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Let the Tares Burn

February 2009

 

     In my last writing, I shared a parable that the Lord had opened to me at a higher level. If you heard anything that was said, I am sure things are changing for you by now. If you didn’t quite understand, don’t fret. I am sure when He is ready to show you, all will be fine. Just wait on Him for He is our teacher.                   

     In the mean time I promised I would share another parable He has opened to me in a new way. If it isn’t clear to you, as before, don’t panic. He will teach you Himself.

     Matthew 13:24-30.  The kingdom of heaven is like a man that sowed good seed in his field but while he slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way. But when the grain had sprouted and produced a crop, the tares appeared also. So the servants of the owner came and said to him; “Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?”  He said to them, “an enemy has done this.” The servants said to him, “do you want us to go and gather them up?” He replied, “No, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them. Let them both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, first gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn.”

     I realize the verses 36-43 explain this parable. I am not denying the truth that is laid out here, but I was missing something! Probably some of you do or did also. I had the perception that I was not being talked about here. I couldn’t be a part of the world He was talking about! I was saved and no way would burn! Well, I was in for a surprise.

     First of all, I believe the enemy is our carnal minds. Remember Jesus destroyed the works of the evil one or the devil on the cross. The word says for us to “put on the MIND of Christ.”  (If our mind is not an enemy, why must it be changed?) As well, Paul speaks several times about our minds and that we need HIS (Christ’s) mind to understand.  Romans 12:16, 1 Co. 2:16, as well as Philippians 2:5. That doesn’t mean just to agree with Him but to THINK like Him. To explain a little, Jesus was never concerned about the physical realm. His thoughts were always on what His Father said or did. Never did He express any fear or hate toward anyone! That is because He never let His carnal mind interfere with His relationship with His Father. What He could see or feel with His natural senses never bothered Him. It was always “What My Father said or did”. That is why He always spoke in parables. So those who had received the ability to hear would hear but not the ones who were not ready to receive. He wasn’t trying to keep secrets from the people but His Father wasn’t ready for everyone to hear yet. It is still that way. Some of us hear more than others at different times. The more we think ON Him, the more we will think LIKE Him! The more we think like Him, the more we will hear from Him.

     Back to my parable—I am the field that a good seed was planted into; The good seed being the word of the Kingdom and the tares being the words of the world. The “enemy” that sowed them was my own lifestyle; habits that I learned from the world around me and my upbringing. The harvest was when I acknowledged Jesus as THE Son of God and accepted the work of the Cross in my life.

     THEN the “fire” started! All the things that were not of Him, He started to burn out of me. Habits, attitudes and thoughts had to be changed. Why? Because they were ENEMIES of God! What a battle has been going on ever since. The new way of life has been worth it all but I have to grin and bear it a lot of the time! There has been a lot of wailing and gnashing of teeth.

     The tares are being burned up and destroyed as all that offends Him is being thrown into the fire. His fire is very affective. It affects my whole life and the lives of those around me.

    

     At the end of any one life, whether it is when he confesses Jesus as his savior or when the way of the grave comes, the tares will be cast into the fire of God. The things that are offensive to Him and practice lawlessness will have to be burnt. Verse 43 tells us “then the righteous will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

     When you feel the fire coming, and you will, (Father promised He would do nothing unless He tells His Prophets first. He will warn you as you listen.) do what Matthew says—Matthew 7:1-5. “Judge not that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged and with the measure you use it will be measured back to you. V.5, Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your Brother’s eye.”  (In these verses, the words judge and judgment mean condemn and condemnation.)

     What I am getting at? When you feel the fire then judge yourself. Find out what the problem is and allow God’s fire to burn it out of you. The pain doesn’t last as long. Never fear, if He shows you an area He wants to burn, He is going to do it. You might just as well relax and let Him go for it!

     Holy Spirit is working in all of us. I don’t mean just the few that have moved on with Him for

 He is not a God of partiality. I mean He is working on every one who is on this earth and eventually, “every knee shall bow to me every tongue shall confess to God, so then each of us shall give account of himself to God. Therefore let us not judge one another anymore.” Romans 14:11, 12, 13. He is big enough to finish what He started.

     All we need to do is: John 15:12 “This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.”  John 15:17 “These things I command you, that you love one another.”

     My earnest prayer is that we all walk as one and in love with all people. Christians judge others for their knowledge or lack thereof. The message that is being brought forward from the Spirit is causing some to think they are a little better than others. This is not Father’s plan for us! If the ones who are not familiar with this message don’t feel Love flowing from us what do we have that the rest of the world doesn’t? It isn’t how much we know but how much do we love? Let us concentrate on loving instead of judging. If we condemn, we will be condemned!

 

Barbara Doyle

Life Givers Ministries

 

Frank’s Fragment

     Oh, the fire! In the early years of our journey toward the Kingdom of God, we understood that the Lake of Fire was for the unbelievers at the time of judgment. This is a perfect example of not being able to see (spiritually) until the time Father wants one to see His purpose for one’s life. For instance, 1 Co 3.13-15—“Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is. 14 If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. 15 If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire”. God’s fire is not for destruction, but for correction and purification. The words fire and brimstone in the story of Sodom and Gomorrah, can be translated as “purify and judge” (sulfur and God). When you think about it, what better way to keep people in fear that the threat of an “eternal fire” that really doesn’t exist. I’ve been to Jerusalem and the eternal(?) fire in the Kidron Valley (Jer 31.40) IS NO LONGER BURNING! After all, we are already in eternity, not looking for it off in the future. My personal prayer for the past several years has been, “Father, send your fire and burn out of me the things that are not of you.” It’s working… I’m not claiming it is a pleasant experience but it is certainly needful, necessary and fruitful. Thank God for His unlimited love to all mankind because ALL MANKIND (past, present and future) has already been reconciled to Father, whether they accept it or not. (2 Co 5:18, 19)

 

Frank Doyle                               

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