While a large crowd was gathering and people were coming to Jesus from town after town, he told this parable: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path; it was trampled on, and the birds of the air ate it up. Some fell on rock, and when it came up, the plants withered because they had no moisture. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up with it and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up and yielded a crop, a hundred times more than was sown.” When he said this, he called out, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” Luke 8:4-8 (NIV)
Following And Obeying
How will you hear my word? How will you take my word into your heart and mind and life? What effort will you make to hear my word? What will be the true indication that you are in fact hearing my word? I will meet with you in your word on a daily basis. I will set aside a special time and place to meet with you. I will not let anything crowd your word out of my life. The cares of this life will not thwart the growth of your word in me. The pursuits of this life will not lead me away from your word. The trials of this life will not cause me to abandon your word. Rather, I will meditate on and memorize your word. I will keep your word ever before me. I will allow your word to feed my thoughts, form my words and foster my actions. My heart and mind and life will be guarded and guided by your word. It is my prayer that you will cause your word to grow and flourish within me. I will hear and answer that prayer. But let me go back to one of your questions. Two things will indicate that I am truly hearing your word. One, I will be continually putting your word into practice. If I am following and obeying your word that is a very good sign that I am really hearing your word. Yes, it is. Two, if my life is bearing abundant fruit for your kingdom then that is also a very good sign that I am really hearing your word. Both, taken together will clearly help me to know if I am really hearing your word. Is that correct? Yes, that is certainly true. If you hear and put my word into practice, your life will bear abundant fruit for my kingdom. That is what I want. That is my desire. That is very good. Thank you, Lord.
Lord, I will make myself available to hear your word on a daily basis. I will take your word deep into my heart and mind and life. Cause your word to grow and flourish in me. I will put your word into practice. Use your word to make me abundantly fruitful for you. Amen
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