Hears The Word

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Promises - Day 56 - Matthew 13:18-23 - Hears The Word - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Day 56 – Matthew 13:18-23 – Hears The Word – Growing As Disciples

“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 his heart. This is the seed sown along the path.  The one who received the seed that fell on rocky places is the man who hears the word and at once receives it with joy.  But since he has no root, he lasts only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, he quickly falls away.  The one who received the seed that fell among the thorns is the man who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke it, making it unfruitful.  But the one who received the seed that fell on good soil is the man who hears the word and understands it. He produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.” Matthew 13:18-23 (NIV)

Bear Fruit

Do you want your life to bear fruit for my kingdom? Do you want to bring glory to my name? Do you want to live the life that I have called you to live? Yes, to all three of your questions. I want to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. I want to live the life you have called me to live. What will you be sure to do if you want these to be the certain outcomes of your life? I will listen attentively to your word. How will you do that? I will meet daily with you in your word. I will take your word deep into my heart and mind and life. I will allow your word to change my heart. I will allow your word to transform my mind. I will allow your word to guard and guide the entire course of my life. That will be very good. Yes, it will. You will help me to understand your word as I daily come to meet with you in it. You will teach and train me by your word. You will mold and shape me by your word. Yes, I will. Even the thoughts of my mind, words of my mouth and the deeds of my life will be formed by your word. Your word will bring my life into alignment with your will. Your word will help me to walk in your ways. As I hear and understand and put your word into practice, I will certainly bear fruit for your kingdom, bring glory to your name, and live the life you have called me to live. I could have no higher desire. I could have no more fervent prayer. That is very good. That is a prayer I will hear and answer. Thank you, Lord. 

Lord, I will meet with you daily in your word. I will make hearing and understanding and putting your word into practice the priority of my life. Teach and train me with your word. Use your word to help me to bear an abundance of fruit for your kingdom. Amen

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Parable Of The Sower

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ - Day 245 - Matthew 13:18-23 - Parable Of The Sower - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 245 – Matthew 13:18-23 – Parable Of The Sower – Growing As Disciples

“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 his heart. This is the seed sown along the path. The one who received the seed that fell on rocky places is the man who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. But since he has no root, he lasts only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, he quickly falls away. The one who received the seed that fell among the thorns is the man who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke it, making it unfruitful. But the one who received the seed that fell on good soil is the man who hears the word and understands it. He produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.” Matthew 13:18-23 (NIV)

Abundant Fruit

That is sort of the bottom line. What is the bottom line? I want to bear abundant fruit for your kingdom. I want to live a life that is good and right and pleasing to you. I don’t want my life in you to be choked off by the worries and cares of this world. I don’t want to wilt under heat of the troubles and trials of this life. I want to be able to fight against every evil and withstand all temptation. I want to be able to endure any persecution. I don’t want to get caught up and entrapped by wealth and the pleasures of this life. I want my heart and mind and life to be entirely focused on you. I want to be able to know and do your will. I want to go where you guide me. I want to do what you ask of me. You have good and right and pure desires in you. Well, they did not originate in me. Any good and right and pure desires in me certainly come from you. Yes, they do.

How will you be able to live a faithful and fruitful life that is good and right and pleasing to me? How will you be able to know and do my will? How will my good and right and pure desires that are in you, be fulfilled? Not by my own strength, that is for sure. Not by my trying harder, of that I am certain. What then? Only you can make me faithful. Only you can make me fruitful. How will I make you both faithful and fruitful? You will use your word to make me both faithful and fruitful. I meet with you daily in your word. Then and there, you will plant your word deeply into my heart and mind and life. Yes, I will. You will use your word to change my heart, transform my mind, and guide my life. Your word will accomplish your purposes and fulfill your plans in and through my life. I will allow you to use your word to do your work in me. That will be very good. Then your life will bear abundant fruit for my kingdom and glory. Thank you, Lord. 

Heavenly Father, I will meet with you daily in your word. I will listen carefully and make myself attentive to what you want to teach me. Plant your word deeply in my heart, mind and life. Allow your word to flourish in me so I can bear abundant fruit for you. Amen

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Hears The Word And Understands

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – God’s Word – Matthew 13:23 – Hears The Word And Understands – Growing As Disciples

But the one who received the seed that fell on good soil is the man who hears the word and understands it. He produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.” Matthew 13:23 (NIV)

Hear And Understand

Do you want to live a life that bears fruit for my kingdom? Do you want to live a life that brings glory to my name? Yes, I want to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. What must I do if I want to bear fruit for kingdom and bring glory to your name? That is a great question. You must do two things if you want to bear fruit for my kingdom and bring glory to my name. You have my full attention. I will be listening very carefully to your every word. That’s very good. Then, you have already answered your own question. What’s that? I have no idea what you mean. What did I say that answered my own question? You said that I had your full attention. Yes, I did. You also said that you would listen carefully to every one of my words. Yes, I said that as well. I still don’t understand. 

If you want to bear fruit for my kingdom and bring glory to my name you must hear and understand my words. As you hear and understand and put my words into practice you will bear fruit for my kingdom and bring glory to my name. Now, I get it. Now, I understand. That’s good.

How will you go about hearing, understanding and putting my words into practice? Can I first ask you a question? Go right ahead. You said I needed to two things to be able to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. Yes, I did. Hearing, understanding and putting your word into practice sounds like three things. Yes, it does. Let me ask you a question. Go right ahead. How will you and I both know if you have truly heard and understood my word? If I have truly heard and understood your word I will certainly put it into practice. Yes, you will. Now, I get it. Putting your word into practice is like the proof that I have truly heard and understood your word. Yes, it is. Now let’s go back to my first question. How will I go about hearing, understanding and putting your word into practice? Yes. Every day, I will meet with you in your word. I set a time and place when and where I can listen to all that you want to say to me. As I listen attentively, you will help me to understand. Yes, I will. As I hear and understand, you will help me to put your word into practice. Yes, I will. As I hear and understand and put your word into practice, I will bear an abundance of fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. Yes, you will.

Lord, prepare my heart to hear and understand your word. Break up anything in me that is resistant to your word. I want to fully hear and understand and put your word into practice. Produce an abundant crop of fruit for your kingdom and glory through my life. Amen

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