Post By: Albert Mascheroni
Brice Paxson, there are 4 kinds of people –
The Parable of the Sower Explained
“Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. Those by the wayside are the ones who hear; then the devil comes and takes away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. But the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, who believe for a while and in time of temptation fall away. Now the ones that fell among thorns are those who, when they have heard, go out and are choked with cares, riches, and pleasures of life, and bring no fruit to maturity. 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. – Matthew 13:11-15
You’ve witnessed these kinds yourself. You told me that you gave your beach friend a card, in turn he simply humored you & in just a few seconds he tossed the card in the sand w/out a care in the world (where it will remain). It remains…at least until the Holy Ghost gives it to someone looking for hidden treasure (the hidden treasure explanation follows this).
And shortly after your beach buddy dismissed the message that you had just given him; albeit the message, he starts talking to pretty girls in bikini’s at the beach. Whose resolve is greater, yours or his?
But as for you, brethren, do not grow weary in doing good. And if anyone does not obey our word in this epistle, note that person and do not keep company with him, that he may be ashamed. Yet do not count him as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother. – 2 Thessalonians 3:13-15
An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy. “It is a terrible fight & it is between 2 wolves. 1 is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority & ego.” He continued, “The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion & faith. The same fight is going on inside you & inside every other person, too.” The grandson thought about it for a minute & then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?” The old Cherokee simply replied, “The 1 you feed.”
I went to Starbucks & after getting my coffee I decided to leave a card (our message) on a table. Suddenly, I had the urge to use the restroom. But not before leaving that card on a table, but only after. After I got out of the restroom I saw a man standing & reading my card. I went out & got into my car overjoyed; at the same time feeling pessimistic thinking to myself, that he will set it back down where he found it, or worse, trash it. Then it happened…I saw this man look around as though he found something precious that might be somebody else’s; he did NOT return the card to the table where he found it. He took it & held it carefully, even more carefully than he held his coffee. And he took it w/him all the way to his car & gone. It did belong to someone; it belonged to him!
The urge I had to leave a card on the table & to suddenly use the restroom (I’ve held my pee for hours, surely I could have held it for longer), was the Holy Ghost stalling me so that I might bear witness to this beautiful thing w/my own eyes.
Remember the time that I spoke to you in the sauna concerning what we ought to do come that time? Remember that we were not alone in the sauna; there was a quiet man in there also, who was intently on his phone. Just as soon as we left the sauna, the Holy Ghost compelled me to leave a card on the bench. Not even 5 minutes later just as soon as we got in the car what did you & I witness & then realize? That same man sitting in the corner of the sauna that was intently on his phone, took the card from off of that bench & we realized that he was not intently on his phone but rather, he was intently listening to us speak. He held it like it he had found a treasure. He held it just as carefully if not more carefully then he held his phone, but even more delicately, he did not as much as wrinkle our card.
The Parable of the Hidden Treasure
“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. – Matthew 13:44
The Parable of the Pearl of Great Price
“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it. – Matthew 13:45-46
As for the volleyball player who tossed the card that you had given him, who said to you, look at those girls in bikinis, who said to you, let us play volleyball…
24 Do not be envious of evil men, Nor desire to be with them; 2 For their heart devises violence, And their lips talk of trouble-making.
3 Through wisdom a house is built, And by understanding it is established; 4 By knowledge the rooms are filled With all precious and pleasant riches.
5 A wise man is strong, Yes, a man of knowledge increases strength; 6 For by wise counsel you will wage your own war, And in a multitude of counselors there is safety. 7 Wisdom is too lofty for a fool; He does not open his mouth in the gate.
8 He who plots to do evil Will be called a schemer. 9 The devising of foolishness is sin, And the scoffer is an abomination to men.
10 If you faint in the day of adversity, Your strength is small. 11 Deliver those who are drawn toward death, And hold back those stumbling to the slaughter. 12 If you say, “Surely we did not know this,” Does not He who weighs the hearts consider it? He who keeps your soul, does He not know it? And will He not render to each man according to his deeds?
13 My son, eat honey because it is good, And the honeycomb which is sweet to your taste; 14 So shall the knowledge of wisdom be to your soul; If you have found it, there is a prospect, And your hope will not be cut off. 15 Do not lie in wait, O wicked man, against the dwelling of the righteous; Do not plunder his resting place; 16 For a righteous man may fall seven times And rise again, But the wicked shall fall by calamity. 17 Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, And do not let your heart be glad when he stumbles; 18 Lest the Lord see it, and it displease Him, And He turn away His wrath from him.
19 Do not fret because of evildoers, Nor be envious of the wicked; 20 For there will be no prospect for the evil man; The lamp of the wicked will be put out.
21 My son, fear the Lord and the king; Do not associate with those given to change; 22 For their calamity will rise suddenly, And who knows the ruin those two can bring? – Proverbs 24:1-22
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