Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind:
A parable is a natural story used to reveal a spiritual principle. Jesus spoke in parables as he did in Matthew 13:47.
When we take a position of prayer and desperation, God honors that and responds. It’s the first promise of the beatitudes which speaks of God blessing
the poor in spirit. To be poor in spirit is to be a beggar of the Spirit.
Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls: Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it.
Every one of us have a pearl of great price that God wants to bring out of us.
If there had not been irritation to the oyster, there would not be a pearl.
Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.
When Jesus addressed the church of Laodicea in Revelation 3, He addressed issues they were facing: bad water and faith in their prosperity.
He was telling them that He knew all that they had, yet, He encouraged them to buy of him.
When He tells them they are blind, poor, and naked He is challenging their prosperity. It doesn’t matter how fine your clothes are, only Jesus can cover shame and repair brokenness. When you are uncovered you are vulnerable. Just like we use a “comforter” to cover ourselves when a change to our temperature is needed, there are areas that only Jesus can cover.
We must trust God, that whatever he takes from us is only going to be replaced by something better.
The lie the enemy tells is not good, he writes bad checks that you can’t take to the bank.