“Listen to this! Behold, the sower went out to sow; as he was sowing, some seed fell beside the road, and the birds came and ate it up. Other seed fell on the rocky ground where it did not have much soil; and immediately it sprang up because it had no depth of soil. And after the sun had risen, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away. Other seed fell among the thorns, and the thorns came up and choked it, and it yielded no crop. Other seeds fell into the good soil, and as they grew up and increased, they yielded a crop and produced thirty, sixty, and a hundredfold.” Mark 4:3-8
Verses 14-20, Jesus translates the parable: “The sower sows the word. These are the ones who are beside the road where the word is sown; and when they hear, immediately Satan comes and takes away the word which has been sown in them. In a similar way these are the ones on whom seed was sown on the rocky places, who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with joy; and they have no firm root in themselves, but are only temporary; then, when affliction or persecution arises because of the word, immediately they fall away. And others are the ones on whom seed was sown among the thorns; these are the ones who have heard the word, but the worries of the world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things enter in and choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. And those are the ones on whom seed was sown on the good soil; and they hear the word and accept it and bear fruit, thirty, sixty, and a hundredfold.”
They hear the Word, accept it and bear fruit. Right there is the key. They don’t hyper analyze it, they simply allow the Holy Spirit to reveal the truth of the Word by meditating on it day and night until it becomes a deeply rooted part of their soil and begins to grow and bear fruit. They don’t allow what they see in the natural to sway them. They accept it, believe it, receive it because they know that it HAS to work. It’s Gods Word and Gods word will never return to Him until it’s fulfilled what He sent it to do.
So next time your circumstances overwhelm you, remember the truth and allow it to become deep seeded in you, rooted and grounded, producing fruit in you and through you. Don’t get stuck in deception. When you know the truth, it sets you completely free.
Father, I want to bear much fruit. Not a diseased fruit that’s inedible, but nourishing fruit that brings strength and life to those around me who are hungry for more of You. May Your glory be revealed in and through me in Jesus’ name, Amen.