The Cares Of This World
Greetings in the name of Jesus! This is Rob Haymes. This is 15 Minutes With Jesus. Wherever two or three are gathered together in My name, Jesus said, there am I in the midst of them. To those of you who love Him in truth: mercy unto you and peace and love be multiplied.
Lord, we thank you this day! Praise the name of the Lord! The joy of the Lord is our strength, hallelujah! We thank you for the joy of the Lord in our hearts this day.
We pray that you would bless this program; grant us ears to hear what the Spirit of the Lord is saying. Today we’re going to talk about The Cares Of This World.
Let’s turn to Mark 4:1-9, And again He began to teach by the sea. And a great multitude was gathered to Him, so that He got into a boat and sat in it on the sea; and the whole multitude was on the land facing the sea. Then He taught them many things by parables, and said to them in His teaching: Listen! Behold, a sower went out to sow. And it happened, as he sowed, that some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds of the air came and devoured it. Some fell on stony ground, where it did not have much earth; and immediately it sprang up because it had no depth of earth. But when the sun was up it was scorched, and because it had no root it withered away. And some seed fell among thorns; and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no crop. In the King James Version it says, no fruit. But other seed fell on good ground and yielded a crop, or fruit, that sprang up, increased and produced: some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred. And He said to them, He who has ears to hear, let him hear! Verse 13, And He said to them, Do you not understand this parable? How then will you understand all the parables? The sower sows the Word. And these are the ones by the wayside where the Word is sown. When they hear, Satan comes immediately and takes away the Word that was sown in their hearts. These likewise are the ones sown on stony ground who, when they hear the Word, immediately receive it with gladness; and they have no root in themselves, and so endure only for a time. Afterward, when tribulation or persecution arises for the Word's sake, immediately they stumble. Now these are the ones sown among thorns; they are the ones who hear the Word, and the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things entering in choke the Word, and it becomes unfruitful. Notice: the Word becomes unfruitful. But these are the ones sown on good ground, those who hear the Word, accept it, in the King James: receive it, and bear fruit: some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred. The cares choke the Word, and it becomes unfruitful. So also with the lust of other things, and the deceitfulness of riches. The cares of this world, the lust of other things, the deceitfulness of riches: all these things are of this world. Jesus said, I have chosen you out of the world; you are not
of this world, even as I am not of this world. 1 John 2:15-17, Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever. If any man will be Jesus’ disciple, let him deny himself every day and take up his cross: where he is crucified to the world and the world to him: dead to the world, and follow Him. My sheep hear My voice, Jesus said, and they follow Me to do the Father’s will. He that does the will of God abides forever. Build yourself up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit. Put to death the deeds of the flesh through the Spirit. Rom 8:1, There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. Verses 12-14, Therefore, brethren, we are debtors—not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.
Let’s go to Php 3:18-21, For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: whose end is destruction, whose god is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame—who set their mind on earthly things. For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself. Php 4:6&7, Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. God wants you to have His peace. There is no peace to the wicked. There is peace only in Jesus, when you come to Him and cast all your cares upon Him, for He cares for you. If you will confess your sins to Him, because of His sacrifice upon the Cross for them, He is faithful and just to forgive you your sins and to cleanse you of all unrighteousness and He will give you His peace. Jesus said, Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. Pro 4:23 Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life. What are you sowing in your heart? For whatsoever you sow, so shall you reap. Mat 12:33-37, Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or else make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for a tree is known by its fruit.
Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things. But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned. If you will sow good things in your heart, you will reap good things. If you continue to sow the Word of God in your heart, with the instruction and guidance of the Holy Spirit, teaching you and leading you in doing it, washing you and cleansing you and delivering you from the evil therein, your heart will be changed. Either make the tree good: you can make the tree good, and it’s fruit good, or else the tree corrupt. If you continue sowing the evil things of this corrupt world in your heart, on your cell phone, on the internet, on the TV, etc, you will make the tree corrupt, and it’s fruit corrupt.
We must treasure the good, and make the necessary sacrifices to get it into our hearts and be established in the truth of God’s Word. His Word is the truth. We must put to death, put out of our lives, the works of the flesh through the Spirit, and the lust of the eyes and the pride of life.
Mat 15:10-20, When He had called the multitude to Himself, He said to them, Hear and understand: Not what goes into the mouth defiles a man; but what comes out of the mouth, this defiles a man. Then His disciples came and said to Him, Do You know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this saying? But He answered and said, Every plant which My heavenly Father has not planted will be uprooted. Let them alone. They are blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind leads the blind, both will fall into a ditch. Then Peter answered and said to Him, Explain this parable to us. So Jesus said, Are you also still without understanding? Do you not yet understand that whatever enters the mouth goes into the stomach and is eliminated? But those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile a man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies. These are the things which defile a man, but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile a man. What is in your heart will come out of your mouth, and it will direct your life. Guard your heart with all diligence, for out of it are the issues of life. You need to acknowledge your heart: is it a wayside heart, a stony heart, a thorny heart, or a good heart? Pray for God to change your heart.
2 Tim 2:19-22, Nevertheless the solid foundation of God stands, having this seal: The Lord knows those who are His, and, Let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity. But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay, some for honor and some for dishonor. Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work. Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. Follow after love: the love of God revealed in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own Blood. Meditate in His love. Believe the love that God has for you. Let it fill your heart. Confess the Word of God: that the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit. Greater love has no man than this: that a man lay down his life for his friends. Jesus laid down His life for you. Lay down your life for Him. Ask God; seek Him to fill your heart with His love, and let it be manifested in your life, doing good as you have opportunity. The Lord will lead you in doing good by His Spirit if you have a willing heart.
Let’s turn to Col 3:1-17, If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory. Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. Because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience, in which you yourselves once walked when you lived in them. But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth. Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds, and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him, where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcised nor uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave nor free, but Christ is all and in all. Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.
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May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with all of you who love Him in truth, Amen.