Summary: To show that through perseverance and faith we can hold the WORD of GOD that protects us.
Are you guarding your heart with patience?
II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:
To show that through perseverance and faith we can hold the WORD of GOD that protects us.
Luke 8:15 (Amplified Bible)
8:15 But as for that [seed] in the good soil, these are [the people] who, hearing the Word, hold it fast in a just (noble, virtuous) and worthy heart, and steadily bring forth fruit with patience.
Praise, worship and thank You very much LORD JESUS for the WORD of GOD that is You will protect us from keeping the WORD of GOD.
How to take care of the seed?
A. Author: Luke, the beloved physician
B. Date written: Before 70 A.D.
C. Purpose: To give a connected and orderly narrative of the life of Christ as seen by eye witnesses,—Thompson Chain - Bible Book Outlines
D. To whom written: Addressed to Theophilus, an unknown person. —Thompson Chain - Bible Book Outlines
E. Main Theme: Jesus of Nazareth is the perfect Son of Man who came "to seek and to save that which was lost",—Thompson Chain - Bible Book Outlines
F. Key words: Jesus the Son of Man.—Thompson Chain - Bible Book Outlines
G. Key verse: Luke 1:4 (Amplified Bible)
1:4 [My purpose is] that you may know the full truth and understand with certainty and security against error the accounts (histories) and doctrines of the faith of which you have been informed and in which you have been orally instructed.
VIII. MAIN BODY:
A. Hold it fast in a just and worthy heart
"But as for that [seed] in the good soil, these are [the people] who, hearing the Word, hold it fast in a just (noble, virtuous) and worthy heart,"
Mark 4:14 (Amplified Bible)
4:14 The sower sows the Word.
JESUS is the Sower and the Seed is the WORD of GOD.
Ephesians 2:8 (Amplified Bible)
2:8 For it is by free grace (God’s unmerited favor) that you are saved (delivered from judgment and made partakers of Christ’s salvation) through [your] faith. And this [salvation] is not of yourselves [of your own doing, it came not through your own striving], but it is the gift of God;
The good ground are those that accepted CHRIST as their Savior hence by grace their heart have been changed to good and honest hearts irregardless of what they do or not, it's all by grace through faith.
Luke 6:45 (Amplified Bible)
6:45 The upright (honorable, intrinsically good) man out of the good treasure [stored] in his heart produces what is upright (honorable and intrinsically good), and the evil man out of the evil storehouse brings forth that which is depraved (wicked and intrinsically evil); for out of the abundance (overflow) of the heart his mouth speaks.
B. Steadily bring forth fruit with patience
"and steadily bring forth fruit with patience."
Matthew 24:13 (Amplified Bible)
24:13 But he who endures to the end will be saved.
Romans 2:7 (Amplified Bible)
2:7 To those who by patient persistence in well-doing [springing from piety] seek [unseen but sure] glory and honor and [the eternal blessedness of] immortality, He will give eternal life.
Romans 7:4 (Amplified Bible)
7:4 Likewise, my brethren, you have undergone death as to the Law through the [crucified] body of Christ, so that now you may belong to Another, to Him Who was raised from the dead in order that we may bear fruit for God.
That's why GOD said to guard our hearts for this will protect the seeds of the WORD that is in our heart.
Proverbs 4:23 (Amplified Bible)
4:23 Keep and guard your heart with all vigilance and above all that you guard, for out of it flow the springs of life.
Hebrews 6:11-12 (Amplified Bible)
6:11 But we do [strongly and earnestly] desire for each of you to show the same diligence and sincerity [all the way through] in realizing and enjoying the full assurance and development of [your] hope until the end,
6:12 In order that you may not grow disinterested and become [spiritual] sluggards, but imitators, behaving as do those who through faith (by their leaning of the entire personality on God in Christ in absolute trust and confidence in His power, wisdom, and goodness) and by practice of patient endurance and waiting are [now] inheriting the promises.
Hebrews 10:36 (Amplified Bible)
10:36 For you have need of steadfast patience and endurance, so that you may perform and fully accomplish the will of God, and thus receive and carry away [and enjoy to the full] what is promised.
James 1:4 (Amplified Bible)
1:4 But let endurance and steadfastness and patience have full play and do a thorough work, so that you may be [people] perfectly and fully developed [with no defects], lacking in nothing.