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GREAT REVELATION AS A YOUNG MAN I RARELY SAW ANYONE AFFECTED BY THE WORD OF GOD; AS I WAS BEGINNING TO BE. I HEARD NO ONE TALK ABOUT GOD, OR THE BIBLE; OUTSIDE OF CHURCH. PEOPLE CAME OUT OF CHURCH LOOKING THE SAME WAY THAT THEY DID WHEN THEY WALKED IN. AS DID I.



I WAS AFRAID TO SHOW THE EXCITEMENT; THE ENTHUSIASM THAT WAS BEGINNING IN ME; IN FEAR OF BEING REJECTED; ISOLATED.



AT THAT POINT IN MY LIFE I WAS AFRAID TO BE THE 'ONLY ONE'; TO HAVE THE SPOTLIGHT ON ME.



I WAS BARELY PROGRESSING INTO MK4:16-17



AND THESE ARE THEY LIKEWISE WHICH ARE SOWN ON STONY GROUND; WHO, WHEN THEY HAVE HEARD THE WORD, IMMEDIATELY RECEIVE IT WITH GLADNESS; AND HAVE NO ROOT IN THEMSELVES, AND SO ENDURE BUT FOR A TIME: AFTERWARD, WHEN AFFLICTION OR PERSECUTION ARISES FOR THE WORD’S SAKE, IMMEDIATELY THEY ARE OFFENDED. MK4:16-17



FROM MY OWN PERSONAL EXPERIENCE, ONCE I READ GOD'S WORD, WITH A HEART TO UNDERSTANDING IT, I SOON CAME IN CONTACT WITH THE AUTHOR OF THE BOOK - THE HOLY SPIRIT.



I WANTED TO BE LIKE THE FEW GENUINE BELIEVERS THAT I SAW; BUT I DIDN'T KNOW HOW



I WANTED TO BELIEVE THE BIBLE. IT OFFERED HOPE IN MANY AREAS. I NEEDED HELP UNDERSTANDING IT.



BELIEVING IS A CHOICE.



I HAD TRIED TO BE LIKE JESUS, PAUL, JOHN, ETC.... AND CONTINUALLY FAILED.



I HAD FREQUENTLY CLOSED THE BOOK; AND NOT READ IT AGAIN FOR MONTHS.



AND ONE DAY I SPOKE WHAT I THOUGHT WAS A PROFOUND SPIRITUAL STATEMENT - 'IT IS JUST ME AND THE BIBLE!'



THE HOLY SPIRIT IMMEDIATELY SPOKE UP IN ME: "NO, IT IS ME , YOU, AND THE BIBLE. WITHOUT ME YOU CAN'T UNDERSTAND ANY OF THIS."



THAT WAS A GREAT REVELATION TO ME.



THANKS BE TO GOD!!



THE HOLY SPIRIT WOULD BE MY HELPER!



ONE DAY, WITH THESE TWO SCRIPTURES ON MY MIND PS119:140 AND PR30:5 I ASKED GOD "IF YOUR WORD IS PURE WHY ARE SO MANY PEOPLE HAVING TROUBLE WITH IT"; MYSELF INCLUDED.



HE ANSWERED ME!



I DIDN'T HEAR A VOICE; BUT HE DROPPED SOMETHING INTO MY HEART - IN BUT A MOMENT - WHICH HE THEN EXPOUNDED ON.



"MY WORD IS LIKE A SEED. IN THE NATURAL A SEED HAS A PROTECTIVE HUSK AROUND IT; THAT THE EARTH MUST REMOVE TO CONNECT WITH THE SEED



PEOPLE HAVE PLACED THEIR OWN HUSK AROUND MY WORD: A HUSK OF LIES AND DECEPTION.



BUT IF YOU WILL CONTINUE TO HEAR MY WORD; I WILL STRIP AWAY LAYER UPON LAYER OF THOSE LIES; UNTIL YOU CAN HEAR THE WORD FOR WHAT IT IS SAYING; AND BELIEVE IT; AND RECEIVE IT: AS THE TRUTH."



GLORY TO GOD!!



THE MORE I HEAR THE WORD OF GOD, THE MORE I HEAR IT!



FROM THAT DAY FORTH I HAVE CONFESSED ANY SCRIPTURE THE HOLY SPIRIT LED ME TO; NO MATTER HOW 'DIFFICULT' IT WAS; FOR I KNEW THAT IN TIME I WOULD SEE THE LIGHT THAT WAS IN IT.

AS A SIDE NOTE: I HAVE FOUND IT POWERFUL TO PERSONALIZE EACH SCRIPTURE; TO PUT MYSELF IN THEM. I DO THIS TO OVERCOME SATAN'S SUBTLE LIE THAT: "YOU COULD NEVER BE; OR DO THIS".



FOR EXAMPLE: "AND EVERYTHING, WHATEVER YOU DO IN WORD OR DEED, DO ALL IN THE NAME OF THE LORD JESUS, GIVING THANKS TO GOD AND THE FATHER BY HIM." COL3:17

I CONFESS: 'AND EVERYTHING, WHATEVER I DO IN WORD OR DEED, I DO ALL IN YOUR NAME, LORD JESUS, GIVING THANKS TO GOD AND THE FATHER BY YOU.'



DOING THIS GIVES THE SCRIPTURE A WHOLE NEW EMPHASIS.
BY DOING THIS I AM PLANTING THAT WORD INTO MY HEART.



IT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN HEARING THE WORD OF GOD, AND DOING IT.



IN DOING THIS I ESTABLISH A CONVERSATION BETWEEN MYSELF AND GOD.
BOTH HE AND I WILL KNOW, AT THE SAME TIME, WHEN I AM BELIEVING WHAT I'M SAYING.




THE HOLY SPIRIT HELPS ME TO ARRANGE SCRIPTURES IN SUCH A WAY THAT MY MIND CAN RECEIVE THEM.



AS I SINCERELY PRESS INTO THE WORD; AND RECEIVE UNDERSTANDING; HE THEN GIVES ME MORE UNDERSTANDING.
"...FOR THOSE WHO HONOR ME I WILL HONOR..." ISA2:30

"AND HE SAID TO THEM, TAKE HEED WHAT YOU HEAR. WITH THAT MEASURE WHICH YOU MEASURE, IT SHALL BE MEASURED TO YOU. AND TO YOU WHO HEAR, MORE SHALL BE GIVEN." MK4:24



THE WAY THAT WE MEASURE GOD'S WORD - THE DEGREE TO WHICH WE VALUE IT - DETERMINES WHAT WE WILL GET FROM IT.



HOW ARE WE TO VALUE GOD'S WORD: WHICH IS THE TRUTH?
" JESUS SAID TO HIM, I AM THE WAY, THE TRUTH, AND THE LIFE; NO ONE COMES TO THE FATHER BUT BY ME." JN14:6



THERE CAN ONLY BE ONE TRUTH. EVERYTHING ELSE IS A LIE.




TO BELIEVE GOD WE MUST DISBELIEVE SATAN




THE NATURAL GROUND
IT WILL ATTEMPT TO GROW WHATEVER IS PUT INTO IT.
THE NATURAL GROUND WORKS ON THE HUSK UNTIL IT GETS TO THE SEED.



THE SUPERNATURAL GROUND OF THE HEART
IT TOO WILL ATTEMPT TO GROW WHATEVER IS PUT INTO IT

JUST AS THE NATURAL GROUND WORKS ON THE HUSK; OUR MIND 'WORKS' ON GOD'S WORD; TO UNDERSTAND IT.

JUST AS IT TAKES TIME FOR THE GROUND TO PENETRATE THE HUSK; OUR MINDS NEED TIME TO PENETRATE THE ABUNDANT, DEVILISH, AND WORLDLY, 'HUSK OF CONFUSION', THAT HAS COME TO SURROUND GOD'S WORD.



SATAN FIGHTS HARD TO KEEP PEOPLE FROM HEARING GOD'S WORD; LET ALONE BELIEVING IT.
THE GOD OF THIS WORLD HAS BLINDED THE MINDS OF THEM WHICH BELIEVE NOT, LEST THE LIGHT OF THE GLORIOUS GOSPEL OF CHRIST, WHO IS THE IMAGE OF GOD, SHOULD SHINE UNTO THEM. 2CO4:4



WE ARE SPIRITS LIVING IN A BODY. SELAH. (PAUSE; THINK ON THAT) 1TH5:23



THE EAR TRIES WORDS, AS THE MOUTH TASTES MEAT. JOB34:3



THE WORD OF GOD IS TO THE SPIRIT, AS FOOD IS TO THE BODY.



WE EAT FOOD TO NOURISH OUR BODIES. WE 'EAT' GOD'S WORD TO NOURISH OUR SPIRITS.



HEARING IS TO THE SPIRIT, AS CHEWING IS TO THE BODY.



WE HEAR GOD'S WORD. WE CHEW OUR FOOD.



CHEWING HELPS TO BREAK DOWN THE FOOD INTO A FORM THAT THE STOMACH CAN RECEIVE.



CONTINUAL HEARING OF GOD'S WORD HELPS TO 'BREAK DOWN' THE WORD INTO A FORM THAT THE MIND CAN RECEIVE.



ONCE THE MIND 'RECEIVES' IT (BELIEVES IT), IT IS 'TAKEN TO HEART'.



FROM THAT DAY ON THE HOLY SPIRIT HAS BEEN GUIDING ME INTO THE WORD - WHICH IS THE TRUTH.
HOWBEIT WHEN HE, THE SPIRIT OF TRUTH, IS COME, HE WILL GUIDE YOU INTO ALL TRUTH..... JN16:13



SANCTIFY THEM THROUGH YOUR TRUTH: YOUR WORD IS TRUTH. JN17:17



YOUR WORD IS A LAMP UNTO MY FEET, AND A LIGHT UNTO MY PATH. PS119:105



THE HOLY SPIRIT BROUGHT MY ATTENTION TO THREE SCRIPTURES, IN PARTICULAR


SCRIPTURE #1
SO THEN FAITH COMES BY HEARING, AND HEARING BY THE WORD OF GOD. RO10:17

I QUESTIONED THE INCLUSION OF THE COMMA. YOU'VE HEARD THE LIE: GOD'S WORD WAS WRITTEN BY MEN; AND THERE ARE MANY MISTAKES IN IT.

WHY DIDN'T IT SAY 'FAITH COMES BY HEARING THE WORD OF GOD'

THE HOLY SPIRIT HELPED ME TO SEE THAT 'FAITH COMES BY HEARING' IS A UNIVERSAL LAW.
YOU WILL BELIEVE WHAT YOU HEAR, IF YOU HEAR IT LONG ENOUGH. (THE QUESTION IS 'ARE YOU HEARING THE TRUTH, OR A LIE?')


AND THAT GOD IS DIRECTING US TO HEAR HIS WORD.





SCRIPTURE #2
WHO BEING THE BRIGHTNESS OF HIS GLORY, AND THE EXPRESS IMAGE OF HIS PERSON, AND UPHOLDING ALL THINGS BY THE WORD OF HIS POWER, WHEN HE HAD BY HIMSELF PURGED OUR SINS, SAT DOWN ON THE RIGHT HAND OF THE MAJESTY ON HIGH; HE1:3

WHY DIDN'T IT SAY 'THE POWER OF HIS WORD'
THE HOLY SPIRIT HELPED ME TO SEE THAT THERE IS POWER IN GOD'S WORD

AND THEY WERE ASTONISHED AT HIS DOCTRINE: FOR HIS WORD WAS WITH POWER. LU4:32

FOR THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS NOT IN WORD, BUT IN POWER. 1COR4:20





SCRIPTURE #3
AND IT SHALL COME TO PASS IN THAT DAY, THAT HIS BURDEN SHALL BE TAKEN AWAY FROM OFF YOUR SHOULDER, AND HIS YOKE FROM OFF YOUR NECK, AND THE YOKE SHALL BE DESTROYED BECAUSE OF THE ANOINTING. IS10:27

BEING DEAF TO GOD'S WORD IS A YOKE

THE HOLY SPIRIT HELPED ME TO SEE THAT THE POWER THAT IS IN GOD'S WORD, IS THE ANOINTING; AND THE ANOINTING CAN DESTROY THE YOKE OF DEAFNESS.

THAT IS WHY SATAN FIGHTS SO HARD AGAINST CHRISTIANS; AGAINST THE PREACHING OF GOD'S WORD; AND AGAINST THE MENTIONING OF THE NAME OF JESUS. IT IS BECAUSE HE KNOWS THAT THIS IS ABLE TO SET US FREE.




THE WIN-WIN CONCLUSION ON THE THREE SCRIPTURES
IF YOU WILL BUT HEAR GOD'S WORD (RO10:17), THE POWER THAT IS IN GOD'S WORD (HE1:3) WILL DESTROY THE YOKE (IS10:27) OF DEAFNESS TO HIS WORD; AND THEN YOU WILL HEAR IT; AND BELIEVE IT; AND RECEIVE IT; AS IT TRULY IS: THE TRUTH.



WHAT ARE YOU FULL OF?
THE LIGHT OF THE BODY IS THE EYE: IF THEREFORE MY EYE BE SINGLE, MY WHOLE BODY SHALL BE FULL OF LIGHT. BUT IF MY EYE BE EVIL, MY WHOLE BODY SHALL BE FULL OF DARKNESS. IF THEREFORE THE LIGHT THAT IS IN ME BE DARKNESS, HOW GREAT IS THAT DARKNESS! MT6:22-23




BE A DOER OF THE WORD
IF ALL YOU DO IS HEAR THE WORD, AND NOT DO IT, YOU ARE DECEIVING YOURSELF. JA1:22



HOW DO YOU DO THE WORD?



THE ANSWER TO THAT QUESTION IS THE ANSWER TO THIS ONE: 'HOW DO YOU DO A SEED'?



THE SEED IS THE WORD OF GOD. (THE WORD OF GOD IS THE SEED) LU8:11



WORDS ARE SEEDS



I PLANT GOD'S WORD IN MY HEART



WHAT I SAY, AND HEAR, IS SOWN DIRECTLY INTO MY HEART
WHEN ANY ONE HEARS THE WORD OF THE KINGDOM, AND UNDERSTANDS IT NOT, THEN COMES THE WICKED ONE, AND CATCHES AWAY THAT WHICH WAS SOWN IN HIS HEART. THIS IS HE WHICH RECEIVED SEED BY THE WAY SIDE. MT13:19



AND JESUS SAID, SO IS THE KINGDOM OF GOD, AS IF A MAN SHOULD CAST SEED INTO THE GROUND; MK4:26



AND SHOULD SLEEP, AND RISE NIGHT AND DAY, AND THE SEED SHALL SPRING AND GROW UP, HE KNOWS NOT HOW. MK4:27



FOR THE EARTH BRINGS FORTH FRUIT OF HERSELF; FIRST THE BLADE, THEN THE EAR, AFTER THAT THE FULL CORN IN THE EAR. MK4:28



SEEDTIME AND HARVEST
WHILE THE EARTH REMAINS, SEEDTIME AND HARVEST, AND COLD AND HEAT, AND SUMMER AND WINTER, AND DAY AND NIGHT SHALL NOT CEASE. GE8:22



SEED NEEDS TIME TO HARVEST



SATAN CAN SNATCH AWAY GOD'S SEED THAT IS IN YOU, ONLY IF YOU YIELD TO HIS LIES: "IF YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND IT, THEN IT CANNOT BE UNDERSTOOD; OR BELIEVED. IT IS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE".



IF YOU PRESS PAST HIS INITIAL ATTACK, FROM THEN ON HE WILL THROW A BARRAGE OF THOUGHTS, AND SITUATIONS AGAINST YOU, IN AN ATTEMPT TO DISCOURAGE YOU.



HE WANTS YOU TO SAY: "WHY ARE THESE THINGS HAPPENING TO ME. I WAS BETTER OFF BEFORE THE WORD OF GOD CAME INTO MY LIFE. I BETTER LEAVE THE BIBLE ALONE"



HE WANTS YOU TO BE LIKE ONE OF THOSE MENTIONED IN MK4:17



TO PERSEVERINGLY WADE THROUGH SATAN'S LIES, AND TACTICS; WITH THE HELP OF THE HOLY SPIRIT, - TO GET TO THE TRUTH - CAN TAKE TIME; THEREFORE: SEED, TIME, AND HARVEST.



SATAN IS VERY PERSISTENT, AND DETERMINED TO STOP US. WE MUST BE EQUALLY AS SUCH IN RESISTING HIM; WITH GOD'S HELP.



THERE IS NO TRUTH IN HIM. HE IS THE FATHER OF LIES.
YOU ARE OF YOUR FATHER THE DEVIL, AND THE LUSTS OF YOUR FATHER YOU WILL DO. HE WAS A MURDERER FROM THE BEGINNING, AND ABODE NOT IN THE TRUTH, BECAUSE THERE IS NO TRUTH IN HIM. WHEN HE SPEAKS A LIE, HE SPEAKS OF HIS OWN: FOR HE IS A LIAR, AND THE FATHER OF IT. JN8:44



SATAN ONCE TRIED TO REBEL AGAINST GOD
HOW YOU ARE FALLEN FROM THE HEAVENS, O SHINING STAR, SON OF THE MORNING! HOW YOU ARE CUT DOWN TO THE GROUND, YOU WHO WEAKENED THE NATIONS! IS14:12

FOR YOU HAVE SAID IN YOUR HEART, I WILL GO UP TO THE HEAVENS, I WILL EXALT MY THRONE ABOVE THE STARS OF GOD; I WILL ALSO SIT ON THE MOUNT OF THE CONGREGATION, IN THE SIDES OF THE NORTH. IS14:13

I WILL GO UP ABOVE THE HEIGHTS OF THE CLOUDS; I WILL BE LIKE THE MOST HIGH. IS14:14



AND GOD ANSWERED HIM
YET YOU SHALL BE BROUGHT DOWN TO HELL, TO THE SIDES OF THE PIT. IS14:15

THOSE WHO SEE YOU SHALL STARE AND CLOSELY WATCH YOU, SAYING, IS THIS THE MAN WHO MADE THE EARTH TO TREMBLE; WHO SHOOK KINGDOMS;IS14:16

WHO MADE THE WORLD AS A WILDERNESS, AND DESTROYED ITS CITIES; WHO DID NOT OPEN THE HOUSE FOR HIS PRISONERS? IS14:17

ALL THE KINGS OF THE NATIONS, EVEN ALL OF THEM, LIE IN GLORY, EVERY ONE IN HIS OWN HOUSE. IS14:18

BUT YOU ARE CAST OUT OF YOUR GRAVE LIKE A HATEFUL BRANCH, AND LIKE THE CLOTHING OF THOSE WHO ARE SLAIN, THRUST THROUGH WITH A SWORD, THAT GO DOWN TO THE STONES OF THE PIT; LIKE A DEAD BODY TRAMPLED UNDER FOOT. IS14:19

YOU SHALL NOT BE JOINED WITH THEM IN BURIAL, BECAUSE YOU RUINED YOUR LAND AND KILLED YOUR PEOPLE; THE SEED OF EVILDOERS SHALL NEVER BE FAMOUS. IS14:20




SATAN IS NOT GOD'S EQUAL. HE IS NO MATCH FOR GOD. HE IS BUT A FALLEN ANGEL; AND AN ESTABLISHED LIAR.




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