Treasures of the Heart

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

As we have been reviewing, I and II Corinthians are clearly a treasure chest of knowledge and wisdom of God’s loving heart. It is ironic to me that the Epistles of Corinthians have received such a bad rap through the years to the point that these two Epistles are the most rejected and scorned of all the Epistles in the Word of God. Corinthians contain so much wondrous truth, and believe me when I say that we (including anyone who has researched the Scriptures) have just begun to scratch the surface in our quest for the treasures of God’s wonderful Word. I sincerely pray that the Bible bytes regarding Corinthians have helped your understanding God to a much greater degree.

You may notice when you are reading from the Epistles that many of the verses appear to be somewhat difficult to understand, and you may also wonder why this is; after all, the King James Version is not really too far off from our modern day English. It is not because something is wrong with your comprehension and understanding; rather it is because God reveals His Word in precious increments (or like a Bible Byte), only to the meek and tenderhearted. In a lifetime one could not fully grasp all of God’s Word; however, God opens a genuine understanding from His pure heart day by day as we continue looking into the Scriptures willing to receive heavenly nurturing.

II Corinthians 4:7 – But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.

We have received a heavenly treasure deep within our souls, in mortal earthen vessels, a treasure that reveals the words of God to our minds and understanding proportionately to our acknowledgment that God has given us the power to receive from Him, and He alone reveals His precious treasures (I Corinthians 3:6; Colossians 1:27). In II Corinthians 4:7, God wants us to understand that the ability and power to receive from Him is at His own discretion rather than ours, but which He freely gives according to our believing. As we continue receiving an understanding of the Word of God, the treasures therein will become manifested out into our lives simply by our believing as His Word instructs.

II Corinthians 4:6 – For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

The light that God commanded to shine out of darkness is spiritual light shining out of our hearts and is the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. The “face of Jesus Christ” means the countenance, the radiance, and the power of Christ that is laden within our earthen vessels is released just in the same way it was when Christ himself physically walked on this earth (John 14:12).

The treasures of the heart that God has given to us are phenomenal and as we continue walking with God, the true spiritual life of His Word will continue growing in the tender and fertile ground of our earthen vessels. So today as we continue living with this heavenly treasure in our lives, let us continue to allow God’s Word to water and stimulate the implanted and treasured healing Word in our hearts with the eternal blessings of the divine graces of our heavenly Father.

A Prayer with Thankfulness

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Prayer is believing with thankfulness, and believing is the HOW to our receiving from God. Prayer is what builds and strengthens our relationship with God, and gives us freedom and liberty to believe that God is present, willing, and able to answer us. Prayer is the key that helps release us from our doubts, worries, and fears, for we can daily give our concerns over to God in prayer (Philippians 4:6-7). He in turn will manifest Himself to us, becoming our true sufficiency in life. In the Gospel of John we have a short prayer that Jesus offered, and he spoke it out to teach others around him how to pray in thankfulness.

John 11:41b-42:
-41b:  And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me.
-42:  And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me.

First notice that Jesus spoke intimately with God, calling Him Father. Secondly, notice that the very first thing he said was “I thank thee.” Being thankful is one of the greatest keys in receiving answers to our prayers. Yes, being humbly thankful even before receiving is absolutely the greatest way to receive our answers from God. Thirdly, Jesus acknowledges that God “always” hears his prayers. This is a great lesson to us so we may always know that God indeed hears the prayers of our hearts. Fourth, Jesus believed that his prayer would inspire others to believe as well. Believing in our prayers, believing that we will be receiving, is a biblical requirement for receiving from God, and will always be inspirational to others as they see our believing manifested.

“And when he {Jesus} thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth (John 11:43). Verse 43 is the climax of Jesus’ prayer, and Lazarus was raised from the dead because Jesus was thankful and he knew that God heard him.  He believed in his heart.  In Jesus’ prayer, he was thankful in advance, thankful knowing that his prayer would be completely answered, and this would also be inspiring to others. Jesus was teaching us how to believe the Father for the answers to our prayers.

Mark 11:24 – Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe {in advance} that ye receive them, and {then} ye shall have them.

The healing Word of God encourages that we first believe in our prayer, and from the lessons of Jesus we can learn that being thankful is how he believed. Thanking God in advance and believing that we have received will bring great things into our lives, to our families, and our surroundings. The Apostle Paul said “First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all” (Romans 1:8), because the first thing in prayer is thankfulness, and thankfulness builds positive believing, and all believing equals receiving. Paul thanked God in the name of Jesus Christ, teaching that our prayers offered in the name of Jesus Christ will have a positive effect to the answers we want. Jesus said, “blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed” (John 20:29b). The reason we are blessed is that we believed even before we have received the gifts and answers that we desire from the Father.  May you continue to enjoy your prayer life with thankfulness.

The Word of God Is Quick and Powerful (The Longer Version)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Hebrews 4:12:
For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

The word quick means to be alive or to impart life. It is the opposite of lifeless, for the Word of God is alive, living, and real, unlike the average book that oftentimes contains information that becomes obsolete and/or outdated. In contrast, our God’s Word is living and becomes more renewed and concise in the hearts of our own understanding. The word powerful is the Greek word energees, and means powerful in its action and effectual in its operation; our English words for kinetic, active, energetic, and exercised energy comes from energees. Jesus, when speaking about the Scriptures said, “the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life” (John 6:63). Jesus understood just how quick and powerful the living Word of God can be when placed and believed in a believer’s heart, for those living words can sustain godly thoughts and intents that guide our steps along life’s path to the Creator of life.

Ephesians 6:17:
And take {receive for yourself} the helmet of salvation, and {receive also} the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

The word take in the Greek Text is the word for receive, receive to oneself; rather than to take; you see, we receive the protective helmet of salvation when we become saved, and we are also encouraged to receive the sword of the Spirit, which, as the Scripture points out, is the word of God. This sword is offered, not for impairment (as one normally thinks of the function of a sword), but to bless, to encourage, and to exhort our endeavors to enjoy life being immersed in the graceful quick and powerful Word of God. We have the God-given permission to receive our helmet of salvation and the word of God into our lives for they will help perfect our fellowship with our heavenly Father, and Christ Jesus, our risen Lord and Savior. One way that Hebrews 4:12 could begin is that “the Word of God is living energy,” because the words in the Scripture are the very life and essence of God’s power, as Peter confessed to Jesus about the spirit and life that were conveyed through the words he spoke: “thou hast the words of eternal life” (John 6:68), and this is why the Word of God is still so quick and powerful to this very day.

God’s Word, even now “effectually worketh also in you that believe” (I Thessalonians 2:13), and the reason that the principles in the Word still effectually worketh is because of its life-giving properties. When and as the Word of God is believed in the heart it will produce “joy and rejoicing” (Jeremiah 15:16), for the Word is an enabling, spiritual powerbase that men and women of God may rely upon, not only in times of need but also in times of prosperity and abundance. Believing is how the words of God that we have placed in our hearts (Psalms 119:11) become energized into spiritual, living energy as it enlightens the human mind with “testimonies” that are “everlasting” (Psalms 119:144). The Word itself is a great and rewarding treasure (Psalms 119:62) when placed in the hearts of believers as they continue receiving the delights recorded and released from within the words of God.

God’s Word is also sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit. Sometimes we confuse the soul and the spirit, using them interchangeably, quite often thinking they are the same thing. This misunderstanding causes no problems when found in the literature of man; however, in the powerful literature of eternity, they mean two separate things that when divided accurately will bring spiritual insight into our lives. The amazing Word of God shows us a unique distinction, for whenever the word soul is used in the Bible, it means our breath life (Genesis 2:7). We were born with soul at the very moment we took our first breath, and when we take our last breath – our soul is gone. The soul gives us physical, mortal life (I Corinthians 15:50). On the other hand, the spirit that we have is a gift created by God and given to us at the very moment of our salvation (Romans 8:15; and II Corinthians 5:5). The spirit gives us spiritual, immortal, everlasting life (Romans 8:11).

I was once told that science has yet to distinguish between where the marrow of a joint ends and where the joint actually begins, and thus there is no scalpel or laser (or two-edged sword) that could sever the two parts perfectly. True or not, the light in the Word is so brightly sharp that it can distinguish the difference. After all, God should know the difference, for He formed the human body, made the soul, and created the spirit within. Marrow imparts the essence of the life within the body, and the joints imply the movement of life, “For in him we live, and move, and have our being” (Acts 17:28). The life of the soul gives one the ability to live here (on earth); the spirit gives one the ability to live there (in the eternity of everlasting heaven). So biblically, there is a huge difference between the soul and spirit and between the marrow and joints, yet they work in concert and in complete harmony with the quick and powerful Word of God to impart spiritual understanding and wisdom.

Isaiah 55:11:
So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void {or useless}, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

Contrary to some very popular thought (and ignorance), God is not dead! God is real, and His Word is not only quick and powerful but it accomplishes everything that it says it will do, and will work as it promises when we believe (I Thessalonians 2:13). The wonderful Word that came from the mouth of God, which He sent and gave to us, is priceless, for all Scripture is the inspiration of God (II Timothy 3:16), as Jesus said, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4). Psalms 107:20 reads that, “He {God} sent His Word and healed them,” and this is why His Word will prosper us and reveal spiritual health to our minds, for we are those to whom God has sent His quick and powerful Word.

Jesus was also sent by God, as Jesus is the living Word (John 1:14), and he being the Word becomes our window into spiritual understanding. Jesus Christ is the golden thread that leads one’s heart to God Himself and is the reason God sent His Son to us. In our e-Booklet series, The Golden Thread (available in our online bookstore), we disclose from the Bible many of the details of the principles Jesus taught so that the reader may have and experience for themselves the spiritual rewards that he reveals throughout the Scriptures while bringing to light the realities of the living God. Jesus said in John 12:45, “And he that seeth me seeth him that sent me.” When and as we, from the Scriptures, see Jesus as the living Word, then we will see and understand that Jesus is quick and powerful – the living energy that God provided by his lovingkindness to sustain us. Even to this day, Jesus is what will prosper the believer from within, for he is the healing Word that we may invite into our lives (Revelation 3:20), as he leads us into “life eternal.”

John 17:3; and 25–26:
-3: And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.
-25: O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these {his disciples, believers like you and I} have known that thou hast sent me.
-26: And I have declared unto them thy name, and will {even to this very day} declare it {and why?}: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.

In Hebrews 4:12, the Greek word for marrow is muelos, and from the word muelos we get the Latin word medulla. The Greek word for joints is harmos, and the only place in the human body where the two, the marrow (medulla) and joints actually connect are at the medulla oblongata located at the base of the brain. The medulla oblongata connects the brain and the upper spine. All other marrow in the human body is basically encased by bone, and bones connect to joints, muscles, ligaments, etc., rather than the marrow connecting directly to joints, and thus the medulla oblongata is the probable place in the body that Hebrews 4:12 is referring to with the words muelos and harmos. Verse 12 is stating the simple point that God’s Word can reach deeply in our lives, even into the innermost places of our beings to enlighten our hearts, and that just as the muelos and harmos have specific purposes and tasks that literally connect to every one of our body functions through the medulla oblongata, so can the quick and powerful Word positively affect every part of our spiritual well-being.

The words dividing asunder in Hebrews 4:12 do not literally mean to cut apart or to sever apart, but to separate between different things, to clearly distinguish separate parts, such as between the soul and spirit, or the joints and marrow, or the thoughts and intents of the heart. To experience God working in our lives we need to acknowledge what He gave to us, and that is specifically His Word, i.e., Jesus Christ – he is our Savior, and he is the embodiment of the quick and powerful Word living within our hearts to help direct and support our lives as we learn to walk with our heavenly Father.

God’s Word is also a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. The word discerner means that the quick and powerful Word critiques, and what the Word critiques is the heart. The heart in the Bible represents our innermost being, where we think and reason things out and make decisions. When we have the quick and powerful Word in our hearts, we can make discernments that are based on biblical truths and concepts. The word thoughts mean our emotions, and the word intents mean our ideas or notions that we can carry out in our actions. Thoughts lead to our intents, our intents will critique biblical endeavors to help us walk in a heartfelt relationship with God through Christ, our Savior, as promised. Just as the head (the inner heart), inspires the body into actions (or movements); the living Word inspires the individual believer’s heart into walking with God through Christ.

I John 4:9:
In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live {moment by moment, even today} through him.

God’s Word and His love softens the most hardhearted hearts and warms the soul as it reaches into the innermost depths of our thought processes to enlighten our inner souls. The quick and powerful Word lifts up the downtrodden, comforts the bereaved, and encourages those who have lost hope, as the penetrating Word gives men and women the joy of inspiring them, individually, to become more Christ-like disciples. Romans 10:8 reveals, “The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach,” and this word of faith (the Word that builds and strengthens one’s faith) is introduced in our own hearts by the Physician of the heart – Jesus Christ. He can bring us back up from the brink of all despair and from all the peripheries of hopelessness as he delivers and shows us the way into complete and endearing fellowship with our heavenly Father.

Hebrews 4:13 discloses, “Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.” The two words to do are only one word in the Greek Text, and that is the word logos, and the logos means the Word of God, and according to the context, this Word of God is what He sees within the heart of His beloved children. God has given us His quick and powerful Word so that we have something uncommonly good and in common with Him, His wonderful, empowering Word. Receiving and enjoying this is the beginning of everlasting fellowship as His Word continues to permeate and uplift our hopes and dreams from within our hearts, and this is doing something wonderful before His eyes! The Psalmist wrote, “The counsel of the LORD standeth for ever, the thoughts of his heart {are} to all generations” (Psalms 33:11), and yes, this includes our generation in this day and time. Just mulling the wonderful Word around in our minds and allowing the thoughts of his heart to filter up into our hearts will cultivate godly concepts and produce inspired actions, these are things God not only will never forget, but He will reward our efforts forever and ever.

Psalms 16:11; and 37:18:
-11: Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.
-18: The LORD knoweth the days of the upright: and their inheritance shall be for ever.

Folks so very often dispute and refute the words of life, never allowing the words in the perpetual manuscript of eternity to take root and spring to life in the fruitful ground of their hearts, “But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit” (Matthew 13:23). Oh what a blessing it is to really begin enjoying the fruitful Word of God that will produce eternal fruit that we may share not only with other believers, but with our heavenly Father, divine fruits such as love, joy, and peace. This is the reward that we have, as we “are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience” (Luke 8:15). To bring forth fruit with patience is to enjoy the benefits of the spiritual fruit for all eternity, because the Word of God “liveth and abideth for ever” (I Peter 1:23).

Psalms 119:111:
Thy testimonies {God’s Word} have I taken as an heritage for ever: for they are the rejoicing of my heart.

I Peter 1:25:
But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you {and what is preached unto you “is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach” Romans 10:8}.

Hebrews 4:12 shows that the living Word will critique the very thoughts and emotions that men and women have, not only about life but also about how to be pleasing to God. The living Word itself critiques the thoughts and emotions of our hearts, guiding us into deeper understandings and revelations of God Himself (Ephesians 1:17–20), and of Jesus Christ who said, “I have given them thy word” (John 17:14), because, The Word of God is quick and powerful.

John 17:20–26 (The Amplified Bible):*
-20: {Jesus is praying to God his Father.} Neither for these alone {Jesus’ disciples in the first century} do I pray [it is not for their sake only that I make this request], but also for all those who will ever come to believe in (trust in, cling to, rely on) Me through their word and teaching,
-21: That they all may be one, [just] as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be one in Us, so that the world may believe and be convinced that You have sent Me.
-22: I have given to them the glory and honor which You have given Me, that they may be one [even] as We are one:
-23: I in them and You in Me, in order that they may become one and perfectly united, that the world may know and [definitely] recognize that You sent Me and that You have loved them [even] as You have loved Me.
-24: Father, I desire that they also whom You have entrusted to Me [as Your gift to Me] may be with Me where I am, so that they may see My glory, which You have given Me [Your love gift to Me]; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.
-25: O just and righteous Father, although the world has not known You and has failed to recognize You and has never acknowledged You, I have known You [continually]; and these men understand and know that You have sent Me.
-26: I have made Your Name known to them and revealed Your character and Your very Self, and I will continue to make [You] known, that the love which You have bestowed upon Me may be in them [felt in their hearts] and that I [Myself] may be in them.

I Thessalonians 2:13; and 5:23–24 (The Amplified Bible):*
-13: And we also [especially] thank God continually for this, that when you received the message of God [which you heard] from us, you welcomed it not as the word of [mere] men, but as it truly is, the Word of God, which is effectually at work in you who believe [exercising its superhuman power in those who adhere to and trust in and rely on it].
-23: And may the God of peace Himself sanctify you through and through [separate you from profane things, make you pure and wholly consecrated to God]; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved sound and complete [and found] blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah).
-24: Faithful is He Who called you [to Himself] and utterly trustworthy, and He will also do it [fulfill His call by hallowing and keeping you].

Hebrews 4:12 (The Amplified Bible):*
For the Word of God that speaks is alive and full of power [making it active, operative, energizing, and effective]; it is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating to the dividing line of the breath of life (soul) and [the immortal] spirit, and of the joints and marrow [of the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and sifting and analyzing and judging the very thoughts and purposes of the heart.

*Scripture taken from THE AMPLIFIED BIBLE.
The Amplified New Testament copyright (c) 1958, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation.
Used by permission.

Spiritual Reality

“Everything that we receive from God is spiritual; however, spiritual blessings will always come into our physical lives so that we may further enjoy them.  For instance – God gave us light, love, joy, and peace – these are spiritual qualities of life that become manifested in our lives as we walk in the knowledge that we truly have received these gifts from God.” ~LMJ~