Summary: We struggle to stay afloat but God said: trust in My salvation!
Sometimes we tell little white lies, but it is sin and it is big deal to God. it could cost your eternal life in a heartbeat and many think its ok according to the Bible but look again?Scripture reading: 1 Pet 2:11
11 Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts (Greek: craving, longing, desire for what is forbidden.) which war against the soul,
Seeds & Storm.
In this passage Jesus compares; His Word; our acceptance of it; and our spiritual growth as a result of it to the sowing and the sprouting of seeds.
He divided all believers into 4 categories. He explained our role as ambassadors of Christ and then he revealed the character of those who would enter into His Kingdom He warns us; don’t allow doubt, and the trials of life to scare you, choke you, or discourage you. You are going through a rough patch in your life right now but you are still on your journey to heaven. Don’t lose hope! I am with you. Trust in me and you will not lose your salvation. You might not see me right now, but I am with you to the very end!
3Jesus sat the disciples down There was probably someone busy sowing and He said. Listen up guys, God sows the seed of Word. As soon as you hear it, it penetrates the heart and it sprouts - it begins to change you.
The Word gives you the ability to grow and produce fruit. When you accept the Word the seed germinates, it’s a perfect sprout
But something is wrong. Not with the Word though, neither with the seed. Everybody heard the Word but only ¾ of those who hear the Word accepts it. The problem is, we do not Treasure the Word of God in our heart, so, it withers and it dies. There are certain things that prevent growth.
So, in verse 3 we find the
They hear, but they refuse to allow the Word to penetrate their minds. They allow the devil to take it from them; they harden their hearts. They hear it but they are offended by it and the devil snatches it away
Hear the Word, immediately receive it with gladness; and they continue in the faith for a time. But they stop growing the soil is shallow the decision and the experience is superficial and weak. Skin-deep. there is not enough nourishment to sustain growth. Their roots wither away due to exposure to the world and its attractions. Difficulties and the lack of Prayer and Bible study starved them. The rejection from the world overpower them. (Not living by the Word), immediately they stumble. The narrow road is too narrow for them (They deny Christ)
Hear the word, 19 but the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things choke the Word, and it becomes unfruitful. Compromise - lukewarm, Life is too good! God, you just don’t understand. You just don’t know how much I need this and it makes me so happy. Life is just too dull without it, and besides, you know I need money and the accruements that come with it. (I have responsibilities/ and there are certain things I need and I can’t do without them) It might not be spiritual but it’s so good! Surely you must understand! We are not living in the antediluvian world (It is the 21st century, things have changed, so, its ok) stress and sinful allurements strangles them.
Those who hear the Word, accept it, and the Word produces fruit in them: (The Word penetrates the heart, and your experience gets deeper and deeper as you allow the things of God to shape your life) seed curl several times metamorphosis
21Then Jesus asked: Do you think it a good thing to extinguish the light of the Gospel or your testimony by hiding it; by covering it up? 22If we are undercover Christians and keep Gods message as a secret. Our secret will be revealed in the kingdom of Heaven 23 if anyone has ears to hear let him hear Jesus is saying, this is serious, this is about your salvation – eternal life, you can’t fool God (can you hear me now).” Then He stressed, 24Make sure you are listening to the right message. (Be careful little ears)
24 Jesus said, If you hear and you listen, and if you accept the Word by applying it. 25 more will be given; but whoever does not have, growth even what he has will be taken away from him.”
The Parable of the Growing Seed
26 Jesus said I am planting My Word deep in your heart. Then the seed is supposed to sprout and grow, we don’t even know how, It’s through the providence of God! Mixed with our A.S.K & our sincerity 28 first the blade, repentance and then the head, initial growth and then we mature in Christ. It grows (expands - Leaven) 29 until the season for reaping. Then, ready or not, Jesus will return and He will gather His elect. Our opportunity to grow will end. Sorry!