Summary: Those that fall by the way side, in spite of the claims of sins, Jesus is calling and he came for all sinners---the sinner in each and every one of us with the gift of eternal life.
THE CHURCH OF CHRIST 5
Dr. Gale A. Ragan-Reid (March 14, 2016)
“A sower went out to sow his seed: and as he sowed some fell by the way side; and it was trodden down, and the fowls of the air devoured it....And his disciples asked him, saying, What might this parable be?...Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved” (St. Luke 8:5,9,11-12, King James Version [The parable of the sower-those that fell by the way side]).
Greetings In The Holy Name Of Our Lord And Savior, Christ Jesus,
My sisters and brothers, those that fell by the way side, are not those that fell among the thorns, for those that fell by the way side did hear the word of God but the devil---old slew foot got in the way---came between those that heard and the word of God, so that the seed---the word of God was trodden down on the ground and the fowls---the birds ate the seed because the devil took the seed away from those that did hear the word of God---out of their hearts so that they could not---would not believe and be saved. We live and we learn yet we fall by the way side not because we do not hear---not even because the seed was not planted in our hearts but because we let the devil have his way---we let the devil snatch the word of God out of our hearts and cast it down so that the word could be trodden upon as scratch feed for the birds---the fowls, to devour---as nourishment for the birds instead of the seed we need to grow in faith. Did you turn around---fall by the way side from a cause that made you feel the fire of Christ Jesus inside of you----that made your passion overflow in prayer and supplications and then in a twinkling of an eye you were finished with it---no longer interested in the cause, for without you knowing it, realizing what happened to you, the devil stole your seed right out of your heart and with the seed---the word of God planted inside of you, also went the fire of your passion for the cause that you stood up for, was willing to go to battle for, resisted all temptation to stop the good fight---for in your prayers you sought the way of God---the righteous way of our Lord and Savior, Christ Jesus, to help you stand in the gap, until the truth prevailed to resolve all the issues that plagued you that formed this matter into a cause worthy of the intercessory power of Jesus---so that the arm of God would come down to earth to judge this matter---to permit the truth in, to cut between the bone and the marrow, leave no stone unturned, in the faith of Jesus, bearing the knowledge and wisdom of the word of God? I know how it feels to stand alone, for the people. I know the truth of feeling “spare me” but knowing you must go on and hold on, for the truth to prevail, be of the chosen stock, to go the extra miles, to follow the process to the end, not turn back, forsaking not your Lord and Savior, Christ Jesus, who died to save you---who freed you, who took the chains off your body, took the chains off your heart, took the chains off your mind and delivered you time and time again back to God, into his hands---his tender embrace, for the love of Christ Jesus saved you and your sisters and brothers.