Devotional reading March 2018

Matthew 13:10-17, 31-32 KJV

10 And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables? 11 He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. 12 For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath. 13 Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. 14 And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive: 15 For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. 16 But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear. 17 For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.

31 Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field: 32 Which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof.


Words of encouragement:

The Lord Jesus is speaking to a crowd that gathered around Him. He is teaching them in parables. The disciples ask Him why He is teaching in parables.  Jesus tells them that the secret of God’s Kingdom, the truth about the Kingdom are given to those that have ears to hear and those that have eyes to see. 
The parable of the mustard seed is full of potential and growth. Jesus is pointing out the birds that come and lodge in the branches of the tree. The birds are blessed and safe under that tree. God’s Kingdom is a place of safety. It is a place where we receive blessings. Just like the mustard seed is very small, we must plant only something small and with the help of the Holy Spirit it can grow into something very big. 
We are all very important to God. We need to sow the peace of God. Don’t ever think that you do not have an impact. You are very special to God and every planting of seed is very special to God and He will make it grow into something very powerful. May the peace of God be inside of you. 
May God bless you in your walk with Him in 2018. May He give you joy, peace and more love. May He prosper all that you put your hands to in the Name of Jesus.