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We have a new key ring around here, if you know what I mean...... • • “Yes, I truly have reason to bless the Lord for abundant supplies; His treasury has been wide open to me, His riches have constantly outweighed my necessities. He has multiplied His mercies above all my desires.” -Susannah Spurgeon
“I am afflicted and in pain; let Your salvation, O God, set me on high! I will praise the name of God with a song; I will magnify Him with thanksgiving. This will please the Lord more than an ox or a bull with horns and hoofs. When the humble see it they will be glad; you who seek God, let your hearts revive. For the Lord hears the needy and does not despise His own people who are prisoners.“ -Psalm 69:29-33 That last verse holds more weight for me than it ever has. But, more than that, as I read this passage this morning, I realized how appropriate and applicable it is for the current landscape of our national state of emergency and the worldwide pandemic called the coronavirus. So many words have been spilled on this topic and I don’t presume to add any additional wisdom to those of medical professionals, trusted church leaders, or those with greater insight than I into what is going on. I don’t know any of that. What I do know is that which I am compelled (and commanded) to say. So here I stand (sit), joining my voice with thousands of others by proclaiming what we pray and believe is more pleasing to the Lord than a sacrifice of ox or bulls, and that is this: God has not left the throne. He has not and will not ever abdicate. He faithfully remains in sovereign control over every molecule in this universe. Therefore, we have every reason to praise our God with a song and magnify Him with thanksgiving. We should let our hearts revive by commanding them to bless the Lord and forget not all His benefits (Psalm 103) because He hears the needy (spoiler: that’s us all the time, not just in a global crisis). He does not despise his people who are prisoners—whether imprisoned in a jail cell or in isolation or by physical ailments wracking their body. He does not despise His own people. Period. End of story. Christ’s blood is too precious for God to waste by despising those purchased and covered by it. Therefore: “Let heaven and earth praise Him, the seas and everything that moves in them.” -Psalm 69:34 No caveats. No conditions. He is worthy.

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Monday Morning Munch No. 46 – Wheat, Weeds and a call to Prayer

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Matthew 13:24-30 is doing a work in my heart.

It’s the parable of the weeds, where the master sows good seed but the enemy comes in and sows weeds in with the good seed.

What struck me this time is the footnote in my Bible that said the weed was most likely darnel, a wheat-like weed. The weeds look just like the real thing with only some minor differences. 

This is doing a work in my heart because I can see two things so far in this passage.

1. The enemy can sow a false gospel that looks almost identical to the real thing but when examined closely the differences appear and can then be seen as glaring.

2. Christians can be deceived. We can be confused and led astray by lies mixed with truth. Churches can be filled with wheat-like weeds. 

We must be careful to never compromise the truth and to take great measure to examine what we hear in churches against the Word to see if it lines up.

Don’t take the truth for granted. It’s far too serious.

This scary sad eye-opening sobering reality is that the Master allows the weeds and wheat to grow together until harvest, where their differences will be on full display and one will be gathered and burned and one will be gathered into the Master’s barn. (Jesus explains this further in Matt. 13:36-43.)

In farming or gardening I realize there is no such thing as a weed suddenly becoming wheat, but with God, that’s what He does. He changes the nature of weeds, once corrupting and nutrient-stealing, and makes them into prized wheat that will see the inner courts of His vast and wonderful “barn”.

Oh, for more wheat. That’s what I’m praying. Will you join me?

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