I am reading through 484 comments made in response to an earlier post about how I can help you. This post is a tad longer for a reason.
I SENSE A PROPHETIC WORD...
“Take heed WHAT ye hear.” (Mk 4:24)
AND... “Take heed HOW ye hear.”( Lk 8:18)
Jesus warned us to do both - "what" and "how."
These are days when information bombards our senses from a multitude of excited sources. Anger and fear, agitation and division surround us. Good people are stumbling, marriages and ministries shaking. It is hard enough to sort out truth from error on our own, it is even harder when others all around us are conveying their opinion based on how they hear.
Your secret weapon is not information. The world has that. Your secret is REVELATION from the Word God is speaking TO YOU. The circumstances of Jesus teaching this "take heed" idea are important. He did so while explaining the parable of the sower and said…
"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 “good heart” is a rare heart. It is a heart that truly desires to "hold fast" to the revelation knowledge God gives in the seed form of His Word.
Those with a "good heart" have ANGELS assigned to GUARD them and ADVANCE them. This company is the core of the NEXT MOVE OF GOD!
What separates you from everyone else is FAITH. Your FAITH is YOUR PASSPORT through this hour of history. Faith is the currency that makes material SUBSTANCE out of the things we hope for. The Word of God heeded will cultivate, curate, develop the force of FAITH! Keep your heart free from the deteriorating and corrosive voices of unbelief coming from others who are not cultivating their capacity to nurture the “seed” of Gods Word into the “fruit” of a supernatural harvest.
This is the call to PERSEVERE in the face of conflicting evidence and voices. The call to a deep inward walk and talk with the Holy Spirit.
CAUTION -- BEWARE the tendency of many to back up from the front lines of battle into a kind of monastic spirituality that disengages from the warfare in culture. Half the problems of our society is due to the lack of courage and candor that comes from those who have genuine light and revelation of Gods ways for family, marriage, economic dignity, independence from others – including dependence on government. We need engaged believers not spiritual hermits who back up from the darkness.
After the parable of the sower Jesus said: “Now no one after lighting a lamp covers it over with a container, or puts it under a bed; but he puts it on a lampstand, so that those who come in may see the light.” Spiritual soaking must be followed by circumstances squeezing the virtue out of us and into the gladiators arena of faith.
IN YOUR SPHERE of influence YOU are the light of the world. Be winsome, informed, empathic and daring. Be a voice, an ORACLE for the kingdom- not an echo of despair.
AFTER the parable of the sower and the “good and honest heart,” AFTER challenging followers to NOT HIDE their light Jesus warned…
"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." Listen to the voice of faith. Let your ideas be articulated. Do what the Father shows you to do, even if it rubs against the grain. The muscle you build be disciplining your FOCUS to filter WHAT you are exposed to, combined with the sharpening of your thinking to get to the ROOT of the issues will result in you being a LIGHT in your contest with darkness.
Your “perseverance” will build character and a foundation for greater revelation and larger spheres of influence.
This is the path of the 7m Warrior - the front lines of a new apostolic missionary movement in journalism, film, politics, college campuses and business. You are a new model of purity and power in marriage, singleness, family and community. You are the innovators of solutions to problems, the dissolver of doubts, the champions of a new culture.
When THIS gospel of the kingdom is preached in every nation…when Gods wisdom is displayed openly, rejected by goat nations or embraced by sheep nations, THEN the end shall come and YOU shall enter into the reward of rulership with Christ in the kingdom of His Father.
You will be unashamed while others are embarrassed. Don't hide your light. Be BOLD and OCCUPY till He comes.