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2001 - PASTOR JIM WEST
Greetings in the Name of Jesus!
This months Cyber-Church sermon is again by Pastor Jim West. Pastor Jim was the founder of Cyber-Church.com. At the time of his homegoing in January 2000 Pastor Jim had a number of messages waiting for publication. Therefore, in accordance with the Lord's leading, we are posting them over the next few months. Pastor Jim's messages are for the most part in outline form. We will post them as he left them and trust the Holy Spirit to fill in any gaps. We pray you too will be blessed by the teachings of this Godly Saint that is now with the Lord.
God bless you and yours
Verse 19 - When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. . . .
If the word is not understood, the devil can take it away.
We can refuse to understand. We can let it pass by and not pay
If we compare it to natural things. . try to understand it with the mind. . . Try to explain it with science or physics. . . In worldly language. Or the one bringing it can fail to make it real. Understandable. If the word is not made to LIVE in you, then you will never understand it.
Verse 21 - Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth (lasts) for awhile: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended.
We can refuse to be established! They HEAR the word but don't UNDERSTAND it! Are not rooted and grounded in the truth. Have no personal dedication. More afraid of what the world can do than what God can do. Will give in to tribulations and persecution. Have no self-determination to go all the way. When fear overcomes faith.
Verse 22 - He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful.
These only half hear. They get only PART of the word, because their mind is on something else.
Preoccupied with what to do to get by in this world. Bogged down in money-making. Anxious for tomorrow!
They don't get it because they weren't really interested in the first place!
Verse 23 - But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and UNDERSTANDETH it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.
The key here is in the UNDERSTANDING!
But if we UNDERSTAND the word, it will come to be alive in us!
This is the thing that prophets and righteous men have desired to see! This is the thing that angels desire to look into and understand! This is the thing satan is afraid we will do!
This is the thing that the Church NEEDS!
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