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Series: Teachings of Jesus

I’m sitting at a railroad track and I just remembered my commitment to start a blog series on the teachings of Jesus the Messiah.

Of course everything Jesus says is profound, but I want to hone in on this verse as the basis for the series:

But I have a greater witness than John—My teachings and My miracles. The Father gave Me these works to accomplish, and they prove that He sent Me.
John 5:36

The Father gave Jesus His teachings and His miracles as proof that God sent Him. That means as we study the teachings of Christ they will give us the evidence we need to believe He is sent by God as Messiah and because He was sent by God we can trust His teachings are a roadmap to Heaven.

Day One:

Parable of the Sower.

I chose this parable because Jesus said:

“Don’t you understand this parable? How then will you understand any of the parables?” (Matthew 4:13)

As we delve into this series I would like to use this parable to note the truth, not all will understand the teachings of Jesus. The teachings are treasures and the understanding is preserved for the elect. Let’s begin.

Then He spoke many things to them in parables, saying: “Behold, a sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds came and devoured them. Some fell on stony places, where they did not have much earth; and they immediately sprang up because they had no depth of earth. But when the sun was up they were scorched, and because they had no root they withered away. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up and choked them. But others fell on good ground and yielded a crop: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”
Matthew 13:3‭-‬9

Jesus often uses the phrase, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear!” Proverbs 20:12 says ears to hear and eyes to see are gifts from the Lord.

Prayer: Heavenly Father please give me ears to hear and eyes to see wonderful things in Your Word. (Psalm 119:18). You reward those who diligently seek You (Hebrews 11:3), please help me to seek diligently, in Jesus Name Amen.

We are blessed to live in a time where we have the explanation given to the disciples about this parable recorded:

“Now listen to the explanation of the parable about the farmer planting seeds: The seed that fell on the footpath represents those who hear the message about the Kingdom and don’t understand it. Then the evil one comes and snatches away the seed that was planted in their hearts. The seed on the rocky soil represents those who hear the message and immediately receive it with joy. But since they don’t have deep roots, they don’t last long. They fall away as soon as they have problems or are persecuted for believing God’s word. The seed that fell among the thorns represents those who hear God’s word, but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the worries of this life and the lure of wealth, so no fruit is produced. The seed that fell on good soil represents those who truly hear and understand God’s word and produce a harvest of thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times as much as had been planted!”
Matthew 13:18‭-‬23

Wow. I’m always so amazed by everything my Savior says.

Major takeaways from this parable:

1. A lack of understanding concerning the message of the Kingdom of Heaven prevents bearing fruit.

2. Those who don’t have deep roots will not bear fruit because problems or persecution will cause them to fall away.

3. Worries of this life and the lure of wealth will prevent a hearer from producing fruit.

4. Only those who truly hear and understand the Word produce fruit.

This parable and the truth Jesus explains about it is worth meditating and praying on. Cut distractions and draw near to God to hear His Word. We are in perilous times (2 Timothy chapter 3 and 1 Timothy 4:1,2) and only those who love, hear, and understand the Word of God will escape the deception (2 Thessalonians2:7-12).

About the times and the seasons: Brothers, you do not need anything to be written to you. For you yourselves know very well that the Day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night. When they say, “Peace and security,” then sudden destruction comes on them, like labor pains come on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. But you, brothers, are not in the dark, for this day to overtake you like a thief. For you are all sons of light and sons of the day. We do not belong to the night or the darkness. So then, we must not sleep, like the rest, but we must stay awake and be serious. For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk are drunk at night. But since we belong to the day, we must be serious and put the armor of faith and love on our chests, and put on a helmet of the hope of salvation. For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep, we will live together with Him. Therefore encourage one another and build each other up as you are already doing.
1 Thessalonians 5:1‭-‬11

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Power of Positivity Podcast Launch

EPISODE ONE: IT’S HERE!!!

The Power of Positivity Podcast is officially here. I am extremely excited about this endeavor. I wanted to create a means to engage in discussion and establish a small community of Scripture nerds. If your devoted to in-depth study of the Word of God..this Podcast is for you. When I say in-depth study of the Word of God,  I mean valuing Scripture as instruction for life, the revelation of Jesus Christ, and a road map of all existence. Scripture is my FAVORITE historical record. Join me as we engage in devotion Q & A, life coaching, teenage mentoring, and addressing hard topics with the lens of Scripture.

Power of Positivity is the name of this podcast because there is power in the Word of God to overcome negativity and evil and live the truth of this verse:

“Do not be conquered by evil, but conquer evil with good.” (Romans 12:21)

Prayer:

Father God,

Thank You so much for being the Author and Creator of all things. I acknowledge Your Sovereignty and Faithfulness. In the face of all that this world has going on right now I declare this work is for Your Kingdom and the advancement of Your truth. Allow Your Presence to be sought, felt, and the seal of this endeavor. It is all Yours to do whatever You will. You are holy and You do all things well so I entrust myself and the work that You have called me to complete to You. Holy Spirit it’s all on You lol I can’t serve in faithfulness without You but with You and through You I can crush an army and scale any wall. Please show Yourself to be KING of kings on this earth. Use this for Your glory alone and bless those who partake in Jesus Name I pray Amen.

Dig In:

I recently released the track Pains of Change. I thought it would be a good starting point to introduce myself on the podcast. The song begins with the lines:

“Its the pains of change necessary for growth

It ain’t no in between your either in the ocean or the boat

As I quote over notes I no longer drink or smoke

Although sometimes I miss those folks

Without that life I found new hope”

The new hope I found came from studying the Word of God for myself. I sat down one day with my heart set on getting to know who God is and why He made me. I wanted to understand what He wanted me to do with my life because everything I seemed to do was failing miserably. Let me clarify what I mean by “failing”. Money was not the issue, possessions, friends, etc were not the issue. The issue was my dissatisfaction and lack of fulfillment. The issue was my awareness that God wanted me to be something different than I was at the time. When I sat down to read the Word of God, my eyes were opened.

Nothing has impacted me greater than the study of Jesus Christ in the books Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. I fell in love with Jesus, I came to reverence Him as LORD and believe the very words He spoke were the Words of God. The thing about it is there is no way that I could read the words of Jesus and conclude that my lifestyle at the time was acceptable. On the contrary I read His Word and realized I was in deep need of God’s forgiveness and salvation because the judgment of eternal damnation that was pending for me at the time was just. I was ecstatic when I finally came to grips with the truth that God loved me so much that He allowed Jesus to pay the punishment for my sins and I gained the privilege of imitating and living like Him.

As we go through this journey of exalting Christ and studying the Word of God my hope is that we will thoroughly experience the joy of knowing Jesus and the hope of resurrection. Let’s keep heaven on our mind and leave everything that is not like Christ behind.

Love.

“But everything that was a gain to me, I consider to be a loss because of Christ. 8. More than that, I also consider everything to be a loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. Because of Him I have suffered the loss of all things and consider them filth, so that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own from the law, but one that is through faith in Christ -the righteousness from God based on faith. 10 My goal is to know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, 11 that I will somehow reach the resurrection from among the dead.” (Phillipians 3:7-11)

Unmasking the Music: Faith Over Fear

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Faith over fear
Lyrics

Hook
Faith up, fear downYou are born championMighty man of Valor you are born champion
Faith up, fear down You are born championMighty man of ValorYou are born champion
We gonna win in the endWe are born champions. Children of the most high, we are born champions


Unmasking ( Meaning)
Faith up fear down- let your faith prevail over your fear, it is your calling, Mighty Man of Valor, to operate in faith and not fear. Embracing boldness and taking hard steps through the power of God.


You are born champion- This part has to do with your identity. When Christ died for you He won a victory for you, so when you are born again you are born as an heir of victory. You are fighting to fulfill the victory you already have in Christ.


Mighty man of valor- God sees you more than capable to overcome challenges you face because of what He has done and what He has made you to become, He doesn’t see you as somebody inferior or weak, He sees you as a mighty man of Valor .

Children of the most High- when you are born again you become a child of God and brothers with Christ. God becomes your father.

Respect the Humble Beginnings

*James 1:17* Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.
A gift is a notable capacity, talent , or endowment. The bible tells us that every good gift is from the God. A gift is given to separate us from the group , to be used for impact and profit. Gifted people don’t get lost or die in the crowd, gifted people will always have a place in this world.


Our responsibility when we have been given a gift is to make sure we’re growing in that gift to the place where it can make an impact. Everything that the Lord made and gives as a gift is glorious, we will never see the full glory and potential of our gift if we don’t work on it. When we don’t use our gift it remains buried in us.
*Ecclesiastes 7:8*The end of the thing is better than it’s beginning; The patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.


A gifted person does not compete with anyone. There is no competition for gifted people, the only competition they have is to become everything they’re meant to be by working on their gift. As a mighty man of Valor, focus on what you have, work on what you have been given, the world is waiting for it. It doesn’t matter where you’re starting from, it’s not about the beginning but the end that matters.Everything great, starts small then it grows. That gift was given to you to make a mark in this world.


Respect the humble beginnings, persevere through the processing of becoming, surely better is the end!