Tuesday 9.6.11

Have you ever read a book that transformed you?  When we read God’s word, the words fall on heart and in our minds.  Do we allow the transformation to take place or does it last for a brief moment?  There is a parable in Matthew 13 about the sower.  Read the whole chapter when you have a chance and figure out where you fall in this parable.   Do we allow Satan to steal the truth from us just as quickly as we receive it.  Do we receive it for a short time and when the hard times come we fall away or do we let the world and all the worry take over and steal our joy?  Are we the seed that is abosorbed in the soil and grows and flourishes and produces a crop? ” He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.” (Psalm 1:3)

 “Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in their heart. This is the seed sown along the path. The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away.  The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful.  But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.”   Matthew 13:18-23

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