As you go along

Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.” (Matthew 13:32)

You may see Heaven as something big and beyond comprehension.

It is but it starts as a small seed in someone’s heart.

Yet if allowed to, it will grow and grow.

How can something so small be compared to something so powerful?

Even fully grown it isn’t as tall as the biggest tree.

It is basically a large garden plant.

You are meant to grow.

That seed should grow inside of you.

That others will be blessed through you.

That will make His heart glad.

Don’t despise the day of small beginnings.

Take the first step.

The first of many.

Don’t plan your route.

Let Him show you as you go along.

2018-11-15T06:58:39+00:00Thursday, November 15th, 2018|Heaven's Culture|

A better understanding

He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. (Matthew 13:31)

He wants you to understand what His kingdom is like. 

He has to speak in parables because your mind struggles to understand the spirit realm. 

He uses simple imagery to create a mental picture. 

With a semblance of what it looks like. 

The kingdom is to be experienced not just understood. 

He likes to talk to you just the way we need to hear.

Whatever language you speak or understand.

Through music, films, the Bible, walking in nature… 

He keeps it simple so that you have a chance to understand. 

There are so many facets to His Kingdom. 

It is beyond your logical comprehension. 

You need His help to understand this significance.

To have a better thought.

2018-11-14T06:42:14+00:00Wednesday, November 14th, 2018|Heaven's Culture|

The seed is His

As soon as the grain is ripe, he puts the sickle to it, because the harvest has come.” (Mark 4:29 NIV)

This is the harvest you will see. 

It isn’t for another generation. 

It is for today and it is for you. 

If you want to see this harvest then look to Him. 

He is the one who gives the growth. 

He is the one who is planting that seed within you. 

The harvest will come because of you. 

Be willing and humble enough to allow Him to do that. 

He needs good soil. 

Be that good soil. 

You will see everything you have ever dreamed of. 

And much, much more besides.

2018-11-02T08:22:08+00:00Friday, November 2nd, 2018|Heaven's Culture|

Let it grow

All by itself the soil produces grain—first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head. (Mark 4:28 NIV)

You have everything you need.

For that seed to grow.

To its full maturity.

Don’t ever say you can’t.

Nor believe that you are not able.

You are more than capable.

You are also capable of limiting its growth.

Let it grow.

Watch for the shoots to emerge.

You are a fruit producer.

More seed to create more plants.

That seed should multiply.

Let this happen.

It will come from within you.

Not from or by someone else.

2018-11-01T06:15:04+00:00Thursday, November 1st, 2018|Heaven's Culture|

A source of blessing

Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how. (Mark 4:27 NIV)

This is not about you. 

Yet His goodness is revealed through you.

He wants to see His fruit in you. 

Not through your own striving. 

Not a man made environment. 

Where man dictates.

But the true Kingdom where He is ruler and king. 

Even though the spiritual realm is beyond your understanding. 

Yet He chooses to let you see it. 

You think you know. 

Because you have had a glimpse. 

Yet you are key to it. 

You play a significant role. 

Even though you may not fully understand. 

Bend your will to His wisdom. 

It is far superior. 

Stop trying to reduce Him to a manageable size. 

Remember who created who. 

Honour Him by doing it His way. 

Honour Him by letting Him have His way. 

For He wants to work through you. 

As well as in you. 

For the benefit of others. 

Not just you.

Allow the seeds of the kingdom to grow. 

In you. 

Becoming a source of blessing to others.

2018-10-31T06:30:35+00:00Wednesday, October 31st, 2018|Heaven's Culture|

A give away

He also said, “This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the ground. (Mark 4:26 NIV)

He is putting His word and His promises in your heart.

They are seeds of faith and expectation of good.

They are easily identified and just as easily ignored.

Let those seeds arrive in good soil.

They are His words to you, His promises and instructions for you.

Believe them and nurture them.

They are for you and to benefit everyone else.

The fruit is to give away.

2018-10-30T06:39:51+00:00Tuesday, October 30th, 2018|Heaven's Culture|

A bright light

Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Whoever has ears, let them hear. (Matthew 13v43 NIV)

When you shine it is so bright and clear.

The people will see how great it is.

They will give glory to Him because of you.

So shine like the sun.

Let your good works.

Your deeds.

Your words.

Light up people’s lives.

Do not think that you will see it happen overnight.

Build your faith up.

Fill yourself with His oil of gladness.

That oil will be fuel for the fire.

It will burn brightly.

Lighting up the sky.

You are to burn brightly.

2018-10-29T07:14:42+00:00Monday, October 29th, 2018|Heaven's Culture|

He knows the real you

They will throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. (Matthew 13v42 NIV)

This seems terrible and at odds with a God of love.

Forgiveness and compassion….

This is nothing to do with ignorance.

It is for those who know about the power of God.

Yet chose to follow the devil and serve his schemes.

Everyone has a choice.

Many live in ignorance.

For that there is forgiveness.

However there are some who deliberately thwart His purposes here on earth.

Even though they can see the good it does.

They have a built in hatred of all things good.

They were exposed to His goodness.

Yet they decided to reject it forever and serve evil.

That is not ignorance.

At the root is pride and greed.

With it comes an insatiable appetite to please oneself.

It is hidden behind a veneer of respectability and even apparent compassion. But behind the veneer is the real person.

Only He knows the real you…

2018-10-28T08:54:53+00:00Sunday, October 28th, 2018|Heaven's Culture|

He will resource you

The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. (Matthew 13v41 NIV)

This is part of His judgement. 

To remove everything that causes people to sin. 

Gets to the very root of the problem. 

His angels will do this. 

It is not a figure of speech but a declaration of truth. 

He will do it.

Those who do evil are those who persistently follow and satisfy their own lusts at the expense of others. 

It is not those who out of ignorance do not know Him. 

He will hold the church accountable. 

For anyway it has misled people. 

Or misrepresented Him. 

He will not accept those who wilfully disobey Him. 

Just because it is more convenient to do so. 

To do what pleases man than God. 

Pleasing man is is the opposite of pleasing God, pure and simple. 

He may well back you into a corner.

Where the only way out is Him.

He is to be your only hope. 

Your only desire. 

Your only solution. 

Believe in Him and you will know the truth.

 He hasn’t given up on you. 

He hasn’t given up on the church either.

it has failed to impact this nation in hate way He intended. 

It will impact the whole of society.

Business.

Education.

It is more than preaching the gospel. 

It is proclaiming the good news. 

Don’t tell stories about Him, demonstrate Him.

 Demonstrate His love as if you were Him and He was you. 

Let your love shine. 

Be filled with the wonderful love that is from Him. 

You are of infinite value and you carry something of even greater value. 

Don’t let your busyness overwhelm you.

Keep it in its proper place and be an encouragement to people. 

He will give you favour and resource you.

2018-10-26T06:46:27+00:00Friday, October 26th, 2018|Heaven's Culture|

He is so much better than anything

“As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age. (Matthew 13v40 NIV)

There is no easy way to put it. 

There is no sugar coating it. 

People need to realise that this is a serious matter. 

There is no other way to address the issue. 

There is a reckoning.

Don’t think that everyone gets the same regardless. 

Don’t leave it too late.

Draw close to Him now. 

Serve Him not yourself. 

If you are bothered you will do something about it. 

It is the here and now and it is the then and there. 

The two are interwoven. 

Jesus said it quite simply.

Heal those who are sick. 

Even raise the dead. 

Reveal forgiveness to those full of shame and guilt. 

Set people free. 

Jesus wants you to know the reality. 

His passion exceeds yours. 

His love is greater than yours will ever be. 

Don’t think for a moment that He hinders you. 

He isn’t the one holding you back. 

He is preparing you. 

There are some issues that need addressing. 

You know that. 

He loves you too much to ignore them.

Otherwise you will miss out on His full blessing for you. 

Failure is when you superimpose your will over His. 

Effectively you are usurping His authority. 

Don’t be led by men be led by The Holy Spirit. 

Anything else He calls failure.

The weeds are there. 

But He is better.

2018-10-25T10:47:45+00:00Thursday, October 25th, 2018|Heaven's Culture|