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SUNDAY SERMONETTE by Marlene Anne Morphew 21-7-19
THORNS Matthew 13– SUNDAY SERMONETTE
by Marlene Anne Morphew 14-7-19
‘And others fell among the thorns, and the thorns came up and choked them out’ (v7).
Jesus is speaking a parable to multitudes. He uses an agricultural story to fit the era and region. But everything the Lord Jesus said had spiritual principles to learn. So we hear there are four lots of seed and four different responses (v22-23.
Now what about these thorns?
‘And the one on whom seed was sown among the thorns, this is the man who hears the Word, and the worry of the world, and the deceitfulness of riches choke the Word, and it becomes unfruitful’. (v22)
• There was nothing wrong with the sower.
• There was nothing wrong with the seed
• There was nothing wrong with the soil.
• There was nothing wrong with the Word.
Thorns are a soul issue. When the mind and thoughts, emotions and feelings and the will of the soul are too strong and entrenched in the world’s ways for the heart to be receptive. A will not able to let go of the cares of the world. Not willing to surrender to the transforming work of the Holy Spirit. A soul still full of fear, worry, jealousy, resentment, un-forgiveness, anger, pride……………….
Jesus is able to renew our minds and heal our emotions as we surrender them to Him. Through the power of His Holy Spirit He takes our fear and worries and turns them into peace and trust. He takes our jealousy and resentment and turns them into love and generosity of heart. He transforms our unforgiving attitudes into forgiveness and freedom for ourselves and others. Anger becomes tamed under the fruit of the Spirit of self-control and pride is whittled to humility of spirit. Stubbornness is turned about into endurance. Bad habits are enveloped in Spirit power and replaced with good habits.
How do I know this?
MALCHUS - SUNDAY SERMONETTE
by Marlene Anne Morphew 7-7-10
Cold evil in the air. He knew it was coming for Him.
Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane with a soul full of unspeakable sorrow. Suddenly there was confusion, panic, horror, anger, fear, a scuffle, a flash of a sword, a cry, and blood -- then Jesus voice spoke its stern calm, ‘Stop, no more of this’
Peter could not believe that the Christ must suffer and die. He was ready to go to war to defend His Lord against His enemies. But this was not a war to be fought with swords. This was a spiritual war. Why was Peter’s action a mistake? To slice, the sword only needs to be sharp on one side. One side of the spiritual sword is not Truth (Hebrews 4:12).
References - Luke 22:39-51 John 18:10 (Malchus, Peter and the right ear). Matthew 26:51 Mark 14:47 (general account – no specifics). Luke 22:39-51 (full account). Importance of the “right side” – Genesis 48:13-14; Psalm 110:1/Matthew 22:44; Ephesians 1:20-21; Romans 8:34.
SUNDAY SERMONETTE by Marlene Anne Morphew 30-6-19
Milk or meat? Where are you on the spiritual dietary scale? I hear the cry of the Father’s heart. ‘Where are the meat eaters?’
SUNDAY SERMONETTE by Marlene Anne Morphew 16-6-19
Two very different men. The story of the relationship between Elijah and Elisha and God in 1 and 2 Kings provides a glimpse into the nature of God and what is important to Him.
It was God who appointed Elijah personally, this man of the desert, to go before kings, bringing the message of warning and repentance. Elisha was called indirectly by God through Elijah to succeed him (1 Kings 19:16-19). Elijah was fully prepared and equipped when called. Elisha was an attendant apprentice to Elijah for twelve years before taking up his role.
Elijah’s heart was laid bare before his God when he became deeply depressed and fearfully afraid of the evil Jezebel. God’s love and patience with the ageing prophet was full of compassion and understanding. Elijah could have easily taken offence at God’s suggestion to anoint Elisha to take his place but he didn’t. His reverence and respect of the sovereignty of God was revealed in his obedience.
Elisha was given Elijah’s mantle at the time of his calling. But he wanted a double portion. So why did God give it to him? It was not because he requested it but because of Elijah’s fear of the Lord to the very end. Elijah could have acted differently. He could have taken matters into his own hands but he did not. He left the decision up to God by putting a condition on the request that only God could grant.
‘You have asked a hard thing. Nevertheless, IF you see me when I am taken from you, it shall be so with you; but if not, it shall not be so’ (2 Kings 2:10).
Elijah was then carried straight into heaven by a chariot of fire. As he did his mantle fell to the ground and Elisha having seen Elijah being taken up, responding with great grief at the loss of his mentor, went forward and picked up the mantle.
Elijah did not seek to be God’s messenger in the way Elisha did. As we read of their activities and prophecies we evidence two very different behaviours and how they dealt with situations. It would be easy to say Elijah is the greatest prophet because he slew 850 false prophets loyal to Jezebel. We could say Elisha is the most prominent man because of his many miraculous feats.
Elijah was a power prophet; exhibiting the great awesome power and judgement of God.
So who was favoured by God? Power or compassion? To find our answer we turn to Matthew 17:1-8, Mark 9:2-8, Luke 9:28-36 and 2 Peter 1:16-18. At the transfiguration of Jesus before his death he becomes radiant in glory, who is standing talking with Him? Moses and Elijah.
There is something greater than acting in power or compassion; the fear of the Lord. In Isaiah 11:1-3, the prophet describes the shoot (i.e. Jesus) that shall sprout from the stump of Jesse, ‘The spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him: a spirit of wisdom and of understanding, A spirit of counsel and of strength, a spirit of knowledge and of fear of the Lord, and his delight shall be the fear of the Lord.’
FUNNEL FROM HEAVEN
Sunday Sermonette by Marlene Anne Morphew 9-6-19
Supernatural flow from heaven to the Ecclesia is through the anointing of the Holy Spirit.
In 1 Corinthians 12:27-28 God has laid out an order of priority and these spheres of influence flow down from Heaven to earth. First apostles, prophets and teachers then miracles and gifts including a variety of tongues.
In Ephesians 2:17-22, Paul tells us how we are fitted together.‘…having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone….’
Jesus did this. WHY? Ephesians 4:11 explains ‘ And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the whole body.”
Those with the pastoral anointing need to be connected to the apostolic and prophetic, otherwise they will lead people back into self-focus and manmade options for problems instead of supernatural, heavenly options.
While the apostolic and prophetic bring the presence of God into an environment and lives, the pastoral/teaching anointing brings the nourishing of God through the Word. The apostolic anointing provides green pastures of freedom for spiritual growth and it is the pastoral anointing that guides people to find these pastures.
Teachers take the passion and revelation of the apostles and prophets and show how it becomes truth to apply to living while Evangelists target those who are held in darkness.
2 Kings 2:1-14 demonstrates we do not receive any anointing from man. Only God is able to anoint us and this can then be confirmed by man. Each anointing or mantle has its boundaries and it is only God who can extend these boundaries.
God is raising up an end times army. We must know our rank and stay within the boundaries God has set before us. He will provide a wider scope for us to minister when we are ready.
Some Holy Spirit surgery needs to be performed on hearts and mindsets first. Open wide your arms and receive the Holy Spirit funnel flow from Heaven.
SUNDAY SERMONETTE by Marlene Anne Morphew 1-6-19
There was a young man who complained that whenever he was filled with the Holy Spirit, he was like a bucket with holes. The Spirit drained out of him. His pastor said, “That may be true but even a bucket full of holes can be filled with water all the time if it is immersed in the river.”
An image of leaking buckets out of the flow of the Holy Spirit river.
‘Then the Lord stretched out His hand and touched my mouth, and the Lord said to me, “Behold I have put My words in your mouth. See I have appointed you this day over the nations and over the kingdoms, to pluck and to break down, to destroy and to overthrow, to build and to plant.’
Jeremiah was a youth. A person of no consequence. Yet God had consecrated him before he was born. He had separated him to be a prophet to the nations. He was called into secret service for the Lord.
The Lord reassures him he will be able to speak the words he is given and He would watch over the specific words Himself. BUT the Lord also says that if he does not obey, he will ‘dismay Jeremiah before the people’ (1:17). Although chapter 1:5 had made the fact of predestination of Jeremiah's life, there also followed the requirement of obedience.
the word will soon have no word to proclaim.
Once enlisted into secret service for the Lord, He will make that person impregnable as a fortified city (1:18). ‘And they will fight against you, but they will not overcome you, for I am with you to deliver you’, declares the Lord (1:19).
Secret service requires preparation and ongoing obedience. Four times the Lord gives Jeremiah prophetic warnings to deliver to the people of Israel and each is a test for Jeremiah himself. Each one is a reminder for him to stay the course.
First Jeremiah was instructed to ‘gird his loins’ (1:17) – A symbol of preparation for exertion; implying a firm purpose. Second he is taken to a potter’s house – here the Lord shows him what is meant by uprooting, pulling down and destroying; building up and planting a nation. Then he is instructed concerning the breaking of a jar before the disobedient people (19:1-15). Finally the Lord shows Jeremiah a basket of good and bad figs (24:1-10). In every warning, every illustration and demonstration God’s intentions are made clear and Jeremiah is given the words he is to speak.
This principle of obedience applies to every true, called disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ as we enter His secret service; His end times army.
SUNDAY SERMONETTE by Marlene Anne Morphew 19-5-19
Have you found the secret or believing a lie?
If you have been told the work of the Holy Spirit died with the apostles, and believe it, you are being robbed of the greatest truth after the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
The Holy Spirit was evident in the Old Testament. He came upon people for specific purposes but now under the new covenant of Jesus Christ the Holy Spirit is available to all men and women who believe in Jesus Christ and follow His Word.
Is the Holy Spirit simply the One who has taken your soul out of prison of sin or does His life radiate from within you? (Acts 2:4; Luke 4:18).
Is your life being transformed daily? (Romans 12:1-2).
Does your life reveal a touch of eternity? (Acts 13:52).
Is the Holy Spirit the One who lifts your burdens and is the source of overflowing joy? (Romans 14:17).
Is He the One who gives you the power to overcome? (Romans 8:11).
Is He the One who gives you a burning desire to know Christ and live a disciplined life? (John 14:26).
Is He the One who encourages you to yield to Christ Jesus and lead a holy life? (John 16:12-15).
Is He the One who continually cleanses you from the inside out and perfumes the atmosphere around you so others are drawn to Jesus Christ? (Galatians 5:22-25).
Is He the One who endures with you and satisfies your every need? (Romans 15:13).
Is He the One who gives you the words to witness and guides you through an adventurous Life? (Acts 1:8).
To be filled with the Holy Spirit, we need to allow Him to take possession, pervade our body, soul and spirit; be baptised into him. To allow him to control so we will be motivated, energised, taught and strengthened towards God’s goals for our lives to reach spiritual maturity (Ephesians 5:18).
Maturing in the Spirit is accomplished by surrender, not by determination (Romans 8:26). The secret of the victorious Christian life is only found in a relationship with the Holy Spirit.
HOW BIG IS YOUR GOD?
Sunday Sermonette by Marlene Anne Morphew 12-5-19
Our arms are too short to box with God so why resist him? ‘Woe to him who quarrels with his maker’ Isaiah 45:9.
Who else can hold all the water of the earth in his hand? And mark the expanse of the heavens with the width of his palm? Who else can weigh the hills and mountains in a scale? Who else is able to direct the Holy Spirit? Who else is able to lift up the islands like fine dust?
To whom will you liken God? Or what likeness will you compare to him? Who else sits above the firmament? Who else lives in the heavens? Who else can wither rulers and judges by a mere breath? Who else created the myriad of stars? And calls them all by name? (Isaiah 40:12-26).
Who else made the nations? (Psalm 86:9).
Who else parted the sea for Moses and took the thousands of Israelites across to safety? (Psalm 77:19-20).
Who else would be able to bring a Saviour to earth from heaven and plant him as a seed of a human being inside a woman by the Holy Spirit? Who is able to love to the point of sacrificing his own son for all mankind? Who else is able to raise him from his death tomb to reconcile man to himself? (Luke 1:26-35; 23:33-38; 24:1-10).
If we knew the greatness of God, would we be so greedy and covetous, angry and lustful? If we saw the greatness of God would we be so easily offended? Worry about appearance and performance? Would we spend our time on mindless activities? Or be so discouraged about evil and godlessness in our culture?
Our God has always been and always will be. He challenges anyone to proclaim greater. No one else can prophecy the future of the world and its people; he alone knows (Isaiah 44:27).
Evil hearts are full of deceit, fraudulent, enemies of righteousness, sons of the devil.
But this evil heart did not hinder the evangelistic group of companions or the advancement of God’s plans. In 13:13 Saul becomes Paul and suddenly the order of names are reversed and from then on we read about Paul and Barnabas moving on.
Paul rose to speak in the synagogue in another city and this time he experiences awakened hearts. (13:26-30, 38-39). These were Jews who knew the scriptures so God had already awakened their hearts but they would not receive the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ. They preferred to follow ritual. They were dying on the inside but did not know it. This is a very dangerous place to be.
‘Yet they did not obey or incline their ear, but walked in their own counsels and in the stubbornness of their evil heart, and went backward and not forward.' We either go forward or backwards according to Jeremiah 7:23-24. Awakened hearts can either slide over into the kingdom or slide further towards hell.
So the Word spread even amidst jealousy, judgement and strongholds (13:45-50) as Paul and Barnabas kept their hearts on fire and their eyes on their calling. ‘And the disciples were continually filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit’ (52).