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Summary: Where is faith, when is faith, and how does faith come.

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Where faith comes from!

Mt. 13:3. And he told them many things in parables, saying: "A sower went out to sow.

4. And as he sowed, some seeds fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured them.

5. Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they had not much soil, and immediately they sprang up, since they had no depth of soil,

6. but when the sun rose they were scorched; and since they had no root they withered away.

7. Other seeds fell upon thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them.

8. Other seeds fell on good soil and brought forth grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.

9. He who has ears, let him hear."

18. "Hear then the parable of the sower.

19. When any one hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what is sown in his heart; this is what was sown along the path.

20. As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy;

21. 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.

22. As for what was sown among thorns, this is he who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the delight in riches choke the word, and it proves unfruitful.

23. As for what was sown on good soil, this is he 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."

Notice the sower is only mentioned once at the very beginning of the parable and not mentioned again.

The rest of the time Jesus is talking about the hearer.

1st group When any one hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what is sown in his heart; this is what was sown along the path.

Persecution always comes for the Words sake. Satan comes to steal.

Jesus said, the evil one comes and snatches away what is sown in his heart.

2nd group As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is he 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.

3rd group As for what was sown among thorns, this is he who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the delight in riches choke the word, and it proves unfruitful.

4th group As for what was sown on good soil, this is he 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."

In each of these 4 groups, the people had one thing in common,

they each heard the Word of God.

But, according to Jesus in Matthew’s accounting of this parable, only one forth of the people bear fruit, and of that one forth, only one third bear 100 fold.

He told us how we can be part of the ones that bear fruit. He who has ears, let him hear.

You have to hear the Word and understands it; he indeed bears fruit, and yields hundred, in another sixty, and in another thirty fold.

You hear it, then you understand it, then you bear fruit.

1. The sower sows the Word.

2. The Word is heard.

3. Faith is produced, as a result of hearing Gods Word.

Don’t let Satan steal the Word from your heart. Don’t let him do it!

In 100% of these people, the Word was sown in their heart!!!!!

Why are we praying for faith. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. If we are praying for faith, we are praying wrong.

When we hear the Word faith is produced, we simply need to act to see the results

Think of faith as a seed, and think of prayer as water, you can water the ground till the ground is saturated , but if there is no seed in the ground you won’t grow any thing. Basically, you’ll just make mud. Good for mud pies, or adobe bricks, but not much else.

Your ears are a conduit to your heart!

Ro.10:8. But what does it say? The word is near you, on your lips and in your heart (that is, the word of faith which we preach); or sow

9. because, if you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

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