Sun, 2020-01-26 11:49
- New Year’s Revelations, Resolutions and Resolves
Sub-title: Plenty or Poverty – its up to you
We have just entered a new year as well as a new decade. The end of one year is always a great opportunity to let go of negative emotional baggage and attitudes, and start the new year with a clean slate so-to-speak.
Psalm 51:10 (KJV) Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
Success or failure in 2020 will not only be determined what we do (or not do) – it will be determined by the attitude that we do things with.
- Goal setting for the new year:
Besides all of our dreams, goals and ambitions, we should have one overriding goal in our lives like that of Enoch in the Old Testament:
Hebrews 11:5 (NKJV) By faith Enoch was taken away so that he did not see death, “and was not found, because God had taken him”; for before he was taken he had this testimony, that he pleased God.
Our biggest achievement this year will be that we walk with God & please Him.
- Prophetic word for this year: 2020 – a Year of Plenty
This “word” came with a proviso, a set of conditions.
God impresses on our hearts the importance of being:
- In God’s will
- In God’s house
- In God’s Word
- The condition of our heart determines the level of plenty we enjoy in 2020
Proverbs 4:23 (NLT) Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.
Our heart (the spirit of man) can lead us toward poverty or toward prosperity.
In fact, all things flow forth from our heart. Therefore, the condition of our heart is of utmost importance.
Proverbs 4:23 (AMP) Keep and guard your heart with all vigilance and above all that you guard, for out of it flow the springs of life.
Matthew 12:35 (NLT) A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart.
Our heart is a treasury.
It is also like a factory, a production centre that is able to produce things.
- Jesus teaches us about the condition and the deposits in our heart
Mark 4:2–8 (NKJV) Then He taught them many things by parables, and said to them in His teaching: 3 “Listen! Behold, a sower went out to sow. 4 And it happened, as he sowed, that some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds of the air came and devoured it. 5 Some fell on stony ground, where it did not have much earth; and immediately it sprang up because it had no depth of earth. 6 But when the sun was up it was scorched, and because it had no root it withered away. 7 And some seed fell among thorns; and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no crop. 8 But other seed fell on good ground and yielded a crop that sprang up, increased and produced: some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred.”
Jesus spoke the parable of the sower (soils) to the masses, and then explained it to His disciples.
He spoke of a sower who sowed seed on 4 different types of soil, and in the end, only one of the four types of soil produced any harvest.
Mark 4:13 (NKJV) And He said to them, “Do you not understand this parable? How then will you understand all the parables? 14 The sower sows the word. 15 And these are the ones by the wayside where the word is sown. When they hear, Satan comes immediately and takes away the word that was sown in their hearts. 16 These likewise are the ones sown on stony ground who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with gladness; 17 and they have no root in themselves, and so endure only for a time. Afterward, when tribulation or persecution arises for the word’s sake, immediately they stumble. 18 Now these are the ones sown among thorns; they are the ones who hear the word, 19 and the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things entering in choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. 20 But these are the ones sown on good ground, those who hear the word, accept it, and bear fruit: some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred.”
- The seed is the word of God
- The ground (soil) represents the human heart
- The “wayside soil” is trampled ground that represents a hard heart
- Satan plucks off the word that is sown on a hard heart so that it cannot produce anything
- The “stony ground” represents people with a shallow heart who are unwilling to persevere in the face of difficulties
- Satan stirs up trouble, temptation and persecution for the “Word’s sake” which causes them to stumble and become offended
- The “thorny ground” represents people with a selfish heart who are overtaken with the cares of this world, deceitfulness of riches and lusts of other things
- Satan tempts them to focus only on temporary things and neglect spiritual things
- The “good ground” represents people with a “good and noble heart” who hear the Word, receive it and bring forth plentiful fruit with endurance
- Lessons from the parable of the soils
- Only people with the 4th type of soil hold the word of God in their heart long enough and dear enough to bring it to fruition
- It is entirely our responsibility to exercise and prepare or heart to reach “good ground status”
- We plough over any hard areas of our heart through repentance
- We deal with shallowness in our heart through a fresh commitment to the Lord and His plan for our lives
- We deal with selfishness and clear out of our heart all cares, worries and wrongful desires
- We maintain a “clean heart” and nurture the seed of God’s Word in our heart towards fruitfulness & plenty
- God’s call to the church today
Jeremiah 4:1–4 (NLT) “O Israel,” says the Lord, “if you wanted to return to me, you could. You could throw away your detestable idols and stray away no more. 2 Then when you swear by my name, saying, ‘As surely as the Lord lives,’ you could do so with truth, justice, and righteousness. Then you would be a blessing to the nations of the world, and all people would come and praise my name.” 3 This is what the Lord says to the people of Judah and Jerusalem: “Plow up the hard ground of your hearts! Do not waste your good seed among thorns. 4 O people of Judah and Jerusalem, surrender your pride and power. Change your hearts before the Lord, or my anger will burn like an unquenchable fire because of all your sins.
The key message from this Scripture. God says:
- Return to Me
- Throw away your detestable idols
- Stray away no more
- Plow up the hard ground of your hearts
- Do not waste your good seed among thorns
- Surrender your pride and power
- Change your hearts before the Lord
Jeremiah 29:11 (NET) For I know what I have planned for you,’ says the Lord. ‘I have plans to prosper you, not to harm you. I have plans to give you a future filled with hope.