Friday, February 3, 2012

Scatter Seeds Anyway

The living Word of God never ceases to amaze me. Please do not make the mistake of viewing the Bible as simply historical. The Bible is divinely inspired, there is no other book that could ever compare!

Revelation 22:13 says, "I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last."

John 1:1 says, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God."

God stands outside of time. He is in no way limited by time, and His word is eternal and applicable yesterday, today, and tomorrow. He longs to have a personal relationship with you, and will supernaturally highlight verses that bring hope and life to whatever you are facing.

When the Lord uses a passage to speak to your current circumstances, it is called a rhema word, or the revealed word of God, as an utterance from God to the heart of the reader via the Holy Spirit.

The Lord brought me to the passage of the parable of the sower in Matthew 13:1-23. I believe that it is a rhema word for many husbands and wives that are reading this.

The Parable of the Sower (Matthew 13:1-23, NKJV)

13 On the same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the sea. 2 And great multitudes were gathered together to Him, so that He got into a boat and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore.

3 Then He spoke many things to them in parables, saying: Behold, a sower went out to sow. 4 And as he sowed, some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds came and devoured them. 5 Some fell on stony places, where they did not have much earth; and they immediately sprang up because they had no depth of earth. 6 But when the sun was up they were scorched, and because they had no root they withered away. 7 And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up and choked them. 8 But others fell on good ground and yielded a crop: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. 9 He who has ears to hear, let him hear!

The Purpose of Parables

10 And the disciples came and said to Him, “Why do You speak to them in parables?”

11 He answered and said to them, Because it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given. 12 For whoever has, to him more will be given, and he will have abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him. 13 Therefore I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. 14 And in them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled, which says:
‘Hearing you will hear and shall not understand,
And seeing you will see and not perceive;
15 For the hearts of this people have grown dull.
Their ears are hard of hearing,And their eyes they have closed,
Lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears,
Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn,
So that I should[a] heal them.’[b]

16 But blessed are your eyes for they see, and your ears for they hear; 17 for assuredly, I say to you that many prophets and righteous men desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.

The Parable of the Sower Explained

18 Therefore hear the parable of the sower: 19 When anyone hears the word of the kingdom, and does not understand it, then the wicked one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is he who received seed by the wayside. 20 But he who received the seed on stony places, this is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; 21 yet he has no root in himself, but endures only for a while. For when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he stumbles. 22 Now he who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the word, and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful. 23 But he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.

Marriage Application: There will be times in your marriage when you feel like the seeds of love you sow fall on deaf ears. Perhaps your spouse's heart is hardened from wounds, and he/she does not return your words of affirmation. Continue to sow seeds of love anyway! Have peace knowing that you are not responsible for your spouse's response, only for your actions. Love your spouse in every season. You never know when the Holy Spirit will prepare the soil in your spouse's heart to yield a breakthrough! If you are a Christian husband or wife, you are called to be a sower! Have confidence that you are positioned in God's will and planted for a heavenly purpose even when you can't see it. God longs to heal your marriage.

For a study about the Parable of the Sower in relation to God's Kingdom, click here.


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