Unpack The Trash

Not too long ago I knew someone who moved out of a particular living situation that was not to ideal. It turns out that when this person finally got out of that place the person who they had stayed with helped them pack and added in a few of his own fairwell gifts, trash. I am remimded of what Jesus taught about the devil. Jesus taught about the true wheat from the false wheat, and taught a parable about the work of the evil one in the world.

Jesus told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. 25 But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. 26 When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared. 27 “The owner’s servants came to him and said, ‘Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?’ 28 “‘An enemy did this,’ he replied. “The servants asked him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’ 29 “‘No,’ he answered, ‘because while you are pulling the weeds, you may uproot the wheat with them. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.’” [Matthew 13:24-30]

Jesus was teaching a parable here to convey the truth that there would be conterfeit Christians that are raised up by Satan to sow doubts among the non Christians about faith in Christ.

Jesus also taught a parable of the sower,

in contrast the farmer sowing in this story is good, and sows good seed, the Word of God but the events unfold like this:

Again Jesus began to teach by the lake. The crowd that gathered around him was so large that he got into a boat and sat in it out on the lake, while all the people were along the shore at the water’s edge. He taught them many things by parables, and in his teaching said: 3 “Listen! A farmer went out to sow his seed. 4 As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. 5 Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. 6 But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. 7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants, so that they did not bear grain. 8 Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up, grew and produced a crop, some multiplying thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times.” Then Jesus said, “Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.”

[Mark 4:1-9]

One thing that particularly stood out was the teaching of how the birds came and ate up the good seed on the paths. Jesus later explains the meaning of each of the four soils to his disciples:

15 Some people are like seed along the path, where the word is sown. As soon as they hear it, Satan comes and takes away the word that was sown in them. 16 Others, like seed sown on rocky places, hear the word and at once receive it with joy. 17 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. 18 Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word; 19 but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful. 20 Others, like seed sown on good soil, hear the word, accept it, and produce a crop—some thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times what was sown.” [Mark 4:15-20]

“Satan comes and takes away the word that was sown in them.”

How does he succeed in this? He sows deception, doubt and confusion. Personally in my life there have been times where I read in the Word and felt so refreshed but not long after something hits me to start to doubt God’s love for me or his feelings toward me and paint him im the wrong light. Or other times I will be convinced God has spoken something really awesome into my life and then doubts shortly after pop in, “It’s too good to be true” or “You are getting delusional and that could never happen.”

For Christians too Satan would love to deceive into unproductive instruments. He cannot steal our salvation but will steal whatever he can get his hands on. For non Christians, he loves to sow early on skepticism about the faith, who we are as individuals and he uses a world system under the power of sin to lie to us from childhood, “You will never measure uo or be anything special or significant” or “Your ugly and people will only accept you if you look a certain way, have a certain status and have lots of money, only the strongest survive!”

He uses people and events that have been chained by the powers of sin to deceive. He often tells the non believer their sinful ways of living or doing things is just what it takes to survive, thrive or get ahead. The devil would say, “Those things you are told are sin, you cannot help it, you were born this way and cannot change.” And when people accept his garbage and sown ideas and lies they identify themselves with the negative things they do. If Satan can tie our identity to our sin, we may despair change because we may feel that we wont be our unique selves anymore. Yet like the man who scattered trash among the articles of clothes so the devil also sows deception among the lost and tries to do what he can to spoil the influence of Christians also.

“For the god of this age has blinded the eyes of the unbeliever” Paul writes, and Satan is a deceiver, thief and “The father of lies” as Jesus said.

We must refuse to let him sow what is his among us and as The Lord Jesus Christ said, “You shall know the truth and the truth will set you free.”


Trust God For His Best, Don’t Steal His Cookies!

These are two translations of Proverbs 12:12- and this was a verse attached to this evenings devo. Yet so true and timely. We may all get tempted to get angry over what we wanted that maybe someone else seemingly unfairly laid hold of that we had, or maybe wanted. For some it’s the promotion, others a relationship, others still may want more money and material possessions. Now imagine that someone you think was less honorable then yourselves got the things you wanted and you grew envious. Well how foolish it is but it is truly tempting to all of us in someway. In Isaac’s life, the son of Abraham, he was living in the land of the Philistines at the time and on several occassions dug a well for water, yet for the first couple of times the Philistines grew envious and stopped up his wells and quarelled with him. Isaac on the other hand calmly relocated. Abraham his father also had a similar issue with his Nephew Lot, both of them came to the land God swore to gove Abraham and Lot’s men quarelled with Abraham’s men about the land so in response Abraham graciously gave Lot first preference into what part of the land lot wanted. Abraham’s selfless sacrifice od first choice truly ended up to his benefit because the first choice Lot made for himself ended up getting him in trouble. Likewise Abraham’s son Isaac instead of fighting with his jealous Philistine neighbors just took the higher road too and was blessed by God for it.

He moved on from there and dug another well, and no one quarreled over it. He named it Rehoboth, saying, “Now the Lord has given us room and we will flourish in the land.” [Genesis 26:22]

What today can we learn? Could we not ask ourselves, “Maybe what I lost or did not aquire was for a good reason and the Lord sees best to give me something else or move me somewhere else in my life?”

Trust in God to be wiser at what you truly want and need then what you think you want or need. Does not mean God dies not have good blessings for us, but God opperates according to his way and time- to aquire what we want and in a time God does not see best is in a way stealing from God and gets us into trouble!

Analogy: Suppose you liked a woman and pursued her and asked her out several times and tried to win her heart and you got turned down so many times that you gave up. Eventually she realizes you are wealthy and have a mansion then she suddenly wants you. Yet you are no longer open to this and saw she did not want you when she had the chance so why should she partake in your estate? But many want heaven but have rejected Jesus Christ all their lives here and refuse to serve and worship God and receive his Son, so why would he invite you into his kingdom when you Reject him as King all your life here?

“Why do the nations conspire and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth rise up and the rulers band together against the Lord and against his anointed, saying, “Let us break their chains and throw off their shackles.” The One enthroned in heaven laughs; the Lord scoffs at them. He rebukes them in his anger and terrifies them in his wrath, saying, “I have installed my king on Zion, my holy mountain. ” I will proclaim the Lord’s decree: He said to me, “You are my son; today I have become your father. Ask me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession. You will break them with a rod of iron; you will dash them to pieces like pottery. ” Therefore, you kings, be wise; be warned, you rulers of the earth. Serve the Lord with fear and celebrate his rule with trembling. Kiss his son, or he will be angry and your way will lead to your destruction, for his wrath can flare up in a moment. Blessed are all who take refuge in him.”

Psalm 2:1-12 –

Repentence And Rest

A person’s own folly leads to their ruin, yet their heart rages against the Lord.

Proverbs 19:3 –

Not all suffering is directly a result of sin or poor decisions, but there is a type we all can bring on ourselves and just for the record I know this principle well enough after even a short 28 years on earth. God is often blamed for a lot of hardship and as a human myself I have had temptations to get angry with God at what happens in times of life. Yet if God truly was out to punish any of us, he would kill us and sentence us to eternal hell. But God sent Christ to remove that punishment if we reach out to Him by faith! We still sow and reap but God according to Scripture, “For he does not willingly afflict the children of men” it says and that is He is not up there with glee hoping you blow it so he can smack you- thats how I used to see God but after I saw and experienced his love I see him more as what the Bible says “Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you, he rises to show you compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice, blessed are all who wait upon Him.”

Does God want to just see you fail or sin to strike your life or see you reap the consequences? No, we all will when we sow poorly but God delights in repentence and turning from foolish and sinful living!

When we repent, we turn from sin to seek the Lord and through Christ the moment we get saves by faith we turn to Jesus. The rest God gives is the weight of our sin is removed, the “blood of Jesus Christ, his Son, cleanses us from all unrighteousness” 1 John 1 says.

We as Hebrews says “Enter God’s rest” and we are at “Peace with God through our Lord Jeaus Christ” it is written. We are received and accepted freely by grace when we receive and accept Him who makes it possible to be saved!


To be broken for a season of testing is not bad, it may feel aweful but patiently persevere and see the wonderful things God brings. Many who have suffered much become more compassionate and gentle, those who have been emptied of self and pride become greater usable for the Lord to display his love through. Pride and self centeredness leave us fairly useless because it hardens us to the problems and pain of others and make us glory inordinately in self “Me, myself and I” but know a person you find that has had it rough and is not hung up on self and you must admit even if your not a Christian that is appealing!

Spiritual Make-up Vs Spiritual Face Lift!

Now seemingly women go nuts about the actual stuff but see a spiritual lesson. When Adam and Eve sinned by disobeying God they hid from him and one another in the garden. Also today we are aware of our own flaws and guilt that our sin leaves us with and many today make-up with their “good deeds” yet when we receive Christ as Lord and Savior and see how much God loved us to die in our place to make up for what we cannot, that should result for all of us in a spiritual face lift as we glow the radiance of his love toward those who also have not had the reconstructive surgery of a “New heart” that Ezekial prophesied God would finally give those who he chose to make brand new in the attitude of their loyalty to him and worship.

“I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.” [Ezekiel 36:25-27]

In John 3:3 Jesus said, “Unless a man be born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

And that is why Jesus came, to save us from the ugliness of our own sin. We do not have to brush over that soul celulite or drooping countanence of the inner person. God said, “Cain why is your face downcast? If you do what is right will you not also be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your doorstep. It seeks to have you but you must rule over it.”

Unfortunately Cain did not, and so often we do not either and we need the transforming work of Christ from within to give us the power that we receive by faith to live new! We can try to do temporary fixes for our guilt and sin in the form of good works and behavior modifications but these temporarily cover up our unrighteousness but Christ wants to wash it away!

“Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.”

Hebrews 10:19-22

Small Efforts Do Matter

Read this earlier today:

So he said to me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty. “What are you, mighty mountain? Before Zerubbabel you will become level ground. Then he will bring out the capstone to shouts of ‘God bless it! God bless it!’” Then the word of the Lord came to me: “The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this temple; his hands will also complete it. Then you will know that the Lord Almighty has sent me to you. “Who dares despise the day of small things, since the seven eyes of the Lord that range throughout the earth will rejoice when they see the chosen capstone in the hand of Zerubbabel?”

Zechariah 4:6-10

Then tonight read, Luke 21, and I notice how both passages God seems to be very interested in even the “small” things we do for him. We may be tempted to feel more spiritual on days we seemingly do more, but do not forget that God is not concerned nearly as much as the size of our results as the effort we make to honor him!

Discerning God’s Will

Romans 12 gives some backbone to this- yet there are many Christians and myself at times that let trying to figure God’s specific will, who to marry, where to go to college, what to do here or there get too much of a focus to where it can divert us from throwing all ourselves into pursuing godliness, cleaness of heart, a life of good behavior and what we already know is God’s design for every believer! Do focus on fundamentals and secondary matters blend in just fine.