The Word Of The Kingdom (Matt 13:3-8, 18-23)
The parable of the sower, is a very popular one. Probably one of the first ones learnt as a young believer.
Jesus told the story of a sower or farmer who went out to sow some seed. Some of the seeds fell by the way side and the fowls came and devoured them, some fell on the stony places, they sprang up quite all right but because there was not much earth they where scorched and withered away when the sun was up. Some other seed fell among thorns and the thorns choked them up. Others fell on to good ground and brought forth a plentiful harvest.
Jesus explained that he that hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the wicked one that is the devil comes and snatches it away. These are the people who receive the seed by the way side. My sister I want you to think, what is The word of the kingdom concerning you (your situation) I have to come to tell you that if you don’t understand it the devil will snatch it away from you and even though God has said good things concerning you they will never manifest. Now is the time to take every word He has spoken about you study it and understand it. It will surely come to pass. We can take an example from when we learnt things at school. The things we still have now that is our knowledge of a thing are those things that we understood while reading them. Those things we just “crammed” in order to pass an exam I am sure you will bear witness that you can’t remember these things.
The seed that was sown on thin rocky soil represent those that hear the word of God concerning them and welcome it and receive it with joy. Because it has no root in them, this joy lasts a very short time. When problems come as a result of the word they received for example, persecution ridicule because of waiting on the promise, they become offended and instead of drawing closer to God at that time they start drawing away from Him. One thing that you notice is that the seed did fall on some kind of soil though not ideal soil. These people understand what the word says concerning them and they rejoice at the prospect of the breakthrough, the promotion etc. However the word has no root in them. For the word to have root in you, you must know what it says about your situation, know it by heart and continue to confess it in the face of any contrary situation. This is what God had in mind when he said to Joshua (Joshua 1:8) that this book of the LORD shall not depart out of thy mouth, but thy shall meditate therein day and night that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.
Another person, who receives the word with joy, is the one who receives it, understands it and is actually on his or her way to the manifestation of the word in their lives. Unfortunately thorns choke it. The thorns representing the cares of the world, pleasures delight, glamour and deceitfulness of riches choke and suffocate the word, so that it yields no fruit. I see the problem of thorns as one that can easily be dealt with if noticed and sorted out quickly. A farmer is always on the look out for weeds, when he finds them among his plants he uproots them quickly, because he knows that they will compete with his crops for nutrients and eventually kill them. Likewise as Christians we should always be on the look out. When we notice these creeping in we should violently uproot them from our lives.
Take note of the seed that fell on good soil it bore fruit in abundance, this will be our portion In Jesus name. Have you ever noticed how a breakthrough in one area makes you bold to have faith for a breakthrough in other areas? Also if that same situation comes your way in future you have no fear because you know that God that saw you through once will definitely do it again. I call it “the ripple effect”.
As we trust God standing on his various promises, which have come through reading the word of God and by word of prophesy I pray that it will fall on good soil in our hearts and to Gods glory yield fruit in abundance. AMEN