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Matthew 13:12

Matthew 13:12 “For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.”

I found something interesting I wrote almost 19 years ago. I’ll edit it down to what’s “relevant” to this post. I wrote it in November of 2001 in reply to a post Doc (Dr. John M. LaTourrette) did.

“The ocean never gripes because some of the water evaporates into the sky.”

“It always comes back. And the rains of blessing always pour down, where there is plenty, but almost never on the desert.” [Edited for this post.]

End Of Quote From Post.

This reminds me of “For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.”

Even then, though, there is STILL “water in the desert” for the person who knows how to FIND it – and do you know what is so interesting about that?

…In the desert places where they have found a way to get water from the air and plant a garden, and take careful care of that garden for just a couple of years where they are very mindful of what they do and how they do it…

The plants start to take better root.

The area where the garden is planted gets its own “micro-climate.”

And…

The garden starts to grow and thrive almost “on it’s own.”

What have you chosen to do with your garden? Do you let it grow by default? Or do you cultivate it “on purpose?”
Jim Knippenberg

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So Great A Cloud Of Witnesses

Hebrews 12:1 in the NIV (New International Version) says “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.”

Now a lot of folks have ideas about that word “sin” and before I get to the “secret hidden in plain sight” here, let’s go over that word “sin.”

“Sin,” in the Bible, is “to miss the mark.”

Something that hinders is a sin. Something that holds you back is a sin. Something that keeps you from doing the good you know you ought to do is sin. Something that gets in your way, yet you choose it anyway, that is a sin.

If you want to run a race, but you sit on your butt drinking beer all the time, or eating potato chips or whatever stops you from running the race – that is “sin.”

The good news about that is you can always choose to do something better instead.

The context the writer of Hebrews gives is in the context of the ideal of being like Jesus.

Just a quick word here. Lots of people will try to shame you in the name of religious beliefs. They will tell you to “be like Jesus,” yet they themselves cannot do ANYTHING that Jesus did – some of them do not even know how to forgive.

The question here is not “what do other people think of me?” Or “Do other people approve?”

The question is “What is my Ideal, and am I pursuing that?”

Onward

I mentioned a “secret hidden in plain sight.”

I have loved reading Hebrews – especially Hebrews 11 for many years, and yet I did not notice what was “hidden in plain sight.”

I saw it, I thought I understood it, but I didn’t really.

The writer talks about the great Bible “heroes of the faith” and how they kept on their path of faith and held to their values and ideals (even those who fell flat on their faces at times), and even in the face of great difficulty.

And he calls up “witness after witness after witness.”

Stick with me for a moment here, while I mention what “some folks do.”

Back over 100 years ago, during the Spiritualist Movement, people were doing seances and things like that to try to contact the dead – it is actually nothing new. It just was kind of “popular” back then.

You might have seen ads for “psychic mediums” who promise to do something along those lines.

Those people temporarily volunteer to be “inhabited” by an outside entity for the purpose of gaining information.

What the writer of Hebrews is talking about is something completely different.

Those who study this from a different point of view would call it “Overshadowing.”

Or perhaps you’re familiar with the idea of a “Mastermind Group.”

When we focus on something – whether it is on purpose or by default – we attract attention on the other side.

Don’t believe that happens? Read Daniel – where the angel told him that the answer was delayed in getting to him because of spiritual warfare.

What the writer of Hebrews does here is to choose – on purpose – to focus on people with specific character traits – perseverance, running the race to the end – even in times of difficulty – and sets up their story of endurance and holding on to what they truly value.

Well when you surround yourself with the CHOICE – and yes, it IS A CHOICE – to focus on things that you value, it draws to you assistance, it draws to you encouragement, it draws to you perseverance, it draws to you COURAGE to do the thing you know you ought to do.

Most folks choose by default.

They sit in front of the tv and soak it in. Or whatever they surf on the web.

You can choose on purpose to fill your mind with those things that help you get to where it is you want to go – your goals, your hopes, your dreams, your ideals!

One of my best friends – Dr. La Tourrette – told me a long time ago that most people’s hopes and dreams are dead by the time they are between the ages of 25-35.

It does not have to be that way.

You can choose!

Go read Hebrews 11-12, and notice how the writer there shows you how to choose in ways that help you keep on keeping on.

Have fun!

Talk with you again soon!

Jim Knippenberg
Author, Speaker, Minister, ESP Trainer, Musician, blab, blab, blab…

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What does trust in God mean?

I suppose “trust in God” might mean different things to different people.

I like action, though. I do not care much for the idea of sitting around and “waiting on God to do something that you should do for yourself.”

I know people who say “But doesn’t the Bible say to ‘wait on the Lord?'”

That is not a lazy waiting. You “wait” by entering the silence.

There’s a parable from Jesus about the servants with the talents.

The two who DID something with what they had were rewarded for being “good and faithful.”

The fearful servant who dug a hole in the ground, buried what he had, and “waited” for the master to return was called “wicked and lazy.”

He lost everything – even the little that he had.

Edgar Cayce said “Trust in the Lord, and work like thunder!”

My friend Mary likes to say it “You need to put feet to those prayers!”

There’s a story my friend Doc told me about a circuit preacher out west who saw a farmer working on his fence. As the preacher rode his horse closer to the farmer, he heard the farmer praying to the Lord to keep the cows in.

He asked the farmer “I hear you praying to God to keep the cows in, so why are you working so hard to mend your fence?”

The farmer replied: “It just seems to work better that way.”

In the New Testament, James said “Show me your faith without works, and I will show you my faith by what I do!”

I used to know someone who said “If you really want to know what you believe, take a good look at the last few days, weeks, and the last 6 months. WHAT have you done in the last 6 months? That will show you what you truly believe!

The good news to that is “you can always choose to do something better, you can always choose to do something new.”

Sincerely,
Jim Knippenberg
Author, Speaker, Minister, ESP trainer, Remote Healing, etc.