TUESDAY, AUGUST 4
Scripture: Mark 4:21-25
Mark 4:21-25 says, “Also He said to them, ‘Is a lamp brought to be put under a basket or under a bed? Is it not to be set on a lampstand? For there is nothing hidden which will not be revealed, nor has anything been kept secret but that it should come to light. If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear’. Then He said to them, ‘Take heed what you hear. With the same measure you use, it will be measured to you; and to you who hear, more will be given. For whoever has, to him more will be given; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him.” The Amplified Bible says it well in verses 23,24, “If any man has ears to hear, let him be listening and let him perceive and comprehend. And He said to them, 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.” When we turn on a lamp it has a purpose. Verse twenty-four when it says, Take heed what you hear is in effect, telling us to hear the Word. It is important to note that as we pay attention and hear, more will be given. This is the harvest principle. For to whoever has more will be given. But to him who does not have, even what he has will be taken from him. Many of the freedoms that the church once had have been taken. And what is the problem. We have abandoned the principle of seedtime and harvest. Nobody farms their spirit any more. Not many of us take the time to intimately know the Word, soak in it, speak it and plant it in the soil of our spirits. Consequently we allow the world to take from us while we are busy ‘playing church’ thinking we are doing God service turning the other cheek and actually enabling the enemy. We are certainly not restraining him like the Bible teaches us to do. Joshua understood that if he was going to lead Israel into possessing their inheritance, he was going to have to war for it. Israel gaining an inheritance meant Joshua had to put some people in the grave. That has not changed. If the church is going to gain its inheritance we are going to have to pray some Amorites, Cananites, Perizites and mammonites into the grave. We cannot do that if we do not value and use the principle of seedtime and harvest. If we utilize the principle of seedtime and harvest we loose God’s purpose on the enemy! How many Christians do we know that have memorized Psalm 2 and routinely speak it into their heart. How many Christians do we know have memorized Psalm 110 and routinely speak it into their heart. The people I know who are farming their Christlikeness and anointed success in the last days have memorized Psalm 2 and Psalm 110 and speak it into their hearts. Psalm 2 and 110 outline the parameters of the Judicial Christ. These two key Psalms are absolutely essential. When we do the memorizing and meditating, the seed produces fruit that changes our life.