Monday, April 21, 2008


John 16:33 KJV.
These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
It doesn’t matter if you are in the will of God or not, it is a fact that troubles will encounter problems. It is clear from the word of God that problems will come your way. In this life problems will come whether by circumstances, or by people. Jesus said in the world you will have tribulation ( pressure, problems, trouble ). So if problems will come, then we should learn all we can about problems and the effect that they will have on our lives, and how to deal with them.
The number one thing we need to know above all else is that there is a danger attached to problems. The danger with problems is the DISTRACTION FACTOR. If you don’t watch it problems will DISTRACT you from the truth of the word that you have embraced and know to be true. You can become so distracted that you become a forgetful hearer, instead of a DOER of the WORD. The whole bottom line truth of the Parable of the sower is the distraction factor. The sower teaches us that the fruit we will receive from the Word of God sown into your life is going to be dependant upon the amount of attention that you place upon it. " The degree of importance that you place on what you hear determines the quality of the fruit produced. "
Mark 4:24 KJV.
24. And he said unto them, Take heed what ye hear: with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you: and unto you that hear shall more be given.
Mark 4:24 AMP.
24. And He said to them, Be careful what you are hearing. The measure [of thought and study] you give [to the truth you hear] will be the measure [of virtue and knowledge] that comes back to you--and more [besides] will be given to you who hear.
Small amount = small back
Large amount = large back
It is very clear that we should not become so taken up by the problem that we become distracted from the truth that God has revealed to us.
Peter gives us a good example of this. He knew by revelation from God that Jesus was the Christ. But when it came down to it he was so distracted by the fear of the people and the Roman Soldiers that he Denied Christ. He got his heart off what he new to be true, and focused on the distraction of the problem at hand.
Mark 11:23
23. For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.
The mountain of distraction. There are people so captivated with the mountain that they have forgotten what God said to do about the mountain in their lives. So captivated with their problem that it is all they see and all they talk about. If we don’t watch it we can become so captivated our problem at work ( boss - employ.. Employ - boss relationship ) that we forget to conduct ourselves as God said to do in those positions. Divorce is so prevalent today because people get so distracted by their marriage problems that they forget to do what God said to do in a marriage.
So we must realize that the one of main dangers connected to problems is the DISTRACTION FACTOR.
The next danger is once we get distracted and have our eyes on the wrong thing, we most likely will stop feeding on the Word and will become depleted.
Eph. 5:17-19 KJV.
17. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.
18. And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;
19. Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;
The word Filled in this scripture means TO REPLETE.
Replete: saturated, To cram, It also means to level up.. Such as to fill a pot hole.
We have a responsibility to replete, to cram, to level up.
If you can replete then you can deplete.
We can...
1. Become distracted and because of that we can
2. Become depleted.
If we don’t watch it we can become so depleted that our hearts melt.
A person with a melted heart is in a very dangerous place.
Joshua 2:8-11
8. And before they were laid down, she came up unto them upon the roof;
9. And she said unto the men, I know that the LORD hath given you the land, and that your terror is fallen upon us, and that all the inhabitants of the land faint because of you.
10. For we have heard how the LORD dried up the water of the Red sea for you, when ye came out of Egypt; and what ye did unto the two kings of the Amorites, that were on the other side Jordan, Sihon and Og, whom ye utterly destroyed.
11. And as soon as we had heard these things, our hearts did melt, neither did there remain any more courage in any man, because of you: for the LORD your God, he is God in heaven above, and in earth beneath.
Verse 8 uses the word Faint which means Melt.. (They Melted)
Verses 10 and 11 tells us their hearts melted, and their courage left them because of what they heard.
Verses 10 and 11 in the Amplified Version says this.
10. For we have heard how the Lord dried up the water of the Red Sea for you when you came out of Egypt, and what you did to the two kings of the Amorites who were on the [east] side of the Jordan, Sihon and Og, whom you utterly destroyed.
11. When we heard it, our hearts melted, neither did spirit or courage remain any more in any man because of you, for the Lord your God, He is God in heaven above and on earth beneath.
These people were facing the Lord and His people, and when they heard what The Lord had done to the enemies of the Israelites they were fearful.
1. They Heard
2. They melted or fainted in heart.
3. There was no more spirit or courage in them.
A melted heart can happen to anyone who puts his trust in what he see’s or hears, instead of what the Lord has said.
The war against Ai went bad for Israel, because of sin in the camp. Something wasn’t right in their walk, and a small group of people defeated the Israelites in battle. Let’s look at what happened.
Joshua 7:1-5
1. But the children of Israel committed a trespass in the accursed thing: for Achan, the son of Carmi, the son of Zabdi, the son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, took of the accursed thing: and the anger of the LORD was kindled against the children of Israel.
2. And Joshua sent men from Jericho to Ai, which is beside Bethaven, on the east of Bethel, and spake unto them, saying, Go up and view the country. And the men went up and viewed Ai.
3. And they returned to Joshua, and said unto him, Let not all the people go up; but let about two or three thousand men go up and smite Ai; and make not all the people to labour thither; for they are but few.
4. So there went up thither of the people about three thousand men: and they fled before the men of Ai.
5. And the men of Ai smote of them about thirty and six men: for they chased them from before the gate even unto Shebarim, and smote them in the going down: wherefore the hearts of the people melted, and became as water.
There were problems caused by the disobedience and sin of one in the camp. These problems cause the heart of the people to melt.

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