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A Daily Word from the Word for Monday, December 23, 2013

“He who has ears to hear, let him hear!” –Matthew 13:9

The Greek word for both uses of “hear” as used in this verse is akouo (pr. ak-oo-o) which means “to understand, to come, hearken” (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance). To “mind” and take “heed” are two synonyms for “hearken” (Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary). It is Jesus Himself giving this important direction, where He not only states that we “must hear” and then reiterates this directive, but concludes it with an exclamation point! Jesus uses the exclamation point here as an emphatic declaration.

We must not only hear, but we must do. The Bible directs us to “be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves” (James 1:22). When we hear the Word of God, there is a crucial momentary window in which if we do not act on the Word by embracing the Word and let it get in our spirit, our own self rationalization comes in, chokes out the Word, and we are left in a state of deception by our own doing. I call this “false rationalization” in which you convince yourself that the wrong you are doing, or the right that you should be doing and are justified.

In C.S. Lewis’ book “The Last Battle,” the seventh and final book in his God-inspired and brilliantly-written series “The Chronicles of Narnia,” Lewis profoundly pens ‘“You see,” said Aslan. “They will not let us help them. They have chosen cunning instead of belief. Their prison is only in their own minds yet they are in that prison; and so afraid of being taken in that they cannot be taken out.”’

This statement always stuck with me. Aslan, the lion, representing Jesus Christ, came to save the dwarfs, take them out of their situation, deliver them from their own deception, and rescue them from themselves; but sadly, they refused to come out. These poor confused souls chose to remain in their own prison of deception, which kept them bound in the cesspool of lack.

It is sad how many of God’s own children choose to remain in their own self-imposed prisons, and by their own choice, refuse to come out. The Israelites are one such stark example. They cried out to God for four hundred years to be rescued from the cruel oppression of Egypt; and when God finally brought them a deliverer, what should have been an 11-day journey across the desert, turned into a 40-year wilderness experience!

The very people who were not able to deliver themselves, thought they knew better than the One they cried out for deliverance; and as a result of their not heeding the Word of the Lord, as a result of their own false rationalization, they oppressed themselves by staying in self-imposed bondage for an additional and unnecessary 39 years and 354 days! And sadly, most of them did not live to see their promise fulfilled because of their own refusal to forsake their own bondage-seeking rationale for the freedom of the truth.

Let’s look at another individual in the Bible who came to Jesus, found in Matthew 19:20-22 “The young man said to Him [Jesus], ‘all these things have I kept from my youth up: what am I still lacking?’ Jesus said to him, ‘Go and sell that all that you have, and give to the poor, and you shall have treasure in heaven: come and follow me.’ But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions.”

This young man went to Jesus Himself, Truth Himself, and asked for truth concerning his situation. And he still did not heed; and instead walked away. Are you walking away from the Truth, my brother? Are you living in only partial Truth; thus false rationalizing, my sister? What “riches” that you hold near and dear to your heart are actually keeping you in bondage, family?

God wants you to stop wandering in the wilderness today. He wants you to come out this very day. Forsake that which is keeping you bound, keeping you down, keeping you deceived, keeping you oppressed and living in lack; and step into the Freedom and Truth of God’s Marvelous Light. “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of Him Who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light” (1 Peter 2:9).

Father, thank You for setting us free! (Luke 4:18). Thank You Father, our Deliverer, for bringing us out. We decree and declare that we are no longer wanderers! We forsake the deception of false rationalization, which has caused us to be homeless in our wandering, and we adopt Your Strong Tower of Truth. Right now, in the Mighty Name of Jesus, the Name Above All names, and by the authority of His Blood, we command every stronghold of deception and self-realization to come off of us! We rebuke, we bind, we cast out, and we bring this false mindset to an utter destruction and end. We decree and declare that we are free because we walk in the Light of Your Truth, Most Holy Father. In Jesus Name, we call it done, we declare that we are free and no longer bound! Amen and Amen!

Take action! Challenge your thinking! Choose to cast off the false mindset of oppression and bondage. Choose to put the flesh, pride, and self-exaltation to death this day and every day. Choose to seek, hear, and heed God’s Truth by reading, studying, and allowing God’s Holy Spirit to seed you with His Word every single day. Ask God for His wisdom (James 1:5) in every situation and circumstance. Ask God’s Anointing to destroy all falsehoods. And continue to fight the good fight of hearing God’s voice clearly, accurately, and loudly; for God, your Miracle Ear, has already given you the victory!

If you have never received Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, I encourage you to do it today, right now, by saying this prayer out loud: “Jesus, forgive me for my sins. I am sorry. I truly desire to be saved and reconciled back to God, my Father, through You. I receive Your sinless Blood as payment in full for my sins—past, present, and future. I now call You my Lord and Savior, and invite You to live within my heart, and to permanently live within me. I make You Lord over me and over my life from this moment on. Amen.” Congratulations! You are now a child of God, made whole and made new, by the Blood of Jesus Christ!

God tells us that we are blessed to be a blessing (Genesis 12:2). Be a blessing to someone by sending them this word of encouragement. If God did not already put someone in your spirit and on your heart that needs to read this uplifting message from above, simply ask your Heavenly Father who to bless on today. Forward this message right now by email, facebook, or twitter.

Jesus is coming soon!

May God Bless you and keep you always.

With warmest regards,

And, in service of The Most High King,

Matthew

Matthew.Gargano@HMDMinistries.com

www.HMDMinistries.com

© 2013.

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Matthew is founder of HMD Ministries, and sits under the leadership of Apostle Dr. Don Lyon of Faith Center Ministries International in Rockford, Illinois, where he serves as an associate pastor.

All references to Hebrew and Greek words and meanings, unless otherwise noted, are taken from the New Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance © 1990 by Thomas Nelson Publishing. All dictionary references are taken from the Merriam-Webster online dictionary © 2013, unless otherwise noted.

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