The Sower Sows the Word Series Part 3 “Among Thorns”
“Where lives change and where life can begin again”
As always, let’s start digging and enjoying our time in the Word. Let’s look for new
revelation and deeper understanding.
In Mark 4,
Jesus talked about the thorns that come around the seed of the Word being sown.
7 And some seed fell among thorns; and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it
yielded no crop.
If you notice, the thorns grew up. The Thorns grew more than the seeds sown. The
Thorns grew so much that it choked the fruit of the Word and it could not bear fruit.
Let’s read verses 18 and 19. And Jesus explains saying,
18” Now these are the ones sown among thorns; they are the ones who hear the word,
19 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.”
First of all, once again, they heard the word. God says we cannot just be hearers only,
but doers of the Word. (James 1:22) It is wonderful that we hear, but if we do not turn
our hearing into works for the Kingdom, we will find ourselves living the same lives as
the world. Finding ourselves lost, confused, hurting and defeated. God never intended
for us to be defeated, but victorious in everything we put our hands to do. It is when we
find ourselves outside of the Word of God, that we drift into old habits and being
swayed by the world’s way of doing things. This causes us to drift farther and farther
away from God, which is Satan’s plan anyway. Let’s not fall into the trap. Let’s be
wiser than that. God never holds back wisdom. He gives it to us in abundance and as
much as we need or want. (James 1:5) So let’s recognize the tactics of the enemy. And
be wise through His eyes. Not only will we hear, but respond with doing.
Next, the cares of this world. Jesus warns to not let the cares of this world rob you
from God’s best. What does God say? “Cast the whole of your care on Me, for I care
for you.” (1 Pet 5:7 AMP) God’s desire is to take good, good care of us. His greatest
joy is seeing us care free. Being care free means walking in total faith in Him and
having peace and joy in the midst of the storm, knowing God has empowered us to
come out on top no matter what the circumstance. Not taking the care, but leaning
wholly upon God and giving it all to Him. And knowing the power dwells within me.
The power is the decision to believe and not give up.
Next, the deceitfulness of riches. Money is not a bad word or a bad thing to have. It is
when money becomes your task master. It deceives you to believe it is the only thing
you need to be happy. “If I only had enough money?” Seek first the kingdom of God
and His righteousness (His right way of doing) and all these things will be added to
you. (Matt 6:33)
The love of money is the root of all evil. (1 Tim. 6:10) It is not money that is evil, it is
when we feel like we cannot do without it and we must do whatever it takes to get it.
That is a lesson in and of itself.
Never fall into that trap, but seek first the kingdom (His voice and direction), and you
will never lack any good thing. Your God will supply all of your need. (Philippians
4:19) Jesus came to give you life and that more abundantly. However, Satan comes to
steal, kill, and destroy. (John 10:10) An abundant life will always take you toward
God and never away from Him. If in your pursuit of a better life, it takes you away
from your worship, your prayer, your time in church and reading the Word, then this is
not God. Your abundant life will always draw you toward God, never away. Think
about that before you take that next promotion or job opportunity. Ask the hard
question, “Is this taking me away or toward God”. Be watchful to see if Satan is
stealing your time from God or deceiving you and making it look like this is a God given
opportunity. That’s where the deceit comes in. Everything that looks like a good
thing is not always a good thing. Be watchful always and take time to ask God first.
Lastly, the desires for other things. How many distractions do we have that keep us
away from the Word and the presence of God today. T.V., computers, friends, phones,
and the list can go on and on.
None of these things are bad in themselves, however we can make them bad for us.
The daily lesson of self-control and making first things first.
Our first priority, should be spending time in God’s presence. You cannot allow the
cares of this world to choke out God’s best. Which means being in His Word, in
Worship with Him, and in consistent communication with Him. Investing into your
Spirit by reading good faith building books, and listening to faith building cd’s and
watching good Christian programming.
Another one of our jobs as disciples of Christ is protecting the seed that is sown in our
hearts by watching what we hear and watch on television or other social media. Protect
the seed that is within you, so that it will grow up and be fruitful for the Kingdom of
God and for your life and for many generations to come.
The seed of God’s Word is the the life-giving source that leads you to the rivers of life
and that life in abundance. Satan knows that and that is why we guard our hearts with
all diligence to protect the precious seed within us.
Take the scriptures that are in parentheses and bolded, and look them up this week and
write or type them out. Meditate on God’s goodness and provision. Protect your seed
and allow that fruit that God has planted on the inside of you to grow and produce
much fruit. Any translation would be fine.
This is a Holy Spirit instruction, so I believe something amazing is getting ready
to happen through your obedience to read these scriptures. Enjoy your time.
Read and Meditate and Enjoy!
James 1:22, James 1:5, 1 Pet 5:7 AMP, Matt 6:33, 1 Tim. 6:10, Philippians 4:19,
Join us next week as we discuss part 4 “On Good Ground”
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