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Mark 4:16-17 ” Others, like seed sown on rocky places, hear the Word and at once receive it with joy. But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the Word they quickly fall away.”

In these verses from the Parable of the Sower we see the Word of God being sown over rocky ground.  The plants  spring up, but because they have no adequate root system, they die off  quickly.  In the Amplified Version of the Bible it gives us insight into this shallow faith. It states in Mark 4:17,  ” And they have no real root in themselves, and so they endure for a little while; then when trouble or persecution arises on account of the Word, they immediately are offended (become displeased, indignant, resentful) and they stumble and fall away.”  So how can we pray for this person? They have to go deeper.  In I Timothy 3:9 it talks about keeping ahold of the deep truths of the faith…the divine secrets, revealed truths, and revelations from God.  To move from shallow faith to a vibrant and intimate relationship with the Lord,  a person has to go deeper with God…allowing Him to speak to them through the Scriptures, revealing important truths to them.   And with these new revelations, they are then able to send roots of trust down deep.

Isaiah 5:20 ” Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.”

Over the last years,  the world’s  moral pendulum has swung far off-center.   What was once considered wrong, is now accepted as the norm.  What was once thought as unethical, is now touted as chic.  We are constantly being bombarded by commercials and advertisements that tell us how to think and act if we want to be accepted…but they are usually contrary to God’s Word.  Psalm 94:21 tells us that the wicked will band together against the righteous.  The evil world’s way of thinking doesn’t have to seep into your life and mind… for God is greater than any evil that may come your way…offering wisdom and happiness in place of misery and suffering.

Mark 7:14-15 ” Again, Jesus called the crowd to Him and said, ‘Listen to Me, everyone, and understand this. Nothing outside a man can make him unclean by going into him. Rather, it is what comes out of a man that makes him unclean.’ “

The long-held Jewish Law was being turned upside down by Jesus in this scripture.  He was in a way giving the crowd an Anatomy and Physiology lesson in explaining that nothing they could ingest would ever defile their hearts…their inner self.  Rather,  Jesus explained to them that it was what came out of a man…in word and deed…that degraded and profaned him.

Zechariah 10:1 ” Ask the Lord for rain in the Springtime; it is the Lord who makes the storm clouds. He gives showers of rain to men, and plants of the field to everyone.”

What are you asking the Lord for today?  Are you tempering your request based on your limited vision and emotional involvement or by God’s limitless vision and His desire to fulfill your  petition according to His will?  Ephesians 3:20 tells us, “Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine…”  When you ask the Lord for something…don’t limit Him…for we cannot start to  mentally grasp all He can do and set into motion at His disposable.   Instead,  pray His vision into the situation…and then stand back and watch what miracles  God will do.

House Rules – If you sleep in it…make it.

Joshua 24:15 reads, “But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve…”   Maybe you’ve heard the old saying, You’ve made your bed, now sleep in it.  Unfortunately, we all live with the consequences of  bad choices we’ve made in the past, for our days are filled with choices…some good, some not so good… but with the Lord’s guidance,  He can help us make the best choices for us.  Wise and good choices that will have eternal consequences.

House Rules – If it rings…Answer it.

The next House Rule deals with listening and then obeying.  The Scripture comes from Revelation 3:20, “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock.  If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him and he with Me.”  If you examine the famous painting depicting this verse, you’ll see that there’s no doorknob on the outside.  Jesus stands knocking, but can’t open the door Himself…we have to.  All throughout our  Spiritual journey with the Lord, He’ll knock at certain doors…doors of opportunity…doors of ministry…doors that are so foreign, scary, and frankly, so far-fetched,  that we can’t put our heads around what He’s calling us to do.  It’s at that point that we must make the decision to obey…to open that door  and allow Him and His plan for us to come in.

Proverbs 14:9 ” Fools mock at making amends for sin, but goodwill is found among the upright.”

When those of the world get caught doing wrong, they’re sorry…sorry that they got caught.  And the rest of the world will scorn them for doing so.  What’s happened to doing the right thing…to owning up to our mistakes, and with authenticity, making restitution for it?