Updated: Jan 3
It is time you prepare yourself to receive what the Lord is giving you!
Scripture: The Parable of the Sower explained
(Luke 8:4-8 NLT) '4 One day Jesus told a story in the form of a parable to a large crowd that had gathered from many towns to hear him: 5 “A farmer went out to plant his seed. As he scattered it across his field, some seed fell on a footpath, where it was stepped on, and the birds ate it. 6 Other seed fell among rocks. It began to grow, but the plant soon wilted and died for lack of moisture. 7 Other seed fell among thorns that grew up with it and choked out the tender plants. 8 Still other seed fell on fertile soil. This seed grew and produced a crop that was a hundred times as much as had been planted!” When he had said this, he called out, “Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand.”
How can I receive the Lord's Word if Satan is going to just take it from me?
The parable of the sower teaches us what kind of person will be able to receive from Jesus. This is important for all people to know, especially people who call themselves Christians. For a Christian to be truly Christian, we must become a follower of Christ, one who receives the Word of God and acts out on what it says. It is in our actions that make us Christian, NOT our spoken words.
Jesus begins His dialogue by speaking of 4 types of people. He explains that 3 of the people, because of the issues of the hardened heart, will not truly be able to receive from God. Notice, it is not an issue of the seed (which is the Word of God); the seed is perfect because it comes from God. The issue is the person receiving the seed. Is your heart fertile enough to receive what God has for you in His Word? If not, you cannot receive what the Lord has for you. For any of the 3 people with the different infertile heart conditions expressed in verses 5-7, notice that the seed started to root itself in a couple of them. It didn't really matter because Satan was still able to come in and occupy the heart/soul enough to steal the good seed (God's Word) from all three (3) of them. The reason He is able to come in and steal what there is because the heart/soul is still not conditioned (fertile) enough for good seed (God's Word) to grow inside of it.
This is important to understand because all of us have seed that has grown inside of us before we gave our life to Christ. As a matter of fact, you are bearing fruit right now (good, bad, or indifferent) of what is already there. Let me break this down a little more. For instance, some of the bad seed that is already full grown (producing fruit) inside of you have caused nothing but issues in your life, please understand your fruit is your actions. Everything about this bad fruit (actions) does not want the Lord's seed to root itself within you. This is because the Lord's seed is destined to produce good fruit (actions) that absolutely contradict the bad actions in your life. We Christians sometimes call this the "internal war" we have to fight. We are being pulled in different directions. Do I do what God's Word tells me to do or do what my flesh wants me to do? We see this in verse 7, the thorns choked out the Lord's (new) seed as it began to grow. The old stuff wants to kill the good seed before it gets a chance to become full-grown. I liken it to killing the child before it learns how to fight because when it becomes full grown, the fight is over.
So what do we do when we are suffering from this issue in our lives? As you plant the Lord's seed (God's Word), you start to root up the issues of the bad seed, which are the old trees and deeply rooted problems that are plaguing you. You are able to do this with prayer and continued focus on God and His Word. It is difficult but doable! Satan is going to do everything in His power to keep you in bondage as he does NOT want to set you free. So, you are going to have to prepare your heart/soul to become fertile ground as you fight him off. You do this through prayer and meditation (reading, reflection, taking action) on God's Word.
If you truly desire what the Lord has for you, be prepared to grow it. Bearing fruit is a principle Jesus teaches us in His Word so we can understand how to receive from the Lord. Jesus also tells us that if we do not understand the parable of the sower, we will not understand the rest of the parables. God gave us the parable of the sower because this is how we receive from the Lord. God's Word starts with a seed that is planted in fertile soil (heart/soul) on the inside of us, and once it becomes fully grown, it starts producing fruit. The fruit will benefit us greatly in our lives. Jesus tells us in verse 8 that the seed has the ability to multiply in our lives up to 100 times. Personally, I definitely look forward to this happening in every area of my life.
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Preparing your heart/soul to receive the Word of God can be difficult, but it is the best thing you can do in your life. The reason is when you understand you can't receive anything from God without first being receptive to it, you will know it is imperative that your heart/soul becomes fertile ground.
This week daily, take some time to pray and ask God for help regarding His word and become receptive to it. Don't give up, Satan wants to try to destroy the connection you and the Lord have by any means necessary. The beauty in this is if he is coming after you this hard, I can only imagine the work and blessings the Lord has planned for you.
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