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About-Him.Com Devotional 06-29-2002
5th in a series on the Word of God:
Matthew 13:23 But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.
Jesus was teaching a great multitude from a boat one day, and looking to shore, He perhaps saw a farmer scattering seed to plant a crop. Jesus likened the sowing of seed to the preaching of the Word of the kingdom of God.
You know the story, some of the seed fell by the wayside and the wicked one came immediately to snatch up the seed. We've all had our attacks of the enemy, but the scripture says that we are not ignorant of his devices (2 Corinthians 2:11). He may have gotten the best of us a time or two but sooner or later we catch on and remedy the situation by the Word of God..
Some fell on the stony ground, which Jesus likened to those who receive the Word with joy, but they have no depth. When tribulation comes, they fall away. Joy is wonderful but joy by itself won't sustain you in the evil day. The Word will!
Another fellow heard the Word but his soil was stony. The cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choked the word, and he became unfruitful. Jesus told us rather plainly that we cannot serve two masters We cannot serve God and money, where our treasure is, there will our heart be also (Matthew 6:21-24).
I believe that if we are honest, we will have to confess that at different times in our lives we have fallen into some of these categories. Sometimes we didn't understand and we failed to study to show ourselves approved (2 Timothy 2:15 ).
At times, we tried to live on emotion, but we soon learned that emotion will fail us. Other times we've just been too busy and pre-occupied with the cares of life and chasing the almighty dollar to get ahead. We found that after we accumulated wealth and material things, life was still void and empty (Ecclesiastes 2:17 ).
But, when we cultivated the soil of our hearts and placed the Word of God in it's rightful position, we found what we had been looking for all along. We found that the Words of our Creator cover every aspect of our human condition.
The late Ann Landers had a favorite saying, "Too soon old, too late smart." We don't want to fall into that category when it comes to the Word of God and our eternal destiny. Do We?
Isaiah 48:18 O that thou hadst hearkened to my commandments! then had thy peace been as a river, and thy righteousness as the waves of the sea:
One of the hymns found on our audio page, http://about-him.com is A Crimson Stream, written in the 1920's by Bishop G.T. Haywood. The story is told that Bis. Haywood shut himself in his office and sought the Lord for 8 days. He had this wonderful song when he emerged.
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Pastor Dave Charlton tells us, "After a worship service at First Baptist Church in Newcastle, Kentucky, a mother with a fidgety seven-year old boy told how she finally got her son to sit still and be quiet. About halfway through the sermon, she leaned over and whispered, 'If you don't be quiet, Pastor Charlton is going to lose his place and he will have to start his sermon all over again!' It worked."
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