Saturday, January 28, 2017

Walking in Fruitfulness - Part 2 - David Mitts


"For "WHO HAS KNOWN THE MIND OF THE LORD THAT HE MAY INSTRUCT HIM?" But we have the mind of Christ." 1 Co 2:16 (NKJV)

We have been looking at how to maximize results in our lives.  We want exponential change.  This is called by Yeshua the 30-60-100 fold return on the seed of God’s Word or His promises to us.
We looked at Mark 4 as the master parable of increase. Let’s turn there and read from verse 1.
And again He began to teach by the sea. And a great multitude was gathered to Him, so that He got into a boat and sat in it on the sea; and the whole multitude was on the land facing the sea. Then He taught them many things by parables, and said to them in His teaching: "Listen! Behold, a sower went out to sow. And it happened, as he sowed, that some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds of the air [15] came and devoured it. Some fell on stony ground, where it did not have much earth; and immediately it sprang up because it had no depth of earth. But when the sun was up it was scorched, and because it had no root it withered away. And some seed fell among thorns; and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no crop. But other seed fell on good ground and yielded a crop that sprang up, increased and produced: some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred." And He said to them, [16] "He who has ears to hear, let him hear!" (Mark 4:1-9 NKJV)
We see ¾ of the heart soils are not productive.  One takeaway from this is that success is NOT a crowd event.  If we are going to bear fruit in our lives, we should first recognize that it is not common.  75% of the heart conditions are non-fruit bearing. If we have built our lives either consciously or subconsciously by trying to find out who we are through the words and actions of others then changing the condition of our heart is going to feel very uncomfortable. OK Let’s continue:
But when He was alone, those around Him with the twelve asked Him about the parable. And He said to them, "To you it has been given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God; but to those who are outside, all things come in parables, so that 'Seeing they may see and not perceive, And hearing they may hear and not understand; Lest they should turn, And their sins be forgiven them.' " [17] And He said to them, "Do you not understand this parable? How then will you understand all the parables? (Mark 4:10-13 NKJV)
Here, Yeshua makes a distinction between disciples and outsiders.  Disciples have voluntarily submitted themselves for God’s best in their lives.  That is what this BEST program is about.  Giving you access to Kingdom keys that are just parables or stories to others.  For many the Bible is a book of stories.  We are talking about entering the story, becoming living epistles.
For that to happen we need a new perception skill, eyes that can see, ears that can hear and understand and a heart that is committed to turning, to repentance.  In this place our sins are forgiven.  The word translated forgiven is a quote from Isaiah 6:9 and if you turn there and see the Hebrew it is the word “Rapha”.  Rapha means literally a restoration to the original intended design and function.  The word picture is of a head with an open mouth.  This, can mean that the confession of the mouth is open to the Spirit of God.  Rapha could be seen that health is when the Word of God gets  in our hearts aligns with our speech.
So as disciples, we need healing in our perceptions.  It is like there is a plague in mankind of mediocrity.  It is a sickness and the medicine for the plague is a new set of eyes, a new perspective, a way of activating our true inner man and a new set of ears that can hear the voice of God and a heart that is filled with His Love which all together allows us to turn, or if you will to return to the original seed that is eternally in our heart.
OK Let’s go to the explanation that Yeshua gives His disciples to unlock their hearts so they can walk in their destiny.
The sower sows the word. And these are the ones by the wayside where the word is sown. When they hear, Satan comes immediately and takes away the word that was sown in their hearts. These likewise are the ones sown on stony ground who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with gladness; and they have no root in themselves, and so endure only for a time. Afterward, when tribulation or persecution arises for the word's sake, immediately they stumble. Now these are the ones sown among thorns; they are the ones who hear the word, and the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things entering in choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. But these are the ones sown on good ground, those who hear the word, accept it, and bear fruit: some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred." (Mark 4:14-20 NKJV)
We saw over the past few weeks that these are 3 heart attitudes that are common and rob us of our inheritance.
1.     Criticism, and accusation or judgments
2.     Shallowness, no roots or commitments
3.     Becoming distracted by outer cares and signs of success through riches.
The solution then is to have a different kind of heart, which the Scripture calls the Mind Of Christ, which is the thoughts of  the anointing.
Last time we spoke about the anointing. We looked at Isaiah 61:1-4 and began to examine what the purpose of the anointing is in terms of conditions of the heart:
"The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, Because the Lord has anointed Me To preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives, And the opening of the prison to those who are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, And the day of vengeance of our God; To comfort all who mourn, To console those who mourn in Zion, To give them beauty for ashes, The oil of joy for mourning, The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; That they may be called trees of righteousness, The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified." And they shall rebuild the old ruins, They shall raise up the former desolations, And they shall repair the ruined cities, The desolations of many generations. (Isaiah 61:1-4 NKJV).
The first area we looked at was the preaching of good news to the poor.  Good news for the poor is that they can get out of poverty by dealing the with heart condition of poverty which is lack.  Now remember that the Lord said they need eyes to see, ears to hear, and a heart to understand to turn and be healed.  Healing for the poor is not about money but about the Kingdom and righteousness.
But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. (Matthew 6:33 NKJV).
Righteousness is about what is right.  Another way of saying that is righteousness is what is true in the anointing.  This is what is true “in Christ”.  In Christ, means in the anointing.  So in the anointing “My God shall supply all of my needs by His riches in glory through Christ Jesus”.  In glory means in the true identity of God and His Kingdom.  This is the mind of Messiah, His thoughts.
The second part of the anointing is binding up of the brokenhearted.  Binding is a way of collecting things together.  How do we collect things together?  We do it with a system.  Organization is part of healing the broken heart. Organization requires what? A vision for a finished product!
The seed contains the blueprint of the finished product. The acorn contains the oak tree.  You might ask, “when is it an oak tree?”   It is always an oak tree.  The acorn cannot produce a different tree.  Its DNA is OAK tree.  When we get born again, it isn’t a changed version of ourselves with the Holy Spirit in our heart.  That isn’t being born again.  That is carrying 2 people, two seeds, you and Him.  When we get born again, the Bible tells us our sins go from scarlet to white.
"Come now, and let us reason together," Says the LORD, "Though your sins are as scarlet, They will be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They will be like wool.
(Isaiah 1:18 NASB)
This is not a change but a transformation.  Being born again means that our entire life is transformed into a new creation, past, present and future.  The broken heart is the fractured life we lived in our own response to life.  It is a life of ungodly conclusions and reactions to a fallen world.  The anointing that lives in us as the transformed life that was born again eternally of incorruptible seed is has bound our lives into an organized heart that is one again.  If that were not true, we couldn’t receive healing.  Healing is already in our heart!
When we received the Lord’s salvation, he already healed us in our heart.  All we have to do is receive what is already present.  His anointing, the Mind of Christ already has brought wholeness to our heart.  It is already present like riding a bike as an ability.  When you learn to ride a bike you always know how.  You aren’t always riding.  You have to get on a bike but you always know how.  You’re being is transformed from non-bike rider to bike rider.  In a same fashion when you receive the Lord you go from broken hearted to bound up hearted, organized and in order.  Now, like the bike to you have to ride!  You have to walk as a whole and healed person.  Any emotions or thoughts that arise in your head or in your feelings that are contrary to your healed condition are lies from the broken world system that you see all around you by the eyes and ears and knowing of your experience through the externals.
But Yeshua has given you eyes to see, ears to hear, and a heart to understand, so you can turn and be made whole, be bound up, and be healed.  You just have to get on! See yourself healed because you are. Hear His promises. Know Him!  What life in this world is reinforcing through fallen eyes, fallen ears, and fallen hearts is that we are changing.  Mostly the report is one that is reinforced by our history.  Yet what is true is that we are NOT changing, we are transformed!


What is transformed is our entire lives, past present and future.  One seed, the life of the flesh has died and a new seed has been planted in our hearts, the life in Christ, in Messiah.  This seed comes with a new history, a new present and a new future.


Yeshua’s first miracle was transforming water into wine.  Wine must by definition have a history.   The best wines have a long history.  They are called aged.  When He transformed the water into wine, it came with a new history.  If you could talk to the wine it would speak of being grapes and being picked and being fermented and being placed in oak barrels and after many years it was ready to be poured out.  Where did all of that happen?  It happened in the eternal realm.  When Yeshua called it forth, it came with the DNA of wine and its transformed history.  It was wine, past, present and future.  You have a new history.  You are no longer the shy kid or the sneak.  You are no longer the abused child,  You are no longer water.  No you are wine.  You have a Holy redeemed past, present and future.  The anointing that lives in you is not from your history as water but His history as sinless, free and powerful.  Your heart is bound up now.  It is no longer fractured.


Now, the life you live in the flesh you live by the faith of the Son of God.
"I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.(Galatians 2:20 NASB)


Activation:  We need to exercise the eyes of the Spirit in us, hear with ears of the Spirit and understand with heart and in doing that return and be healed.  We have been transformed with a new past, present, and future.  Write out the story of your childhood, now as the childhood that was sinless and free.  Take 3-4 times when you were hurt or disappointed in your story and ask Yeshua to be in those times and allow Him to re-write the story.  Whatever weakness you took away from the event, let Him transform it into new wine.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Walking in Fruitfulness - Part 1- David Mitts



"For "WHO HAS KNOWN THE MIND OF THE LORD THAT HE MAY INSTRUCT HIM?" But we have the mind of Christ." 1Co 2:16 (NKJV)

Over the last few weeks, we have been pressing in for lives that operate in the 30-60-100 fold fruitfulness in the Lord. We have looked at heart attitudes that preclude our bearing fruit in our lives the way that we could if our hearts were the fertile pure soil that the Lord would have them be.

Our proof text or guidebook has been the parable of the sower which we looked at in Mark’s gospel.

"The sower sows the word. And these are the ones by the wayside where the word is sown. When they hear, Satan comes immediately and takes away the word that was sown in their hearts. These likewise are the ones sown on stony ground who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with gladness; and they have no root in themselves, and so endure only for a time. Afterward, when tribulation or persecution arises for the word's sake, immediately they stumble. Now these are the ones sown among thorns; they are the ones who hear the word, and the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things entering in choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. But these are the ones sown on good ground, those who hear the word, accept it, and bear fruit: some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred."" Mar 4:14-20 (NKJV)


We looked at heart attitudes of: 1. being judgmental, 2. rootlessness, and 3. the distractions of the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of thinking life is about riches. Each of these heart attitudes choke out the Word Seed of God’s promises for our lives and our ability to trust in the promises. Instead counterfeits arise that drive us into self-reliance and fear.

Today, I want to begin to look at the heart condition that brings about the 30-60-100 fold return on the seed of the Word of God.

First let’s be clear about one thing: wherever we are at, we can change. That should be a huge relief to all of us. OK, so what’s going to be our access point to the multiplication of 30-60-100 fold?

Listen to Walking in Fruitfulness - Part 1

Let’s turn to Proverbs 23:7

"For as he thinks in his heart, so is he. "Eat and drink!" he says to you, But his heart is not with you." Pro 23:7 (NKJV).
The key is in our thinking in our heart. Is there a difference in thinking in our head and our heart? I think so. Our mind has thoughts based on what is in our life. Our heart is the container of the thoughts. Like the goldfish bowl, the container limits the growth of the thinker.

Another way to think of it is as boundaries and limitations we set through our belief on our lives.

"Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it." Pro 4:23 (NIV)

In other translations it speaks of the issues of life that come from the heart. The word “issues” in Hebrew is the idea of where I eliminate what is not me. It is the same root for exit from a building. SO the idea is a word picture of change of authority or responsibility from what is my responsibility or under my authority to what is not.

From this definition, Jim Richards gives the idea of heart boundaries, or faith limits. A way of thinking about this is what we allow ourselves to believe is truly ours. These are our heart “boundaries.”

When we speak of 30-60-100 returns or yields from the seed of God’s word which is multiplicative in nature, then we are speaking about the boundaries in our hearts that allow for that kind of explosive change to occur.

We will go into more depth in the weeks ahead but for right now, I just want us to realize that our belief window, how we see ourselves and our effectiveness in our world affects our world’s makeup.

Now I want to look at the “Mind of Christ.” The Apostle Paul states: “We have the mind of Christ” in 1 Cor 2:16.

The word “Christ” isn’t Jesus’ last name. His last name was his family name, maybe something like Ben Yosef, son of Joseph. Christ is also not only a title like King or President. No Christ is a unique word derived from the Hebrew for Messiah. It literally means anointed with oil, which is where we get the word massage from.

What does that have to with thoughts or how we think and the boundaries of our heart? Well the anointing, is the unction to function. The anointing is the transformative power of the Holy Spirit on a Believer’s life. It is the power from on high that transformed scared Peter into the Apostle who helped turn the world upside down.

How does this affect our thoughts and our thinking? The anointing gives us God’s thoughts. These thoughts have focus and purpose:
"The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, Because the Lord has anointed Me To preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives, And the opening of the prison to those who are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, And the day of vengeance of our God; To comfort all who mourn, To console those who mourn in Zion, To give them beauty for ashes, The oil of joy for mourning, The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; That they may be called trees of righteousness, The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified." And they shall rebuild the old ruins, They shall raise up the former desolations, And they shall repair the ruined cities, The desolations of many generations. (Isaiah 61:1-4 NKJV)

The anointing, the Mind of Messiah, gives us power to change our thinking into His thinking! Let’s look at some of His thinking.
Good news to the poor. Who would do that? Only one who knows that being poor is just a state of mind. I can have a lot of money and still be poor. Or, I can have very little money and be rich. Paul tells us:

Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:11-13 NKJV)

I used to think of this scripture as: wow what a great attitude! Paul isn’t affected by his circumstances. But what I realized is that I was missing the point. I was trying to understand the scripture which was in the Mind of Christ through the lens of the mind of me, which was rooted in lack. So I thought well I guess I can learn to be OK with wherever I am like Paul, which was a partial truth. However, I realized from the thinking perspective that Paul was telling me that when He changes his thinking from the fishbowl of lack awareness which always leaves us broke, even when circumstances would be otherwise, compared to others, we can never be content.

Paul is giving us the key, in the oft quoted “I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me.” I thought of this as a power promise and didn’t realize it was also a thought changer. You see the promise gives me a picture or the way Yeshua thinks about the issue, in this case the good news to the poor. The good news to the poor is that poverty is a state of mind. Our thoughts in our hearts define the boundaries we believe for and therefore act upon.

OK. More next week. Let’s activate the anointing for breakthrough in the poverty mindset.










Saturday, January 7, 2017

Unfruitfulness - Charles D Harris



3 as His divine power has given to us all things that [pertain] to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, 4 by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption [that is] in the world through lust. 5 But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, 6 to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, 7 to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. 8 For if these things are yours and abound, [you] will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. – 2 Peter 1:3-8 NKJV

Today I want to visit the third heart attitude that hinders our destiny, unfruitfulness. Let’s re-read Mark 4:14-19:

14 "The sower sows the word. 15 "And these are the ones by the wayside where the word is sown. When they hear, Satan comes immediately and takes away the word that was sown in their hearts. 16 "These likewise are the ones sown on stony ground who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with gladness; 17 "and they have no root in themselves, and so endure only for a time. Afterward, when tribulation or persecution arises for the word's sake, immediately they stumble. 18 "Now these are the ones sown among thorns; [they are] the ones who hear the word, 19 "and the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things entering in choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. - Mar 4:14-19 NKJV

Listen to Unfruitfulness

Before we dive into what we believe unfruitfulness is, let’s take a look at the opposite of that, which is fruitfulness. The word fruitful in Hebrew is "parah" פָּרָה. The Hebrew letters are read from right to left.

פּ Pey - the mouth or source
רָ Resh - head or person
ה Hey - behold or reveal

So the picture this gives is the source of the person revealed! Or the mouth of the head reveals
Let’s look at Gen 1:28 where God speaks to Adam about fruitfulness:

28 God blessed them; and God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth." - Gen 1:28 NASB


Further down He speaks to Noah after the flood…

1 And God blessed Noah and his sons and said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth. - Gen 9:1 NASBAs He was establishing covenant with Abram…

5 "No longer shall your name be called Abram, But your name shall be Abraham; For I have made you the father of a multitude of nations. 6 "I will make you exceedingly fruitful, and I will make nations of you, and kings will come forth from you. - Gen 17:5-6 NASB


So it is pretty clear that our Father and Creator wants us to be fruitful…to bear fruit.

Let’s look a little deeper into fruit bearing from the Father. From a covenant relationship perspective, Adam and Noah were part of the blood covenant; however, Abraham was part of a deeper level covenant - the salt covenant. The salt covenant is a friendship covenant.

23 And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God. - Jas 2:23 KJV

So when God spoke to Abraham about being fruitful he said "I will make you fruitful.” Fruitfulness came about through faith and relationship.

17 (as it is written, "I have made you a father of many nations") in the presence of Him whom he believed--God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did; 18 who, contrary to hope, in hope believed, so that he became the father of many nations, according to what was spoken, "So shall your descendants be." 19 And not being weak in faith, he did not consider his own body, already dead (since he was about a hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarah's womb. 20 He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, 21 and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform. 22 And therefore "it was accounted to him for righteousness." - Rom 4:17-22 NKJV

So, perhaps you are saying to yourself that Abraham was special…

23 Now it was not written for his sake alone that it was imputed to him, 24 but also for us. It shall be imputed to us who believe in Him who raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead, 25 who was delivered up because of our offenses, and was raised because of our justification. - Rom 4:23-25 NKJV


Specifically speaking, Jesus informs us that it is all about the relationship with him and the Father that causes us to bear fruit.

1 "I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. 2 "Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every [branch] that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. 3 "You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. 4 "Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. 5 "I am the vine, you [are b] the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. - John 15:1-5 NKJV

Now back to Mark 4 where it speaks of unfruitfulness. What would cause unfruitfulness? The scripture speaks of cares or worries, deceitfulness of riches and desires for other things. Also the environment in which the seed is sown is full of thorns.

In Genesis we can see the introduction to the environment of the thorns and why.
17 Then to Adam He said, "Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, 'You shall not eat of it': "Cursed [is] the ground for your sake; In toil you shall eat [of] it All the days of your life. 18 Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you, And you shall eat the herb of the field. - Gen 3:17-18 NKJV

Because of the desire for making one wise, it caused a waffling between two opinions…God's and Adam’s wife's. The unrenewed mind is engaged in deciding between right and wrong.

Cares or worries - Worry occupies your heart and mind when you disconnect from Him as the source and rely on yourself as the source. The source of the person is revealing worry about provision through questions.

24 "No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon. 25 "Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? 26 "Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? - Mat 6:24-26 NKJV

Deceitfulness of riches - The source of the person is revealing a false sense of righteousness and prestige. Knowing and doing all the right things, becoming successful, expecting God to give a high 5…. These were people who had great successes – perhaps even using principles of God's word – however, there is a tendency for the heart to trust in the riches.

20 And he answered and said to Him, "Teacher, all these things I have kept from my youth." 21 Then Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, "One thing you lack: Go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, take up the cross, and follow Me." 22 But he was sad at this word, and went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions. 23 Then Jesus looked around and said to His disciples, "How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God!" - Mar 10:20-23 NKJV


Desire for other things - "The devil made me do it…" The source of the person is revealing lack of contentment and blame.

13 Let no one say when he is tempted, "I am tempted by God"; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. 14 But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. - Jas 1:13-14 NKJV

1 Where do wars and fights [come] from among you? Do [they] not [come] from your [desires for] pleasure that war in your members? 2 You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do not ask. 3 You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend [it] on your pleasures. - Jas 4:1-3 NKJV

Unfruitfulness comes from trusting in a source other than God. Christ took on a crown of thorns piercing his head.

11 For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. 12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God. 13 These things we also speak, not in words which man's wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 14 But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know [them], because they are spiritually discerned. 15 But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is [rightly] judged by no one. 16 For "who has known the mind of the LORD that he may instruct Him?" But we have the mind of Christ. - 1Co 2:11-16 NKJV

We are called to bring forth fruit. We can see that what flowed out of the heart was not from God as source, but ourselves. That flows right out of our mouth and what we say.

45 "A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks. - Luk 6:45 NKJV

21 Death and life [are] in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit. - Pro 18:21 NKJV

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. 24 And those [who are] Christ's have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. - Gal 5:22-24 NKJV

6 [Let] your speech always [be] with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one. - Col 4:6 NKJV

50 "Salt [is] good, but if the salt loses its flavor, how will you season it? Have salt in yourselves, and have peace with one another." - Mar 9:50 NKJV

15 Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of [our] lips, giving thanks to His name. - Heb 13:15 NKJV


Activation - Bringing forth His Righteousness
1. Ask the Lord to reveal the unrighteousness that has you with the heart of unfruitfulness.
2. Ask the Lord to show you His thoughts and His righteousness in that area
3. Declare the word He brings to you


5 Moses writes this about the righteousness that is by the law: "The person who does these things will live by them." 6 But the righteousness that is by faith says: "Do not say in your heart, 'Who will ascend into heaven?' " (that is, to bring Christ down) 7 "or 'Who will descend into the deep?' " (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). 8 But what does it say? "The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart," that is, the message concerning faith that we proclaim: 9 If you declare with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Having the Right Root to bear Fruit - David Mitts




"And in that day there shall be a Root of Jesse, Who shall stand as a banner to the people; For the Gentiles shall seek Him, And His resting place shall be glorious." (Isaiah 11:10 NKJV)

We have been looking at being our BEST, experiencing breakthrough by being equipped spiritually. We looked last week at the first condition of heart that Yeshua described that keeps the seed of the Word of God from bearing fruit in our lives, 30- 60- 100-fold. We saw last week, that this heart attitude was established in the Garden of Eden in our hearts by the temptation of Satan to know good and evil and thus be “like God.” 


This manifests in our need to be right and judge, the foundation for our opinions. Our “opinion,” which is the definition for glory in the bible, doxa, forms the basis for traditions and these create alternate realities to the truth in our minds and hearts. In our carnal nature, which we inherit from the eating of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, we have such an addiction to our opinions, our judgments, that they expose us; and when confronted by the truth, we feel shame and want to cover up with more opinion defended by pride. This entire drama is rooted in self-protection and is a stronghold that wars with us, keeping us from living our inheritance and destiny. Satan’s agenda is get us to stop trusting the love of God and trust in our own made-up reasoning; thus, keeping the seed of God’s Word inactive and merely something we know about in our minds, but do not allow to penetrate and transform our hearts.

Today I want to visit the second heart attitude that hinders our destiny, rootlessness. Let’s re-read Mark 4:14-17

The sower sows the word. And these are the ones by the wayside where the word is sown. When they hear, Satan comes immediately and takes away the word that was sown in their hearts. These likewise are the ones sown on stony ground who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with gladness; and they have no root in themselves, and so endure only for a time. Afterward, when tribulation or persecution arises for the word's sake, immediately they stumble. (Mark 4:14-17 NKJV)

The second heart attitude is paralleled to stony ground. This is a reference to a hardened heart. This heart condition is one that keeps the seed from rooting. Once we accept the reality of our opinions, the insecurity and need to cover up causes us to develop and shield from the world, and this hardens our heart. A hardened heart, then, is a place where the Word cannot take root and thus can’t go deep enough to bear fruit. Let’s look specifically at what rooting means so we can have a vision for where we need to go.

The Hebrew word for root is shoresh. It is first used in scripture in Deuteronomy 29
so that there may not be among you man or woman or family or tribe, whose heart turns away today from the Lord our God, to go and serve the gods of these nations, and that there may not be among you a root bearing bitterness or wormwood; (Deuteronomy 29:18 NKJV)


We see from this that, spiritually speaking, roots are defined by who or what we worship. Satan attacks our destiny by trying to tempt us to worship the power of things we can have if we will rely on ourselves or become connected to power sources in this world.

Again, the devil *took Him to a very high mountain and *showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory; and he said to Him, "All these things I will give You, if You fall down and worship me." Then Jesus *said to him, "Go, Satan! For it is written, 'YOU SHALL WORSHIP THE LORD YOUR GOD, AND SERVE HIM ONLY.'" (Matthew 4:8-10 NASB)

Worshipping God develops roots and Fruit of the Spirit. Worshipping other gods, like worry, anger, resentment, people, etc., develops roots and works of bitterness and other works of the flesh.
Works of the flesh are defined in Galatians 5:19-21:

Now the deeds of the flesh are clear: sexual immorality, impurity, indecency, idolatry, witchcraft, hostility, strife, jealousy, rage, selfish ambition, dissension, factions, envy, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these. I am warning you, just as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit God’s kingdom. (Galatians 5:19-21 TLV)

Notice the last words “inherit God’s kingdom.” Flesh works or deeds come from worshipping something else other than God. The initial impulse is to think we are as God knowing good and evil; but this takes root as an idolatry of some power source other than God.

Let’s look at Isaiah 40 beginning at verse 18 to see a picture of the contrast of our destiny with God and with our own self-effort.

To whom then will you liken God? Or what likeness will you compare with Him? As for the idol, a craftsman casts it, A goldsmith plates it with gold, And a silversmith fashions chains of silver. He who is too impoverished for such an offering Selects a tree that does not rot; He seeks out for himself a skillful craftsman To prepare an idol that will not totter.

We can put all the effort we want into our own plans, thinking they will not totter. Let’s continue:Do you not know? Have you not heard? Has it not been declared to you from the beginning? Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth? It is He who sits above the circle of the earth, And its inhabitants are like grasshoppers, Who stretches out the heavens like a curtain And spreads them out like a tent to dwell in. He it is who reduces rulers to nothing, Who makes the judges of the earth meaningless. Scarcely have they been planted, Scarcely have they been sown, Scarcely has their stock taken root in the earth, But He merely blows on them, and they wither, And the storm carries them away like stubble.

Any root in our lives that is not of Him is an authority that He will blow away. We are the judges of the earth, thinking our ideas and opinions matter. He reduces rulers to nothing. This is the picture of the shallow roots that are built on our own wisdom. This again is rooted in our vain attempts to be like God knowing good and evil, right and wrong.

"To whom then will you liken Me That I would be his equal?"
says the Holy One.
Here it is clearly stated. We are trying to be His equal.  We want to make the decisions and trust in our ability to know what’s right for us.
Lift up your eyes on high And see who has created these stars, The One who leads forth their host by number, He calls them all by name; Because of the greatness of His might and the strength of His power, Not one of them is missing. Why do you say, O Jacob, and assert, O Israel, "My way is hidden from the LORD, And the justice due me escapes the notice of my God"?
When we think our opinions are right, they are exposed through how we think towards others and what comes out of our mouths.  This tends to make us want to hide like Adam and Eve from God.  We think our ways have escaped His notice.
 Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth Does not become weary or tired. His understanding is inscrutable. He gives strength to the weary, And to him who lacks might He increases power. Though youths grow weary and tired, And vigorous young men stumble badly, Yet those who wait for the LORD Will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary. (Isaiah 40:18-31 NASB)
This is the power of our destiny, to wait on the Lord.  This is where the true root lies.  He is our root!
Again Isaiah says, "THERE SHALL COME THE ROOT OF JESSE, AND HE WHO ARISES TO RULE OVER THE GENTILES, IN HIM SHALL THE GENTILES HOPE." (Romans 15:12 NASB)
If we are to have a root that will bear fruit, it will come from yielding our heart to Him!
OK, so let’s deal with 2 issues that bring forth evil roots:
1.     Bitterness
2.     Love of Money
Bitterness:
Pursue peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no one will see the Lord. See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, and by it many be defiled; that there be no immoral or godless person like Esau, who sold his own birthright for a single meal. (Hebrews 12:14-16 NASB)
Walking in bitterness, which is really just unforgiveness, over time, will keep the seed of the Word from bearing fruit to our destiny.
Love of Money:
For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. But flee from these things, you man of God, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance and gentleness. (1 Timothy 6:10-11 NASB)
The love of money is a preoccupation with power through financial strength.  It is a very subtle idol that is rooted in vengeance over those who have hurt us.  We want justice but we want it through being right with financial power. Instead, we should trust in God who wants to bless us from His provision with a heart that is rooted in Him.
Instruct those who are rich in this present world not to be conceited or to fix their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy. Instruct them to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is life indeed. (1 Timothy 6:17-19 NASB)

Activation:
As we face a New Year let’s write our goals for the New Year and commit them to the Lord trusting in Him to direct our paths.

Trust in the LORD and do good; Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness. Delight yourself in the LORD; And He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD, Trust also in Him, and He will do it. He will bring forth your righteousness as the light And your judgment as the noonday. Rest in the LORD and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, Because of the man who carries out wicked schemes. Cease from anger and forsake wrath; Do not fret; it leads only to evildoing. For evildoers will be cut off, But those who wait for the LORD, they will inherit the land. (Psalms 37:3-9 NASB)