Jesus often used parables to teach spiritual truths. In Part One we saw that the “parable of all parables” – the key parable to understand is the story of “The Sower and the Seed.” It’s recorded in both Matthew 13:1-23, and in Luke 8:4-18.
Jesus said if you understand the meaning of this parable, you can unlock the meaning of all the rest.
Four soils are described in the parable. In Part One we focused on the Wayside soil.
The Wayside soil describes the hardened heart of the unbeliever.
The rest of the soils in this parable are describing the hearts of children of God. The Family members who have access to all the promises of God.
However, the soil of our heart can shift from one type of soil to the other depending on the circumstances in our lives – if we let it.
The type of soil will determine the harvest from the seed.
In the parable, the sower sows the Seed. The Seed = the Word of God. There is supernatural power in the seed to produce whatever we need. And if the seed has the right growing environment it will produce a big harvest.
So, it’s important to pay attention to the type of soil in your heart today.
The second heart soil in the parable is rocky soil.
But the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, who believe for a while and in time of temptation fall away. Luke8:13
This person hears a promise from the Word of God, or a great message from a pastor, maybe even my FB LIVE. They even takes notes. They praise God for the truth they heard. But then when a problem comes up in their life, it all goes out the window. They revert to old habits of dealing with the situation on their own. “They have no root.” That means that the seed was just sitting on the surface and had not worked it’s way into their spirit.
It takes meditating on the Word. Marinating. To get the Word deep in your heart where it cannot be stolen away.
I can guarantee that you know how to meditate.
Have you ever worried about a problem? If you know how to worry – then you know how to meditate. It simply means mulling it over in your mind. Rather than meditating on the problem, try meditating on God’s Word, on a promise. Get it planted deeply in your spirit so the seed won’t shrivel and die.
The third soil is “thorny ground.”
Now the ones that fell among thorns are those who, when they have heard, go out and are choked with cares, riches, and pleasures of life, and bring no fruit to maturity. Luke 8:14
I think this one is where most Christians get tripped up. I know it’s the soil I’ve struggled to keep tilled up the most!
Let’s say you downloaded my gift to you – “70 Promises for an Abundant Life” and you found a promise that you are claiming for healing in your body.
For example, Psalm 103:3 “Who forgives all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases.”
This Word (Seed) is planted in your heart, you start claiming it. You get excited about the promise for healing in your body. You thank God for your healing. You declare, “Jesus is my Healer!”
But then worry and fear come in, doctor’s reports, cares of this world, family members who say you’re in denial – it chokes the Seed. You stop standing on the truth of God’s Word and you start focusing on the doctor’s prognosis – the ‘cares of the world’ instead of the Word from God your Father and Creator.
The Word (Seed) is stopped in its production in your life. It becomes unfruitful –“brings no fruit to maturity.”
When that happens the devil whispers in your ear – see – “God’s Word isn’t true, the Word doesn’t work for you.”
Then, the enemy of your soul cheers in victory, that he has successfully stolen the Seed from you.
Don’t let this happen!
This is why you need a good church community, friends, a Bible study group who all believe in the power of the Word. You need believers who can stand with you and encourage you to keep the Word growing in your life.
Get in the habit of connecting with me! Read my blog. Keep renewing your mind on the Truth.
Why is this so important? Because God does not want you to live in lack.
Because there a great harvest coming in the fourth type of soil.
The “good, fertile soil.”
But the ones that fell on the good ground are those who, having heard the word with a noble and good heart, keep it and bear fruit with patience. Luke 8:15
This is a wonderful promise. When you let the Seed of the Word of God get planted in good fertile soil in your heart, and you give it time to grow – it WILL produce a big harvest!
Three phrases I want to highlight here from verse 15:
“Having heard the Word with a noble and good heart” – A heart that is focusing on a good and praiseworthy report.
“Keep it” – The Greek word means to hold fast, bind it to them, take possession of, lay hold of it.
“Bear fruit with patience” – comes from the Greek word hupomoné meaning: with endurance, steadfastness, patient waiting for.
I’ve lived in Nebraska most of my life. The Cornhusker State. When you drive across I-80 through Nebraska you’ll see cornfields lining most of the interstate. (It’s a boring drive!)
In the Spring, the farmers hitch up their plows and till the soil. They soften up the soil and prepare it to be an ideal growing environment for the seed. Usually planting will be in full swing by mid-May. The farmers are pleased with the growth of the seed if it’s “knee-high by the Fourth of July.” Then they wait for the harvest in October. A farmer knows it takes patience, and some timely rains, to produce a bumper crop.
That’s what we are doing when we plant the Seed of the Word of God in the good soil of our heart. We hold fast to it, guard over it and patiently wait for harvest.
You’ve heard of seedtime and harvest. But more accurately its:
Seed – Time – and Harvest.
But what a harvest! When you patiently wait for the Word to produce in your life. The harvest will come. And it will be bigger than you imagine!
So, according to Jesus’ key parable – here’s how you receive all the promises for abundance:
1) Find a promise (SEED) in the Word.
2) Believe the Word and stand firm on it.
3) Plant that SEED deep in the good soil of your believing heart.
4) Hold fast to it.
5) Wait for the manifestation (Harvest) of the promise in your life.
Then open up the barn doors to receive God’s abundance!
I’d love to read your comments below. Who do you know who needs to hear this word? Share it!