Thursday, November 3, 2022

Kitchen Table Devotional
Kingdom Parables

Day 4

And others fell on the good soil and *yielded a crop, some a hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty. 9 He who has ears, let him hear.”        Matthew 13:8-9

What we have in our hearts determines what we hear with our ears and speak with our mouths.  We can’t hide it.  If the word of God is in our hearts, we won’t just want to say the right things,  do the right things and believe the right things; that seed will bring new sight, new words, and new life into our hearts.  We don’t have to force God things in our lives; we just have to free them to be in our lives.  We do that by letting God’s perspective, passion, and plan live in our hearts.  Remember, we don’t have to force God things to happen; we just free God to do things in our lives by faith.

Wednesday, November 2. 2022

Kitchen Table Devotional
Kingdom Parables

Day 3

Others fell among the thorns, and the thorns came up and choked them out. 8 And others fell on the good soil and *yielded a crop, some a hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty. 9 He who has ears, let him hear.”                          Matthew 13:7-9

It’s a very simple story with a very strong message but it can be the hardest thing to understand.  The seed has the power for a new and powerful life.  The promise is in the seed, not the soil.  But it’s the condition of the soil that determines the success of the seed.  If the soil is open and obedient to the seed, the seed will do its thing.  God made it to do its thing.  The problem is never with the seed but with the soil.  The Bible says THINGS WHICH EYE HAS NOT SEEN AND EAR HAS NOT HEARD, AND which HAVE NOT ENTERED THE HEART OF MAN, ALL THAT GOD HAS PREPARED FOR THOSE WHO LOVE HIM (1 Corinthians 2:9)  Don’t doubt the power of the seed, doubt the purity of the soil of our heart.  Where there is agreement, there will be authority.

Tuesday, November 1, 2022

Matthew 13

Kingdom Parables

Day 2

Behold, the sower went out to sow; 4 and as he sowed, some seeds fell beside the road, and the birds came and ate them up. 5 Others fell on the rocky places, where they did not have much soil; and immediately they sprang up, because they had no depth of soil

Matthew 13:3-5

The seed has the power, but the soil gives permission.  God can do anything He wants without us, but He does everything He wants with us, and it all begins with receiving the seed.  We must receive the word, and give the word permission to come into our hearts.  We are the doorkeepers of our own hearts.  The soil of our lives is the heart of our souls.  It’s here that we decide what to trash and what to treasure so the condition of our hearts is more important that the considerations of our heads.  The heart can be hard, it can be dirty, it can be poisoned, or it can be good.  Before we worry about what’s in our heads, maybe we should look at what’s in our hearts, honestly., because if there is no power with the word maybe there’s a problem with our will.

Monday, October 31, 2022

Matthew 13

Kingdom Parables

Day 1

That day Jesus went out of the house and was sitting by the sea.  And large crowds gathered to Him, so He got into a boat and sat down, and the whole crowd was standing on the beach.  And He spoke many things to them in parables, saying, “Behold, the sower went out to sow;  and as he sowed, some seeds fell…

 Matthew 13:1-4

The word of God falls it doesn’t force it’s way into the soil.  God comes speaking; we come believing.  Revelation 3:20 tells us that God stands at the door, knocking.  God doesn’t force His way in, He waits for us to invite Him and His word into our lives.  We say God show me and I’ll believe; God says believe and I will show you.  There’s a divine mysterious thing that happens in those who believe and receive His seed or His word.  But it’s all in His word, these mysteries.  Hunt and hunger for His word because it’s in His word that we know His will and His work in our lives.

Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Kitchen Table Devotions

Matthew 18

Day 40

My heavenly Father will also do the same to you, if each of you does not forgive his brother from your heart.”

Matthew 18:35

Forgiveness lives in the heart, comes from the heart, and is the passion of the heart.  Once forgiveness becomes the affection and attitude of the heart, then the love and life of God can begin to flow in us and out of us.  Just think about how we would think about life if we wanted to know complete forgiveness for ourselves and for every other person in this world.  Think about what that would look like and what we would look like.  Think about what our lives would look like if we just wanted anyone and everyone to know the forgiveness of God.  None of us need forever; we all have forever.  What everyone one of us needs is forgiveness.  Forgiveness determines where we will spend forever.  Let’s live by faith in forgiveness for forgiveness.

Tuesday, October 18,2022

Kitchen Table Devotions

Matthew 18

Day 39

My heavenly Father will also do the same to you if each of you does not forgive his brother from your heart.”

Matthew 18:35

Coming to terms with forgiveness will let us come to grips with our future.  Our future begins with forgiveness.  And it’s in the heart of God for every one of us to know His forgiveness.  His work begins with a forgiven soul.  It’s here that the Holy Spirit can begin and bring to light the love, light, and liberty of our salvation.  It all begins with receiving the forgiveness of our Master, Jesus Christ.  We receive that forgiveness in the heart; we believe it is real and right now.  We don’t deserve it and can’t earn it; it’s a gift from the heart of God Himself to those of us who can believe it and receive it.  And it’s so big and so real, we won’t be able to keep it to ourselves.  It’s a new way of living that works for the future.

Monday, October 17, 2022

Kitchen Table Devotions

Matthew 18

Day 38

And his lord, moved with anger, handed him over to the torturers until he should repay all that was owed him.

Matthew 18:34

It has always been in the heart of God to give us what we want.  He wants us to want Him and does everything possible to bless us in His love for us.  He would even come and pay the price for our forgiveness, but we would have to want it for ourselves.  The Bible says that we will reap what we sow (Gal 6:7).  And each one will receive his own reward according to his own labor (1 Cor 3:7).  Jesus talked about this in the Parable of the Sower and the good soil that received the good seed and produced a good crop (Mark 4:8).  The Master in this parable gave the wicked slave the life he chose, a life without forgiveness.  That is not what God wants for you and me, but you and I get to decide what we get in this life.

Thursday, October 13, 2022

Kitchen Table

Matthew 18

Day 37

And his lord moved with anger, handed him over to the torturers until he should repay all that was owed him.

Matthew 18:34

The Lord asks us to forgive at the level He does.  Our forgiving should reflect the wealth of His forgiveness, not our willingness to forgive.  God is calling us to live in His love, not ours.  When it comes to His love, God is the original prodigal; He is the one who lavishes love on us.  We want to live with a few reserves; God lives in reckless love, holding nothing back from us who believe.  That’s why He asks us to forgive at the level of His forgiveness.  When we forgive it all, we have nothing left to carry around anymore.  Remember, forgiveness is the key to every other door in heaven.  Without forgiveness, there is no favor and we must receive it first we can release it.

Wednesday, October 12, 2022

Kitchen Table

Matthew 18

Day 36

And his lord moved with anger, handed him over to the torturers until he should repay all that was owed him.

Matthew 18:34

Without the tenderness of God, we’re left with the tortures of man.  Without the forgiveness of God, we have no relief from the frustrations of man.  Only God can touch and heal the spirit of a man.  It’s got to be frustrating to see us reject God’s free gift.  Is the Lord of this story angry about the debt or about the heart of the debtor.  There’s nothing this master can do if the debtor won’t receive the free gift of forgiveness.  We choose our own destiny, with or without God.  We chose the tenderness of God or the tortures of man which can be the regrets and remembrances of our own soul.  Receive the tender mercies of God by believing and living in them.

Monday, October 10, 2022

Kitchen Table Devotions

Matthew 18

Day 34

Then summoning him, his lord *said to him, ‘You wicked slave, I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me. 33 Should you not also have had mercy on your fellow slave, in the same way that I had mercy on you?’

Matthew 18:32-33

We cannot release what we have not received.  We cannot keep what we will not give.  That’s how things work spiritually. God just has a habit of showering us with favor before we seem to figure out what is going on.  It’s the kindness of the Lord that leads to repentance. (Romans 2:4).  God just keeps coming to us in His kindness until we finally recognize and receive what He is doing.  Until we receive the goodness of God we are left with the badness of man.  And only our Father, our Maker, our Savior, can give us what we need, and He does, over and over again.

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