It’s YOUR Time!!
TIME is one of the most valuable commodities on earth. In fact, every day billions of people across the planet receive monetary gain for their time. We can always make more money, but very rarely can we purchase more time. We all have 24 hours a day and IT’S UP TO US to determine exactly how we’re going to spend it.
Recently in a dream God revealed to me a TICKING CLOCK WITH BOTH HANDS AT 12 O’CLOCK. There was such a weighty soberness and gravity to the dream.
I felt God was saying that many of us have been distracted and caught up in things that have NO ETERNAL PURPOSE or benefit. I felt He was ENCOURAGING us to BECOME MORE CONSCIOUSLY AWARE of the things that are CONSUMING our PRECIOUS TIME. He was urging us not to take our time here on Earth for granted; and to pay close attention to just how quickly time is slipping through our fingers. YESTERDAY HAS GONE and TOMORROW IS PROMISED TO NO ONE.
I felt God’s message in the dream was very clear as He highlighted to me the Parable of the Sower.
We see in the Parable of the Sower FOUR TYPES OF GROUND THAT RECEIVED SEED; each with totally different outcomes. Note that in only ONE of these accounts the devil is to blame; the others are totally dependent on the individual’s response. Similarly, WE ARE RESPONSIBLE for how we respond to situations that arise in our journey with God.
1. Received seed by the WAYSIDE;
[Mat 13:18-19] Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower. When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side.
Let’s take a closer look at the word WAYSIDE in the koine Greek:
Apparently a primary word; a road; by implication a progress (the route, act or distance); figuratively a mode or means: - journey, (high-) way.
2. Received seed into STONY PLACES;
[Mat 13:20-21] But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon (immediately) with joy (cheerfulness, calm delight) receiveth it; Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth (follows) for a while: for when tribulation (pressure, burdened, anguish) or persecution ariseth because of the word (logos, truth), by and by he is offended.
Let’s have a closer look at the word OFFENDED in the koine Greek:
To “scandalize”; from G4625; to entrap, that is, trip up (figuratively stumble [transitively] or entice to sin, apostasy or displeasure): - (make to) offend.
3. Received seed among the THORNS;
[Mat 13:22] He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care (through the idea of distraction) of this world, and the deceitfulness (delusion) of riches, choke (to strangle completely, to drown, to crowd) the word, and he becometh unfruitful (barren, without fruit).
Let’s take a closer look at the word CHOKE in the koine Greek:
From G4862 and G4155; to strangle completely, that is, (literally) to drown, or (figuratively) to crowd: - choke, throng.
4. Received seed onto GOOD GROUND;
[Mat 13:23] But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.
We see that only ONE QUARTER of the people in this parable that received seed heard and understood the Gospel and bore much fruit. This parable highlights to me the grave truth that THREE QUARTERS of the hearts that receive the same seed won’t truly hear or understand the Word of God or bear any fruit at all.
BUT… the great news is that WE GET TO CHOOSE how we respond to the truth!
WE GET TO CHOOSE how we respond when offence tries to rear it’s ugly head. WE GET TO CHOOSE when tribulation (pressure) and persecution arise. Do we throw in the towel? Or do we stand and endure and refuse to back down? We can choose whether we have maturity and depth of relationship in our walk with Jesus. We can choose whether to be grounded in His Truth or not. The great news is that WE ARE RESPONSIBLE and WE HAVE A CHOICE to protect the precious received seed of the Gospel and to make sure it stays planted on fertile, rich soil that will produce and multiply God’s Kingdom at an exponential rate.
God showed me in this dream that HE WAS PARTICULARLY ZEROING IN ON THE THORNY GROUND HEARERS. It can be so easy to get caught up and entangled with the cares and riches of this life; which is not always sinful in itself. But if we are not careful, quickly we can be consumed with this life, distracted by many things that have no eternal purpose or benefit.
This message is not intended to encourage striving or running harder; THE HEART OF THIS MESSAGE IS TO BRING A SOBERNESS AND RENEWED FOCUS BACK TO THAT WHICH HAS ETERNAL VALUE. It’s a Holy Ghost message and reminder for us to take an honest look at our own life and begin to prune and cut back that which is excess; to remove those subtle distractions, which in the end will bear no fruit.
God wants us be VIGILANT STEWARDS OF OUR TIME, ENERGY and FOCUS. He wants OUR primary purpose to be the establishment of HIS KINGDOM here on Earth, according to HIS WILL, HIS PURPOSES and HIS PLANS.
SEEK FIRST THE KINGDOM of GOD and HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS and ALL THESE THINGS SHALL BE ADDED unto YOU!!!
After all, EVERYTHING that we have on this earth, every blessing is from the hand of God; it’s all on loan from the Lord. The Bible says we bring nothing into this life, and we can’t take anything with us when we leave.
[1Pe 1:24 -25] For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of men as the flower of the grass. The grass withers, and its flower falls out, but the Word of the Lord endures forever. And this is the Word preached as gospel to you.
THE NIGHT IS FAR SPENT…TIME WAITS FOR NO ONE… THE CLOCK IS TICKING…