Message: Knowing God For Yourself 5. Knowing God Through His Word 3: The Parable of the Sower 2
Preacher: Pastor Yakubu Yola
References: Matthew 13:1-23
Last week Sunday, we started a study on ‘The Parable of the Sower’ in Matthew 13:1-23,today we take a close look at the remaining kinds of soil:
3. The Thorny Soil, and
4. The Good Soil
The Thorny Soil:
“Now he who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the word, and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful.”Matthew 13:12
People in this category make all effort to hold on to the Word of God and at the same time partake of the world; he holds on to the thorns of the world.
Persons in this group still do those things they used to do before they got born-again: a little here (Word of God) and a little there (Worldly Cares).
The ‘Thorny Soil’ takes counsel from the Church and from the world, but they soon become like the Stony Soil with Time and not being exposed to the Word of God.
This ground looks good, but the seeds of thorns are in it which might be un-seen during sowing. These seeds of thorns are cares of the world; worldliness.
The mindset of these people is to do things the way worldly people do them; after their culture and beliefs. But the Bible warns against such
“As you have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted…Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men…”
The Good Soil:
“But he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.”Matthew 13:23
This Soil has been worked on, prepared and, it is producing fruits.
It has the following characteristics:
1. Readiness to do the Word of God
2. Continuous obedient to the Word of God.
3. Values the Word of God.
4. He listens to the Word of God with a work to do; Doer of the Work.
5. Guided and lives by Scriptures.
The season of bearing fruits does come, question is ‘What soil are you?’
Any that does not produce will get uprooted. May God give us the grace to be productive in Jesus name.
Read Phil. 4:6; Luke 16:10; 1 Tim. 6:7-8; 2 Cor. 5:16; Rom. 12:1; Phil. 3:8, 12; 1 Tim. 6:6
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