Warm greetings in the Name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, Whose we are, and Whom we serve. I am well and so are you. God be praised for His relentless love towards us.
I write this on board a flight as I return home after some weeks of a vacation and family time. It was refreshing and rewarding, and I am braving change in the way I strike a healthy work and life balance. This is one area I have not been too successful, but recently, I got a revelation of the Scripture below and I am making every effort to be a doer of the Word.
16 Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine. Continue in them, for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you.
1 Timothy 4:16 NKJV
27 For I have not shunned to declare to you the whole counsel of God.
28 Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood.
Acts 20:27-28 NKJV
I am learning to not just take heed to the doctrine and to the flock but also to myself. This is the whole counsel of God. Paul by the Spirit of God also says, “In doing this I will save both myself and the millions who hear me”.
I am saying all of this so you can stand as a witness that I made this commitment and so I am ensnared by the words of my mouth.
2 You are snared by the words of your mouth; you are taken by the words of your mouth.
Proverbs 6:2 NKJV
This leads me to what I am led for us to talk about in the next few months. It is an area that is critical to the life of victory any believer can have, yet, it is an area that is often overlooked by most believers as many do not truly have a revelation of this. It is something so simple and yet so profound.
Dear Partner, what is that in your mouth?
IT IS WHAT IS IN YOUR HEART
44 For every tree is known by its own fruit. For men do not gather figs from thorns, nor do they gather grapes from a bramble bush.
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.
Luke 6:44-45 NKJV
Evil is a word used for the translation of several Greek words.
One word kakos refers to that person which is evil in essential character and so we can say typifies an unbeliever – it is not used here.
Another word sapros, refers to that person who was good but degenerates from original virtue into a rotten state. Can we say that this typifies a backslider? It is not used here.
In the context of this Scripture, if it is not these two sets of people bringing forth evil from their hearts, then who is it referring to?
The word poneros which is used here refers to someone who is evil by effect or influence, malignant evil – Evil that causes labour, toil (poverty, to toil for daily subsistence), pain (diseased), sorrow, that which is destructive, injurious, evil. It is safe to say that it is a believer who does not watch his heart. Such an unguarded heart is influenced negatively and as a result the fruit or produce of his heart is best described as evil.
Kakos is a wider term that includes poneros. So, a kakos has a poneros effect but a poneros who is not a kakos will also have the poneros effect.
Let’s avoid the poneros effect. How?
Watch your heart and what you let into it and generate some abundance of good in your heart.
Good also has several words it is translated into from the Greek. We will look at the one used here:
The word is agathos which describes that which, being “good” in its character or constitution, is beneficial in its effect. We have the good nature of God within us and in this case, it produces an effect or influence of good. However, it produces out of abundance! Out of a good treasure! How does that abundance get in?
4 And when a great multitude had gathered, and they had come to Him from every city, He spoke by a parable:
5 “A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell by the wayside; and it was trampled down, and the birds of the air devoured it.
6 Some fell on rock; and as soon as it sprang up, it withered away because it lacked moisture.
7 And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up with it and choked it.
8 But others fell on good ground, sprang up, and yielded a crop a hundredfold.” When He had said these things He cried, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”
15 But the ones that fell on the good ground are those who, having heard the word with a noble and good heart, keep it and bear fruit with patience.
Luke 8:4-8, 15 NKJV
In the past month, I have been teaching on Freshdew daily TV on the message series Positioning For The Manifested Word and our text has been from Mark 4.
See your heart as soil and what you SEE and HEAR and MEDITATE on as the seed you plant in that soil. When you hear the Word of God, it grows and grows in that soil. That’s how you build a treasure base. Dear Partner, it takes diligence and commitment to build that treasure base.
Treasure: thesauros means a deposit, i.e. wealth (literally or figuratively): In English, thesaurus is a word for a big book that contains a lot of words – a sort of dictionary/encyclopedia.
As you keep your heart pure and fertile, this treasure base bears fruit 30fold, 60fold, 100fold and more – this is the surplus superabundance. As a result of that when you open your mouth, you will have GOOD coming out if what you have sown is the Word of God.
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.
Luke 6:45 NKJV
Note that the abundance is in the heart, not in the words spoken from your mouth. Where it really matters is in your heart. A heart with the abundance of the Word may speak only ONE WORD – ONE RHEMA WORD.
The volume of words is not an indication of the abundance of the Word in the heart.
19 In the multitude of words sin is not lacking, but he who restrains his lips is wise.
20 The tongue of the righteous is choice silver; the heart of the wicked is worth little.
Proverbs 10:19-20 NKJV
23 But he who doubts is condemned if he eats, because he does not eat from faith; for whatever is not from faith is sin.
Romans 14:23 NKJV
That which is not of faith is sin. So, in a multitude of words many times – unbelief – that which is not of faith is rampant – and the undiscerning can be deceived.
So dear Partner, I encourage you to continue to build that treasure base in your heart as you diligently take in the Word of God on Freshdew and in other sources of the pure undiluted Word available to you in this New Day.
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