Thank God for those men and women who went before us and were profoundly criticized for preaching the truth of God’s Word. If we will accept what they had been given from the Holy Spirit, we will reap the fruit from their seeds of revelation. God gave these precious saints the seeds of revelation the church needed in order to be prepared for end time events. Those Christians who would not receive these revelations are now resisting the move of the Spirit. Those ministers came in the spirit of John the Baptist. John said prepare ye the way of the Lord, make His paths straight.
14 - The sower sows the Word
15 - some of the seed fell by
16 - some fell on stony ground
18 - some fell on thorns
The Word of God is His seed, it is alive and powerful, if sown into good ground it will become flesh. Why does God’s Word fail to grow when sown? If the seed falls on ground that is not plowed, it is not prepared to accept seed so seed cannot grow to maturity. This is the reason the Word of God is not spreading as fast as God intends for it to grow. There is nothing wrong with the seed, it’s the soil, which is the heart of men.
Mark 4:20 These are they which are sown on good ground, such as hear the Word and receive it, and bring forth fruit (manifestations of the Word), some thirty fold, some sixty and some a hundred.
These four places where the Word is sown is in the lives of people. Some were prepared for it and some were not. Every man has the option of being good ground or unprepared ground. This is not God’s responsibility. He has provided everything we need, it’s our decision what type of soil we will be.
Mathew 11:12 From the days of John the Baptist until now the Kingdom of Heaven suffered violence and the violent take by force. (AMP A share in the heavenly Kingdom is sought with most ardent zeal and intense exertion)
Don’t be confused by the King James version of this account. The Kingdom of Heaven was known only by prophecy. Men were trying to access it in the flesh and they were wearing themselves out through what the Bible called violence. In the new covenant only those who are serious and committed will enter the Kingdom and prosper in it. If you want to have the promises of God, you must be willing to put in some effort. I think some folks are believing and waiting for God to just walk up and give them the desires of their heart.
Mathew 7:24 Whosoever hears My sayings and does them, I will liken him unto a wise man which built his house on a rock.
That rock is Jesus, He is the rock of revelation knowledge. It takes a lot of work to get down to bedrock, but all who do rejoice when the weather turns bad. We can have no shortcuts in Christianity. Shortcuts weaken our foundation and we become a prey to the devil.
Pastor Jerry Lamping
Born and raised in Helena, MT, has been a Pastor for over 20 years.