Thursday, September 15, 2016

A HUNDREDFOLD

Today’s Reading: Luke 8

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A path, bordered by wheat fields, leading down from the Mount of Beatitudes to the Sea of Galilee. Does this look like a 100-fold return on the original seed sown?

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Key Verse: Luke 8:8

“…But others fell on good ground, sprang up, and yielded a crop a hundredfold.” When He had said these things He cried, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”

 

This reading begins with the deliverance of Mary Magdalene from seven demons. It also contains the deliverance of the man on the other side of the lake who had many demons. What are we to make of this? We hear little of deliverance from demons now. Why? Perhaps it is because of the lack of the Gift of the Spirit known as “discerning of spirits” (1 Corinthians 12:10). First Corinthians 12:31 tells us to “earnestly desire the best gifts.” The outward expression of these two tormented people varied. Jesus’ way of dealing with them varied and the results varied. Mary of Magdala was the first at Jesus’ empty tomb, and the second was sent home by Jesus to minister to His family. May I suggest that the key to a ministry of deliverance is in our key verse…”a hundredfold.” Let us move from 30 and 60 on up to our full potential in Christ. Other spiritual gifts necessary in deliverance are most certainly: “The word of wisdom, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, to another faith” (1 Corinthians12:8). Please take note of the word “another.” Powerful results will be seen when we work in unity with others!!!

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord Jesus, You are my Deliverance! In You I trust! Hallelujah! Please send Your Holy Spirit to accelerate my growth towards that 100-fold goal. I desperately need that “more excellent way” spoken of by Paul (1 Corinthians 12:31) and described in 1 Corinthians 13, “the way of love.” Please fill me with Your love and grant me wisdom in all my ministry. Amen!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

I’ve learned through 64 years since God called me to ministry that love is the essential ingredient. Love calls me to great care for others, to respecting each person as made in God’s image, to work with others closely, submitting one to another, and not allowing any one person to manipulate or lord it over others. “God is love” (1 John 4:8). In my devotions earlier, I read 1 John, chapters 2 to 4. Also, I read 1 Corinthians 13. I’ve taken note that this “Love Chapter” is like the meat in the sandwich of chapters 12 and 14. These chapters are about the Gifts. Without a full growth of the Fruit of the Spirit, which is “Love,” gifts exercised in a loveless way can do more harm than good (Galatians 5:22-23). I need to constantly remember that the “fruit of the Spirit” is the character of Jesus and the gifts were the means through which He ministered to human need. Though He was fully God, He functioned as a Man, 100% filled with the Holy Spirit. Oh, how I pray fervently for a greater measure of the fullness of God’s Spirit. I’m gazing into His face by faith now as the Holy Spirit fills me for this new day. As John wrote, “We beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14). My heart is so full that I’ve typed well over my goal of 100 words. Please be patient with me.

Yours for 100-fold living in Christ,

David

 

13 thoughts on “Thursday, September 15, 2016

  1. Can’t believe I’m the first one to be making a comment today! Something strange was going on with my email and receipt of your blog. That’s OK…..finally got Luke 8:).
    This is a great old hymn and this particular version seems to be dedicated to Lois.
    https://youtu.be/Qf_glkmbNbQ
    Blessings.

      • Dear brother David, please de not sorry if you went over 100 words, much more if within you the Holy Spirit inspires you to do so, on the contrary I feel much blessed and thank our Great Lord Jesus and you with all my heart.
        Brother, please, may I ask you and your wife Norma J to pray for the restoration of my relationship with my wife Sonia and her conversion. Thank you kindly, Rene

  2. Thank you so much David, for your blog. It was exactly what I needed. I am going through a difficult time and need much wisdom and discernment.
    Anne B.

    • Anne find some newspaper and write out all the problems you are facing, use a marker and put EVERYTHING down! the anger, hatred, betrayal, those who are insensititive; write out all the good, bad and ugly! Use big letters!
      lay the paper where you can read it during the day! BE REAL HONEST! This is such a valuable tool because when we lay it all out for God to see and if we are very honest about the good, bad and the ugly! IT IS AMAZING HOW GOD WILL LOOK OVER YOUR WORDS AND HE DOES SMILE AT YOUR HONESTY! That is what He is looking for! No pretense!
      OK So know you have it written all out on he paper, this may take a few days to do so, BUT I can tell you from my own personal experiences and other peole who have shared; this is the best way to get resolution, to get healed, and God absolutely honours our honesty and He will continue to look over our words and as I said He does smile and He will begin to speak a plan of restoration to your situation….
      Lord God I bring Anne’s situation to You Lord for Your plan to restore her situation to be complete, total forgiveness happening and total joy for her to continue her walk in life being held by You Lord, showing her the way!
      Now, maybe a month or so later, you will know God’s Will for you then you can take the newspaper and build a fire with it, maybe roast some hot dogs, and slowly let go of the hurt etc and when the paper is all gone, you will have the peace and joy and grace and mercy that God has waiting for you and for each one of us. Yes be honest! God loves that aspect of every huiman being! Be Honest!
      He is always right beside each every one of us daily! THANK YOU LORD FOR HEARING OUR PRAYERS!

  3. Thank you! Wonderful, joyous message! I’ve prayed along with you, for myself and for our Christian friends. Again, thanks!

  4. Please never apologize for going over 100 words. We love to see God in you.
    Remember the song, “Running over, running over, my cup is full and running over. Since the Lord saved me I’m as happy as can be! My cup is full and running over.”

  5. Yes, always appreciate your words of wisdom and personal stories, Pastor David, and the overflowing too!!

    How sad the people more concerned about their pigs, than the miracle of the man set free and healed of his deranged mind.

    Thank you Lord Jesus for this beautiful day and Your many blessings. Thank you for Your Precious Living Word, presented to us through this blog this day!! Thank You Lord for Your Love for us with an everlasting love!!!

  6. blessings to everyone. I am in need if prayer:

    I pray a quiet person buys the home next door! I pray all drugs are gone!
    I pray that I will be able to stand the disrespect shown by the people over seeing the place, they are a mean spirited bunch!
    Pray that the Holy Spirit enters all their hearts and changes them to be kind, quiet people as they prepare the place for sale.
    Please pray that I only speak words of encouragement; Pray I do not let my temper get the best of me!
    Please pray that the Lord would send me means and avenues to sell my dishcloths; I need to be kept busy; I need great financial windfall to happen;

    please pray that I will be able to get good sleep and rest as my neighbour who passed away agreed to have construction begin after 12 noon!
    I need God’s help every step of the way!
    Please pray for the new owners of our park, I did speak to them and their answer is “if you don’t like it, then move!”
    Please pray the Holy Spirit enters their hearts also…….
    I am back to swimming, I praise and thank God daily for all the goodness He has provided in my life and in the lives of people around me.

    In Jesus Name We Pray AMEN

  7. Trusting in you Lord to hear Sah’s prayers. All things through God is possible.
    Give wisdom and discernment to Anne. Come Holy Spirit and bless those in need either for finances, health, jobs, relationships etc. Amen.

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