“Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.”
Luke 8:11 (KJV)
“As for what was sown on good soil, this is he who hears the Word and grasps and comprehends it; he indeed bears fruit and yields in one case a hundred times as much as was sown, in another sixty times as much, and in another thirty.”
Matthew 13:23 (AMP)
We are the farmers and keepers of our own hearts, the soil that can either receive or reject God’s Word. Once the seed is planted, our attention to it determines its outcome.
Plant, water, patience, increase!
“So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”
The only source of the God-kind of faith, is His Word. When we spend time in His Word, it produces faith for us to receive; when we receive the Word, we will plant it firmly in our hearts and believe only it. We must determine that the Bible is final authority, not what a man or a certain preacher says. You know you have planted the seed of His Word firmly in your heart, when you can declare this- “If God’s Word says it, I believe it and that settles it for me!”
When the Bible speaks of the heart of man, it is talking about his spirit. The real you is not an organ that pumps blood, the real you is living on the inside. Your spirit possesses a soul (mind, will & emotions) and lives in your physical body. Your heart or spirit, is where you receive beliefs; those beliefs will produce a crop in your life if you give attention to them. People everywhere are living their lives based on beliefs they have in their hearts, whether good or evil. As believers in Christ, we can come into the knowledge of the Word and have godly beliefs formed in us.
The Apostle Paul said this in 1 Corinthians 3:6, “I planted the seeds, Apollos watered them, but God made them sprout and grow.” Common English Version
“I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase.” (KJV)
The first time we hear and receive the Word of God, it is planted in our hearts. Next, we must see to it that the seed, the Word, is watered and nurtured; we do this by spending time studying, meditating on and speaking God’s Word. As the gardeners or farmers of our own hearts, we do not have to wait for someone to come with a water hose and water our seed. We have the ability to get up every day and water the promises of God in our hearts; we don’t have to wait for an outside source like rain, to water the seed. We should also attend a good church where they are teaching and preaching the rightly divided Word of God, this also waters the seed in our hearts. God’s Word is both the seed and water, we are the soil and gardener. We have to declare and praise God for what Jesus and His shed blood did for us, this gives God the right to cause the seed to grow and produce. He brings the increase!
“For whatever is born of God overcomes the world: and this is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith.” 1 John 5:4
Keep the weeds of doubt, pulled out! If we doubt God, we keep him out.
“But let him ask in faith, nothing doubting: for he that doubteth is like the surge of the sea driven by the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive anything of the Lord; a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.” James 1:6 & 7
We’re not talking about legalistic works, consisting of mere formulas; but evidence that our lives are an ongoing, expression of agreement with His will for our lives.
Life will come with questions and tests, how will we answer? Thru the redemptive work of Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection, we have been given access to the blessings and provision of God. If we stay with our beliefs, we can live with a joyful expectancy of what we have believed. Healing, a blessed family and a full supply of finances, are just a few of His promises; when we walk in patience, we will reap what is due.
“And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” Galatians 6:9