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Good Soil for God’s Word

Scripture reading for January 17th:  Matthew 13, Psalm 13, Prov. 13

Key Scriptures: Matthew 13:20-23 “As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is the one who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy, yet he has no root in himself, but endures for a while, and when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the Word, immediately he falls away.  As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the Word, but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the Word and it proves unfruitful.  As for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the Word and understands it.  He indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty.”  

Jesus used a parable, a story about something common, to teach His disciples about the kingdom of heaven.  The parable required thinking and discernment to find the truth being taught.  God’s Word was likened to seed sowed on various types of soil in the hearts of hearers.  Some was rocky and shallow and quickly dried up, aborting the growth needed for fruit.  Some was weedy and the Word was choked out before it produced.  Other soil was fertile and the Seed multiplied in harvest.

Faith’s Confession:  Father, thank You for considering my heart good soil.  I receive Your Word and desire to produce fruit–even a hundred-fold!

Proverbs 13:13  “Whoever despises the Word brings destruction on himself; but he who reveres the commandment will be rewarded.”  

 

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The garden of the heart!

Scripture reading for February 13th:  Leviticus 20-23, Mark 4

Key Scriptures: Mark 4:14-20  “”The sower sows the Word.  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.  And these are the ones sown on rocky ground:  the ones who, when they hear the Word, immediately receive it with joy.  And they have no root in themselves, but endure for a while, . . .And others are the ones sown among the thorns.  They are those who hear the word, but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches. . . choke the Word. . .But those sown on good soil . . . .hear and bear fruit. . .””

Jesus explained the parable of the sower to His disciples, explaining that it was a key to understanding all parables.  The Word of God is like seed sown on various kinds of soil.  The soil is the ground of individual hearts.  Hearing and allowing the seed to grow and produce fruit comes only with the ‘good’ soil of faith.  Satan, the world and our sinful nature oppose the Word.  Those set apart to God hear and do the Word.

Leviticus 20:26  “You shall be holy to Me, for I the Lord am holy and  have separated you from the peoples, that you should be Mine.”  

Prayer:  Lord, thank You for separating me to Yourself by Your holy Word, Jesus Christ.  I offer the ground of my heart as a garden of fruitfulness and good soil.  Amen.

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God has plans!

Scripture reading for January 17th:  Genesis 43-45, Matthew 13

Key Scriptures:   Genesis 45:4-7  “So Joseph said to his brothers, “Come near to me, please.”  And they came near.  And he said, “I am your brother, Joseph, whom you sold into Egypt.  And now do not be distressed or angry with yourselves because you sold me here, for God sent me before you to preserve life.  For the famine has been in the land these two years, and there are yet five years in which there will be neither plowing nor harvest.  And God set me before you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to keep alive for you many survivors.”  

Joseph called his brothers close and revealed his identity.  He told them not to be distressed or angry with themselves, although they had sold him into slavery.  God was indeed working out a plan of salvation.  They must see the plan and cooperate in faith.  Those who do will produce a harvest!

Matthew 13:23 “As for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it.  He indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty.”  

Prayer:  Father, help me to see Your plan in my situation and circumstances.  Allow me to be good soil that yields a great harvest to Your glory!  In Jesus’ Name!

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True mothers and brothers!

Scripture reading for March 28th: Luke 8:4-21

Blood is thicker than water!  This statement is made to declare that family loyalty is often the closest tie that binds people together.  They may not get along on a daily basis, but if a family member is attacked or threatened, other family members will rally to their defense.  Blood relationship is a unique tie we have with our close relatives.  The Jews used this in their relationship to God as well, claiming Abraham’s blood brought them into a unique relationship with God.  Jesus disputed this common proverb when it came to following Him.

“Now Jesus’ mother and brothers came to see Him, but they were not able to get near Him because of the crowd.  Someone told Him, “Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting to see You.”  He replied, “My mother and brothers are those who hear God’s word and put it into practice.” ” (Luke 8:19-21)  The context of this statement was the teaching of the parable of the sower and the seed.  Those who received God’s word and put it into practice had good soil in their hearts and persevered to produce a crop of righteousness coming from faith.  Blood relationship would not necessarily produce this!

Faith comes by hearing and obeying the word of God.  (Romans 10:17)  It is by faith through God’s grace found in Jesus Christ that we are saved.  (Ephesians 2:8-10)   We are adopted into God’s family and become one with Him through covenant by His blood.  (Galatians 4:4-7)  The Holy Spirit bears witness that we are sons and daughters of God and we can now know God as “Abba” (Daddy).  Our faith resulted in belief in the word of truth and we were marked by a seal, the precious Holy Spirit!  Our complete family inheritance is guaranteed until the redemption of our bodies at the resurrection!  (Ephesians 1:13-14)

In summary, Jesus was not putting down his family but encouraging all that they could become close family with Him through hearing the word of God and obeying it!  That is the definition of faith!   Faith works through love.  Love is a relationship where people and our Father work to bring the highest good to each person regardless of personal cost!  Does your spirit and the Holy Spirit bear witness that God is your Father (Daddy)?

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