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Increasing our Responsibility

Copyright © Andrew J. Shreeve 2013

This teaching is available in video format on my YouTube channel - Andrew Shreeve

 

 Jesus said… with what measure you mete it shall be measured to you

Mark 4:24

 

The above scripture is written in the context of the "Parable of the Sower", which explains that the fruitfulness of God's Word is dependant upon; the condition of the human heart, and whether the human heart is able to successfully grow the seed of God's Word to the point of harvest (Mark 4:13-20). The scripture reveals that the measure, or amount, of God's Word we cultivate in our heart will be the measure, or amount, of God's fruit we will receive. We, therefore, have a measure of control concerning what fruit we experience in God's kingdom.

 

When we consider receiving the manifestation of a promise of God into our lives, the principles in this teaching are relevant. Jesus' teaching is saying that the measure with which we plant and water God's promises in our heart will correspond with the measure of the manifestation of the blessings of God's promises in our lives. We, therefore, have a vital part to play in the receiving of our blessed inheritance!

 

The moment we realise we are critically responsible for the level of God's blessings in our lives, will be the moment we become more empowered to walk into greater blessings. All of God's promises are received by faith (Hebrews 6:12). Faith is not wishing and hoping, but rather, faith is without doubt - nothing wavering (James 1:6). A state of being, 'without doubt', will never be achieved without increasing our responsibility for the level of faith in our heart. Without strong faith we should not expect to receive the fulfilment of all God's promises in our lives. Without strong faith our mind will not be in unity with what God has promised, and we should not expect God's blessings without being in full agreement with the Lord. This is because the Lord respects our free will, and if we are not in agreement with God's promises the Lord will not override our free will and force His blessings upon us.

 

God's Word and God's promises are seed (Mark 4:14). Without planting and cultivating the seed, why would we expect to receive the harvest, or manifestation, of God's promises in our lives (Mark 4:20)?

 

The power of God is predictably received into our lives when we understand the principles of spiritual seed planting and cultivation, and do the required labour to cultivate the seed to fruitfulness (Hebrews 4:11, 1 Corinthians 3:9). God has already blessed us, with every spiritual blessing (Ephesians 1:3), and has qualified us to be eligible for every promise of God through the born again experience (John 3:3, 5-7, 1 Peter 1:23). As new creatures, in Christ, our spirit is righteous and holy and, therefore, qualified to receive every promise in God's covenant (2 Corinthians 1:20, 5:21, Ephesians 4:24). As Christians, we are no longer strangers from the covenants of promise (Ephesians 2:12). The promises of God are, however, manifested into our reality through the development of our heart with faith in each particular promise (Romans 10:17, Hebrews 6:12). This establishment of our heart requires diligent labour and daily attention (Proverbs 4:23). It is this labour which enters us into God's rest where God's, living, powerful seeds work on our behalf (Hebrews 4:11-12). This is the area of our responsibility - making sure God's seeds of promise are alive, well, and growing in our heart.

 

Our heart includes the areas of our mind, will, spirit, imagination and emotions. The measure of God's promise-seed which we grow in our heart will be the measure of God's blessings we experience in our lives. We are partners, or co-labourers, with the Lord and together we control the manifestation of God's blessings. Many Christians are praying, waiting, and hoping for God to bless them; whilst God is waiting for the Christians to cultivate His promise-seeds in their heart. God has already given us the full blessing and He is waiting for us to receive His seed into our heart to manifest His kingdom and will on the earth (Mark 4:20).

 

Sometimes when we are trying to believe the Lord for financial provision, or good health, we experience a battle in our mind (2 Corinthians 10:3-5). Our senses may be telling us that we have no money, or our body is sick, whilst at the same time God's Word is promising us financial provision and healing (Psalm 23:1, Philippians 4:19, Psalm 103:3, Matthew 8:17). This is the time we can choose to either give in to our circumstances of poverty and / or sickness, or decide not to give up and rather fight the good fight of faith (2 Timothy 4:7). If we decide not to give in to our circumstances, we need to decide to agree with God's promises in the area of our struggle. This is where verbal, repeated confession (meditation) of God's promises is strategic in assisting us to develop and maintain our faith in what the Lord has promised (Joshua 1:8, Psalm 1:2, Hebrews 4:14).

 

If we will not give in to our negative circumstances and determine to maintain our confession in agreement with what God has promised, eventually the circumstances will give way to God's living Word, and we will come out on the other side - in victory (Luke 17:5-6, Mark 11:22-23)! This is because God's Word created all things and everything in this world is, therefore, subject to God's Word (Hebrews 11:3, John 1:1-3). God has also bound Himself to honour our faith in His Word through releasing His power (Psalm 89:34, Numbers 23:19, 1 Kings 8:56). If, however, we give in and doubt God's promises we may suffer defeat and the circumstances may overwhelm us (James 1:6-7, Matthew 14:30-31). That is why I have entitled this teaching 'Increasing our Responsibility". At some point we must realise, we have to stand up to the negative situations in our lives, take responsibility for the level our faith, and fight the good fight of faith. Initially, taking this increased responsibility may be confronting to our understanding of what constitutes being a 'good Christian', and may require a major adjustment to our, Christian lifestyle and, Christian world-view. However, it will lead us into a more dynamic and victorious Christian life, where God becomes a powerful friend to assist us to overcome the negative forces of poverty, sickness, fear, and devilish spiritual oppressions.

 

Pray with me, "Our Father in heaven, thank you for Jesus' teaching which assures us that the measure we cultivate the seed of your promises in our hearts will be the measure of the fruit, or power, of your kingdom we will experience in our lives. Please strengthen us to increase our responsibility for the level of faith in our hearts. When negative circumstances try and overwhelm us, strengthen us to not give in; but rather to align our mind, will, confession, imagination and emotions in agreement with what you have promised in your Word. Help us to stand firm, nothing wavering! Thank you Lord, as we increase our responsibility for the level of faith in our hearts, and continue to meditate your promises, your Word will rise up in our hearts and give us the strong faith we need to draw your power into our lives, thus ensuring our victory. We love, thank, and praise you, in Jesus Christ name, Amen.”

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