Matt 13:11 Jesus answered them, “To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been granted. 12 For whoever has (AMP Spiritual knowledge), to him more shall be given, and he will have an abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has shall be taken away from him. 13 Therefore I speak to them in parables; because while seeing they do not see, and while hearing they do not hear, nor do they (AMP grasp) understand. 15 for the heart of this people has become dull, with their ears they scarcely hear, and they have closed their eyes, otherwise they would see with their eyes, hear with their ears, and understand with their heart and return, and I would heal them.’ JESUS IS REFERING TO PERCEIVING AND UNDERSTANDING YOU WILL NEVER POSSESS SOMETHING THAT SOMEONE ELSE HAS TO UNDERSTAND FOR YOU. FAITH IS ACTION. Rom 10:17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ. ACTION IS TO BECOME THE BY PRODUCT OF HEARING. Heb 3:7 Therefore, just as the Holy Spirit says, “today if you hear His voice, 8 do not harden your hearts as when they provoked Me, as in the day of trial in the wilderness, 9 where your fathers tried Me by testing Me, and saw my works for forty years. 10 “Therefore I was angry with this generation, and said, ‘they always go astray in their heart, and they did not know My ways’; 11 as I swore in my wrath, ‘they shall not enter my rest.’” 12 Take care, brethren, that there not be in any one of you an evil, unbelieving heart that falls away from the living God. 13 But encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called “Today,” so that none of you will be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. 16 For who provoked Him when they had heard? Indeed, did not all those who came out of Egypt led by Moses? 17 And with whom was He angry for forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose bodies fell in the wilderness? 18 And to whom did He swear that they would not enter His rest, but to those who were disobedient? So we see that they were not able to (Possess the promises) enter because of unbelief. PEOPLE WHO HEARD BUT CHOSE NOT TO BELIEVE. THEY BELIEVED THE CIRCUMSTANCES WERE GREATER. 4:1 Therefore, let us fear if, while a promise remains of entering His rest, any one of you may seem to have come short of it. 2 For indeed we have had good news preached to us, just as they also; but the word they heard did not profit them, because it was not united by faith in those who heard. 3 For we who have believed enter that rest, just as He has said, “AS I SWORE IN MY WRATH, THEY SHALL NOT ENTER MY REST,” although His works were finished from the foundation of the world. 4 For He has said somewhere concerning the seventh day: “AND GOD RESTED ON THE SEVENTH DAY FROM ALL HIS WORKS”; 5 and again in this passage, “THEY SHALL NOT ENTER MY REST.” 6 Therefore, since it remains for some to enter it, and those who formerly had good news preached to them failed to enter because of disobedience, 7 He again fixes a certain day, “Today,” saying through David after so long a time just as has been said before, “TODAY IF YOU HEAR HIS VOICE, DO NOT HARDEN YOUR HEARTS.” 8 For if Joshua had given them rest, He would not have spoken of another day after that. 9 So there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God. 10 For the one who has entered His rest has himself also rested from his works, as God did from His. 11 Therefore let us be diligent to enter that rest, so that no one will fall, through following the same example of disobedience. 12 For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. THE CONDITION OF THE HEART IS BIG WHEN IT COMES TO RECEIVING Mark 4 He who has ears to hear, let him hear TPT 9 If you understand this, then you need to respond.” TRUTH ACCEPTED AND UNDERSTOOD BECOMES BREAKTHROUGH TRUTH. Mark 4:8 PRODUCE 30,60, AND 100 FOLD. UNDERSTANDING IS LINKED TO INCREASE! THE PEOPLE WHO PERCEIVE AND UNDERSTAND (WHO GET REVELATION) AND ACT ON IT, MANIFEST A HARVEST. 13 And He *said to them, “Do you not understand this parable? How will you understand all the parables? 14 The sower sows the word. 15 These are the ones who are beside the road where the word is sown; and when they hear, immediately Satan comes and takes away the word which has been sown in them. 16 In a similar way these are the ones on whom seed was sown on the rocky places, who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with joy; 17 and they have no firm root in themselves, but are only temporary; then, when affliction or persecution arises because of the word, immediately they fall away. 18 And others are the ones on whom seed was sown among the thorns; these are the ones who have heard the word, 19 but the worries of the world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things enter in and choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. 20 And those are the ones on whom seed was sown on the good soil; and they hear the word and accept it and bear fruit, thirty, sixty, and a hundredfold.” Luke 8:15 But the seed in the good soil, these are the ones who have heard the word in an honest and good heart, and hold it fast, and bear fruit with perseverance. A PERSON WHO HAS BEEN ENLIGHTENED BY THE WORD MUST BECOME A DOER OF THE WORD. 24 And He was saying to them, “Take care what you listen to. By your standard of measure it will be measured to you; and more will be given you besides. 25 For whoever has, to him more shall be given; and whoever does not have, even what he has shall be taken away from him.” TPT 24 Be diligent to understand the meaning behind everything you hear, for as you do, more understanding will be given to you. And according to the depth of your longing to understand, much more will be added to you. 25 For those who listen with open hearts will receive more revelation. AMP 24 Be careful what you are hearing. The measure [of thought and study] you give [to the truth you hear] will be the measure [of virtue and knowledge] that comes back to you—and more [besides] will be given to you who hear. Luke 8:18 So take care how you listen; for whoever has, to him more shall be given; and whoever does not have, even what he thinks he has shall be taken away from him.” 19 And His mother and brothers came to Him, and they were unable to get to Him because of the crowd. 20 And it was reported to Him, “Your mother and Your brothers are standing outside, wishing to see You.” 21 But He answered and said to them, “My mother and My brothers are these who hear the word of God and do it.” Luke 11:27 While Jesus was saying these things, one of the women in the crowd raised her voice and said to Him, “Blessed is the womb that bore You and the breasts at which You nursed.” 28 But He said, “On the contrary, blessed are those who hear the word of God and observe it.” AMP Acts 3:22Thus Moses said to the forefathers, The Lord God will raise up for you a Prophet from among your brethren as [He raised up] me; Him you shall listen to and understand by hearing and heed in all things whatever He tells you. 23 And it shall be that every soul that does not listen to and understand by hearing and heed that Prophet shall be utterly exterminated from among the people. UNDERSTANDING REGULATES RECEIVING. RECEIVING ACCORDING TO YOUR UNDERSTANDING PERTAINS TO ALL SCRIPTURAL TRUTH. 2 Tim 4:1 I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom: 2 preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction. 3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled (ITCHED), they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, 4 and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths (traditions) MSG They'll turn their backs on truth and chase mirages
Eyes & Ears
Pt 5 - The Importance Of Hearing
October 24, 2021 • Pastor Bracken Christian
Attitudes for 2022
January 26, 2022
1. Be strong & Know your strengths. 2. Be Ambitious. 3. Be Positive. 4. Be Organized. 5. Be constantly learning. 6. Be/have a Strong Support System. Proverbs 20:6 AMP Many a man proclaims his own loving kindness and goodness, but a faithful man, who can find? Prov. 18:24 A man who has friends must himself be friendly, But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. 7. Be not a failure You can’t avoid Conflict , but you can build character. Don’t work for your worth. You work because you know your worth! 8. Be Grateful. 1Th. 5:18 in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 9. Be Persistent and work hard. Prov.12:24 The hand of the diligent will rule, But the lazy man will be put to forced labor. Prov. 6:6 Go to the ant, you sluggard! Consider her ways and be wise, Prov. 6:7 Which, having no captain, Overseer or ruler, Prov. 6:8 Provides her supplies in the summer, And gathers her food in the harvest. Prov. 6:9 How long will you slumber, O sluggard? When will you rise from your sleep? A little folding of the hands to sleep— Prov. 6:10 A little sleep, a little slumber, Prov. 6:11 So shall your poverty come on you like a prowler, And your need like an armed man. Prov. 24:30 I went by the field of the lazy man, And by the vineyard of the man devoid of understanding; Prov. 24:31 And there it was, all overgrown with thorns; Its surface was covered with nettles; Its stone wall was broken down. Prov. 24:32 When I saw it, I considered it well; I looked on it and received instruction: Prov. 24:33 A little sleep, a little slumber, A little folding of the hands to rest; Prov. 24:34 So shall your poverty come like a prowler, 10. Be Confident Heb. 10:35 Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. Heb. 10:38 Now the just shall live by faith; But if anyone draws back, My soul has no pleasure in him.” Prov. 3:26 For the LORD will be your confidence, And will keep your foot from being caught. 11. Be spiritually desperate for God. Matt. 5:3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 12. Be mournful Matt. 5:4 Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted. 13. Be content with who you are Matt. 5:5 Blessed are the meek, For they shall inherit the earth. 14. Be Hungry for God Matt. 5:6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled. 15. Be Merciful Matt. 5:7 Blessed are the merciful, For they shall obtain mercy. 16. Be Completely Sincere Matt. 5:8 Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God. 17. Be a peacemaker Matt. 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God. 1 Peter 3:11 Let him turn away from evil and do good; let him seek peace and pursue it 18. Be okay with persecution Matt. 5:10 Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Matt. 5:11 “Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Matt. 5:12 Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you. 2Tim. 3:12 Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. Rom. 12:14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 18. Be Successful, But don’t be done.
Jesus The Coming King
January 23, 2022 • Pastor Bracken Christian
Mal 3:1 Behold, I am going to send My messenger, and he will clear the way before Me. And the Lord, whom you seek, will suddenly come to His temple; and the messenger of the covenant, in whom you delight, behold, He is coming,” says the LORD of hosts. 2 “But who can endure the day of His coming? And who can stand when He appears? For He is like a refiner’s fire and like fullers’ soap. John 14:1 Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also. Rev 1:8 I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.” Heb 10:35 Therefore, do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. 36 For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised.* 37 For yet in a very little while, He who is coming will come, and will not delay. 38 But My righteous one shall live by faith; and if he shrinks back, My soul has no pleasure in him. Luke 18:8 when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?” OUR EXPECTATION OF HIS COMING MOTIVATES US TO BROTHERLY LOVE, HOLINESS, DEVOTION, FAITHFULNESS, SERVING, AND SOUL WINNING TITUS CALLED THE RETURN OF JESUS “OUR BLESSED HOPE” (Tit 2:13) WHEN THE CHURCH IS NOT LOOKING WITH ANTICIPATION FOR ITS “BLESSED HOPE” ITS STANDARDS OF HOLINESS WILL ALWAYS BE BELOW THOSE OF THE NEW TESTAMENT. 2 Tim 4:6 For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come. 7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith; 8 in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing. IT’S VITAL TO UNDERSTAND THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE RAPTURE OF THE CHURCH AND THE 2ND COMING. Luke 17:26 -30 JESUS TELLS US IT WILL BE LIKE THE DAY’S OF NOAH AND LOT. WHEN HE COMES FOR THE CHURCH HE WILL NOT COME TO EARTH. WE (HIS BODY) WILL MEET HIM IN THE AIR AND BE ESCORTED TO HEAVEN. 1 Thess 4:15 For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore comfort one another with these words. THE COMING OF THE LORD FOR HIS BRIDE IS A PROMISE. 2 Cor 1:20 For as many as are the promises of God, in Him they are yes; Therefore also through Him is our Amen to the glory of God through us. 2 Pet 1:2 Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord; 3 seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence. 4 For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust. 3:3 Know this first of all, that in the last days mockers will come with their mocking, following after their own lusts, and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all continues just as it was from the beginning of creation.” 7 But by His word the present heavens and earth are being reserved for fire, kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men. 8 But do not let this one fact escape your notice, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day. 9 The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance. 13 But according to His promise we are looking for new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness dwells. 3:1 This is now, beloved, the second letter I am writing to you in which I am stirring up your sincere mind by way of reminder, that you should remember the words spoken beforehand by the holy prophets and the commandment of the Lord and Savior spoken by your apostles. Hosea 5:14 For I will be like a lion to Ephraim (northern kingdom) And like a young lion to the house of Judah (southern kingdom). I, even I, will tear to pieces and go away, I will carry away, and there will be none to deliver. 15 I will go away and return to My place Until they acknowledge their guilt and seek My face; In their affliction they will earnestly seek Me. 6:1 Come, let us return to the LORD. For He has torn us, but He will heal us; He has wounded us, but He will bandage us. 2 “He will revive us after two days; He will raise us up on the third day, That we may live before Him. 2 DAY’S REFERS TO 2000 YEARS OF CHURCH TIME... THE 3RD DAY WOULD REFER TO THE MILLINIUM WHERE WE RULE AND RIEGN WITH HIM. 3 So let us know, let us press on to know the LORD. His going forth is as certain as the dawn; And He will come to us like the rain, Like the spring rain watering the earth.” James 5:7 Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. The farmer waits for the precious produce of the soil, being patient about it, until it gets the early and late rains. 8 You too be patient; strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is near. THE 2ND COMING Matt 24:29 But immediately after the tribulation of those days THE SUN WILL BE DARKENED, AND THE MOON WILL NOT GIVE ITS LIGHT, AND THE STARS WILL FALL from the sky, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 30 And then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the SON OF MAN COMING ON THE CLOUDS OF THE SKY with power and great glory. Rev 19:11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse, and He who sat on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and wages war. 12 His eyes are a flame of fire, and on His head are many diadems; and He has a name written on Him which no one knows except Himself. 13 He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. 14 And the armies which are in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, were following Him on white horses. 15 From His mouth comes a sharp sword, so that with it He may strike down the nations, and He will rule them with a rod of iron. Ps 149:6 Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, And a two-edged sword in their hand, 7 To execute vengeance on the nations And punishment on the peoples, 8 To bind their kings with chains And their nobles with fetters of iron, 9 To execute on them the judgment written; This is an honor for all His godly ones. Praise the LORD!
Mindsets For Success
January 19, 2022
Be A Better You in 22 Dress for Success. 1. Know your strengths. Psa. 139:13 For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. Psa. 139:14 I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well. 2. Be Ambitious. Phil. 3:13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, Phil. 3:14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. 2Tim. 4:7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 3. Be Positive. Gal. 6:9 And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Prov. 4:18 But the path of the just is like the shining sun, That shines ever brighter unto the perfect day. Psa. 37:23 The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD, And He delights in his way. Phil. 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. 4. Be Organized. 5. Be constantly learning. Phil 4:11 AMP Not that I m implying that I was in any personal want, for I have LEARNED HOW TO BE CONTENT (satisfied to the point where I am not disturbed or disquieted) in whatever state I am. 1 Tim 4:8 AMP For physical training is of some value (useful for a little), but godliness (spiritual training) is useful and of value in everything and in every way for it holds promise for the present life and also for the life which is to come. 6. Have a Strong Support System. Proverbs 20:6 AMP Many a man proclaims his own loving kindness and goodness, but a faithful man, who can find? Prov. 18:24 A man who has friends must himself be friendly, But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. 7. Know failure and success go together.