By Martha Miranda Miller
By Martha Miranda ©1965
From the parable of the sower: JESUS said.....
Matt. 13:3 And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow; 4 And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up: 5 Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth: 6 And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they have no root, they withered away. 7 And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them: 8 But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundred fold, some thirtyfold. 9 Who hath ears to hear, let him hear......18 Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower. 19 When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the wayside. 20 But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it; 21 Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended. 22 He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful. 23 But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it: which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.
Now you have heard it said that this thirty and this sixty and this hundred fold are blessings of this carnal life, of this world, of prosperity, of tithes and offerings being returned a hundred fold. You have even heard it said that these blessings are the salvations of your families, and the reuniting of your husbands and wives and children, and even that these blessings are healings, and even that these blessings are money, and even that these blessings are tithe a hundred and receive back a thousand. But I say unto you, these scriptures (Matt. 13:23 But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it: which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.) pertain to righteousness, pertain to faith, pertain to sanctification, pertain to obedience.
For you yourselves know that a believer is filled with whatsoever he believes, and some believe some, some a few, some many, and some all of the scriptures. Some believe in Christ Jesus alone, and are baptized receiving the remission of their sins. And these believe not in the Spirit nor the gifts of the Spirit, but believe in righteousness only. Therefore, they are a thirty fold. And then there are some who believe in the scriptures a sixtyfold. And then there are those who understand the whole of it, and bring forth a hundredfold in pure truth, pure doctrine, and walk in the truth and light of the Word, showing forth the image of Christ Jesus to the world and to all flesh, showing forth the power, showing forth the gifts of the Spirit, and showing forth humility, love, grace, forgiveness, mercy, compassion, temperance, and holy conversation and attire, inwardly and outwardly, being themselves the Word in flesh.
For Jesus was explaining that because men believe the scriptures in accordance with their own unerstandings, some will believe less and some will believe more, and there shall from this truth surface discords, and divisions, and strifes, and separations, and doctrines containing but thirty fold shall be formed, and churches containing but thirty fold shall spring up, contending with those of a hundred fold and sixty fold, and that there would be continual divisions acording to one's faith. For there is one truth that is evident in the thirty fold and the sixty fold, and that is, 'When in doubt, just take it out'. So when believers doubt the scriptures, they stand on what portions they believe, and those things they understand not, they simply remove from their faiths and their doctrines, and you find believers gathering together with those of like faith. Those that receive the scriptures the hundredfold, shall likewise receive from the scriptures, the hundredfold. Now according to one's faith is according to one's understandings, and according to one's fears, is according to one's faith unto his understandings. So according to one's fears, one establishes both his faith and his understandings.
To receive the hundredfold of Jesus Christ is to receive Him. To enter into His sufferings is to enter into Christ. To walk in the will of God fills us with sufferings, and our cups run over with His sufferings, overflowing with rejections, jealousies, persecutions, hatreds, losses, denials, crosses, unbearable weights and mountains, yet in all of these things, His glory is also manifested upon us by and through these things, that we might glorify Him in the earth as He is lifted up through us. For who has suffered as He? Who has been rejected as He? Who has been chastised as He? And those faithful and true servants of His name and Kingdom shall drink of the same baptism of suffering that He drank, and ultimately, a bitter cup of gall from the world. We know we have entered into Him when we are rejected, hated, reviled, accused, and persecuted as He was. We know we have entered into Him when we are forsaken by our loved ones, despised by our own, rejected by the brethren, called evil by the unbelieving, and mocked for our righteous testimony.
For Jesus said, My Kingdom is not of this world. And you have heard it said by men that His Kingdom is of this world, is of lands and houses and families and marriages and prosperities and increases of goods and merchandise. But I say unto you, His Kingdom is a Kingom of righteousness, and a Kingdom of power, and a Kingdom of glory, and it is an inward Kingdom, and cannot be taken away by any force, not even by death, but no all the more is it established in death, overthrowing death itself unto eternal life and immortality.
And Jesus said, Go and sell all you have and give it to the poor, and then come and follow me. But you have heard it said, pledge, tithe, give. You have even heard it said, Do not stand before God without a gift in your hand. You have heard it said that your hundredfold comes by giving God money, by giving God tithes and offerings, by giving God gifts. But I say unto you Jesus said that all of these worldly things that you need for life, shall be given unto you after you have forfeited all of these things, after you have forsaken all of these things, after you have given the life, seeking after only righteousness and the Kingdom of God. How is it the Kingdom of God can be of this world when Jesus said, The Kingdom of God is within you? How is it the Kingdom of God can be of this world when Jesus said, My Kingdom is not of this world?
You need to know.....The doctrine of Jesus Christ is not a doctrine of tithing, not a doctrine of sowing coins and reaping coins, not a doctrine of sowing coins and reaping healing, not a doctrine of sowing coins and reaping lands, not a doctrine of sowing coins and reaping souls, not a doctrine of sowing coins and reaping prosperity, not a doctrine of sowing coins and reaping those things of this world, not a doctrine of sowing coins to please an angry God if you give not a gift. This therefore, is the doctrine of Jesus Christ for those of this world, needing those necessities of life. Matt. 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these shall be added unto you.
This doctrine of mammon, doctrine of sowing coins, appears to work, and does work for some, for it is written..... Matt. 4:8 Again, the devil taketh him (Jesus) up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; 9 and saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. 10 Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the LORD thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.
The devil said, Jesus! This is a money thing. This power is a money thing, and it will gain you the world. Sell it! This fire on you from God will gain you the world. Sell it. Use it. Gain it. Get it. It will make all men bow down and worship you. Men will pay you for it. The world will bow down to get it. Sell it. They'll worship you as God. You'll be rich!
And the antichrist spirit does just that, first having been persuaded by the powers of darkness to greeds, to lusting for the things of this world and flesh, because of denials, as Jesus said, Daily pick up your cross and follow me. And those who reject the words of Jesus Christ, take upon their own selves the spirit of antichrist, they listening to the grand delusion, the delusion of grandeur, and then these become engulfed in the grand lie, the strong delusion sent from God, by God, the deception of the voice of, Thus saith the LORD, also saying, The Lord said, to the grand delusion. And so the Lord has said these things to deceive the lovers of the god of mammon, GOD Himself being the author of the grand delusion, the grand lie, the lie of grandeur, sent to deceive the lovers of money, causing them to believe a lie, they making merchandise of the gospel of Jesus Christ, merchandisers of the Kingdom of GOD, appointed to perishing by and through their own greed, they preaching another gospel, drawing into its unholy net all who love the wages of greed, and the wages of unrighteousness. The scriptures command us, From such turn away, those who preach a gospel of this world. Make no mistake about it. The grand delusion is sent by God to those who love greed, those who love the things of this world, and they believe it and shall believe it because it comes by the way of Thus saith the LORD, and by the way that The Lord said.
Jesus said, Be as I am. Follow Me. What believer would not desire to be as Jesus was? to have what He Had? to minister as He ministered? to be loved by His Father as He was loved? What believer would desire anything other than what Jesus was and had? His wealth was with His Father. His heart was with His Father. His life was with His Father. His love was with His Father. His worth was with His Father. His honour was with His Father. His glory was with His Father. His abundance was with His Father. His will was His Father's will. His joy was in His Father. His treasure was in His Father. His prosperity was in His Father. His eternity was in His Father. His life was not of this world nor in the things of this world. And He said, FOLLOW ME!
Jesus said: Matt. 16:26 For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? When tithing does not work, the impoverished tither is told by the 'heavenly lottery delusionals' that he did not sow his coins in faith, or that he did not sow enough coins, that however big the miracle he is asking for is how big is sowing must be. And the guilt of a conscience that is in disobedience to the Word of Christ Jesus says, for a tithe, you shall receive a gift in return. For your tithe, you shall receive a bauble, a trinket, a book, a record, a tape, and by some, it is called a pledge, for so much, you shall receive so much, for so much more, you shall receive the greater gift, and for so much more yet, you shall recieve even yet a greater gift.
However, Jesus said....after he overthrew the money changers and drove the animals from the temple.....John 2:16 And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father's house an house of merchandise.
The beast of greed and covetousness was wounded on Golgotha with a deadly wound, satan being judged by and through the death and blood of Jesus Christ, yet has he revived with great power as the Holy Spirit is poured out upon all flesh, the beast engulfing the whole world in his craft and guile, bringing alive the great god of mammon that was judged by the holy blood of Golgotha, because of the hypocrisy of the servants of the Lord, they being filled not with righteousness, but with greed, filled not with truth, but with dishonesty, filled not with temperances, but with intemperances, and filled not with light, but with darkness, filled with the grand delusion, that they should believe a lie, because they loved the wages of unrighteous mammon. And the blindness and darkness does not begin nor end with tithing, but the darkness has embraced the spirits of error from the beginning to the ending of the scriptures, and the words of Jesus Christ denied, laid aside, these prosperity liars that preach and teach a gospel of this world, that preach that godliness is gain, preaching another gospel and another doctrine. They search and devour the scriptures to find their own treachery, their own imaginations, and their own delusions and allusions of truth. And then these prey on the unsuspecting, on the suffering, on the sinners and saints alike that are so bound up and overthrown and overcome in and by and through the cares of this life and the sicknesses and diseases of death.
The great harlot church, so rich with the goods of this world, so filled with the wealth and powers of this carnal world, so filled with self-esteem, so full of power and pride of works, so full of clothings and adornments, and satins and silks, and so full of golden baubles and trinkets, and so clothed in jewels and rings and watches, and chariots of thunder, and even jets and planes to fly here and there in the comforts of the flesh, so rich and yet so wretched, miserable, poor and blind, knowing it not. These love to dance, love to jest, love to laugh, love to sing, love to make merry, love to eat, love to drink, seek to marry, love to labour gaining the wages of it, love to bear children, seek to own and gain all things in this life and world, calling it the abundant life, and the blessings of the Lord. All of these things do the unsaved seek after also.
These know not that they are naked of the truth, being blinded by the god of mammon, and being blinded by the glory of the flesh. These suffer not for righteousness sake, but have gained all the world and for what profit? There is no salvation in these things, no, these things all the more blind the soul to its uncleannesses and necessities of continual daily repentance and dying to self. These say we have need of nothing, for we have all things. We have our teachers, and our prophets, and our pastors, and our evangelists, and even apostles, and we are great in number and growing daily. And we have profited and been blessed to overflowing, pressed down and running over, with blessings. What these do have are tricks, and illusions, and fantasies, and feigned words, and false prophets and prophetesses, and apostles, making merchandise of the fearful and those who have need and lack. They know not they are naked, being not clothed with righteousness.
Which one of us does not want bread on the table, and milk in the bottle for our children, and bedding and clothing, and which one of us does not want peace, and which one of us does not want to have a house, and land, and security in this life and world, and which one of us does not want to be well, and full of abounding health, and which one of us does not want to have our husband faithful, or wife faithful, or childen saved, or mother and father and brothers and sisters brought into the Kingdom of God, or which one of us does not want security in employment and income and savings for hard times? All of these things, these anxieties of life, are what the god of mammon preys upon, helpless souls, wanting souls, needy souls, souls in pains unmeasured, they being told to give a tithe to gain an answered prayer from an angry God who needs to be given gifts to appease His anger. God forbid we should be enslaved to such idolatrous practices of faith! God forbid that we should stray away from the pure faith in a loving, holy God, that simply says, Ask and ye shall receive!
There is a gaining of the life that Jesus warns over and over about. One gain is to return to the world, to turn away from the gospel that saves, to return to a life of sin and wickedness after having tasted of the pure word of salvation in Christ Jesus. That is one gaining of the life after having lost it to Christ, having been overcome by the desires of this life and world, not having become a new wineskin, not having gone into the purification of the flesh that saves the soul, that somewhere along the way, one becomes weary of the battle, tired of the pain, worn out by the resisting, and simply returns to the life that was forfeited. Jesus said, He who gains his life shall lose it and he who loses his life shall gain it. If you desire to gain eternal life, you must lose your life in this world, with all of its passions, lusts, corruptions, and wants, kindled by desires of all that we see and hear.
Now, there is another gaining, and that is to gain the world through the god of mammon. The god of mammon says, Serve me and I will give you all things. I will give you the world if you will only serve me. You cannot serve both the god of mammon and God. The god of mammon and God Himself are enemies. They are not friends. They are not compatible. They are not agreeable. They are not of the same mind. One is the god of darkness, and one is the God of light. If one is enslaved to sexual misconducts, to immoralities unmentionable, to surfeitings, to gluttonies, to false witnessing, to evil accusations, to unjust judgments, to unforgivenesses, to evil plottings, to works of deceit, to tormented mistrustings, to bouts of depressions, to episodes of unworthinesses, to fits of cryings, to hidden masterbations, to unseemly dreams, to foolishnesses, to intemperances, to adornments, to possessions, to fearfulnesses, and to jealousies with malice; if one is enslaved to the god of mammon, so likewise is he fearful of death, fearful of aging, and fearful of the loss of strength and vigour and vitality, becoming consumed with the outward adornment and appearances of the flesh.
Have no misunderstanding, satan cloaks himself with the Word, and as an angel of light deceives those enslaved to the flesh, and this life, and this world. The god of mammon calls you to an abundant life. God calls you to a righteous life. The god of mammon calls you to this present life. God calls you to an eternal life. The God of mammon calls you to be filled with abundances in this life with everything it has to give, pressed down and flowing over with the goods of this world. God calls you to count these things as unnecessary, needless, and without value. The God of mammon offers you all things visible. God offers you all things invisible. God is a Spirit and all who know Him and possess Him, have the abundant life, with the hope of immortality, looking for the hundred fold blessing promise that is to come in the next life. God will not share His throne with the god of mammon. Those who are deceived by rings nd things, and songs and dancings, and laughters and joys, being more deceived by lying tears, shall not be those who inherit immortality of the flesh. They shall continue their lives till they die. Those of the City of God have no tears, they having been wiped away by the truth, the hope, the abundance of the Spirit that calls them out of the harlot into the rising Spirit of life, they being prepared in that great City of God to be of the number that shall not taste of death.
As they overcome, they eat of the tree of life. As they overcome, they are given the crown of life and shall not hurt of the second death. As they overcome, they eat hidden manna, and are given a white stone, and a new name written thereon. As they overcome, they are given power over the nations, and they are given the morning star. As they overcome they are written in the Lamb's book of life. As they overcome they are kept from the hour of tribulation that comes upon the whole earth to try the souls of all flesh. As they overcome, they become pillars in the temple of God, and go no more out, and to them is given the name of God, and the name of the City of God, new Jerusalem, and to them is given the new name of the Spirit of Christ, that name in which He shall appear, the name of the One sent to do judgment in His name. As they overcome, they are sit down in the throne of righeous judgment in the earth. Pillars of fire are they, filled with understanding, being filled with knowledge, righteousness and righteousness being their power of judgment. And these shall run with the Big White Horse, making war in the earth in righteousness. And you would trade all of these things to be comforted in this life by the god of mammon? to be comforted by a lying god who promises you a hundred fold blessing with every coin? to be comforted by a perishing god who shall himself be cast into the lake of fire? to be comforted by a harlot church that shall herself be brought down to the dust in but one hour? to be comforted by a god that promises you peace and safety? to be comforted by a god who promises you no judgment? This same god that nailed Christ Jesus to the tree, this very same greedy, evil, wicked, deceitful, beguiling, unclean, murdering and whorish spirit that slayed Him, cloaks himself not with the words of Christ that would condemn him, but he cloaks himself with the words of all those that came before Christ who Christ Jesus Himself called thieves and robbers. The god of mammon comes in his own power, in his own strength, and in his own name, and Jesus said of this spirit and this name, men will follow him, this god of mammon.
The god of mammon is not cloaked in the words of Christ, but the god of mammon is cloaked only in the name of Christ. It is in the words of Christ that life is found, the abundant life, the hundred fold blessing life, eternal life and immortality. The god of mammon has doctrines that contradict every word, every parable, every prophecy, every saying, and every truth of Jesus Christ. The god of mammon has his power in coins and in wealth and in riches, and when that structure falls, and that flow of coins diminishes and then ceases, that structure shall fall with a mighty falling upon all those who are dwelling within it, and they shall have travail, and there shall be weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth. But the power of the City of God stands in the power of life, in the power of the resurrection from the dead. There is no god formed that can stand in the path of the power of the resurrection and survive.
Exerpts taken from the book, HUNDRED FOLD BLESSINGS, written by Martha Miranda ©