Don’t give up

But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. (Matthew 13v21 NIV)

Meeting Jesus is more than just an experience or feeling. 

Feelings fade. 

There is an initial excitement but there is more to this. 

That joy is meant to deepen and not wane. 

You are not in a religious bubble. 

Many things conspire to end this wonderful relationship. 

You will face many challenges. 

Resisting the desire to follow Him wholeheartedly. 

Jesus never promised easy.

Because of what Jesus has done in you and for you. 

Makes it even more important. 

That you do everything to maintain your love for Him. 

Talk to Him. 

Tell Him how you feel. 

Ask Him to explain when you don’t understand. 

Jesus doesn’t want anyone to fall away. 

He is more than enough to meet every need.

What you experience is normal. 

Don’t use it as an excuse to give up.

2018-09-24T07:44:29+00:00Monday, September 24th, 2018|Heaven's Culture|

Received with joy

The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. (Matthew 13v20 NIV)

Everyone receives their salvation with joy.

It is is a sudden event.

It can even be a surprise to you and others.

It is as if you have discovered something unexpected.

A whole wonderful world opens up inside of you.

Your spirit comes alive and you experience something which is brand new.

Everything seems different.

There is now light where there was darkness.

Hope where there was hopelessness.

That event was wonderful.

But there is more.

Much more, that was just the start.

A walk.

A journey.

A process.

2018-09-21T06:57:23+00:00Friday, September 21st, 2018|Heaven's Culture|

Speak, pray and fast

When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in their heart. This is the seed sown along the path. (Matthew 13v19 NIV)

This is talking about a state of readiness. 

Many dismiss anything new. 

If it doesn’t fit comfortably into their world view. 

Everyone has the capacity to understand the mystery of the gospel. 

For some their minds are dulled through repetitive hearing. 

They don’t want to hear, they don’t want to understand. 

It has everything to do with your free will. 

He never takes it from you. 

Surrender means you are willing. 

If you pray the pray that peoples eyes and ears will be open. 

Pray that they will understand. 

The ground was already hard, it was a path. 

It is not for you to decide that someone is hardhearted. 

Speak, pray and fast for them. 

Believe that they are important and that there is always hope. 

Pray that the seed will not be snatched away. 

Jesus is not writing people off. 

He is explaining why people respond differently. 

It is a warning non-the-less. 

Believe and do not let doubt get a foothold.

2018-09-20T06:54:31+00:00Thursday, September 20th, 2018|Heaven's Culture|

Ears to hear

“Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: (Matthew 13v18 NIV)

Listening is the key.  

Having ears to hear.  

It is about having an understanding of Him.

He will happily explain things. 

Give you insight. 

Reveal deep truths hidden in the scriptures. 

The Holy Spirit is the only one who can give you reliable revelation of the scriptures. 

You only see it from your perspective. 

That can be very superficial. 

Familiarity can also be a hinderance. 

What you have been taught in the past can be a stumbling block. 

You have to decide for yourself what you believe. 

Not based on what someone else has told you or believed. 

Take responsibility for hearing for yourself. 

Learn to listen by training yourself to hear.

2018-09-19T06:04:40+00:00Wednesday, September 19th, 2018|Heaven's Culture|

Release His goodness

Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. (Matthew 13v8 NIV)

This is what the seed was made for. 

This is where it is meant to be. 

Seek to be the place where it grows at its best. 

If what you are doing is not conducive to growth. 

Change it to allow His seed to grow and multiply. 

How you respond is what matters. 

Your responsibility is to ensure that you feed well. 

He provides everything for your nourishment and health. 

Create the environment where you are going to grow. 

That is up to you. 

He will provide everything that you need. 

Recognise what are stumbling blocks. 

Identify what pulls you away from Him and remedy it. 

You were designed to grow and bear fruit. 

A sign of a healthy plant or tree. 

If there is no fruit then what are you doing it for. 

Although not everything is instant. 

Without fruit the plant cannot replicate itself. 

Fruit will only come where the ground is good and the tree is healthy. 

Be healthy and cultivate the ground. 

You will show others the way. 

Demonstrate to others that they too can produce healthy life giving fruit. 

Be a fruit bearing tree. 

Be a forerunner. 

You have to do the ground work. 

Overcoming barriers. 

Demonstrating what it looks like. 

Allow Him to love through you. 

Let His heart find a home in you. 

Call on Him and do not shrink back. 

You have more to offer than you think. 

Do not think just about money. 

Think kingdom impact and transformation. 

You are more than the salary you get. 

What you carry is priceless. 

You have more than enough to give away. 

Enjoy it and release it.

2018-09-17T05:01:44+00:00Monday, September 17th, 2018|Heaven's Culture|

A reliable guide

Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. (Matthew 13v7 NIV)

The culture surrounding you is not conducive to living a godly life.

Hard choices have to be made.

A daily decision to walk with Him.

What you are comfortable with may be a hinderance.

The thorns are the problems and pleasures that encompass you.

Choose the path rather than the comfy chair.

There are so many things that can choke your life.

How things make you feel is not to be your guide.

He is the only reliable guide.

He is consistent.

He is unchanging.

He is utterly trustworthy.

2018-09-15T06:19:04+00:00Saturday, September 15th, 2018|Heaven's Culture|

His word lives in you

But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. (Matthew 13v6 NIV)

The sun is not the enemy. 

It is the challenges of life. 

The sun gives life. 

Without it there would be no life. 

The plants withered because there was no root. 

Knowing about Him is not the same as knowing Him.

Some want to grow quickly. 

To have influence. 

The process of transformation becomes a stumbling block. 

He has a better strategy than you could ever have.

You are nothing without Him.

Yet He needs you. 

Put your roots down deep. 

Remember His promises to you. 

Build a relationship with Him. 

His Spirit gives life. 

He will show you His heart. 

You will know it and experience it. 

Jesus is pure doctrine and pure theology.

He is Truth and Wisdom.

This is to His glory that you believe Him. 

When you believe. 

His words come alive. 

His very word lives in you.

2018-09-14T07:19:10+00:00Friday, September 14th, 2018|Heaven's Culture|

Performance driven lifestyle

As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. (Matthew 13v4 NIV)

Don’t think that everything you do is a waste. 

Just because the seed that you sow lands on ground that is snatched away. 

Your job is to be faithful. 

Whether people receive it or not. 

To get the seed onto the fertile soil some of it lands on the path. 

If you throw it deliberately on the path that is a waste. 

Bless everyone.

Scatter the seed wherever.

Unless told not to. 

Don’t be performance driven. 

Don’t react to success and failure as if it is a paper clip counting activity. 

Know His heart. 

You should understand what He is doing through you. 

Whatever He has given you to do, do it.

Believe that the fields are ripe. 

He wants to bless people through you.

You don’t know their hearts. 

He does and yet still hopes they will respond to His goodness.

2018-09-13T07:07:55+00:00Thursday, September 13th, 2018|Heaven's Culture|

Listen and believe

Then He told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. (Matthew 13v3 NIV) 

He is giving everyone a chance to know Him. 

To hear Him and respond. 

This seed is information about His kingdom. 

He sends His message through signs and wonders.

He demonstrates His power. 

It is not just a good sound bite. 

They are not well meaning sentiments. 

The seed is being sown, it is continuous. 

He expects a harvest. 

He expects there to be growth. 

Who will listen and believe? 

Who will turn themselves over to Him? 

Who will honour Him. 

In preference to themselves or others.

2018-09-12T08:38:13+00:00Wednesday, September 12th, 2018|Heaven's Culture|

His fruit in you

If it bears fruit next year, fine! If not, then cut it down.’” (Luke 13v9 NIV)

What little sentiment. 

Sentimentality is not a fruit of the spirit. 

The world can’t wait for sentiment. 

It is looking for power. 

A demonstration of God’s love. 

To experience His healing. 

A world that wants to embrace His joy and peace. 

He loves you too much to be sentimental about you. 

He doesn’t let His feelings rule Him like they can rule us. 

You may have strong feelings.

You may be able to justify them.

He may not necessarily share your sentiment. 

How you feel often dictates how you live. 

He loves you too much to let you get away with it. 

It is not good for you. 

Like salt that has lost its saltiness. 

It may still look like salt but it useless. 

It has no value. 

He is expecting fruit. 

That is the point. 

There should be fruit. 

The tree looked healthy enough. 

The leaves are there. 

Everything is there except the fruit. 

This is judgment and patience at the same time. 

Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. 

Don’t do stuff if you don’t believe it will bear fruit. 

Don’t labour for what has no impact or value. 

For only His plans, purposes have value. 

Listen to Him and He will show you where the fruit is. 

2018-09-11T07:45:56+00:00Tuesday, September 11th, 2018|Heaven's Culture|