Psalm 119:11

I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you (Psa 119:11 NLT).   Hide means – to hide (by covering over); by implication to hoard or reserve ; to protect, (keep) secret (-ly, place).   The devil snatches whatever word we don’t understand from our heart (Matt 13:19) so we need to hide and not just read, hear and forget God’s word   For God’s word to be hidden in our heart we must understand His word that we hear or read. We must write His word on the tables our heart with the pen of our tongue. Read aloud, prayerfully meditate on God’s word, journal what you learn as you read.   May the Lord open the eyes of your heart as you read His word.

Further Reading Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law (Psalms 119:18 KJV).  

I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people (Eph 1:17-18 NIV).

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Leviticus 19 In Our Society Today

Take care of the poor (Lev 19:9-10)

Pay your employees on time (Lev 19:13)

Business ethics (Lev 19:11,13,35-36)

Racism and discrimination (Lev 19:33-34)

People with special needs (Lev 19:14)

Gossip grapevine (Lev 19:16)

Don’t keep grudges (Lev 19:18,17)

Speak the truth in love (Lev 19:17)

Astrology, seances, tarot cards, ouija boards (Lev 19:20,31)

Respect the elderly (Lev 19:3,32)

Seedtime and Harvest

Adapted from the book Purpose and Choice by Afolabi Oladele

1) Sow always

Make the most of every opportunity (Eph 5:16)

Sow your seed in the morning, and at evening let your hands not be idle, for you do not know which will succeed, whether this or that, or whether both will do equally well (Eccl 11:6 NIV)

Farmers who wait for perfect weather never plant (Eccl 11:4 NLT)

2) Sow big

Remember this—a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop (2 Cor 9:6 NLT)

And Jesus sat over against the treasury, and beheld how the people cast money into the treasury: and many that were rich cast in much. And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing. And he called unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury: For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living (Mark 12:41-44)

3) Don’t eat up all your seed

For God is the one who provides seed for the farmer and then bread to eat (2 Cor 9:10)

God understands the difference between what you need to eat and what you need to plant. Remember this in your daily choices.

4) A seed dies (has to be given up to God) before it multiplies

I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat is planted in the soil and dies, it remains alone. But its death will produce many new kernels—a plentiful harvest of new lives (John 12:24 NLT).

5) Plant what you want to harvest

The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good (Gen 1:12 NIV)

Don’t be misled—you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant. Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit (Gal 6:7-8 NLT)

6) Plant in the right place Don’t plant on stony ground or among thorns (Matt 13:1-23).

7) Maintain your field

Remove weeds of unforgiveness, doubt, disobedience and deception, and water your seed with your confessions of faith.

“So if you are presenting a sacrifice at the altar in the Temple and you suddenly remember that someone has something against you, leave your sacrifice there at the altar. Go and be reconciled to that person. Then come and offer your sacrifice to God (Matt 5:23-24 NLT)

But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord (James 1:6-7 NIV).

From the fruit of their mouth a person’s stomach is filled; with the harvest of their lips they are satisfied (Prov 18:20 NIV)

It’s Getting Serious

The Life Project

Though you already know all this, I want to remind you that the Lord at one time delivered his people out of Egypt, but later destroyed those who did not believe. And the angels who did not keep their positions of authority but abandoned their proper dwelling—these he has kept in darkness, bound with everlasting chains for judgment on the great Day. In a similar way, Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding towns gave themselves up to sexual immorality and perversion. They serve as an example of those who suffer the punishment of eternal fire.

Jude 5-7

Jude isn’t messing around in this letter; he gets right into his indictment of false teachers and frauds.  In this paragraph, he cites three Old Testament examples to make a point that his recipients had best not listen to these people.  There is an underlying premise in all of this that isn’t entirely…

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