be turned into mourning and joy turned into heaviness.

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We are to mourn also for the lost people who are going to hell. Jesus did this publicly on one occasion.

Matthew 23:37 “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you that kill the prophets, and stone them which are sent unto you, how often would I have gathered your children together, even as a hen gathers her chickens under her wings, and you would not !”

Jesus was a man of sorrows and acquainted with griefs. Jesus is today portrayed as always being happy, joyful, and laughing. That portrayal is not the Jesus of the Bible. Jesus knew from childhood the suffering and the death that awaited him at 33 years of age. He carried that burden constantly. He knew that he would bear the sins of the entire human race. He was called a bastard all of his life. As far as other people were concerned he was born out of wedlock, which was a grave sin in the Jewish culture.

Jesus has called his disciples to carry a cross. As soon as you shoulder that cross, the life that you once knew is over and done with. You are dead to this world and the life you now live is one of suffering, deprivation, and pain. A true disciple of Jesus Christ is in a state of mourning nearly all of the time. Jesus also spoke of fullness of joy when our prayers are answered. Being a disciple is a very curious mixture of mourning and joy. You have to experience being a true disciple of Jesus Christ in order to understand what I’m talking about.

Matthew 5:5 “Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.”

A mouse is meek. Jesus called himself meek and lowly of heart. A meek person is teachable and receptive to rebuke and correction. A meek person receives commands from Jesus and obeys them. Pride, self-will, and stubbornness are nowhere to be found in a meek person. A meek person is submitted to Jesus as his disciple and does his will.

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Faith For Today – the art of prayer

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The Art Of Prayer

Prayer is a very important subject in the Bible. Therefore we need to learn more about prayer and then to practise what we have learned by praying. People in every religion pray. If prayer alone was the answer, then all religions would lead us to God and to eternity in heaven. But that is not the case. We need to look carefully at the details concerning prayer, and make the necessary changes so that our prayers are heard and answered. Who do we pray to? To God? What God do we pray to? What is his name? I met some young women from Venezuela and they prayed to the mountain that loomed over their village. Their god was “father mountain”, and that is the god that they trust in and pray to. Do you pray directly to God? Do you pray in the name of Jesus? Do you need an intermediary like a priest or a saint? Does your body position matter when you pray; like kneeling, sitting, standing, eyes being closed, etc.? Do you need beads or some other object while praying? Do you pray to a statue or a picture? Can you pray alone or do you need others to pray with you? Do you shout, speak normally, whisper, or keep silent while praying? Do you need to be in a church building to pray? These are just a few of the questions that we need to consider.

Matthew 6:5-8 “And when you pray, you shall not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, they have their reward. But you, when you pray, enter into your closet, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father which is in secret; and your Father which sees in secret shall reward you openly. But when you pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. Be not therefore like unto them: for your Father knows what things you have need of, before you ask him.”

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Don’t pray as the hypocrites do. They love to be seen of men and to be held in high regard as being pious and holy. They pray with a loud voice in church, on television, in public places, and on the internet. They are hypocrites for they pretend to be praying to God alone, but in reality they mainly pray for the benefit of those watching or listening to them. Jesus is dealing with the heart motive of those who pray. It is not just the act of speaking words that is prayer, but the motive behind the praying. Nothing is just face value with God. He sees everything and he judges both what is seen and what is hidden. God judges righteous judgement based upon knowing every single detail about the situation.

So those who pray to be seen of men have already received their reward. Their reward is the praise and the esteem of men. They really don’t care what God thinks, they care what men think, and the true reward of prayer is the answer that God sends. When he answers prayer there is a physical manifestation of that prayer in this material world. Jesus is called the Word of God made flesh. God’s words, thoughts, emotions, motives, character, personality, power, wisdom, and all of his other attributes are embodied in Jesus Christ. God became flesh. He is Emmanuel, which is interpreted as, God with us. True prayer is in a real sense our words being made flesh.

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There is a heresy being taught today mostly from the Word of Faith and the prosperity gospel folks. They claim that we create with our words. Since we are made in the image and the likeness of God, we create with our words as God does. That makes us our own individual god or creator, separate from God the Father. This doctrine is heresy.

The truth is that we do not create, or attempt to create anything. We pray and ask God the Father for something in the name of Jesus. We must ask in faith believing that it is done. God then takes our words and HE makes them become the material things that we prayed for. So our words do become flesh, but we had nothing to do with creating anything. It is God who gives the answer and it is he who creates the things for us. The miracle of answered prayer and of creation rests solely upon God. So God takes our prayer words, and HE creates those things, and makes our prayer words become material things. All of the creation and the power of creating rests solely in the hands of God. Men are powerless to even create an ant or a blade of grass. Yet their prayers of faith to Father God in Jesus’ name can produce amazing results, because God does the creating for us. We do not do it ourselves.

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Finally, Jesus tells us not to pray as the heathen do. The heathen think that by repeating the same words over and over again, that God will answer their prayers. This is why certain people pray the rosary and hail Mary’s. They are repeating the same words over and over again. I have seen some people with prayer lists who write their prayers out, and they read them to God several times a day. Those are heathen prayers and they are vain repetitions. How would you feel if your children or grandchildren came to you, and repeated the same words over and over? They would break your heart because there was nothing personal, and nothing emotional in what they said. You desire spontaneity and heartfelt communication with them. God is no different. He wants spontaneous communication from deep inside of our heart, sent to his own heart. He wants feeling, honesty, sincerity, fervor, extreme heat, passion, longing, and strong desire to accompany our prayers. Anything less than that just won’t do. God never desires for us to read prayers by rote. These types of prayers are cold and dead. We CAN pray for the same things everyday IF it comes from our heart with passion. Learn the different between dead words and prayers, and living words and prayers.

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In order to get your prayers answered you need to MOVE God. You can pray any old prayer and God will hear it. But unless you MOVE God he won’t answer that prayer. God has emotions and heart-strings just like we do. God loves, hates (see Deuteronomy 16:22 and Psalm 11:5), likes, dislikes, is moved with compassion, angers, is wroth, is kind, is gentle, and any other emotion too. So it is not a question of getting your prayers heard, per se, for anyone can do that. What is needed is a pouring out of your heart before God until he is moved with compassion, and he grants your request. A mental, lukewarm, repetitive prayer just will not move God’s bowels of mercy and compassion. That is just the way that it is. And if you reflect upon how your children or grandchildren repeatedly ask you for things, you will see that you are the same way. Children are passionate about asking for things repeatedly. They don’t write down a list and read it to you. They ask from the heart. They do it correctly and Jesus said that the Kingdom of God is made up of people that are like unto children.

Faith For Today – the first

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Suffer It To Be So Now

Matthew 3:13-15 “Then came Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him. But John forbade him saying, I have need to be baptized of you, and you come to me? And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becomes us to fulfill all righteousness. Then he suffered him.”

Look at the humility of Jesus! He being God humbled himself to be baptized by a man. Even greater humility he demonstrated by submitting himself to do the will of God and to obey his commands. John also humbled himself to obey the commands of Jesus. That in brief is one of the major doctrines of Christ. Be humble and submit yourself to obey God’s will by obeying his commands.

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John well knew that Jesus was greater than he was, so he forbade Jesus from being baptized by himself. What was Jesus’ response? “Suffer it to be so now.” There will always be suffering involved in obeying God’s will. The flesh doesn’t want to submit itself to obey God’s commands. So as an act of our will we must force ourselves to obey God. This may be the main reason that many professing Christians do not obey the commandments of Jesus. They don’t WANT to obey, and they don’t WANT to suffer. Well I have news for you. I don’t want to obey God or suffer either. That is, until the love of God in me desires to obey Jesus, and the fear of God shows me what will be the end result of my rebellion. I have discovered that every single time that I obey God, I later experience peace, contentment, and joy.

These are the steps of obedience to do God’s will. Number One: Seek truth until the knowledge of what God commands you to do is revealed to you. Number Two: You are allowed a period of time in which you may ask God about it. Like how John forbade Jesus, and how Jesus questioned his Father in the garden on the night that he was betrayed. Number three: Make a decision to obey God’s command. Number four: As an act of your will FORCE yourself to do it.

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You will experience resistance and suffering as you follow these four steps. Suffering is a part of being a Christian. You cannot escape it unless you refuse to obey God. However there will be much greater suffering later on as a result of your rebellion against God’s commands.

Jesus said, “Thus it becomes us to fulfill all righteousness.” So many times I have heard that we are already made righteous and do not need to do anything. That is not what Jesus said. Did you ever stop to notice that John the Baptist, Jesus, and the disciples were all very busy people? They had already left houses, lands, family, friends, and creature comforts, to work for God. And that is just the point. They were very busy doing good works of obedience to the will of God. These are the examples that the Bible presents for us to imitate and to follow. Thank God that the Bible didn’t give us lazy people to be our examples. That would steal my zeal from me and be like a bucket of ice water being thrown over my head.

So my counsel to you is to follow the four steps mentioned above. Obey what Jesus commanded in the scripture, bear the suffering involved, and fulfill all righteousness. The rewards that you will receive in heaven for doing this will be great! And they are ETERNAL blessings and rewards.

Trinity, Two, Or One

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Let’s start with the Jesus only doctrine. These people claim that Jesus is God, which sounds good at first, but then they say that there is no Father God or Holy Spirit. How they came to this conclusion I’m not really sure.

1 John 5:7-8 “For there are three that bear record in heaven, The Father, The Word, and The Holy Ghost; and these three are one. And there are three that bear witness in earth; the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.”

Here we see clearly that there is one God only, who manifests himself as three distinct personalities. The Word is Jesus, but Jesus made it clear that he submitted himself to his Father.

John 10:30 “I and my Father are One.”

John 12:49-50 “For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak.”

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1 John 2:22 “Who is a liar but he that denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist.” Not THE ANTICHRIST mentioned in the Book of Revelation, but an antichrist nonetheless. To deny the Father is to make Jesus into something that he is not. Therefore they set up an idol and call his name Jesus.

2 Corinthians 11:4 “For if he that comes preaches another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if you receive another spirit, which you have not received, or another gospel, which you have not accepted, you might well bear with him.”

So the people who preach and teach Jesus only, have a different Jesus, a different gospel, and a different spirit. This makes it heresy. They profess to worship and to serve Jesus, but they actually worship and serve an idol of their own making.

Recently I investigated a group that claims that the godhead consists of only two members. They believe in the Father and in Jesus. They call them by their Hebrew names. I looked at their doctrine with an open mind, but they also have the characteristics of a cult. They wouldn’t allow their members to converse with me about doctrine, and would not answer my questions. These are cult tendencies. Many cults try to protect their members from outside influences.

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Anyways, they have a judgemental attitude toward Christians and those who believe in the trinity. As they deny the Holy Spirit, and speak against him by doing so, I believe that these people may have committed the unpardonable sin of speaking against the Holy Spirit, which Jesus warned would never be forgiven.

Matthew 12:31-32 “Wherefore I say unto you, all manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Spirit shall not be forgiven unto men. And whosoever speaks against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come.”

All of these professors of false doctrine have one thing in common. They all twist the scripture. They use many different Bible translations looking for the one that agrees with their doctrine. When that doesn’t get the job done, they claim that the translation is in error. So they go to the Hebrew and Greek translations and they retranslate the text according to their own liking. In this way they “prove” that the scripture says something different than what is written in the Bible. By using these methods they rewrite the Bible to say what they want it to say. For that matter, many so-called mainstream teachers do exactly the same thing. How else could there be so many varied and strange doctrines?

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So the teaching of the trinity is taking the Bible at face value. Jesus speaks often of his Father in heaven and of the blessed Holy Spirit. He mentions both of them from the beginning, unto the end of his ministry. It takes help to misunderstand the Bible. You need someone to help you to misunderstand it, and to twist the scriptures for you. You need theologians, Bible dictionaries of the Greek and Hebrew, Bible commentaries, to help you to twist the scriptures unto your own destruction. The Bible is actually very easy to understand and should be taken literally, except where it is explicitly understood that it is not to be, like in parables and prophecies.

Do I believe in the trinity? Do I believe in the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit? Absolutely. I say wholeheartedly that “Yes I do.”

The easiest way to understand the trinity, is to definitely know that there is but one God. He manifests himself differently much as we do ourselves. A woman can be a mother, a wife, and an accountant. She is always only one person, but she speaks and acts differently in each role that she performs. A man can be a father, a husband, and a businessman. He is always only one person, but he speaks and acts differently in each role that he performs.

I hope that this study has helped you. It is so very easy to be deceived today. The wolves in sheep’s clothing are seemingly EVERYWHERE trying to devour us. Jesus sternly warned us to guard against false prophets who come to us in sheep’s clothing. So I also want to tell you to BEWARE!

The Sermon On The Mount

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The Sermon On The Mount is found in Matthew’s Gospel chapters five, six, and seven. This is the greatest collection of teaching by Jesus anywhere in one place. This sermon was given on a mountaintop by Jesus to his disciples. Jesus went to the mountaintop to separate himself from the multitude of people who were following him, and to be alone with his disciples. So this sermon is not meant for the multitude of followers, it is meant only for the disciples of Jesus.

Anyone who is not a disciple of Jesus will not receive or practise what is taught therein. What is the danger of not being a disciple of Jesus and not obeying the Sermon On The Mount?

Matthew 7:21 “Not everyone that says unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the Kingdom of Heaven; but he that does the will of my Father which is in heaven.”

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Matthew 7:26-27 “And everyone that hears these sayings of mine, and does them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: and the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.”

Notice that Jesus said, “THESE SAYINGS OF MINE”. He is talking about what he just said in the Sermon On The Mount. You have Jesus’ word, his promise on it. So many today believe in dispensationalism and say that what Jesus said is not for us today. Where did they get that idea? Show me chapter and verse. They certainly didn’t hear it from Jesus.

Matthew 24:35 “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.”

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Jesus never changes. He is the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. Read carefully the Book of Revelation looking for all of the Words of Jesus written there. This book was written twenty-nine years after the death of the Apostle Paul, and therefore trumps all of his epistles. Jesus is still saying the very same things that he has always said. He still tells us that EVERY MAN shall be judged according to his works, and that it is necessary to obey God’s commandments in order to have the right to enter heaven, and to eat of the tree of life. There is not one hint or change in the teachings of Jesus from any of Paul’s revelation. It is as if his epistles never existed.

Matthew 28:19-20 “Go therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to OBSERVE ALL THINGS WHATSOEVER I HAVE COMMANDED YOU: and, lo, I am with you always, even until the end of the world. Amen.”

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The last command of Jesus to his disciples, which we call the great commission, is to teach the new believers to OBEY ALL THINGS WHATSOEVER I HAVE COMMANDED YOU. Therefore to obey Jesus and to be his disciple, we must teach our hearers to obey everything that Jesus both said and taught. So where did dispensationalism come from? It came through the imagination of men by the assistance of the devil. It contradicts completely the great commission that Jesus gave to the Apostles, and through them to us. Dispensationalism makes null and void every command of King Jesus. Only the devil would want to do that.

The Sermon On The Mount is King Jesus teaching the laws of the Kingdom of God and the Kingdom of Heaven to his disciples. Jesus the King came to show us his kingdom and to teach us the laws that govern his kingdom. Every single word spoken by Jesus Christ is the law of the Kingdom of God. The Sermon On The Mount is the masterpiece of all sermons.

So the Sermon On The Mount shows the nature of God’s true children, who are the loyal, law abiding subjects of his kingdom. Human nature can clearly be seen here too. Take everything that Jesus said and say the exact opposite, and you will clearly see human nature.

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The Sermon On The Mount is the revelation of the nature of born again people. By not believing and obeying what this sermon teaches, we have created an entire generation of Christians who act as if they do not have God’s nature in them. Instead we have lukewarm people. Half God and half the world. Jesus promised to vomit them from his mouth. (Revelation 3:14-22). Halflings do not have the nature of God in them. God is not a halfling and neither are his children.

We are the generation that looks exactly like the Church of Laodicea. We would be wise to do as Jesus commanded, “I counsel you to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that you may be rich: and white clothing, that you may be clothed, and that the shame of your nakedness does not appear; and eyesalve, that you may see. As many as I love I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.”

Do You Carry A Cross?

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Modern day Christianity is in danger of being without a cross. Oh yes, we have the cross as our symbol, and it is on the Christian flag. But we have reduced the cross to an emblem. It is something of beauty. Even non-Christians have told me how they really like crosses as ornaments and symbols. When I wore one around my neck, I received lots of positive comments.

In Roman times a cross was an ugly thing of shame and suffering. Every single person who bore a cross had something in common. They all were later nailed to that cross, and they died on that cross. The cross was not an emblem of beauty, or an ornament. The cross was a deadly instrument that killed everyone who hung on it. The cross won every argument and controversy. Someone was nailed to it, and several hours or days later, they died upon it. The cross was a highly effective tool of torture and death. No one in the early church would have worn a cross around their neck, or had one in their home as a work of art.

Luke 9:23-24 “And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.”

Mark 10:21-22 “Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing you lack: go your way, and sell whatsoever you have, and give to the poor, and you shall have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me.”

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Notice that Jesus commanded those who followed him to take up their cross. Was he speaking of a literal physical cross? No he was not, for none of them bore one. Jesus was speaking of bearing a spiritual cross, that is highly effective in putting an end to the life that we once knew, and giving us a new life. Jesus by offering us a cross to bear, has promised us death to our old life, and a new life of suffering and shame. To be a true disciple of Jesus, you must bear a cross. Jesus only promises salvation to those who bear a cross.

Jesus never told us to die on our cross, but to bear it. We are to carry our cross every single day of our life upon this earth. We are still very much alive. We are called to live a sacrificial life of self-denial and obedience. So many today do not truly want to repent, or to suffer for Jesus. They do not want to be persecuted for obeying what Jesus said.

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What is exactly meant by carrying a cross? It is to deny yourself, to deny your own will. By bearing your cross you are enabled to obey what Jesus taught and commanded. In the process of doing this, you will experience pain, suffering, and shame.

So let us put the cross back into Christianity. Let us pick up our own personal cross daily, bear it, and follow Jesus.

God’s Garden

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God has a garden here on earth. In fact he has billions of them. His garden is the heart of men. It is here that the seeds of his word can come to rest and grow. In fact, whatever is planted inside of your heart can and will grow there. It is a fact of life and there is nothing that you can do to stop it or change it. This is a system that God Almighty created within each human being. It has worked this way from the day that you were born. It has worked while you were still ignorant that it was there and when you forgot about it as well. The good news is that by conscious effort you will be able to use this incredible power for your own benefit instead of to your detriment.

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9 For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, you are God’s building.

Here it is called a field. A field is made of the soil and all of the seeds that are planted in the soil, which grow and become the grass, flowers, trees and other plants found there. Your heart is soil made to receive seeds and to allow them to grow. However there are different types of soil that make up the hearts of men and women. While the heart may be receptive to normal everyday things, there is a resistance to the word of God in the hearts of at least 75% of the people.

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Mark 4:13-20 New King James Version (NKJV)
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13 And He said to them, “Do you not understand this parable? How then will you understand all the parables? 14 The sower sows the word. 15 And 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. 16 These likewise are the ones sown on stony ground who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with gladness;17 and 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. 18 Now these are the ones sown among thorns; they are the ones who hear the word, 19 and the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things entering in choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. 20 But 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.”

Here we find four types of soil. The soil that is the way side is that where people have walked repeatedly until a path was formed. This soil is packed hard and the seeds cannot find an entrance into the depths of the soil where they can grow. The soil that has stones in it receives the seeds of God’s word with gladness. But it is shallow soil with stones underneath it. Here the seeds begin to grow, but the heat of the sun dries and withers the little plants because they are not allowed to develop a deep root system. Then there is soil that shares itself with seeds other than the word of God. It allows the seeds of God’s word to grow side by side with the seeds of cares of this world, deceitfulness of riches, lusts of other things, and pleasure. Here the word seeds are choked and not allowed to bear their fruit. Finally there is the good soil which understands the word, is not offended by it, and is not distracted by the things of this world. The good ground is the only type of ground which brings forth healthy fruit.

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So the question arises, Which type of soil do you have in your own heart? Your entire future and eternal well being depends upon your heart being the good ground. And while your heart may presently not be good ground, the farmer can still till the soil of your heart, remove all of the stones, and remove the weeds that can choke the word plants which hinder their healthy growth. All of this is called a true conversion and new birth. If upon serious contemplation you discover yourself to be a type of soil that is not good, then begin to seek the Lord to deliver and heal you. He has promised to do what you ask him for. As for how the soil produces crops in general, read this.

Mark 4:26-29 New King James Version (NKJV)
The Parable of the Growing Seed
26 And He said, “The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground, 27 and should sleep by night and rise by day, and the seed should sprout and grow, he himself does not know how. 28 For the earth yields crops by itself: first the blade, then the head, after that the full grain in the head. 29 But when the grain ripens, immediately he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.”

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The system of growth works without any conscious effort on the part of the soil. The soil was created to receive seed and to grow it. So this is what it always does without effort or concentration on what it is doing. However when the farmer wants a specific crop to grow in his field, then he must take extra care to only plant the seeds that he wants to grow there. Many people take care to plant what they desire to grow inside of them. Some people are full of sports, others of current events, others business, for others it is music or films, others are full of cars and motorcycles, others their children and families. Whatever they love is what they fill themselves with and when they speak, that is what comes out of them.

To love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind and all your strength requires a true new birth and conversion from God. It is a miracle performed by God himself and cannot be initiated or done by any works that men or women do. Why is the atmosphere in Christendom so lacking in fire today? Why has it become lukewarm and even grown cold? It is for two major reasons. It is because of a false conversion which only partially changes people, and it is because of a lack of complete focus on God’s word, which are his thoughts, and loving them enough to make them our own by continual meditation upon them.