Wednesday, January 08 2020
And the disciples came and said to Him, "Why do you speak to them in parables?" He answered and said to them, "Because it has been given to you to know the mysteries (secrets or hidden truths) of the kingdom of Heaven, but to them it has not been given." Matthew 13:10,11
2020 Vision is about as good as it gets for those who desire to see without glasses! I can appreciate good vision having lost some of the sight in my left eye because of shingles. Without good vision, we stumble in darkness not knowing where we are going.
A few years ago, my pastor, friend, and mentor, David Hardy lost his sight to macular degeneration and is totally blind. He has taken it in stride and doesn't complain because he knows God is sharpening his spiritual sight! We as the body of Christ must have eyes to see in the Spirit to discern the revelation that God gives us as His people. In the past few decades, the spiritual sight of the modern-day church has drifted from the things of the Spirit to walk after the lusts of the flesh!
Jesus asked His disciples who men said that He was and they didn't have a clue, even though they lived with Him, seeing the miracles every day. Peter announced to them all that Jesus was the Christ, (anointed One) the Son of the living God and they all marveled at this divine revelation! Jesus told Peter that flesh and blood did not reveal this but His Father in Heaven.
Therefore I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. Matthew 13:13
EYES TO SEE
"And in them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled, which says: "Hearing you will hear and not understand, and seeing you will see and not perceive; for the hearts of this people have grown dull, their ears are hard of hearing, and their eyes they have closed, lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, so that I should heal them." Matthew 13:14,15
Darkness is covering the earth as we approach the eminent return of the Lord Jesus Christ and the beginning of the end! The spirit of anti-Christ is already hovering over the people who have allowed its deadly influence to deceive them! Jesus warned us that even the elect of God could be deceived in the last days!
As we traverse this toxic landscape of a world gone mad as the people of God, we need spiritual night vision goggles to see in the Spirit that which the Lord wants us to see. We are stewards of the mysteries of the kingdom, only visible to those who have spiritual eyes to see and ears to hear what the Holy Spirit is saying.
We are called to do the greater works of the kingdom as Jesus promised we would do, but unless we have our eyes opened we will walk in total darkness never knowing His perfect will for our lives and ministry! Now is the time to apply the spiritual ointment brought about by Holy Spirit conviction to turn away from everything that would distract us from our mission to bring Heaven to earth!
"When anyone hears the word of the kingdom, and does not understand it, then the wicked one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is he who received seed by the wayside," Matthew 13:19
THE KEYS TO SEE
"But blessed are your eyes for they see, and your ears for they hear; "for assuredly, I say to you that many prophets and righteous men desired to see, and did not see, what you see, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it." Matthew 13: 16,17
Jesus told us the different conditions of the heart that would keep us from seeing in the Spirit and many today have given in to the lusts of the world and all that comes to seduce the unsuspecting!
The heart of stone allows no seed to be planted nor take root, even those who received the word like so many today, but they only endure for a little while and when affliction comes they immediately fall away! Those who received the seed among the thorns is he who hears the word and the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word and they become unfruitful.
But he who received the word in a good heart is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears good fruit! The keys to see are to repent of that which holds you captive, such as the lusts and cares of this world, give your heart totally to the will of God and receive the vision He has for you in order for you to fulfill your divine destiny!
Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever. Little children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that the anti-Christ is coming, even now many anti-Christs have come, by which we know that it is the last hour. I John 2:15-18
RECEIVE YOUR VISION
I will stand my watch and set myself on the rampart (fortification) and watch to see what He will say to me. Habakkuk 2:1
Without a vision people perish and this is why we must know our divine destiny to fulfill that which the Lord has given us to do while we are on this earth! If you are born again you have within you a divine destiny given by the Lord and if the Holy Spirit resides in you a vision will develop for you to see!
After my salvation experience 40 years ago and receiving the baptism in the Holy Spirit I begin to see what my life's work for Him would be. Sitting in church one day the Lord spoke and said to go out into the streets which I did and through many trials I saw hundreds of miracles, signs and wonders and the transformation of many who came to the Lord! If Peter had not have gotten out of the boat when Jesus said, "Come to Me!" He would never have walked on water.
Ask and you will receive, but don't ask if you are not willing to obey what He gives you to do. I have known many who had a vision but were not able to give up their life to fulfill it! 2020 can be your year to step out of the proverbial boat and fulfill your divine destiny. So, ask and you will receive, seek and you shall find, knock and the door to your destiny will open!
"Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time; but at the end it will speak and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry." Habakkuk 2:2,3
Your servant in Christ, Timothy Laughlin
Friday, January 03 2020
TO OBEY IS BETTER THAN SACRIFICE
Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed than the fat of rams. For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the Lord, He also has rejected you from being king. I Samuel 13:22,23
Israel clamored for a king to rule over them much like today, men want a fleshly monarch instead of the King of all kings to lead them because their hearts are not right before God. Saul was a tall, handsome man, a keeper of donkeys from the tribe of Benjamin chosen to be anointed king over God's people, but he did not have a heart after God.
At this time in Israel God appointed judges to rule over the people and to hear their complaints and concerns, but they didn't want the prophet Samuel or his sons judging them, they wanted a king and they said to him, "Make us a king to judge us like all the nations!" Although this was greatly displeasing to the Lord because they rejected Him, He gave them Saul and told Samuel to anoint him king over His people.
This was a grave mistake for Israel to desire to be like the world with a king and a fleshly kingdom instead of the kingdom of Heaven come to earth! Today, believers have chosen a man like Saul to be their President, an arrogant and selfish individual who does not have a heart after God and is only concerned with pleasing the conservative right so that he can get re-elected instead of pleasing God! That's not to say that God didn't put him in to destroy the corrupt left!
Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father but is of the world. I John 2:15,16
DISOBEDIENCE BRINGS ABOUT JUDGMENT
Now go and attack Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and do not spare them. But kill both man and woman, infant and nursing child, ox and sheep, camel and donkey. I Samuel 15:3
Amalek is a type and shadow of the powers of darkness (demons) that come against us when we sin and rebel against the command of the Lord to destroy the works of the flesh and repent of the willful sin that has brought judgment upon us as it did with Saul!
God's command was simple, direct and to the point, "Destroy all!" But Saul didn't obey, instead keeping the best of the spoils and by taking the king of the Amalekites captive. His excuse was, he was going to sacrifice the spoils to God, which in God's eyes would be like robbing a bank and giving the money as an offering to Him!
We have been given a command to repent of willful sin so that we can be set free from the powers of darkness that attach themselves to our sin and come to rob, kill and to destroy our lives! There is no forgiveness for willful sin, only judgment and demons carry out the judgment!
For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, their no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, (the blood of Jesus) but a terrifying expectation of judgment, and fiery indignation (Hell) which will devour the adversaries. Hebrews 10:26,27
AN EVIL SPIRIT SENT FROM GOD
But the Spirit of the Lord departed from Saul, and an evil spirit (demon) from God troubled him. And Saul's servants said to him, "Surely an evil spirit from God is troubling you." I Samuel 16:14,15
This is a direct result of willful disobedience and the reason people are demonized! Saul disobeyed the command of the Lord and the judgment of God fell upon him! Demons carry out the judgment of God, being His instruments of indignation. Ref. Isaiah 13:4,5
Saul went from being a divinely appointed leader of God's people to a demonized, depraved malcontent who hated the Most High's newly appointed king, David, who was sent to minister to him. Saul's mission in life was to destroy David and at the end of his dismal life, bereft of God's Spirit he ended up going to a medium, the witch of Endor to have a seance to call up Samuel for his advice on the upcoming battle in which Saul and his sons were killed!
Adulterers! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity (ill will) with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. James 4:4
Your servant in Christ, Timothy Laughlin