Sowing the word Pt.1

rocky places

The parable of the sower has been one that has been preached from the time of the Gospels and continues to bring souls to the Kingdom of God. It is a simple message but extremely profound. We must understand that tribulation does not come mainly because our God is bored but because of the word that God has given to have government in our lives to fulfill his glory as we take our dominion.

The text in Matthew 13:20-21 reads, “But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it;
21 Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended.”

The Living version translates verse 21 as, “he doesn’t have much depth in his life, and the seeds don’t root very deeply, and after a while when trouble comes, or persecution begins because of his beliefs, his enthusiasm fades, and he drops out.”

The rocky soil personality is not confined to new Christians but to all members of the body of Christ in their season

Let’s look at stony places,

  1. He understood into what he was released; stony place.
  2. He knew what was planted in his life; his gifts, talents and grace
  3. He knew how to appropriate to the word that was given him
  4. He knew how to confess the word
  5. He knew how to lay hands on the sick
  6. He was faithful, loyal,
  7. He had all the external qualities but he was lacking “DEPTH”

The seed when it is planted in stony soil will continue for a while but unless something is done about the soil condition, it will soon “drop out”.

Even the best of us don’t know ourselves until trial and persecution comes for the word sake, then we realize that we weren’t as tough as we thought and if it was not for Jesus we would be lost.

It’s amazing how a job and a good pair of shoe will bolster your confidence and deceive you into thinking that you are walking on “cloud nine”. But have you ever noticed that when you believe yourself to be the strongest beware, for an attack just may be around the corner.  You are only as strong as you allow Christ to be glorified in your member.

Always remember what Christ said in 2Corinthians 12:9, “My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.

Paul continued to say,

Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.”

He was not strong because of a feeling, a new car and house but because of God’s grace. God’ grace will find you in your lowest moment and will compel you to victory.

In Psalms 105:19, speaking of Joseph the scripture says, “Until the time that his word came: the word of the LORD tried him”.

That same word that is upholding all things (Hebrew 1:3) will try you. Just because it was “sister Dummis” who got you in trouble doesn’t mean God did not orchestrate the trial.

God said in Ezek. 22:14, “Can thine heart endure, or can thine hands be strong, in the days that I shall deal with thee? I the LORD have spoken it, and will do it.”

It is God who is the Farmer and sees that you are in a position of limitedness.

God desires to get you from that position of limitedness to one where you can grow at will. God sees us as seed and every seed need specially designed attention for their road to maturity.

In a natural scenario the farmer leaves the seed for it is too costly for him to redo the ground but with God it is not natural but spiritual and the cost is not an issue because it already has been paid. We are talking about the blood sacrifice. The question is,

a.       Are you willing to be saved from the rocky soil?

b.      Are you willing to undergo replanting?

c.       Do you have the humility to ask God to plant you again?

God is willing that none should perish but that all – everybody- should have everlasting life.

But we are lacking spiritual “DEPTH”; acronym is,

  1. Determination
  2. Endurance
  3. Persistency
  4. Teaching
  5. Hearing

1.   Determination in the English dictionary is your strength of mind, willpower, fortitude, resolve and grit. Determination means there is no looking back, no turning around not even to glance. You have a made up mind and whatever was left behind is history.

One of the words used for determination as found in Strong’s is the Hebrew word "mishpat" which by interpretation means,

 1) Judgment, justice, ordinance

  Act of deciding a case

 After a judgment has been issued that is the end of the matter.

Its Greek translation is theleôma thel'-ay-mah. This gives a determination as a choice (specifically purpose, decree; abstractly volition) or (passively) inclination:—desire, pleasure, will.

Determination: Joseph/Butler

Determination does not leave space for contempt as we shall see in Genesis 40:13.

The Hebrew word “mishpat” translated manner is used here in Genesis 40:13. In this we see Joseph and Pharaoh’ butler as the butler in prison receives an interpretation of his dream.

The butler had become familiar with Pharaoh who after observing the behavior dismissed his butler and baker to jail time.

Pharaoh was of the contention that failure to communicate gives reason to educate.

The scripture implies that Pharaoh was not satisfied with the service he was receiving and felt that, until his determination was to the former level they could not be in his presence.

In other words, go back to the former before we fell out.

God wants to take you back to the former things; the excitement you had when you got saved, the way you used to not miss church and the admiration you had for your leaders. The depth of any relationship depends largely upon the respect for each other. One of the meaning of respect is “to value” which Pharaoh did value his butler but something went wrong to established indifference. Remember, a curse doesn’t causeless come.

Paul speaks of the former things, in Acts1 which dealt with the Book of Luke in which was mentioned the excitement of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Pharaoh had missed the former manner of his servant, so like the seed that was planted on rocky ground, his service was ultimately negated.

The butler was now facing rocky place where there was no sustenance and in need of salvation.  

His roots had ventured into a place called “tribulation and persecution for the word”.

In his day of adversity God had called a “Joseph” to be in his midst, one who had known this place of “tribulation and persecution for the word” and was determined that his purposes in God would not be denied. Joseph was a type of Christ who also had a “butler and a “baker” on either side of his cross but only the “butler’s” purpose remained as he entered a new domain with Christ.

We must be careful that when we come upon rocky places that we don’t steal from our pass or our future to benefit our present day. Steal what you may ask?

We steal the esteem, the glory and the high opinion of ourselves and not of God. You see our carnal desire is merely a symptom of our oncoming spiritual theft.

But the question is can you be saved?

David said in Psalms 66:10-12 says, “For thou, O God, hast proved us: thou hast tried us, as silver is tried.

11      Thou broughtest us into the net; thou laidst affliction upon our loins.

12Thou hast caused men to ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water: but thou broughtest us out into a wealthy place”.

It is important that God takes you through to take you out and when you come out, it will always be in a wealthy place.

2.  Endurance

  1. It is God’ spiritual window to obtain victory
  2. It is the viaduct into your promised land
  3. It is the constant cry in your spirit that no matter what it looks like you have the victory Hab. 3:17

Endure regel, Gen 33:14 a foot, Ex. 18:23 to stand, “amad”, Esther 8:6 to be able, “yakol”, Job 8:6, “qum” to rise, Ps.9:6 “yashub”, to sit down, to dwell.

a)       Behold we count them happy which endure, Ja. 5:11

b)       Weeping may endure for the night but joy comes in the morning, Ps. 30:5.

c)        His name shall endure (exist) forever, Ps. 72:17

d)      Ps. 89:36, His seed shall endure (exist) for ever.

e)      Ps.102:12,“But thou, O LORD, shalt endure for ever; and thy remembrance unto all generations.

f)        It is commendable to bear up under unjust treatment 1Peter 2:19-23.

g)      2Thes.1:4 “So that we ourselves glory in you in the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that ye endure:

Become aligned with God and no rocky place can take you out!

You endure that you may have power to persist for when I stop enduring I cease to persist with all my heart. Merely showing up is not heart felt persistence.

3.  Persist

  1. The syrophenician  Mk. 7:26
  2. The Shunamite 2Kings 4:30
  3. The widow Luke 18:5

4.   Teach

 “Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness” (Ps.143:10).

Here the Hebrew word is “lamad,” pronounced “law-mad”.

“A primitive root; properly to goad, that is, (by implication) to teach (the rod
being an Oriental incentive):—[un-] accustomed, X diligently, expert, instruct,
learn, skilful, teach (-er, -ing).”

To goad implies provoking someone with a stick until the desired results are obtained. It is God’s word that you do not spare the rod and spoil the child. If necessary God will, as a capable instructor, comply with techniques that his son and daughters would not consider an incentive to learning but does in fact results in one that is capable of kingdom dominion.

But God says that there shall come a time when no one will have to goad you to learn, they will not have to provoke you into doing what’s good for the Kingdom.

He says, “And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more” (Jer.31:34).

God wants His Church to mature so that they will completely rely on the Holy Spirit because they will hear His sound and not always as a mighty rushing wind but as a soft whisper as did Elijah.  

 In Luke 12:12,   “For the Holy Ghost shall teach you in the same hour what ye ought to say”.

5.  Hear

Christians who have the same mind of expectation will all hear the same sound. It says in the Book of Acts 2 that the 120 who prayed had unity of purposeand that they all heard the same sound of a mighty rushing wind.

That is why when tribulation comes, it is necessary for one to recall the sound that they have heard; what has been spoken before or what decree has the King made concerning your situation. And the word has said, just in case you are in a quandary, (Jer 33:3)   “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not”.

The Psalmists says (20:9), Save, LORD: let the king hear us when we call.

The King very clearly says, “I will answer thee” and not only will he answer thee, but he will “shew thee great and mighty things” which haven’t even entered into your mind. He will be the bridge, the cross-over into what he wants to reveal.

The reason why Ananias and Sapphira lied to the Holy Ghost in Acts 5 was not that they hadn’t known right but rather that they insisted on hearing the wrong sound.

Listening to the wrong sound will delay the purposes of God for your life.

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