05 Sep Online Prayer, THE PARABLE OF THE SOWER, Wednesday, September 5, 2018
The One Thing that Effects Everything All the Time
Mark 4:1-20 NKJV
(Read from Bible Passage)
Proverbs 4:23 Guard your heart with all diligence, for out of it are the issues of life. The matters of the heart is the heart of the matter when it comes to our intimacy with Christ. There were two types of followers of Jesus: Multitudes and Disciples. There was a difference in the way Jesus sorted them out and how the modern church assimilates them. Jesus’ motive was to weed them out at first, thinning out the multitudes before making them disciples. He turned to the multitudes and said, Unless you eat of my flesh and drink of my blood, you will have no life in you. Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood, dwells with Me, and I in him. Many, therefore, of His disciples, when they heard this said, “This is a hard saying; who can bear it?” From that time many of His disciples went back, and walked no more with Him (Jn. 6:51-66). The “Jesus Approach” was revealing the heart upfront, whereas, the modern church’s method seems to be to gather the multitudes with a non-offensive message only later to have to uproot many due to the misery index. Multitudes always try to follow Jesus at a distance because of the things He can do. Disciples follow Jesus because of who He is. Jesus said, If you continue in My teachings, you are truly My disciples, and you shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free (Jn.8:31-32 NIV).
Thus, we have what most Bibles reference as the Parable of the Sower, which more accurately could be called the Parable of the Soils. New Testament Scholars call it the “Parable of Parables” because it stands over all. It is the “Entry Parable” being the first of over 40, as well as, it encompasses all others. Jesus said, Do you not understand this parable? How then will you understand all the parables? (Mk. 4:13) A parable is an earthly illustration with a heavenly application. In Parables God is using divine discretion to filler the full exposure of kingdom revelation from those not ready or approaching it with a bias or prejudice due to background or ignorance. But those who are open to receive Jesus said; To you has been given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God but to those outside, all things come in parables… (Mk. 4:11).
The Parable of the Sower, seed, and soil allowed for a delayed understanding, a process of reasoning, and an explanation of profound truth. Jesus was basically saying, If you don’t get this one then don’t bother going on. Go back and walk with Me no more! Because everything else will always elude you if you don’t understand the priority, potential, and power of the Law of Use ,Reciprocity, and Sowing and Reaping.
The Law of the Harvest transcends all of creation on earth and is transferred into all of the kingdom of heaven at hand. Everything begins with the seed but everything depends on the soil. Every seed contains a secret code to reproduce in likekind—then multiply. God commanded the man and the woman, Be fruitful, multiply, and replenish the earth (Gen. 1:26-28). He created us from the dust of the earth and calls us earthen vessels of clay. Moreover, He refers to Himself as the “potter” and us as the “clay”. Seeds contain hidden instructions to an intended assignment. Everyone holds the given potential of reproduction and possibilities of spreading across the landscape. It has been said that, Anyone can tell how many seeds are in an apple…but who can tell how many apples are in a seed? God has placed the potential of His Seed/Word in you and me.
The Parable of the Sower is overarching. A veil spread over the spiritual eyes in order to offer perspective, give insight and wisdom, and have the ability to locate you—no matter where you are. All of us contain one of the four kinds of soil illustrated here. Moreover, we learn from Jesus that the fruitfulness of the ground is not to be limited to self-consumption. He said, They will know you by your fruits (Mt. 7:20). Likewise, I chose you and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit and that your fruit would remain. Unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it REMAINS ONLY A SINGLE SEED, But if it dies it PRODUCES MANY SEEDS. (Jn. 15:16; 12:24) Therefore, “the process of this parable is: The Sower Sowing, the Seed-growing, and the Soil-going into all the world. We are to enter into the Lord’s harvest of souls at its three stages: Planting, Watering, and Reaping (1 Cor. 3:6-8). Every man shall receive according to his labor (v. 8).
As we pray into the Parable of the Sower, Seed, and Soils today, we understand that there is undeniably a co-op between God and us: You cannot do what only God can do; God will not do what only you should do. Jesus said, No one, having put his hand to the plow and looking back is fit for the kingdom of God. (Lk. 9:62) He who lays up treasures for himself is not rich toward God. (Lk. 12:21) Whatever a man sows that he shall also reap (Gal. 6:7).
Our quest today is to ask Holy Spirit to, Search us and try and know us…to create in us a clean heart, a pure heart that sees God. (Ps. 139; 51; Mt. 5:8) Many are called, but few are chosen, and God has chosen us to bear fruit and appointed us to go and bear fruit in the Lord’s harvest. You and I are a seed. We have a secret-code that can only be unlocked after it has been planted at the foot of the cross and comes up a planting of the Lord, flourishing in the courts of the Lord. The seed has 100-fold potential whereas the condition of the soil determines the fruit it will be known by. Your potential is God’s gift to you. What you do with it is your gift to Him. How many apples are in your seed? Booker T. Washington wrote: The only true measure of success is the ratio between who you have become and who could have become.
This parable, more than any other, reveals the one thing that will effect everything all the time. There is an invisible kingdom in us and among us. It all comes down to ground zero—the soil of our heart. Where does the Sower and His seed find my soil? If I am not receiving His implanted word with the optimum condition of bearing fruit, bearing more fruit, and bearing much fruit that will remain, then, I must Attend to my heart,for from it are the issues of life.
Hosea 10:12 Plough up the uncultivated, fallow ground of your heart. Sow for yourselves righteousness. Reap in mercy. This is our motive, movement, and mobilization forward. It is to cultivate a good and noble soil for us to bring forth 30, 60, 100-fold fruitfulness and that our reproduction includes the harvest of souls where we planted, watered, and reaped, as well as, observe the blessing of God on our offspring and the seed of generations to come in our families. Today we plow up and cultivate the soil in 5 critical conditions:
- The CLOSED HEART
- The COMPROMISED HEART
- The CLUTTERED HEART
- The COMMITTED HEART
- The COMMISSIONED HEART
This labor of love is worthy of our keeping and tending to the Garden within. We will get out of it what we put into it. From it, we will reap that which we have sown, or not sown.
- The CLOSED HEART (The Hardened Soil)
Mark 4:14-15 NKJV
The sower sows the word. And these are the ones by the wayside where the word is sown.
When they hear, Satan comes immediately and takes away the word that was sown in their hearts.
Hosea 10:12-13 NKJV
Sow for yourselves righteousness; Reap in mercy;
BREAK UP YOUR FALLOW GROUND, For it is time to seek the LORD,
Till He comes and rains righteousness on you.
You have plowed wickedness; You have reaped iniquity.
You have eaten the fruit of lies, BECAUSE YOU TRUSTED IN YOUR OWN WAY,
In the multitude of your mighty men.
General Direction: That we as individuals and the church would recognize where our hearts can become hardened and why; that we would repent of doubt, unbelief, idolatry, unforgiveness, and the root of bitterness and rejection; that we would cry out for the fear of the Lord and the mercy of God to give us a heart of flesh for a heart of stone.
- 18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who [a]suppress the truth in unrighteousness, 19 because what may be known of God is [b]manifest [c]in them, for God has shown it to them. 20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and [d]Godhead, so that they are without excuse, 21 because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Professing to be wise, they became fools, 23 and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like [e]corruptible man—and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things. 24 Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, 25 who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. 26 For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their [f]women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. 27 Likewise also the [g]men, leaving the natural use of the [h]woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due. 28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; 32 who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them. –Rom. 1:18-28, 32 NKJV
- 7 Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. 8 For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. –Gal. 6:7-8 NKJV
- Woe to those who devise iniquity, And [a]work out evil on their beds! At morning light they practice it, Because it is in the power of their hand. 13 The one who breaks open will come up before them; They will break out, Pass through the gate, And go out by it; Their king will pass before them,
With the Lord at their head.” –Mic. 2:1, 13 NKJV
- 8 He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justly, To love [a]mercy, And to walk humbly with your God? –Mic. 6:8 NKJV
- And I said: “Hear now, O heads of Jacob, And you rulers of the house of Israel: Is it not for you to know justice? 2 You who hate good and love evil; –Mic. 3:1-2a
- 15 This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says: “In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it. –Is. 30:15 NIV
- 4 as it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet, saying: “The voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord;
Make His paths straight. 8 Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance, and do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I say to you that God is able to raise up children to Abraham from these stones. 9 And even now the ax is laid to the root of the trees. Therefore every tree which does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.”–Lk. 3:4, 8-9 NKJV
- 12 See to it, brothers and sisters, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God.13 But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. 14 We have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original conviction firmly to the very end. –Heb. 3:12-14 NIV
- 37 “I know that you are Abraham’s descendants, but you seek to kill Me, because My word has no place in you. –Jn. 8:37 NKJV
- 15 But when Pharaoh saw that there was relief, he hardened his heart and did not heed them, as the Lord had said. 19 Then the magicians said to Pharaoh, “This is the[a] finger of God.” But Pharaoh’s heart grew hard, and he did not heed them, just as the Lord had said. –Ex. 8:15, 19 NKJV
- 13 For you have said in your heart: ‘I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation On the farthest sides of the north; 14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.’ 15 Yet you shall be brought down to Sheol, To the [a]lowest depths of the Pit. –Is. 14:13-15 NKJV
- 49 Look, this was the iniquity of your sister Sodom: She and her daughter had pride, fullness of food, and abundance of idleness; neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy. 50 And they were haughty and committed abomination before Me; therefore I took them away as [a]I saw fit. –Ezk. 16:49-50 NKJV
- 18 to open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified[a] by faith in Me.’ 19 “Therefore, King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision, 20 but declared first to those in Damascus and in Jerusalem, and throughout all the region of Judea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent, turn to God, and do works befitting repentance. 21 For these reasons the Jews seized me in the temple and tried to kill me.22 Therefore, having obtained help from God, to this day I stand, witnessing both to small and great, saying no other things than those which the prophets and Moses said would come— 23 that the Christ would suffer, that He would be the first to rise from the dead, and would proclaim light to the Jewish people and to the Gentiles.” 24 Now as he thus made his defense, Festus said with a loud voice, “Paul, you are beside yourself! Much learning is driving you mad!” 25 But he said, “I am not [a]mad, most noble Festus, but speak the words of truth and reason. 26 For the king, before whom I also speak freely, knows these things; for I am convinced that none of these things escapes his attention, since this thing was not done in a corner. 27 King Agrippa, do you believe the prophets? I know that you do believe.” 28 Then Agrippa said to Paul, “You almost persuade me to become a Christian.”–Ac. 26:18-28
- 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. 6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. 7 For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; 8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. –Jam. 1:5-8 NKJV
- 8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 9 Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up. –Jam. 4:8-10 NKJV
- The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, They have done abominable works, There is none who does good. –Ps. 14:1 NKJV
- 18 The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart, And saves such as [a]have a contrite spirit. –Ps. 34:18 NKJV
- 2 For all those things My hand has made, And all those things exist,” Says the Lord. “But on this one will I look: On him who is poor and of a contrite spirit, And who trembles at My word. –Is. 66:2 NKJV
- 19 But when her masters saw that their hope of profit was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace to the authorities. –Ac.16:19 NKJV
- That individuals/churches would repent of hardening their hearts towards God because of some tragedy, disappointment, or misunderstanding in life experience.
- That individuals/churches would soften their hearts of stone towards God due to bitterness, resentment, or unforgiveness to someone, themselves, or God.
- That individuals/churches would turn from the idolatry of busyness that produces barrenness and activities without aim that tramples on their hearts making them like pavement where no seed can take root and offers Satan total access to steal the seed.
- That doubt and unbelief are causes of a closed heart and mind and individuals and churches must renounce them and cast down these vain imaginations and lofty thoughts of unbelief and doubt that exalt themselves above God’s ability to do what He promise in faith.
- That we would break up the fallow/uncultivated ground of our hearts, sow in righteousness by faith, and reap in mercy by believing that God and God alone can change our hearts.
- That when we trust in ourselves and justify our stubbornness and rebellion we harden our hearts towards God and sear our conscience to sin and lawlessness.
- That we truly humble ourselves and cry out to God to give us a heart of flesh because only in repentance and resting in Christ’s finished work can we find salvation and satisfaction of heart.
- That we repent of asking God with a double-minded mentality and draw near to God with a true heart full of assurance by cleansing our hands and purify our hearts in doing justly, loving mercy, and walking humbly with our God.
- The COMPROMISED HEART (The Stony Soil)
Mark 4:14, 16-17 NKJV
The sower sows the word. These likewise are the ones sown on stony ground who, when they hear the word,
immediately receive it with gladness; and they have no root in themselves, and so endure only for a time.
Afterward, when tribulation or persecution arises for the word’s sake, immediately they stumble.
Psalm 105:19 NKJV
Until the time that his word came to pass,
The word of the Lord tested him.
Hebrews 6:4-8 NKJV
For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit,
and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come, if they fall away, to renew them again to repentance, since they crucify again for themselves the Son of God, and put Him to an open shame.
For the earth which drinks in the rain that often comes upon it, and bears herbs useful for those by whom it is cultivated, receives blessing from God; but if it bears thorns and briers, it is rejected and near to being cursed, whose end is to be burned.
General Direction: That as individuals and the church we would allow God to sift our hearts to remove the stony ground; that we would allow the goodness of God and godly sorrow to lead us to genuine repentance and restoration of a clean heart; that we allow the Gardener to purge and prune us to bear fruit, bear more fruit, and bear much fruit.
- 8 Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance, and do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I say to you that God is able to raise up children to Abraham from these stones. 9 And even now the ax is laid to the root of the trees. Therefore every tree which does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.” –Lk. 3:8-9 NKJV
- “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. 2 Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He [a]takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. 3 You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. 4 Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. 5 “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do 6 If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. –Jn. 15:1-6 NKJV
- 62 But Jesus said to him, “No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.” –Lk. 9:62 NKJV
- 31 Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. 32 And you shall know the truth, anthem truth shall make you free.” 36 Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed. –Jn. 8:31-32, 36 NKJV
- 31 Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world will be cast out. 32 And I, if I am [a]lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself.” 34 The people answered Him, “We have heard from the law that the Christ remains forever; and how can You say, ‘The Son of Man must be lifted up’? Who is this Son of Man?” 40 “He has blinded their eyes and hardened their hearts, Lest they should see with their eyes, Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, So that I should heal them.” –Lk. 12:31-32, 34, 40 NKJV
- 3 And he went into all the region around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the remission of sins, –Lk. 3:3 NKJV
- 10 For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death. –2 Cor. 7:10 NKJV
- 8 It was planted in [a]good soil by many waters, To bring forth branches, bear fruit, And become a majestic vine.” ’ 9 “Say, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “Will it thrive? Will he not pull up its roots, Cut off its fruit, And leave it to wither? All of its spring leaves will wither, And no great power or many people Will be needed to pluck it up by its roots. 10 Behold, it is planted, Will it thrive? Will it not utterly wither when the east wind touches it? It will wither in the garden terrace where it grew.” ’ ” –Ezk. 17:8-10 NKJV
- 15 You were perfect in your ways from the day you were created,Till iniquity was found in you.16 “By the abundance of your trading You became filled with violence within,And you sinned;Therefore I cast you as a profane thing Out of the mountain of God;And I destroyed you, O covering cherub,From the midst of the fiery stones.17 “Your heart was [a]lifted up because of your beauty; You corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendor; I cast you to the ground, I laid you before kings, That they might gaze at you. 18 “You defiled your sanctuaries By the multitude of your iniquities, By the iniquity of your trading; Therefore I brought fire from your midst; It devoured you, And I turned you to ashes upon the earth In the sight of all who saw you. –Ezk. 28:15-18 NKJV
- 31 Cast away from you all the transgressions which you have committed, and get yourselves a new heart and a new spirit. For why should you die, O house of Israel? –Ezk. 18:31 NKJV
- 25 Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols. 26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. –Ezk. 36:25-26 NKJV
- 2 Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die, for I have not found your works perfect before[a] 5 He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels. 15 “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. 16 So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither[a]cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth. 19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten.[a] Therefore be [b]zealous and repent. 20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.–Rev. 3:2, 5, 15-16, 19-20 NKJV
- 6 This is love, that we walk according to His commandments. This is the commandment, that as you have heard from the beginning, you should walk in it. 8 Look to yourselves, that [a]we do not lose those things we worked for, but that we may receive a full reward. –2 Jn. 6, 8 NKJV
- 6 Behold, You desire truth in the inward parts,And in the hidden part You will make me to know wisdom. 10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me. 11 Do not cast me away from Your presence, And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me. 12 Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, And uphold me by Your generous Spirit. 13 Then I will teach transgressors Your ways, And sinners shall be converted to You. –Ps. 51:6, 10-13 NKJV
- 5 He sought God during the days of Zechariah, who instructed him in the fear[a] of God. As long as he sought the Lord, God gave him success. 16 But after Uzziah became powerful, his pride led to his downfall. He was unfaithful to the Lord his God, and entered the temple of the Lord to burn incense on the altar of incense. –2 Chron. 26,;5, 16 NIV
- 2 from the nations of whom the Lord had said to the children of Israel, “You shall not intermarry with them, nor they with you. Surely they will turn away your hearts after their gods.” Solomon clung to these in love. –1 Kgs. 11:2 NKJV
- 14 But the [a]high places were not removed. Nevertheless Asa’s heart was loyal to the Lord all his days. -1 Kgs. 15:14 NKJV
- 2 Examine me, O Lord, and [a]prove me; Try my mind and my heart. –Ps. 26:2 NKJV
- 26 My flesh and my heart fail;But God is the [a]strength of my heart and my portion forever. –Ps. 73:26 NKJV
- 8 “Do not harden your hearts, as in the [a]rebellion, As in the day of [b]trial in the wilderness, –Ps. 95:8 NKJV
- 23 Search me, O God, and know my heart;Try me, and know my anxieties;24 And see if there is any wicked way in me,And lead me in the way everlasting. –Ps. 139:23-24 NKJV
- 3 The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold,But the Lord tests the hearts. –Pro. 17:3 NKJV
- 13 He who covers his sins will not prosper, But whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy. 14 Happy is the man who is always reverent,
But he who hardens his heart will fall into calamity. –Pro. 28:13-14 NKJV
- 28 His breath is like an overflowing stream,Which reaches up to the neck,To sift the nations with the sieve of futility;And there shall be a bridle in the jaws of the people,Causing them to err. –Is. 30:28 NKJV
- 9 “For surely I will command,And will [a]sift the house of Israel among all nations, As grain is sifted in a sieve; Yet not the smallest [b]grain shall fall to the ground. –Am. 9:9 NKJV
- 31 [a]And the Lord said, “Simon, Simon! Indeed,Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. 32 But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren.” –Lk. 22:31-32 NKJV
- 4 Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance? –Rom. 2:4 NKJV
- 3 For we are the circumcision, who worship [a]God in the Spirit, rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh, –Phil.3:3 NKJV
- 9 And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.”Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong. –2 Cor. 12:9-10 NKJV
- That we as individuals and the church would recognize a shallowness of character and surface faith in us that the world cannot take root in or grow.
- That we would learn the importance of humbling ourselves, confessing and forsaking our stony heart condition and sins that have taken root.
- That we would truly repent and continue to bear fruit in keeping with repentance until God has created a new heart in us and we have renewed our minds to be transformed.
- That we would develop a genuine godly sorrow that leads us to repentance and leaves no regret.
- That we would allow the goodness of God to lead us to repentance and an undivided heart.
- That we would develop the formation of Christ-like character by grace; to be strong when being sifted by Satan and refined in the fire making us ready for the Master’s use and increase our value as servants.
- That we ask and allow God the Gardener to purge off any growth that is unfruitful, and prune the branches that are fruit bearing so that they will bear more fruit and ultimately BEAR MUCH FRUIT to the glory of the Father and that our FRUIT WILL REMAIN.
- That we would tend to the garden of our soul and mind by weeding out sin, rebellion, and unbelief, and sift and remove unforgiveness, pride, self-righteousness, stubbornness, lusts, anger-issues, covetousness, and self-idolatry.
- That when persecution and testing comes because of the word we would be found tried and proven and never withering on the vine or shrinking back in unbelief or inconvenience.
- The CLUTTERED HEART (Thorny Soil)
Mark 4:14, 18-19 NKJV
The sower sows the word.
Now these are the ones sown among thorns; they are the ones who hear the word, and the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things entering in choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.
John 5:39-40; 8:37 NKJV
You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me.
But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life.
… because My word has no place in you.
General Direction: That we as individuals and the church would understand that Laws of Use and Sowing and Reaping and that we will be known by our fruits and that God has set reproduction in motion and commanded us to be fruitful and multiply; that we must daily uproot, weed out, and purge the thorns that have been planted, taken root, and are chocking the Word in us.
- 14 Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.15 See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many. –Heb. 12:14-15 NIV
- 9 Then the Lord put forth His hand and touched my mouth, and the Lord said to me:“Behold, I have put My words in your mouth.10 See, I have this day set you over the nations and over the kingdoms,To root out and to pull down,To destroy and to throw down,To build and to plant. 11 Moreover the word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Jeremiah, what do you see?”And I said, “I see a [a]branch of an almond tree.” 12 Then the Lord said to me, “You have seen well, for I am [b]ready to perform My word.” –Jer.1:9-12 NKJV
- 8 “For My thoughts are not your thoughts,Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord.9 “For as the heavens are higher than the earth,So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.10 “For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven,And do not return there,But water the earth,And make it bring forth and bud,That it may give seed to the sower And bread to the eater,11 So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth;It shall not return to Me [a]void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.–Is. 55:8-11 NKJV
- 7 For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.“Eat and drink!” he says to you,But his heart is not with you. –Ps. 23:7 NKJV
- I beseech[a] you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your [b]reasonable service. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. –Rom. 12:1-2 NKJV
- 23 and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, 24 and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness. –Eph. 4:23-24 NKJV
- 5 Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. 6 Because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience, 7 in which you yourselves once walked when you lived in them.8 But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth. 9 Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds, 10 and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him, 12 Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; 13 bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. 14 But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.–Col. 3:5-10, 12-14, 16 NKJV
- 18 Both thorns and thistles it shall [a]bring forth for you, And you shall eat the herb of the field. –Gen. 3:18 NKJV
- 23 Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross[a]daily, and follow Me. 24 For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it. 25 For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and is himself destroyed or lost? –Lk. 9:23-25 NKJV
- 47 And that servant who knew his master’s will, and did not prepare himself or do according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes.48 But he who did not know, yet committed things deserving of stripes, shall be beaten with few. For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required; and to whom much has been committed, of him they will ask the more. –Lk. 12:47-48 NKJV
- 15 And He said to them, “Take heed and beware of[a]covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.” 16 Then He spoke a parable to them, saying: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded plentifully. 17 And he thought within himself, saying, ‘What shall I do, since I have no room to store my crops?’ 18 So he said, ‘I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build greater, and there I will store all my crops and my goods. 19 And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink, and be merry.” ’ 20 But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?’ 21 “So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.” –Lk. 12:15-21 NKJV
- 28 “But what do you think? A man had two sons, and he came to the first and said, ‘Son, go, work today in my’ 29 He answered and said, ‘I will not,’ but afterward he regretted it and went. 30 Then he came to the second and said likewise. And he answered and said, ‘I go, sir,’ but he did not go. 31 Which of the two did the will of his father?”They said to Him, “The first.”Jesus said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you that tax collectors and harlots enter the kingdom of God before you. 32 For John came to you in the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him; but tax collectors and harlots believed him; and when you saw it, you did not afterward[a]relent and believe him. –Mt. 21:28-32 NKJV
- 11 Teach me Your way, O Lord;I will walk in Your truth;[a]Unite my heart to fear Your name. 12 I will praise You, O Lord my God, with all my heart, And I will glorify Your name forevermore. 13 For great is Your mercy toward me, And You have delivered my soul from the depths of [b]Sheol. –Ps. 86:11-13 NKJV
- 18 If I regard iniquity in my heart,The Lord will not hear.—Ps. 66:18 NKJV
- 14 And he did evil, because he did not prepare his heart to seek the Lord. –2 Chron. 12:14 NKJV
- 3 Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord?Or who may stand in His holy place?4 He who has clean hands and a pure heart,Who has not lifted up his soul to an idol,Nor sworn deceitfully.5 He shall receive blessing from the Lord,And righteousness from the God of his salvation. –Ps. 24:3-5 NKJV
- 43 “For a good tree does not bear bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit.44 For every tree is known by its own fruit. For men do not gather figs from thorns, nor do they gather grapes from a bramble bush.45 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil [a]treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks. –Lk. 6:43-45 NKJV
- 6 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over [a]all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” 27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. –Gen. 1:26-27 NKJV
- 51 “You stiff-necked[a] and uncircumcised in heart and ears! You always resist the Holy Spirit; as your fathers did, so do you. –Acts 7:51 NKJV
- 5 Bondservants, be obedient to those who are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in sincerity of heart, as to Christ; 6 not with eye service, as men-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, –Eph. 6:5-6 NKJV
- 12 For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. –Heb. 4:12 NKJV
- 15 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. 17 And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever. –1 Jn. 2:15-17 NKJV
- That as individuals and the church we would learn that Jesus said “you will know them by their fruits” and here we can say “you’ll also know them by their lack of fruits” and begin to weed out the heart.
- That throughout Scripture we understand that the Law of Sowing and Reaping touches everything and that the Life Seed God sowed in us through His only begotten Son means He expects a return on His investment –for He has set increase in His design and commands us to be fruitful and multiply.
- That fruit is the indication of Spirit-born harvests and the harvest of souls as stewards of the kingdom of heaven on earth.
- That thorns are a symbol of the fall into sin and the curse of corruption and we need to cry out for Jesus to take His ax and lay it to the root of every and anything that is causing thorns to grow in the heart.
- That we learn that we must RESPECT the Law of Harvest because God will INSPECT what He EXPECTS of His seed sown.
- That we allow the double-edge of God’s surgery to circumcise our hearts to remove the flesh-heart and create in us a clean heart and renew a right spirit within us—a willing heart to sustain us.
- That we would discern where covetousness with greed, lust in our affections, and pride in our self-righteousness will clutter the heart causing the word to have to compete for available soil.
- That we daily garden our hearts by uprooting sin and compromise, idolatry, and competing loves to our first love, and weed out, purge, and prune out branches to make them healthy and fruitful.
- That we give God our whole heart and mind reserving place only for Him so that there will be no room for thorns to be planted, take root, and ground to make the word unfruitful in us.
- The COMMITTED HEART (Good, Noble Soil)
Mark 4:14, 20 NKJV
The sower sows the word.
But these are the ones sown on good ground, those who hear the word, accept it, and bear fruit:
some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred.”
John 15:2-5, 8, 16 NKJV
And every branch that BEARS FRUIT He prunes, that it may BEAR MORE FRUIT.
“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, BEARS MUCH FRUIT; for without Me you can do nothing.
By this My Father is glorified, that you BEAR MUCH FRUIT; so you will be My disciples.
You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your FRUIT SHOULD REMAIN,
General Direction: That we as individuals and churches would understand the seed is created to reproduce and increase and we too have been created and commanded to be fruitful and multiply; that every seed has a 100-fold potential in its hidden instructions and we determine by the soil condition of our hearts whether it is 30, 60, or 100-fold increase; that we are known by our fruits.
- 37 Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.” –Mt. 22:37-40 NKJV
- 16 You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you. –Jn. 15:16 KJV
- 24 Most assuredly, I say to you,unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much[a] –Jn. 12:24 NKJV
- 20 Therefore by their fruits you will know them.21 “Not everyone who says to Me,‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. –Mt. 7:20-21 NKJV
- 6 So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him,7 rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. –Col. 2:6-7 NIV
- 21 “So is he who lays up treasure for himself,and is not rich toward God.” –Lk. 12:21 NKJV
- 13 And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you, says the Lord, and I will bring you back from your captivity; I will gather you from all the nations and from all the places where I have driven you, says the Lord, and I will bring you to the place from which I cause you to be carried away captive. –Jer. 29:13-14 NKJV
- 5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding;6 In all your ways acknowledge Him,And He shall [a]direct your paths. –Pro. 3:5-6 NKJV
- 6 For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. –2 Cor. 4:6-7 NKJV
- 28 So take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents.29 ‘For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away.30 And cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ 40 And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’ –Mt. 25:28-30, 40 NKJV
- 6 Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.7 Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. 9 As it is written:“They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor;their righteousness endures forever.” –2 Cor. 9:6-9 NIV
- 13 Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom. 14 But if you have bitter envy and [a]self-seeking in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth. 15 This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic. 16 For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there. 17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. 18 Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace. –Jam. 3:13-18 NKJV
- 22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; 24 for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. 25 But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does. –Jam. 1:22-25 NKJV
- 20 Now when He was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, He answered them and said, “The kingdom of God does not come with observation;21 nor will they say, [a]‘See here!’ or ‘See there!’ For indeed, the kingdom of God is [b]within you.” –Lk. 17:20-21 NKJV
- 19 By your patience possess your souls. 26 men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 27 Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28 Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.” 33 Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.34 “But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with[a]carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that Day come on you unexpectedly. 35 For it will come as a snare on all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth. 36 Watch therefore, and pray always that you may [b]be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.”–Lk. 21:19, 26-28, 33-36 NKJV
- 14 “For many are called, but few are chosen.” –Mt. 22:14 NKJV
- 46 Blessed is that servant whom his master, when he comes, will find so doing. –
- 11 These were more [a]fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so. –Ac. 17:11 NKJV
- 42 And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ [a]doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers. 43 Then fear came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles. –Ac. 2:42-43 NKJV
- 30 And he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” 31 So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.” –Ac. 16:30-31 NKJV
- “I know your works, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead.2 Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die, for I have not found your works perfect before[b] 3 Remember therefore how you have received and heard; 20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.–Rev. 3:1b-3b, 20 NKJV
- 35 And the angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God. 38 Then Mary said, “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her. –Lk. 1:35, 38 NKJV
- 12 “And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you, but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways and to love Him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, 13 and to keep the commandments of the Lord and His statutes which I command you today for your [a]good? –Deut. 10:12-13 NKJV
- 2 He who walks uprightly, And works righteousness,And speaks the truth in his heart; –Ps. 15:2 NKJV
- 23 Keep your heart with all diligence,For out of it spring the issues of life. –Pro. 4:23 NKJV
- 8 Blessed are the pure in heart,Forthey shall see God. –Mt. 5:8 NKJV
- 22 Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth [a]through the Spirit in [b]sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart, –1 Pet. 1:22 NKJV
- That as individuals and churches God has encoded seeds to reproduce in creation and has commanded men and women to be fruitful, multiply, increase, and replenish the earth.
- That the soil condition of our hearts determine the level of reproduction of 30, 60, or 100-fold and we should never settle for less that the best for God’s glory.
- That the Gardener will inspect our branches and will purge unfruitful branches, prune productive branches so that they will bear more fruit and ultimately cultivate the vine and branches to bear much fruit and that our fruit should remain.
- That when a kernel of what falls to the ground and dies, it changes life form and germinates, sprouts, and grows as a planting of the Lord by the river that brings forth fruit in due season and whose leaf also does not wither, but brings fruit in due season.
- That we will be “known by our fruit” and a good tree will not produce bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot produce good fruit, therefore we must learn to “abide in the vine” and allow Holy Spirit fruitfulness.
- That we, through faith, obedience, and patience allow the life-giving sap of Holy Spirit to flow into us and through us to produce 30, 60, 100-fold fruitfulness.
- That we receive the implanted word in us with gladness and humility and remember that we are not blessed when we just hear the word but when we do what the word says.
- That we love God with our whole heart and trust in the Lord with all our heart and not lean to our own understanding and allow the Holy Spirit to incubate the Living Seed of the Word sown in us to be full of good fruits and good works.
- The COMMISSIONED Heart (The Reproductive Soil)
Mark 4:11, 13 NKJV
To you it has been given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God; but to those who are outside, all things come in parables…
Do you not understand this parable? How then will you understand all the parables?
John 12:24; 15:16 NIV
I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of what falls into the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, IT PRODUCES MANY SEEDS. You did not choose Me, but I chose you and APPOINTED YOU TO GO AND BEAR FRUIT—FRUIT THAT WILL LAST.
General Direction: That we as individuals and the church would comprehend the “Big Picture” of the Parable of the Sower in being commanded to be fruitful and multiply, but also being commissioned to go into all the world and preach the Gospel and make disciples; that we are stewards of the kingdom advances and expands and laborers in the harvest of planting, watering, and reaping.
- 15 And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. 17 And these signs will follow those who [a]believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; 19 So then, after the Lord had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God. 20 And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs. Amen. –Mk. 16:15, 17, 19-20 NKJV
- 18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.19 Go [a]therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” [b]Amen. –Mt. 28:18-20 NKJV
- 19 Then He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” –Mt. 4:19 NKJV
- 6 I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase. 7 So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase. 8 Now he who plants and he who waters are one, and each one will receive his own reward according to his own labor. 9 For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, you are God’s building. –1 Cor. 3:6-9 NKJV
- 14 I do not write these things to shame you, but as my beloved children I warn you. 15 For though you might have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet you do not have many fathers; for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel. 16 Therefore I urge you, imitate me. 20 For the kingdom of God is not in word but in power. –1 Cor. 4:14-16, 20 NKJV
- And I, brethren, when I came to you, did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the [a]testimony of God. 2 For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. 3 I was with you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling. 4 And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of [b]human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, 5 that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God. –1 Cor. 2:1-5 NKJV
- 2 You are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read by all men; 3 clearly you are an epistle of Christ, ministered by us, written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of flesh, that is, of the heart.4 And we have such trust through Christ toward God. 5 Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God, 6 who also made us sufficient as ministers of the new covenant, not of the letter but of the [a]Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. –2 Cor. 3:2-6 NKJV
- 6 But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows [a]bountifully will also reap [b]bountifully. 7 So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of [c]necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work. 9 As it is written: “He has dispersed abroad, He has given to the poor; His righteousness endures forever.” –2 Cor. 9:6-9 NKJV
- 63 It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life. –Jn. 6:63 NKJV
- 20 how I kept back nothing that was helpful, but proclaimed it to you, and taught you publicly and from house to house, 24 [a]But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my [b]race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God. 25 “And indeed, now I know that you all, among whom I have gone preaching the kingdom of God, will see my face no more. 27 For I have not [a]shunned to declare to you the whole counsel of God. –Ac. 20:20, 24-25, 27 NKJV
- 10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad. 11 Knowing, therefore, the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are well known to God, and I also trust are well known in your consciences. 14 For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if One died for all, then all died; 15 and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again. 20 Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God. –2 Cor. 5:10-11, 14-15, 20 NKJV
- 2 For He says:“In an acceptable time I have heard you,And in the day of salvation I have helped you.”Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation. –2 Cor. 6:2 NKJV
- 14 Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us [a]diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place. –2 Cor. 2:14 NKJV
- 31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. –Heb. 10:31 NKJV
- 19 Brethren, if anyone among you wanders from the truth, and someone turns him back, 20 let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save [a]a soul from death and cover a multitude of sins. –Jam. 5:19-20 NKJV
- 20 But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, 21 keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.22 And on some have compassion, [a]making a distinction; 23 but others save [b]with fear, pulling them out of the [c]fire, hating even the garment defiled by the flesh. 24 Now to Him who is able to keep [d]you from stumbling, And to present you faultless Before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, –Jude 20-23 NKJV
- 30 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life,And he who [a]wins souls is wise. –Pro. 11:20 NKJV
- Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the [a]ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful; 2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law he [b]meditates day and night. 3 He shall be like a tree Planted by the [c]rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper. –Ps. 1:1-3 NKJV
- 5 Thus says the Lord:“Cursed is the man who trusts in man And makes flesh his [a]strength, Whose heart departs from the Lord. 6 For he shall be like a shrub in the desert, And shall not see when good comes, But shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, In a salt land which is not inhabited. 7 “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, And whose hope is the Lord. 8 For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, Which spreads out its roots by the river, And will not [b]fear when heat comes; But its leaf will be green, And will not be anxious in the year of drought, Nor will cease from yielding fruit. 10 I, the Lord, search the heart, I test the [a]mind, Even to give every man according to his ways, According to the fruit of his doings. –Jer. 17:5-8, 10 NKJV
- 28 The children of thy servants shall continue, and their seed shall be established before thee. –Ps. 102:28 KJV
- 12 The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree,He shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon.13 Those who are planted in the house of the Lord Shall flourish in the courts of our God.14 They shall still bear fruit in old age;They shall be [a]fresh and [b]flourishing, –Ps. 92:12-14 NKJV
- 8 Oh, taste and see that the Lordis good;Blessed is the man who trusts in Him! –Ps. 34:8 NKJV
- 14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come. –Mt. 24:14 NKJV
- 12 And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force. –Mt. 11:12 NKJV
- 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints— 19 and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak. –Eph. 6:18-20 NKJV
- That with the Parable of the Sower we have been entrusted with the mysteries of the kingdom of God and its advances and expansion.
- That the kingdom of God is synonymous with the Garden of Eden and we are to be responsible stewards to cultivate, keep, and foster its growth to cover the earth as the waters cover the sea.
- That we must seek to comprehend this Parable so that we can understand all the other parables and the Law of Use, Law of Reciprocity, and Law of Sowing and Reaping have a cause and effect on everything in the kingdom of God.
- That God has put His Life Seed inside of us so that we can enter into the Harvest of Souls planting, watering, and reaping.
- That not only is there a 30, 60, 100-fold fruitfulness of Holy Spirit born fruits, but also a 30, 60, 100-fold increase in winning lost souls in sowing, watering and harvesting in the crossroad of relationships, intersections of encounters, valleys of decision and highways and byways.
- That we must give an account for the souls we touch and the Message our lives are writing, read, and known of by other people—we will be known by our fruits.
- That when we are planted in the house of the Lord we will flourish in the courts of the Lord.
- That we are responsible for the quality and quantity of our fruitfulness and that our desire should be that people know us by our fruit and that have tasted our fruit and can say the Lord is good in our witness.
- That, not only we are bearing fruit in laboring in the harvest of souls, but that by our faithful stewardship and guarding the fruit of what we produce in the offspring of generations whose seed will be blessed because of our blessing.