Exposure- P.5 (5.4.16)

Matthew 13:1-11,18-23
[1] The same day went Jesus out of the house, and sat by the sea side. [2] And great multitudes were gathered together unto him, so that he went into a ship, and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore. [3] And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow; [4] And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up: [5] Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth: [6] And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away. [7] And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them: [8] But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold. [9] Who hath ears to hear, let him hear. [10] And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables? [11] He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. [18] Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower. [19] When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one , and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side. [20] But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it; [21] Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended. [22] He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful. [23] But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it ; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.

There are four types of ground that the seed of the Word of God can fall on every time it comes forth. Our heart is the ground. Meaning , there are four conditions our heart can be in. What determines the harvest of your life is the condition of your heart.

The wayside: The side of the road. The wayside is a neglected catchall. Everything can go there and theres no discernment about whats planted. The seed cannot get into this ground because it is hard. In life, we may get a hard heart because we’ve had so much trash thrown at us. When hard times come, ask the Lord to help you from a hard heart. Nothing can be sown into a hard heart.

Stony ground: No roots can grow deep in stony ground because theres not a lot of life-giving soil. If our heart is shallow, or maybe in the process of getting hardened from something difficult we’ve endured, nothing can flourish. If we receive the Word with joy, but quit easily, thats a stony heart.

Thorny ground: When we receive the Word, but there’s so many other weeds and thorns, they will choke out the Word. We don’t even have to plant weeds. All you have to do is look away for a day and they pop up. If you don’t tend your garden carefully, the weeds will take over and choke out everting else.

Matthew 13:10-11
[10] And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables? [11] He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.

When you have an understanding of the seed of the Word it can produce fruit.

1 Kings 3:5-14
[5] In Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night: and God said, Ask what I shall give thee. [6] And Solomon said, Thou hast shewed unto thy servant David my father great mercy, according as he walked before thee in truth, and in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart with thee; and thou hast kept for him this great kindness, that thou hast given him a son to sit on his throne, as it is this day. [7] And now, O Lord my God, thou hast made thy servant king instead of David my father: and I am but a little child: I know not how to go out or come in. [8] And thy servant is in the midst of thy people which thou hast chosen, a great people, that cannot be numbered nor counted for multitude. [9] Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people? [10] And the speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing. [11] And God said unto him, Because thou hast asked this thing, and hast not asked for thyself long life; neither hast asked riches for thyself, nor hast asked the life of thine enemies; but hast asked for thyself understanding to discern judgment; [12] Behold, I have done according to thy words: lo, I have given thee a wise and an understanding heart; so that there was none like thee before thee, neither after thee shall any arise like unto thee. [13] And I have also given thee that which thou hast not asked, both riches, and honour: so that there shall not be any among the kings like unto thee all thy days. [14] And if thou wilt walk in my ways, to keep my statutes and my commandments, as thy father David did walk, then I will lengthen thy days.

Matthew 13:5,20-21
[5] Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth: [20] But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it; [21] Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended.

Matthew 13:7,22
[7] And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them: [22] He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful.

Tradition of man has caused the Word to have no effect.

Good ground produces the fruit of the Spirit.

Good ground doesn’t happen by accident. It happens by hearing God’s Word and give it weight.

Pay attention to what you speak.  Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.

Matthew 13:8-9,23
[8] But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold. [9] Who hath ears to hear, let him hear. [23] But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it ; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.

Gods word will soften a hard heart.

Plant the good seed of God’s Word in your heart.

Revelation 3:20-22
[20] Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. [21] To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. [22] He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

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The Rhythm of Your Life- P.4 (5.1.16)

Galatians 5:16-17
[16] This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. [17] For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.

Amos 3:3– Can two walk together, except they be agreed?

To “walk in the Spirit” is to walk in agreement with The Spirit and the Word of God.

John 6:63
1 John 5:7
God is in rhythm with His Spirit and His Word.

1 Thessalonians 5:23 describes true biblical peace- where one is whole spiritually, mentally and physically.

Psalm 46:10
[10] Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.

Exodus 14:10-14
[10] And when Pharaoh drew nigh, the children of Israel lifted up their eyes, and, behold, the Egyptians marched after them; and they were sore afraid: and the children of Israel cried out unto the Lord . [11] And they said unto Moses, Because there were no graves in Egypt, hast thou taken us away to die in the wilderness? wherefore hast thou dealt thus with us, to carry us forth out of Egypt? [12] Is not this the word that we did tell thee in Egypt, saying, Let us alone, that we may serve the Egyptians? For it had been better for us to serve the Egyptians, than that we should die in the wilderness. [13] And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord , which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever. [14] The Lord shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.

Be still. Don’t make decisions based on emotions.

The plot of the enemy should drive you to the presence of God!

When you are in touch with your problem, you will get out of step and rhythm God.

Whatever you allow to be the number one priority in your life will control everything else that follows. Make getting in rhythm with God your number one priority.

2 Chronicles 20:15-18 & 21
[15] And he said, Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat, Thus saith the Lord unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God’s. [16] To morrow go ye down against them: behold, they come up by the cliff of Ziz; and ye shall find them at the end of the brook, before the wilderness of Jeruel. [17] Ye shall not need to fight in this battle : set yourselves, stand ye still , and see the salvation of the Lord with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; to morrow go out against them: for the Lord will be with you.[18] And Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground: and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem fell before the Lord , worshipping the Lord . [21] And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers unto the Lord , and that should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say, Praise the Lord ; for his mercy endureth for ever.

Proverbs 16:7
When a man’s ways please the Lord, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.

Isaiah 54:17
No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord.

It’s not our job to fight. We don’t need to try and make God right or His Word good. It is our job to know what He said and rest it that! The enemy should never phase your praise.

2 Chronicles 20:27-30
[27] Then they returned, every man of Judah and Jerusalem, and Jehoshaphat in the forefront of them, to go again to Jerusalem with joy; for the Lord had made them to rejoice over their enemies. [28] And they came to Jerusalem with psalteries and harps and trumpets unto the house of the Lord . [29] And the fear of God was on all the kingdoms of those countries, when they had heard that the Lord fought against the enemies of Israel. [30] So the realm of Jehoshaphat was quiet: for his God gave him rest round about.

Exposure- P.4 (4.27.16)

Matthew 13:3-9
[3] And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow; [4] And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up: [5] Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth: [6] And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away. [7] And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them: [8] But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold. [9] Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.

Matthew 13:18-19
[18] Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower. [19] When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one , and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side.

Genesis 3- the enemy’s objective is to challenge the Word of God and make you doubt it so that it isn’t sown in your heart.

Gods Word will not return void.

Death will separate your soul from the will and opinion of others.

Its good to study God’s Word keeping in mind three things:
Creation
The fall of man
Redemption

Genesis 2:16-17
[16] And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: [17] But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

Genesis 3:1-5
[1] Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? [2] And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: [3] But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. [4] And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: [5] For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.

Our enemy is very stealthy and he will try to convince you that something is your own thought, desire or your own idea.

2 Corinthians 4:4

The way the enemy keeps us in the darkness is by convincing us that we are not in the darkness.

Isaiah 5:13
[13] Therefore my people are gone into captivity, because they have no knowledge: and their honourable men are famished, and their multitude dried up with thirst.

Isaiah 14:12-20
[12] How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! [13] For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: [14] I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. [15] Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit. [16] They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms; [17] That made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof; that opened not the house of his prisoners? [18] All the kings of the nations, even all of them, lie in glory, every one in his own house. [19] But thou art cast out of thy grave like an abominable branch, and as the raiment of those that are slain, thrust through with a sword, that go down to the stones of the pit; as a carcase trodden under feet. [20] Thou shalt not be joined with them in burial, because thou hast destroyed thy land, and slain thy people: the seed of evildoers shall never be renowned.

Luke 22:31-32
[31] And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: [32] But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.

Job 1:7-8
[7] And the Lord said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the Lord , and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it. [8] And the Lord said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?

The Rhythm of Your Life- P.3 (4.24.16)

Psalm 84:4
[4] Blessed are they that dwell in thy house: they will be still praising thee. Selah.

Selah – means to pause and to think about what was just said.

Some of us are not healthy because we do not have a pause in our lives.

Matthew 14:23
[23] And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone.

Jesus, the Son of God, needed a time away meditate and pray. If He needed it, so do we.

Mark 1:12-13,35,45
[12] And immediately the Spirit driveth him into the wilderness. [13] And he was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted of Satan; and was with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered unto him. [35] And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed. [45] But he went out, and began to publish it much, and to blaze abroad the matter, insomuch that Jesus could no more openly enter into the city, but was without in desert places: and they came to him from every quarter.

Mark 6:31,45-47
[31] And he said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while: for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat. [45] And straightway he constrained his disciples to get into the ship, and to go to the other side before unto Bethsaida, while he sent away the people. [46] And when he had sent them away, he departed into a mountain to pray. [47] And when even was come, the ship was in the midst of the sea, and he alone on the land.

Mark 9:2
[2] And after six days Jesus taketh with him Peter, and James, and John, and leadeth them up into an high mountain apart by themselves: and he was transfigured before them.

You can’t have peace with God if you don’t spend time with Him.

Jesus was effective in His public ministry because of His discipline in His private time with God.

Luke 5:15-16
[15] But so much the more went there a fame abroad of him: and great multitudes came together to hear, and to be healed by him of their infirmities. [16] And he withdrew himself into the wilderness, and prayed.

Psalm 46:10
[10] Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.

If you are constantly going, and never pause to rest, you’ll experience chaos. Its the pause that creates the rhythm. There can be no rhythm in your life when there is not withdraw.

John 6:63

John 3:6-8
[6] That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. [7] Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. [8] The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.

Jesus equates the evidence of the Spirit’s work in our lives to the wind. You can’t physically see the wind, but you can see the affects of where it has been. When the trees rustle, you can tell the wind is moving. In the same way, you may not physically see the Holy Spirit, but the effects of Him moving in our lives should be evident.

Always enquire of the Lord, even if you know something is a good thing. Rhythm is about not only doing the right thing, but doing it at the right time.

God has many different ways of doing something. Sometimes we tend to put Him in a box, and expect that He will accomplish something the same way He did it in the past. Just because God did something one way last time doesn’t mean He will do it the same way this time.

2 Samuel 5:17-19,22-25 
[17] But when the Philistines heard that they had anointed David king over Israel, all the Philistines came up to seek David; and David heard of it , and went down to the hold. [18] The Philistines also came and spread themselves in the valley of Rephaim. [19] And David enquired of the Lord , saying, Shall I go up to the Philistines? wilt thou deliver them into mine hand? And the Lord said unto David, Go up: for I will doubtless deliver the Philistines into thine hand. [22] And the Philistines came up yet again, and spread themselves in the valley of Rephaim. [23] And when David enquired of the Lord , he said, Thou shalt not go up; but fetch a compass behind them, and come upon them over against the mulberry trees. [24] And let it be, when thou hearest the sound of a going in the tops of the mulberry trees, that then thou shalt bestir thyself: for then shall the Lord go out before thee, to smite the host of the Philistines. [25] And David did so, as the Lord had commanded him; and smote the Philistines from Geba until thou come to Gazer.

David asked the Lord if he should go down to battle the Philistines. God told him to go. David defeated the Philistines. When they gathered together again in the valley, David asked God again if he should go. This time, God gave a different response. He told David to come at the Philistines from a different angle. David was instructed to wait and whenever he would hear the trees moving, then he could go boldly, knowing that God was with him.  Both the first and the second time David was victorious, but God used two different approaches.

It is important that we don’t limit God in thinking He will accomplish something only one way. Don’t have your eyes so fixed on the door that you miss the God of the open window. We must have regular times to rest so that we can stay in rhythm with God and know how He wants us to move in the moment.

 

Exposure- P.3 (4.20.16)

Matthew 13:37-40
[37] He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man; [38] The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one ; [39] The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels. [40] As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world.

Culture is based on what is being sown. We should look like a culture of the Kingdom of God.

Ask yourself whose culture you will represent.  What seed is being sown in your life?

God wants the harvest (culture) that He gave to be celebrated.

James 5:7-8
[7] Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain. [8] Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.

1 Peter 1:23  Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.

1 John 2:14-17
[14] I have written unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one. [15] Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. [16] For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. [17] And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

The enemy seeks to sow an ungodly seed that will yield a culture that celebrates satan and the world. It is the opposite of God’s Kingdom.

The Rhythm of Your Life- P.2 (4.17.16)

Revelation 22:17
[17] And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.

Three questions to ask yourself:
Am I in harmony with God?
Am I at peace within?
Am I at peace with man?

Mark 4:9-13
[9] And he said unto them, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. [10] And when he was alone, they that were about him with the twelve asked of him the parable. [11] 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: [12] 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. [13] And he said unto them, Know ye not this parable? and how then will ye know all parables?

You can do the right thing, but do it at the wrong time, and not get the right result.

You can know God told you to do something, but did he tell you when to do it?  Be sure to stay in tune and rhythm with God. Knowing when He wants you to do something is just as important and knowing what He wants you to do.

You have to be in God’s presence to walk in rhythm with Him.

The quality of your life will never go beyond the quality of your relationships. This is just as true as it applies to your relationship with God.

You can’t expect to walk in rhythm with God if you never take the time to pause and listen to His cadence (or His beat and rhythm).

John 6:38
[38] For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.

If we allow it, man, and the demands of life,  will get us out of rhythm with God.

John 12:49-50
[49] 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. [50] And I know that his commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak.

John 7:3-6,8-10
[3] His brethren therefore said unto him, Depart hence, and go into Judaea, that thy disciples also may see the works that thou doest. [4] For there is no man that doeth any thing in secret, and he himself seeketh to be known openly. If thou do these things, shew thyself to the world. [5] For neither did his brethren believe in him. [6] Then Jesus said unto them, My time is not yet come: but your time is alway ready. [8] Go ye up unto this feast: I go not up yet unto this feast; for my time is not yet full come. [9] When he had said these words unto them, he abode still in Galilee. [10] But when his brethren were gone up, then went he also up unto the feast, not openly, but as it were in secret.

Be in rhythm with God- not the World.

The Rhythm of Your Life- P.1 (4.10.16)

1 Thessalonians 5:23-24
[23] And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. [24] Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.

Romans 5:1
Isaiah 57

If we are walking in God’s Rhythm, and in His will, we will have:

Peace with God
Peace within
Peace with Man

True peace with God will affect you spiritually, mentally and physically.

Romans 12:2
1 Corinthians 6

You don’t have a rhythm without rest. The pause, or the rest, sets the rhythm. Without it, its just noise.

Revelation 22:17
[17] And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.

The Holy Spirit is setting the rhythm. The church is meant to get in rhythm with the Spirit so that others can get in rhythm with the Spirit as the church echoes Him.

Amos 3:3
[3] Can two walk together, except they be agreed?

Galatians 5:16-17…walk in the Spirit

Amos 3:8
[8] The lion hath roared, who will not fear? the Lord God hath spoken, who can but prophesy?

Everything God created has a rhythm. You cannot and will not find true peace and wholeness in your life if you are not in Rhythm with God.

Who is setting the rhythm and pace of your life?  Do you have time set aside to have a relationship with God?

2 Corinthians 6:14-18
[14] Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? [15] And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? [16] And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them ; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. [17] Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing ; and I will receive you, [18] And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

Don’t get in any covenant that hinders you from walking in rhythm with God.

John 6:38
[38] For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.

**Some things cannot come into your life until you get a Rhythm.

If we aren’t in rhythm with God, we will not be at peace within. If we aren’t at peace within, we wont be whole, and will be trying to get from man what only God can give us. Therefore we wont be at peace with man.

John 12:49-50
[49] 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. [50] And I know that his commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak.

If I am walking in Rhythm with God, I will be at:
Peace with God
Peace within
Peace with Man