Then He said to them, “Take heed what you hear. With the same measure you use, it will be measured to you; and to you who hear, more will be given. Mark 4:24
There is a measure we get from the Lord. But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift. (Ephesians 4:7) But Jesus tells us that we can get more than our measure. To you who hear, more will be given. The measure can lead to more.
The measure of grace can increase.
The measure of faith can increase.
The measure of anointing can increase.
The measure of power can increase.
The measure of fruitfulness can increase.
The measure of effectiveness can increase.
More will be given is the promise.
Take heed what you hear is the condition.
You would think that if you increase your prayer then more will be given. Perhaps if you increase your giving more will be given. Or maybe fasting then more will be given. But Christ said, to you who hear, more will be given.
Decide to hear what will yield more fruit to you!
My prayer is that you don’t just dream of walking in more but decide to obey the principle that promises more.
Take heed to what you hear and hear what is in line with your future goals and dreams.
Lana and I just celebrated 10 years of marriage. Reminiscing over the past 10 years, we want to share some of the lessons that we have learned.
The first lesson we learned is that FREEDOM IS THE FOUNDATION OF A LASTING MARRIAGE. Jesus came to give us life but the enemy comes to steal, kill, and destroy. And one of the things he always seeks to destroy is marriage.
Thankfully, I walked into marriage already having experienced freedom from porn which I had conquered many years before that. My wife was battling with loneliness and spiritual depression. Through faith in Christ and God’s Word, she was delivered. I truly believe that freedom is the foundation of a lasting marriage.
Marriage is like a beautiful garden from which we need to pull WEEDS, plant SEEDS, and kill SNAKES. By snakes, I mean spiritual forces that hide behind a person’s behavior which cause pain in the relationship. Too many people, instead of fighting a SNAKE, fight their SPOUSE. Instead of doing SPIRITUAL warfare, they do SPOUSAL warfare. Attacking one’s spouse will not win spiritual warfare.
If you are dealing with the devil’s spiritual attacks in your marriage, remember to always AFFIRM THE PERSON and then ATTACK THE PROBLEM. Not the other way around. If we attack the person first, we will only affirm the problem.
Being in the shadow is being in the shade. Dwelling in God’s presence is living under God’s shadow. His presence provides protection. “He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty” (Psalm 91:1). To live in this shadow, we have to be under God’s authority and guidance.
We are not only called to live in the shadow of God but also children are called to live in the shadow of their parents, wives in the shadow of their husbands, parishioners in the shadow of their pastor, etc. Living in someone’s shadow is seen as a negative concept, but it shouldn’t be. Moses and Aaron serve as good examples of this. God sent Moses to Egypt, but He sent Aaron to go to Moses. Moses was sent to a nation, but Aaron was sent to a man - Moses. Aaron lived in the shadow of Moses. That’s where he was safe - in that shadow. One time when Moses lingered on the mountain, Aaron took the lead position, and he didn’t do really well in that role. “Now when Moses saw that the people were unrestrained (for Aaron had not restrained them, to their shame among their enemies)” (Exodus 32:25). The pressure, the people, and the position were all too heavy for him. He pleased the people by permitting idolatry. In fact, it cost many people’s lives, including the displeasure from God.
We all have to be committed to what God called us to do, not try to climb the ladder of success to achieve visibility in the eyes of people. Many of us aren’t called to be in the spotlight, and that’s fine. All of us are called to be a light. Light doesn’t need a stage; it needs a dark space to shine.
If God called you to be in the spotlight, remember there are heat and light that comes from being in the spotlight. Develop strong mental resilience because being known, visible, and popular doesn’t come without criticism, pressure, and heavy responsibility. Make sure to spend quality time in the shadow of God and in the shadow of your mentors and pastors so that you don’t get sunburned. My reminder to you as I give it regularly to myself is not to let criticism get into your heart and not let compliments get into your head.
If God didn’t call you to be in a spotlight, don’t seek it. Be content in God. Remain complete in His love for you. Find comfort in your Comforter, the Holy Spirit. Most importantly, remember your value doesn’t come from your visibility. You are not less valuable in God because you are not visible by men. Some of our body organs such as our heart, liver, and kidneys, don’t get any attention from men. They are not seen in photos or videos, but they are almost more valuable than the parts that are visible. Those organs need to be where they are placed by God. If we remove them out to the front from their original place in order to give them “attention” or “recognition,” we will render our body lifeless.
If God called you to serve him in a shadow, find shade.
I am asked this question more than any other question from both guys and girls. I struggled with this myself, so I pray that God will use this to help you find freedom and hope.
A year before immigrating to the United States, when I was around twelve years of age, I was first exposed to pornography. I never thought about it again until one day while I was housesitting for the neighbors after having arrived in America, I was exposed to it again, but this time I became attracted to it and then enslaved by it. This bondage continued for a few years through my adolescence. We are exhorted to “lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us” (Hebrews 12:1). Pornography is one of those sins that so easily ensnares. Jesus said, “whoever commits sin is a slave of sin” (John 8:34).
Sometimes deliverance becomes a process in a person’s life that takes more than one quick prayer to rid the mind, body, and soul of all the toxicity that years of demonic influence and oppression may have caused.
Many times, there are particular traumatic events that may have catapulted a demonic power into a person’s life such as sexual abuse, rape, or molestation in the early years. These awful things may cause demons to enter right away, depending on the intentions of the person performing these malicious immoral acts, or in other cases, they can cause demons to enter gradually due to unforgiveness and bitterness in the victim’s heart.