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3 John 1:2
Prosper in ALL things...
We must learn to be dependent on God. As men we are often speaking about our Independence, but Godly men are DEPENDENT. We are not alone and do not do things in our own strength. We are NOT Self-Made-Men.
Mark 4:13-20 points out the key areas that keep us from being productive for God.
- The things that weigh on our mental energy, bills, clothes, food, housing, gas for the car, etc.
- The lie that MONEY will solve the problem.
- If only I got that raise, promotion, new job... that would fix everything...
- Lust is pressure.
- Pressure of wanting something
- Pressure to get it at any cost
- Pressure to abandon God's ways in order to get it.
17 Then to Adam He said, “Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat of it’:
“ Cursed is the ground for your sake;
In toil you shall eat of it
All the days of your life.
18 Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you,
And you shall eat the herb of the field.
Work became hard and irritating because of the curse. However we are not bound to the curse any longer. Jesus redeemed us from the curse.
Things come according to the level of and direction of our expectation.
Expect = Come
LOVE God loves us.... God loves us.... GOD LOVES US!!!! In Genesis 1
In Ancient Hebrew Language there were NO CAPITOLS, Punctuations (!@#$%^&*), BOLD, ITALIC, yellow or pink highlighters...
The Ancient Hebrews used a language technique to point out something within a text. This was their version of highlighting something they wanted you to see. They started with reapeating lines followed by a break from the repeat. This break from the pattern is the JUMP OFF THE PAGE LOOK AT THIS!!!
You can see this through 1 Chronicles 4. So and so begat so and so begat so and so... JABEZ was more honorable...
3 Then God said, “Let there be
4 And God saw
6 Then God said, “Let there be
7 Thus God made
9 Then God said, “Let the waters
And God saw that it was good.
11 Then God said, “Let the earth
And God saw
26 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image
Hear the Passion of God in this set up... God said let THE.... over and over... but not Man... No with man... LET US!!!!! It's as if God is saying WAIT.... LOOOK.... CHECK THIS OUT.... I'm going to jump in and get PERSONAL with this one.
We see in Genesis 2 that God personally got involved in forming man.
7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.
8 The LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden, and there He put the man whom He had formed.
Can you see Jesus on his hands and knees in the dust of His new earth creation and forming man as a sculptor forms a fine crafted statue? He takes his creation so personal that he breathes his OWN breath and spirit into him.
He takes it so personal... that after the fall when Man had tried to clothe himself in inadequate leaves God killed the first animal to clothe Man and provide for him better than He chose for himself.
To this day Fallen Man's mind tries to provide for himself less and God is endeavoring to raise man's eyes to HIM as provider. God always wants better for us than we want for ourselves.
Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us...
We do not work FOR a living. We work to be fruitful and multiply! Gen 1:28
Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need.
God Peels us as onions, just let the old dried crust fall off. Don't get into condemnation over it. Just let it go. Paul called this old stuff DUNG... Animal poo... Just let it go and move on. No need to feel bad when He points out something that needs to change. Just change... and move on freer and happier.
God made an animal to carry burdens. It's called a Jack-Ass. When we try to carry our own burdens by saying "I'll take care of this"... we make ourselves a Jack-Ass.