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The Wheat and The Chaff
Story of the Wheat and Tares

Matthew, chapter 13...
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Here is another story Jesus told: "The Kingdom of Heaven is like a farmer who planted good seed in his field. 25But that night as everyone slept, his enemy came and planted weeds among the wheat. 26When the crop began to grow and produce grain, the weeds also grew. 27The farmer's servants came and told him, `Sir, the field where you planted that good seed is full of weeds! 28"An enemy has done it!' the farmer exclaimed." `Shall we pull out the weeds? they asked. 29 "He replied, `No, you'll hurt the wheat if you do. 30Let both grow together until the harvest. Then I will tell the harvesters to sort out the weeds and burn them and to put the wheat in the barn."

That describes what happens to our souls in the spiritual realm. Does this scripture apply to us now and in the physical realm??

I believe it does! Jesus said that he came to divide us...
Luke chapter 12 vs 51Do you think I have come to bring peace to the earth? No, I have come to bring strife and division! 52From now on families will be split apart, three in favor of me, and two against--or the other way around. 53There will be a division between father and son, mother and daughter, mother-in-law and daughter-in-law."

Have you noticed that you are being separated from your old friends or family members? I have!

It all started several years ago - maybe even closer to ten years - I can't really identify a specific date... God has removed just about EVERYBODY from my life.

There comes a time when those of us who truly want to follow the TRUE Jesus must be separated from the people who are NOT of the TRUE Jesus.

There are many reasons - let's talk about a few.

COMPROMISE: I had to compromise my true feelings and teachings from Christ or I would be in a constant fight with these friends or family members. Well... NOT ANYMORE! He took them away from me. I find I am growing more - exponentially more - in the spirit now. At first it hurt! It hurt to lose a friend a day everyday! Mind you, it was not anything I did - it just happened. I was confused for a long time. It was downright lonesome to not have a friend or relative to call on in time of need.

As this phenomena continued I grew closer to Jesus and His Father - through the Holy Spirit --- I found that it was a more enjoyable relationship than with those folks I mistakenly thought of as my friends.

Jesus taught His disciples the Lord's Prayer. He said, "You don't know what your needs are, our Father in Heaven knows your needs before you ask." Then he taught them the very simple prayer that we know as THE LORD'S PRAYER. In the Lord's Prayer we ask that our needs be met - not that we are made rich and hoarders of wealth so you can take longer more extravagant vacations - drive larger cars - buy homes that far exceed your requirements... Thus feeding the ego. The opposite of being Christ-centered and charitable.

Satan always attacks us through our weakest character flaw and/or need. For some it is romance, for others it is money or greed, some in lies or ego. Examine yourself and determine your weakness and put on the Armor of God (Ephesians 6)

Looking back over my life... Before I was better taught by the Holy Spirit - I realize that the people that I was (seemingly) loved by were extremely evil. Satan brought his best against me! It almost worked! The grace and love of God and His Son Jesus brought me out of it. Several times it was through romantic encounters and temptations... Sometimes through "animal magnetism" that drew me into that person's world and I would not go against the grain because I enjoyed the friendship or shared hobbies, such as golf, etc. Some of these people were simply fun to be around,

Do you have a friend or relative who renders you useless to The Kingdom?
A person who may ultimately cause you to miss the Kingdom of God? Run from them! Or, do it anyway you can - just do it! Put a stop to that influence and manipulation from Satan - keep your "spiritual" distance from them. Of course, try to help but do not "go under" the sin yourself.

You see... these folks will make you feel hatred, even murder, in your heart. Or it may come in the form of lust or unethical methods to acquire wealth... Remember what Jesus said, "If you commit an act in your spirit and heart you have committed it." That's paraphrased but you get the idea... Here Jesus was talking about adultery but it would apply to any sin. This is especially true with a "saved" Christian. As a "saved" Christian we are new creatures of a spiritual nature! Therefore when you sin in the spirit, you have sinned.

These folks you compromise with, can and will cause you to sin. Don't let these little devils make you commit these sins by making you have evil thoughts - and - they will drive you to evil thoughts! At least that applies to most of us.

I have seen it many times - a Christian who knows better, allows a child, a friend or a romantic partner to continue in sin without acting on it. They therefore become an accomplice in that person's eventual trip to hell. NOT GOOD! Perhaps you should try to love that person enough to point out their sin and express your disappointment while doing what Jesus would want you to do.

Example: I had a friend who criticized me because I did not exhibit the carefree, frolicking, joy that my friend thought all Christians should exhibit. He even suggested that I was not a Christian because I was a loner and did not giggle and grin constantly. I thought he was stupid and not of God but I still associated with him. For more on this read the very interesting article written by A.W. Toze, at the bottom of this page. It is entitled; "A Saint Must Walk Alone." It says it all.

I heard an interesting lesson from a TV Preacher this morning... He was talking about a bird dog hunting. He hunts into the wind, that way he can smell the quail as well as the snakes that bite bird dogs. However - if that bird dog goes with the wind he can't smell the snake and can be bitten.

Good analogy! When we go with the wind... the world... as in compromise... we get a snake bite!

Remember we are known by the fruit we bear and the friends we keep.

Keep your guard up and your nose to the wind - it's literal hell out there!

Hope this helps,

Your Friend,

John

P.S.

Here's the article....

A.W. Tozer

The Saint Must Walk Alone

Most of the world's great souls have been lonely. Loneliness seems to be one price the saint must pay for his saintliness.

In the morning of the world (or should we say, in that strange darkness that came soon after the dawn of man's creation), that pious soul, Enoch, walked with God and was not, for God took him; and while it is not stated in so many words, a fair inference is that Enoch walked a path quite apart from his contemporaries.

Another lonely man was Noah who, of all the antediluvians, found grace in the sight of God; and every shred of evidence points to the aloneness of his life even while surrounded by his people.

Again, Abraham had Sarah and Lot, as well as many servants and herdsmen, but who can read his story and the apostolic comment upon it without sensing instantly that he was a man "whose soul was alike a star and dwelt apart"? As far as we know not one word did God ever speak to him in the company of men. Face down he communed with his God, and the innate dignity of the man forbade that he assume this posture in the presence of others. How sweet and solemn was the scene that night of the sacrifice when he saw the lamps of fire moving between the pieces of offering. There, alone with a horror of great darkness upon him, he heard the voice of God and knew that he was a man marked for divine favor.

Moses also was a man apart. While yet attached to the court of Pharaoh he took long walks alone, and during one of these walks while far removed from the crowds he saw an Egyptian and a Hebrew fighting and came to the rescue of his countryman. After the resultant break with Egypt he dwelt in almost complete seclusion in the desert. There, while he watched his sheep alone, the wonder of the burning bush appeared to him, and later on the peak of Sinai he crouched alone to gaze in fascinated awe at the Presence, partly hidden, partly disclosed, within the cloud and fire.

The prophets of pre-Christian times differed widely from each other, but one mark they bore in common was their enforced loneliness. They loved their people and gloried in the religion of the fathers, but their loyalty to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and their zeal for the welfare of the nation of Israel drove them away from the crowd and into long periods of heaviness. "I am become a stranger unto my brethren, and an alien unto my mother's children," cried one and unwittingly spoke for all the rest.

Most revealing of all is the sight of that One of whom Moses and all the prophets did write, treading His lonely way to the cross. His deep loneliness was unrelieved by the presence of the multitudes.

'Tis midnight, and on Olive's brow

The star is dimmed that lately shone;
'Tis midnight; in the garden now,
The suffering Savior prays alone.

'Tis midnight, and from all removed
The Savior wrestles lone with fears;
E'en the disciple whom He loved
Heeds not his Master's grief and tears.
- William B. Tappan

He died alone in the darkness hidden from the sight of mortal man and no one saw Him when He arose triumphant and walked out of the tomb, though many saw Him afterward and bore witness to what they saw. There are some things too sacred for any eye but God's to look upon. The curiosity, the clamor, the well-meant but blundering effort to help can only hinder the waiting soul and make unlikely if not impossible the communication of the secret message of God to the worshiping heart.

Sometimes we react by a kind of religious reflex and repeat dutifully the proper words and phrases even though they fail to express our real feelings and lack the authenticity of personal experience. Right now is such a time. A certain conventional loyalty may lead some who hear this unfamiliar truth expressed for the first time to say brightly, "Oh, I am never lonely. Christ said, `I will never leave you nor forsake you,' and `Lo, I am with you alway.' How can I be lonely when Jesus is with me?"

Now I do not want to reflect on the sincerity of any Christian soul, but this stock testimony is too neat to be real. It is obviously what the speaker thinks should be true rather than what he has proved to be true by the test of experience. This cheerful denial of loneliness proves only that the speaker has never walked with God without the support and encouragement afforded him by society. The sense of companionship which he mistakenly attributes to the presence of Christ may and probably does arise from the presence of friendly people. Always remember: you cannot carry a cross in company. Though a man were surrounded by a vast crowd, his cross is his alone and his carrying of it marks him as a man apart. Society has turned against him; otherwise he would have no cross. No one is a friend to the man with a cross. "They all forsook Him, and fled."

The pain of loneliness arises from the constitution of our nature. God made us for each other. The desire for human companionship is completely natural and right. The loneliness of the Christian results from his walk with God in an ungodly world, a walk that must often take him away from the fellowship of good Christians as well as from that of the unregenerate world. His God-given instincts cry out for companionship with others of his kind, others who can understand his longings, his aspirations, his absorption in the love of Christ; and because within his circle of friends there are so few who share inner experiences, he is forced to walk alone. The unsatisfied longings of the prophets for human understanding caused them to cry out in their complaint, and even our Lord Himself suffered in the same way.

The man who has passed on into the divine Presence in actual inner experience will not find many who understand him. A certain amount of social fellowship will of course be his as he mingles with religious persons in the regular activities of the church, but true spiritual fellowship will be hard to find. But he should not expect things to be otherwise. After all he is a stranger and a pilgrim, and the journey he takes is not on his feet but in his heart. He walks with God in the garden of his own soul - and who but God can walk there with him? He is of another spirit from the multitudes that tread the courts of the Lord's house. He has seen that of which they have only heard, and he walks among them somewhat as Zacharias walked after his return from the altar when the people whispered, "He has seen a vision."

The truly spiritual man is indeed something of an oddity. He lives not for himself but to promote the interests of Another. He seeks to persuade people to give all to his Lord and asks no portion or share for himself. He delights not to be honored but to see his Savior glorified in the eyes of men. His joy is to see his Lord promoted and himself neglected. He finds few who care to talk about that which is the supreme object of his interest, so he is often silent and preoccupied in the midst of noisy religious shoptalk. For this he earns the reputation of being dull and overserious, so he is avoided and the gulf between him and society widens. He searches for friends upon whose garments he can detect the smell of myrrh and aloes and cassia out of the ivory palaces, and finding few or none, he, like Mary of old, keeps these things in his heart.

It is this very loneliness that throws him back upon God. "When my father and my mother forsake me, then the Lord will take me up." His inability to find human companionship drives him to seek in God what he can find nowhere else. He learns in inner solitude what he could not have learned in the crowd - that Christ is All in All, that He is made unto us wisdom, righteousness, sanctification and redemption, that in Him we have and possess life's summum bonum.

Two things remain to be said. One, that the lonely man of whom we speak is not a haughty man, nor is he the holier-than-thou, austere saint so bitterly satirized in popular literature. He is likely to feel that he is the least of all men and is sure to blame himself for his very loneliness. He wants to share his feelings with others and to open his heart to some like-minded soul who will understand him, but the spiritual climate around him does not encourage it, so he remains silent and tells his griefs to God alone.

The second thing is that the lonely saint is not the withdrawn man who hardens himself against human suffering and spends his days contemplating the heavens. Just the opposite is true. His loneliness makes him sympathetic to the approach of the brokenhearted and the fallen and the sin-bruised. Because he is detached from the world, he is all the more able to help it. Meister Eckhart taught his followers that if they should find themselves in prayer and happen to remember that a poor widow needed food, they should break off the prayer instantly and go care for the widow. "God will not suffer you to lose anything by it," he told them. "You can take up again in prayer where you left off and the Lord will make it up to you." This is typical of the great mystics and masters of the interior life from Paul to the present day.

The weakness of so many modern Christians is that they feel too much at home in the world. In their effort to achieve restful "adjustment" to unregenerate society they have lost their pilgrim character and become an essential part of the very moral order against which they are sent to protest. The world recognizes them and accepts them for what they are. And this is the saddest thing that can be said about them. They are not lonely, but neither are they saints
 
Excerpts from the article above...
The truly spiritual man is indeed something of an oddity. He lives not for himself but to promote the interests of Another. He seeks to persuade people to give all to his Lord and asks no portion or share for himself. He delights not to be honored but to see his Savior glorified in the eyes of men. His joy is to see his Lord promoted and himself neglected. He finds few who care to talk about that which is the supreme object of his interest, so he is often silent and preoccupied in the midst of noisy religious shoptalk. For this he earns the reputation of being dull and overserious, so he is avoided and the gulf between him and society widens. He searches for friends upon whose garments he can detect the smell of myrrh and aloes and cassia out of the ivory palaces, and finding few or none, he, like Mary of old, keeps these things in his heart.

It is this very loneliness that throws him back upon God. "When my father and my mother forsake me, then the Lord will take me up." His inability to find human companionship drives him to seek in God what he can find nowhere else. He learns in inner solitude what he could not have learned in the crowd - that Christ is All in All, that He is made unto us wisdom, righteousness, sanctification and redemption, that in Him we have and possess life's summum bonum.

Two things remain to be said. One, that the lonely man of whom we speak is not a haughty man, nor is he the holier-than-thou, austere saint so bitterly satirized in popular literature. He is likely to feel that he is the least of all men and is sure to blame himself for his very loneliness. He wants to share his feelings with others and to open his heart to some like-minded soul who will understand him, but the spiritual climate around him does not encourage it, so he remains silent and tells his griefs to God alone.

The weakness of so many modern Christians is that they feel too much at home in the world. In their effort to achieve restful "adjustment" to unregenerate society they have lost their pilgrim character and become an essential part of the very moral order against which they are sent to protest. The world recognizes them and accepts them for what they are. And this is the saddest thing that can be said about them. They are not lonely, but neither are they saints

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