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Whoever Has, to Him Shall More Be Given

April 27, 2014

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Whoever Has,  to Him  Shall More  Be Given

The people  of the world  have any number  of supposedly  “good reasons”  for not believing  in the word  of God.     Their  reasons might include not wanting  to spend time reading the Bible  because it’s too long  —  the Bible is too hard  to understand  —  the Bible claims impossible things  —  they don’t want anyone telling them how to live their lives  —  there cannot be anything like heaven or hell  —  God’s claims  to creation  by His power  and word  are impossible  —  we don’t need a Savior because  we just have  to learn  to be nice  —  all religions are the same…….   ….   …

The bottom line is  that they have hardened  their hearts  against God  because  of the sin  in their hearts.     They have had  many opportunities  to hear the word  of God  and they might know  quite a bit  about things mentioned  in the Bible.      But, they flatly refuse  to believe it.

Those  who followed  and believed Jesus  were believing  because His many miracles proved  that He was  from God,  and all that He taught  rang true  with the words  of God  as given  throughout the Old Testament.     These  followers wondered  why Jesus often taught  in parables.     Jesus replied  in Matthew 13:11-13,

To you  it has been granted  to know  the mysteries  of the kingdom  of heaven;  but to them  it has not been granted.     For whoever has,  to him  shall more be given,  and he shall have  an abundance;  but whoever does not have,  even what he has  shall be taken away  from him.

Therefore  I speak to them  in parables;  because while seeing  they do not see,  and while hearing  they do not hear,  nor do they understand.

When Jesus’ followers came  to believe  in Him,  they were accepting the fact  that 2 + 2 = 4.     Because they accepted  obvious truths  regarding the word  of God  and the obvious truths  of Jesus’ miracles,  the Lord blessed them  with the sure blessings  of believing God’s word.     It came true that  whoever has,  to him shall more be given,  and he shall have  an abundance.”      As they listened  to Jesus,  their faith grew  because their understanding  of God’s word  was growing.     As their faith grew,  their love  for Jesus  and God’s word  became stronger  —  and they became more pleasing  in God’s sight.

Jesus’  followers  were the opposite  of those  who refused  to believe.     The unbelievers also listened  to Jesus  and saw His miracles.     But,  none of that  led them  to faith.     Instead of  accepting the obvious truths,  they rejected  all of it.     They became jealous  of Jesus’ popularity;  tried to trap Him  in His words;  rejected  the right preaching  of God’s word  because they preferred  their man-made traditions;     and criticized Jesus’ miracles.

Because they hardened their hearts  against obvious truths,  it came true that  “whoever does not have,  even what he has  shall be taken away  from him.”     All their  “seeing”  and  “hearing”  did them  no good.

How are we seeing  and hearing  God’s word?     Can we accept Jesus  as the fulfillment  of so many Old Testament prophecies?

With hearts  and minds open  to all the evidences  God Almighty  sets before us,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  thank You  for the blessings  of Your word.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus by the Yupiq Eskimo village of Quinhagak, Alaska

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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