Monday, May 17, 2010

Why the Desert?

Why the desert?  Backslidden & can't get out?

Why the desert.... why not just dessert?  What do you do when it's dry out there? Let's get our shovels out in this episode of hearingGod.

I have a friend that's struggling & God gave me a wider download for many people.  I can remember the dry times-- the TRY times.  Let's face it, it's hard, but I've begun to realize it's an awesome time because it causes us to press deeper into Him.

When you first receive Jesus as Lord in your life, it's such a beautiful time... we're like kids in candy stores.  He shows Himself so dramatically, in all our senses we can breathe in His presence.... and the JOY, the peace....  need I go on?  It's GREAT!

But let me ask you, "What happened to Jesus when He went out into the desert?"  He was tempted, right?

I'm not gonna read the scripture for that.... I'm going to read what Papa wants to share with you....  it's The Parable of The Sower...

Matt 13:3-23; Mk 4:2-20; Luke 8:4-15

"When a great multitude came together, and people from every city were coming to him, he spoke by a parable.  "The farmer went out to sow his seed. As he sowed,

 some fell along the road, and it was trampled under foot,

and the birds of the sky devoured it.
 other seed fell on the rock, and as soon as it grew, it withered away,

because it had no moisture.
 Other fell amid the thorns, and the thorns grew with it, and choked it.
 Other fell into the good ground, and grew, and brought forth fruit one hundred times."

As he said these things, he called out, "He who has ears to hear, let him hear!"
Then his disciples asked him, "What does this parable mean?"
He said, "To you it is given to know the mysteries of the Kingdom of God, but to the rest in parables; that seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand.
Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.

 Those along the road are those who hear, then the devil comes,

and takes away the word from their heart, that they may not believe and be saved.
 Those on the rock are they who, when they hear, receive the word with joy

but these have no root, who believe for a while, then fall away in time of temptation.
 That which fell among the thorns, these are those who have heard,

and as they go on their way they are choked with cares, riches,
and pleasures of life, and bring no fruit to maturity.
 That in the good ground, these are such as in an honest and good heart,

having heard the word, hold it tightly, and bring forth fruit with patience. "

Okay...  now back to Jesus in the desert.... how did He get out?  The Word of God was deeply rooted in Him, which caused Him to believe it as truth and reject the lies hurled at him.  When we look at the sower parable.... who survived?  The seed planted in the good ground.  It wasn't laying on the ground's surface to be gobbled up, it wasn't too shallow, it wasn't planted on something that couldn't sustain it for the long term.

A lot of people that backslide just want to toss in the towel.  The devil is right there to hurl choking accusations etc., but I say "GET OUT THE SHOVEL"....dig deep into the well of salvation!

In the bible, over and over... we know the way is hard, it's narrow... it's rough.  So any of you out there that are backslidden that are out there searching-- looking for the way back... Blessed are you!  When you taste a bit of God, you fall... you are left with that hunger & as you look everywhere it isn't fulfilled anywhere again but in our Savior, Jesus!

From the last of the Sower Parable, let me reread this passage:

"...having heard the word, hold it tightly, and bring forth fruit with patience. "

That's what it is, Patience!   Why do we have the desert times to begin with?  In the desert faith is proved.  Relationship is proved and tested and refined.   And what is the sustenance for that time?   Do what Jesus did, use the Word of God!

Right now I'm doing a series called Bible Promises Spoken, on my hearingGod/youtube channel.  I'm very busy & one day I really needed to be reprogrammed with the promises of God, but on youtube I could only find topical bible promises with written words, pretty music and pretty pictures.   I don't have time to watch movies all day.... so He told me "You do it and speak it".  Can I tell you what an honor it is to do that?  Do you know the power in the Word of God?  Backslider--desperate to hear God person.... Do what Jesus did in the desert!  Speak it!  Speak to that despair, that loneliness, that pain.... not with your emotions or the trappings inside of your head.  No, speak the Word of God into your life.  REPROGRAM yourself with the truth and the truth will set you free.

Do you really think I've got my life altogether.... that I have God's telephone number?  No, I go through dry times too.

"...having heard the word, hold it tightly, and bring forth fruit with patience. "

Sometimes we need to see a miracle, to feel the presence of God to give a kick-start.... so we go to this ministry or that....  but I tell you now, you need to go to the Word of God first.   Our problem is that we like to be entertained.... we like to hear a preacher or see the power with our own eyes instead of reading it in this old book.  That is fine, but seek God first & ask Him what He wants you to do.  God told me one day that 20% outside of His word is okay for me...but you can't make that a rule in your life....get your own relationship & find out for yourself!   Smith Wigglesworth was an unlearned man and the only book he ever read in his whole life was the bible==== over & over his life a sponge to the Father's revelation and Smith did greater works.  See that's where we need to be...  so about the Father's business and walking in His authority that His kingdom is come and flowing out of us as rivers of living waters to heal the nations.

(prayer and impartation of faith)

• in the desert patience is proved
• the Word is the refreshment we need

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