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Mark Chapter 4 – The Parable of The Sower. Something jumped out to me and I have been dwelling on it: “take heed how you hear”. Another translation says, take heed what you”. We are to take heed how and what we hear. Verse 11, He said, “Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the Kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables: That seeing they may see, not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them.”

Verse 13-20 (NKJV) Jesus said, “Do you not understand this parable? How then will you understand all parables? The sower sows the word. And these are the ones by the wayside where the word is sown. When they hear, Satan comes immediately and takes away the word that is sown in their hearts. These likewise are the ones sown on stony ground, who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with gladness; and they have no root in themselves, and so endure only for a time. Afterward when tribulation or persecution arises for the word’s sake, immediately they stumble. Now these are the ones sown among thorns; they are the ones who hear the word, and the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, the desires for other things entering in choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. But these are the ones sown on good ground, those who hear the word, accept it, bear fruit: some thirty fold, some sixty and some one hundred.”

Verse 21-23 (KNJV)Also He said to them, “Is a lamp brought to be put under a basket or under a bed? Is it not to be set on a lampstand? For there is nothing hidden which will not be revealed, nor has anything been kept secret but that it should come to light. if anyone has ears to hear, let him hear.”

There is a lot in this Parable of the Sower, let’s go back to verse 13. Two things I get out of this: If you don’t understand this parable, you can’t understand any of the other parables . This is straight from Jesus. He is giving us a key, it’s understanding the importance of the Word. This parable reveals how God works and how Satan works. God works through sowing the Word.

Verse 14 The sower is sowing the Word. Now who is the sower? God is the sower, but you are also. We were made in the image of God, we are like Him. We do what He does, He sowed the Word, we sow the Word.

Verse 15 These are the ones by the wayside, where the Word is sown, when they hear, satan comes immediately and takes away the Word that was sown in their hearts.

Now what’s interesting is the first word right there, “takes away”. There’s some type of affect that steals the Word. The first one there’s no effect of stealing the Word, it just says and Satan comes and steals it. There is no method of how the Word was stolen. The reason, when we hear something; but we don’t really hear it. There’s really no need for Satan to come and steal something that never took root.

There is no circumstance or methods of life to come steal it, because it never got in you. A good example might be, we take notes. We hear, the blessings of the Lord, oh yeah I want that. We hear, five steps to the prosperity, five steps to healing and we’ are taking notes and thinking I like that. But when we hear things like, you need to repent and if your brother offends you, you need to go and say, “brother I’m sorry”. If they speak evil against you, you need to bless them. You don’t see too many people writing that down. Every word spoken by God is for us. Every word is seed, not just to seed that grows the blessings the seed that creates pride out of our life is a seed; but we have to be able to receive it, every word.

Look in Romans chapter 1:16-17

Paul says, “I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power (dynamis) of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith. “ Paul is saying I’m not ashamed of the word, the gospel for it is the dynamis, the power of God unto (the Greek word, sōtēria) salvation

That word, salvation, also means unto deliverance, unto safety, unto preservation, unto health. There in is the righteousness revealed. When something is revealed, that means the cover has been taken off. God’s Word was never meant to be hid from you and me. The Word is a mystery, but not to you and me. It’s hidden from the unbeliever and the enemy, but to us the Word has been revealed.

That word, “reveal”, is like taking everything off, to be made bare. So there is no hidden agenda. Let’s go back to Mark 4closeMark 4 The Parable of the Sower 4:1 Again he began to teach beside the sea. And a very large crowd gathered about him, so that he got into a boat and sat in it on the sea, and the whole crowd was beside the sea on the land. And he was teaching them many things in parables, and in his teaching he said to them: “Listen! A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seed fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured it. Other seed fell on rocky ground, where it did not have much soil, and immediately it sprang up, since it had no depth of soil. And when the sun rose, it was scorched, and since it had no root, it withered away. Other seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no grain. And other seeds fell into good soil and produced grain, growing up and increasing and yielding thirtyfold and sixtyfold and a hundredfold.” And he said, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” The Purpose of the Parables 10 And when he was alone, those around him with the twelve asked him about the parables. 11 And he said to them, “To you has been given the secret of the kingdom of God, but for those outside everything is in parables, 12 so that “they may indeed see but not perceive,
and may indeed hear but not understand,
lest they should turn and be forgiven.”
13 And he said to them, “Do you not understand this parable? How then will you understand all the parables? 14 The sower sows the word. 15 And these are the ones along the path, where the word is sown: when they hear, Satan immediately comes and takes away the word that is sown in them. 16 And these are the ones sown on rocky ground: the ones who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with joy. 17 And they have no root in themselves, but endure for a while; then, when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately they fall away. 18 And others are the ones sown among thorns. They are those who hear the word, 19 but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches and the desires for other things enter in and choke the word, and it proves unfruitful. 20 But those that were sown on the good soil are the ones who hear the word and accept it and bear fruit, thirtyfold and sixtyfold and a hundredfold.” A Lamp Under a Basket 21 And he said to them, “Is a lamp brought in to be put under a basket, or under a bed, and not on a stand? 22 For nothing is hidden except to be made manifest; nor is anything secret except to come to light. 23 If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear.” 24 And he said to them, “Pay attention to what you hear: with the measure you use, it will be measured to you, and still more will be added to you. 25 For to the one who has, more will be given, and from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.” The Parable of the Seed Growing 26 And he said, “The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground. 27 He sleeps and rises night and day, and the seed sprouts and grows; he knows not how. 28 The earth produces by itself, first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear. 29 But when the grain is ripe, at once he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.” The Parable of the Mustard Seed 30 And he said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable shall we use for it? 31 It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when sown on the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth, 32 yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes larger than all the garden plants and puts out large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.” 33 With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it. 34 He did not speak to them without a parable, but privately to his own disciples he explained everything. Jesus Calms a Storm 35 On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” 36 And leaving the crowd, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. And other boats were with him. 37 And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was already filling. 38 But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion. And they woke him and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” 39 And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. 40 He said to them, “Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?” 41 And they were filled with great fear and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?” (ESV)
. God sows the Word, you sow the Word, so there is no problem with sowing the Word, every time the Word was sown it was heard. Did you catch that, now how does God sow to us? How does God sow the Word to us?

Romans 10:17closeRomans 10:17 17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ. (ESV) “Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.” I just realized something, no where in the Bible does it say, faith comes by reading. Your mouth, the preaching of the Word, the declaration, the declaring. Why do you think we have been declaring these things: The manifested presence, the manifested power, the manifested goodness of the Lord, declaring the glory of the Lord. Faith comes by hearing, not by reading, but by hearing and hearing. That is why when you get out of church and you have not been giving yourself the opportunity to hear the Word of God, your faith gets real weak. You start shrinking away, because faith comes by hearing. I don’t care what you are going through, if you isolate yourself, you are not hearing the Word and your faith will shrink.

I didn’t say that, the Word says this, that’s the seed of the word going forth. It’s not just by reading, I encourage you that when you are reading the Word, read it out loud.

Back to Romans 10:17closeRomans 10:17 17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ. (ESV) it says faith comes by hearing. That word “hearing” is Rhema, which is a spoken word. Faith comes by the spoken word.

Mark 4:15closeMark 4:15 15 And these are the ones along the path, where the word is sown: when they hear, Satan immediately comes and takes away the word that is sown in them. (ESV) These are the ones by the way side, where the Word is sown and when they hear, Satan comes immediately, not slowly, but immediately. What does he do? He takes the Word that was sown in their hearts.

How do we protect the Word? Let’s go to Joshua 1:8closeJoshua 1:8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. (ESV) “This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night that you may observe and do according to all that is written in it, for then you will make your way prosperous and then you will have good success.” God is telling Joshua to dwell on the law. How can you meditate on that? How can anybody take that and memorize and meditate that much, but God is telling him to do that. It’s through the oracle of the mouth. It’s through the speaking of the Word.

It was very common o\in those days, they never just read, they read so it could be heard. They spoke the Word of God. We need to hear the Word of God. We need to pound it in, we need to cause it to become a part of us and the best way to do that is to speak it to one another, speak it to yourself.

I heard of a minister who was going to preach, but wanted someone to preach to first, but no one was around, but he had a dog, so he started preaching to his dog. That might sound funny, but when you hear yourself speaking the Word things happen. You need to hear yourself, you can’t hear yourself when everything is just kept inside. I tell people don’t always pray silently, pray loud, let every demon in hell know that you know you have authority in Jesus Christ. Your voice matters!

Ask ourselves, if we are hearing the Word, how are we hearing it?

Mark 4:15closeMark 4:15 15 And these are the ones along the path, where the word is sown: when they hear, Satan immediately comes and takes away the word that is sown in them. (ESV) Seed on the wayside, it says Satan came immediately and took away the Word that was sown in their hearts. No root there, it was a hard bounce.

Vs 16-17 These likewise are the ones sown on stony ground, who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with gladness; and they have no root in themselves, and so endure only for a time. Afterward when tribulation or persecution arises for the word’s sake, immediately they stumble.

These hear the Word, they received it; how, with gladness. Receive means you take hold of something, they were happy, jumping up and down, that was good preaching. But then tribulation comes, what does that Word mean. Tribulation means, you are going to be pressed, be under pressure. Now all of a sudden that joy, that enthusiasm, you start saying, what happened! It takes root!

If we had plant up here, the best illustration is to take a plant and literally pull it out of the dirt and look at the roots. You can see that those roots had life in them. The stronger the plant the deeper the roots and you can’t just pull it up easily.

James 1:21closeJames 1:21 21 Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. (ESV) say, Lay aside every wickedness and receive the implanted Word of God. The word receive, means to take hold. Take hold of the engrafted or planted Word, which is able to save your souls. That word, engrafted, means to receive it as others are speaking it and you are receiving it. It has the sense of a learning attitude, or learning heart.

If you have no root, how do you get depth. When trouble comes you have a root system.

Let’s go to Proverbs 4:20-27closeProverbs 4:20-27 20 My son, be attentive to my words;
incline your ear to my sayings.
21 Let them not escape from your sight;
keep them within your heart.
22 For they are life to those who find them,
and healing to all their flesh.
23 Keep your heart with all vigilance,
for from it flow the springs of life.
24 Put away from you crooked speech,
and put devious talk far from you.
25 Let your eyes look directly forward,
and your gaze be straight before you.
26 Ponder the path of your feet;
then all your ways will be sure.
27 Do not swerve to the right or to the left;
turn your foot away from evil. (ESV)

My son, give attention to my words incline your ear to my sayings, (seeds being sown) do not let them depart from your eyes, keep them in the midst of your heart, for they are life to those that find them and health to all their flesh. Keep your heart with all diligence for out of it spring forth the issues of life. Put away from you a deceitful mouth and put perverse lips far from you, let your eyes look straight ahead and your eyelids look right before you. Ponder the path of your feet and let all your ways be established. Do not turn to the right or to the left, remove your foot from evil.”

So how do you get roots, you have to go through some stuff, you have to stand on it, you have to allow the spoken Word, the written Word, the hidden Word in your heart, you have to put it to the test. When stuff comes, you walk through it because of the Word. You don’t go to the right or the left, when challenges come, you don’t back away, you say I have God’s Word. Challenges comes to test how much Word is really in you, how much are you rooted and grounded in truth.

People can say, I got Jesus in me, I’ve got the Word of God in me, well let’s just test it, lets allow a little persecution, a little tribulation. Now we aren’t looking for these, but we aren’t going to run from it either. This is when our faith comes in, by His stripes I am healed, not I’m going to be, I am, I am! It’s not a future thing! That’s when I say, My God shall supply all my needs according to His riches in glory. There is no lack in God.

Mark 4closeMark 4 The Parable of the Sower 4:1 Again he began to teach beside the sea. And a very large crowd gathered about him, so that he got into a boat and sat in it on the sea, and the whole crowd was beside the sea on the land. And he was teaching them many things in parables, and in his teaching he said to them: “Listen! A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seed fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured it. Other seed fell on rocky ground, where it did not have much soil, and immediately it sprang up, since it had no depth of soil. And when the sun rose, it was scorched, and since it had no root, it withered away. Other seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no grain. And other seeds fell into good soil and produced grain, growing up and increasing and yielding thirtyfold and sixtyfold and a hundredfold.” And he said, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” The Purpose of the Parables 10 And when he was alone, those around him with the twelve asked him about the parables. 11 And he said to them, “To you has been given the secret of the kingdom of God, but for those outside everything is in parables, 12 so that “they may indeed see but not perceive,
and may indeed hear but not understand,
lest they should turn and be forgiven.”
13 And he said to them, “Do you not understand this parable? How then will you understand all the parables? 14 The sower sows the word. 15 And these are the ones along the path, where the word is sown: when they hear, Satan immediately comes and takes away the word that is sown in them. 16 And these are the ones sown on rocky ground: the ones who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with joy. 17 And they have no root in themselves, but endure for a while; then, when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately they fall away. 18 And others are the ones sown among thorns. They are those who hear the word, 19 but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches and the desires for other things enter in and choke the word, and it proves unfruitful. 20 But those that were sown on the good soil are the ones who hear the word and accept it and bear fruit, thirtyfold and sixtyfold and a hundredfold.” A Lamp Under a Basket 21 And he said to them, “Is a lamp brought in to be put under a basket, or under a bed, and not on a stand? 22 For nothing is hidden except to be made manifest; nor is anything secret except to come to light. 23 If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear.” 24 And he said to them, “Pay attention to what you hear: with the measure you use, it will be measured to you, and still more will be added to you. 25 For to the one who has, more will be given, and from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.” The Parable of the Seed Growing 26 And he said, “The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground. 27 He sleeps and rises night and day, and the seed sprouts and grows; he knows not how. 28 The earth produces by itself, first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear. 29 But when the grain is ripe, at once he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.” The Parable of the Mustard Seed 30 And he said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable shall we use for it? 31 It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when sown on the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth, 32 yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes larger than all the garden plants and puts out large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.” 33 With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it. 34 He did not speak to them without a parable, but privately to his own disciples he explained everything. Jesus Calms a Storm 35 On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” 36 And leaving the crowd, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. And other boats were with him. 37 And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was already filling. 38 But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion. And they woke him and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” 39 And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. 40 He said to them, “Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?” 41 And they were filled with great fear and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?” (ESV)
You may have heard this many times, but it only takes one time for you hear something that can set you free. Like you, I don’t remember everything that was spoken, but there is that one word that was spoken. You’ll say, there it is, the Holy Spirit just put the flashlight on it.

When it’s talking about having no roots, being established, you don’t get roots just by attending church. Just because you have been faithfully attending for years, that is not the way you get roots.

Here is an illustration:

If I had steak and potatoes last week, I can’t live off it today. The memory of that will not sustain me. Me thinking of the memory of how good it was and now it’s been about two weeks. The memory is not doing me any good, I need to get some new food in me. It’s the same thing with the Word of God. What God spoke to you two weeks ago and it’s just a memory, you need to hear it again, you need to speak it again. The prophetic words spoken over you, you need to remind yourself about those. You need to build yourself up in your most holy faith, you need to declare to yourself what God is declared about you. You need to remind yourself, I am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus; because of what He did, I am this.

You can’t live off last week’s food, you can’t live on last week’s Word either . It’s very hard to go from Sunday to Sunday without opening your Bible and speaking God’s Word. You can do it, but you start losing weight and I’m not talk about physical weight. I’m talking spiritual weight. When the adversary comes, your spiritual strength will be weakened. We don’t want that, so put the Word in you.

When tribulation arises, trouble, pressure come, it says in Mark 4:17closeMark 4:17 17 And they have no root in themselves, but endure for a while; then, when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately they fall away. (ESV) , that afterward when persecution arises, for the Words sake, it says, immediately they stumble. Another translation says they become offended.

The word offended is skandalizō, means to cause one to stumble. That word stumble, means to entice a person to sin. It also means to cause one to not trust the one whom they should trust and obey. When you get offended for the Words’ sake, it makes you say, I can’t trust them. But that’s not true, but if you have no root in you, then you can say that. You have to have the seed of the Word inside you, and let it take root. Let it actually wrap itself around the rest of the root, the ground and created some stability for you. You can’t lived off last weeks meal.

Verse 18 The key, if you are going through affliction. I have two verses for you: Joshua 1:8closeJoshua 1:8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. (ESV) and James 1:1closeJames 1:1 Greeting 1:1 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes in the Dispersion: Greetings. (ESV) (this one people don’t take notes on either)

James 1:1closeJames 1:1 Greeting 1:1 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes in the Dispersion: Greetings. (ESV) Count it all joy

When your faith is tested it produces. When a woman is pregnant she produces. When a man is about to deliver a speech, he produces. It’s creating something. It says count it all joy when you fall in various trials, troubles, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. Or another word is endurance or perseverance, but let patience have it’s perfect work that you maybe perfect and complete lacking nothing. Anyone lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives liberally without reproach and it will be given to him. If you are lacking anything, the Bible tells us, the Rhema, the spoken Word says, ask God, but ask in faith. Your daddy has the table set before you, He wants to give you everything good.

How many of you have daughters, any fathers with daughters. When those daughters come to you, they just win your heart. You can’t say no them, they are like, “Daddy, oh daddy, I need….”, you are reaching for your wallet before they even ask. Father God is same way. He says come to Me and ask, I want to give you My pleasure, I have a table of blessings laid before you and I’ll give it to you. All I’m asking you to do is come, ask and obey, it’s just that simple. Father God wants to give it to you. So He says come and ask in faith, don’t come doubting. Don’t say, “I hope”, no say, “Father God you are my father, I know that you love me and I love you and I thank you that You care about me.

Verse 6 Let him ask in faith without doubting, for he who doubts is like wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.

  • Now let’s talk about persecution, where is persecution going to come from? It’s going to come from people, usually from people that we know. It doesn’t come from the sky, it doesn’t drop down like a comet, it comes from your co-workers, from members from your own family, your own church. The best Bible believing Christian can yield to the influence and say something that satan planted. Your pastor can yield say something stupid and offend you, persecute you without even knowing it.

What do we do with persecution? We use the Word, we allow ourselves to say, “That is not who I am, I am the righteousness of God is Christ Jesus.” Can you tell I like that verse. I believe it because I believe I can stand in the presence of the Father, with the absence of sin, with the absence of shame, without any guilt, because of Jesus Christ. Why? Because when God looks at you and me, He sees Jesus has you covered. Jesus says, “Father I covered them with my blood, I did it for them.” God does not see your guilt. If your heart has repented and you have turned and allowed yourself to believe in the covering of Jesus; that is what God sees. He doesn’t see your inability, so quit looking at it.

  • Persecution, the whole purpose for it, comes for the Word sake. It’s to get your attention strictly off of everything that you should be doing and that you were doing to get your attention back on you. Persecution turns your heart and eyes back on you. It causes you become inwardly focused. Persecution is designed to attack the Word we have put in our heart. With your mouth deal with it. The Word is a sword. Speak it and cut some things off that have no place in being there.

Mark 4:18closeMark 4:18 18 And others are the ones sown among thorns. They are those who hear the word, (ESV) , “now these are the ones sown among thorns (They are all hearing the Word, right!) and the deceitfulness of riches, the desires for other things, they enter in and choke the Word and it becomes unfruitful”. That word, choke means, to push something out of the way so that there’s not room for something else. The Word is choked is by the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches and the desires for other things.

  • The cares of this world, what are cares – Distractions. What can be a distraction? Can life be a distraction? Can things that cause you to take your attention off what you were doing be a distraction?
  • The deceitfulness of riches, what is deceitfulness. Deceitfulness is a delusion. I think of magical tricks as a delusion.

But let’s go back to cares. What is causing you to get your eyes on cares. Colossians 3:1closeColossians 3:1 Put On the New Self 3:1 If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. (ESV) is the answer for cares, it says, “If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above where Christ is sitting at the right hand of God and set your mind on things above not on things on the Earth.” If you are dealing with cares, the Word is being choked. Your answer you are to set your mind on things above and not on things on this Earth.

  • What is the answer for deceitfulness of riches or the delusion, turn to Matthew 6:33closeMatthew 6:33 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. (ESV) says, “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added unto you”. The word “seek” is not a casual word, it means to aggressively go after something as if it was lost. It would be as if your child went missing, you would not rest until you found the child. This verse says seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added to you. What things, everything you have need of, that will be added to you.

Last one mentioned is about desires. Some translations use the word, lust for other things. That word desire means the craving our longing for something that is forbidden. When we hear the word lust, we always associate sexual things with it. But you know you can lust after anything: like popularity, attention, something that’s unobtainable, being something that someone else said, these are all things that cause the Word of God to not take root in our lives the way it should.

These things enter in and choke the Word, and the Word it becomes unfruitful.

What word do we have to answer the desire, cravings and lust. Galatians 5:16closeGalatians 5:16 Walk by the Spirit 16 But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. (ESV) “walk in the spirit and you shall not fulfill the lusts of the flesh”. When I say, walk in the spirit, it does not mean you walk around saying, “I see dreams and angels”, that is not walking in the spirit. Walking in the spirit means to conduct your life in the spirit, being constantly paying attention to the Holy Spirit. When you are going one way and the Holy Spirit says, no that’s not for you, you don’t ignore Him.

Every decision you have had in your life, since you were born-again, the Holy Spirit has had a voice. Perhaps we have not listened, or ignored Him, or we just said “no”. The decisions in our lives, the Holy Spirit has been involved in. He is always speaking because Jesus said, I am going to give you another Comforter and He will lead and guide you. He sowed that into our lives.

Now we get to the last one. These are the ones sown on good ground. Those that hear the Word, meaning they accept it, they bear fruit, some 30 fold, some 60 fold and a hundredfold. It was on good ground, that word good, means “better, beautiful, useful”. These are the ones that fell on better, useful or beautiful ground, that’s your heart.

The word, “hear”, means, they gave audience to it, they understood.

Why some 30, 60 and 100 it’s because we all hear differently. We all have a different hunger. If you are more hungry than me, you will eat more than me. The more hungry you are for God’s Word, the more you eat of it. A fact; When someone who is dying of cancer, they will get to the point were they are no longer hungry. If that ever happens to a Christian, that’s a sign there we are dying spiritually. When we get to the point were no longer hungry for God, just like a person who was dying of cancer something has infected their body and they don’t have hunger anymore. There’s no desire to eat and that could happen if we don’t feed ourselves. If we allow something other than the Word to come in, it will affect us. God’s Word is powerful; it’s so powerful. He is the sower of the Word, we are sowers also. Quit sowing disappointment! You choose to be blessed, is a choice, let’s choose to be blessed. God said, I put before you life and death, you choose. Amen?!

Prayer: “Father thank You for Your Word. We thank You that Your Word is life. We thank You that You have given us Your Word. We thank You that You are Our Pappa, Abba Father that You have laid a table before us, to bless us, to encourage us, to keep us on the straight and narrow. So Father, I pray over Your people that this word would be received, that we would be those who produce some 30, some 60, and some hundred. Father, let me be a hundredfold, let us all be a hundredfold. Father, may we hunger and thirst for righteousness and may Your word produce that which You sent it forth to do, in Jesus’ name we pray, Amen!

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