SEED: WORD OF GOD
WAYSIDE HEARERS: DEVIL EASILY TAKES THE WORD FROM THEIR HEARTS, BECAUSE THEY DO NOT UNDERSTAND IT – SO THEY WILL NOT BELIEVE AND BE SAVED
Though this describes those who are lost in their sin, I also see this within Christendom who are equally as lost, but also deceived. Because this group of people do not seek to understand the wisdom of God on their own, but instead, look to others to spoon feed them. They are revealed when you speak to them of the things of God and His Spirit and they do not understand the foundational truth of being born again, and living a life of denying self. They sit in what they believe to be eternal security and believe they are saved from God’s judgement and wrath – because they have no understanding nor desire to get it.
ON STONY GROUND: HEAR WITH JOY, BUT HAVE NO ROOT SO IN TIME WHEN TEMPTATION COMES, PERSECUTION BECAUSE OF THE WORD, THEY IMMEDIATELY STUMBLE
This group do not push through in the giving up of what they hold on to when the trial of temptation or persecution come. Whether it be their pride, comfort, or need for approval – they are not willing to give them up so they may prove their faith in whom they believe.
FELL AMONG THORNS: GO OUT AND ARE CHOKED WITH CARES, RICHES AND PLEASURES OF LIFE – BRINGING NO FRUIT TO MATURITY
A great many are found in this assembly and sadly there is a type of church we all know as seeker friendly, entertainment focused that breed this mentality to continue to live like the world and desire the pleasures of life to seek them. They are what can be described as a transactional Christian. They are always looking what they can get out of God and being a believer in Him. Prosperity and success is often the topic of choice and practiced. There is much hype and ‘holy spirit’ flare, but they are like clouds without rain – and are a changeless people, who continue to stumble in sin and are plagued with depression, and anxiety. The divorce rate is equal to the world as well as the scandal found within.
GOOD GROUND: HEAR THE WORD, AND KEEP IT TO PRODUCE FRUIT IN LONG SUFFERING
These are those who are a serious lot in the things of God. They understand the honor He deserves, and believe all that the scriptures say so they live to follow Him through obeying what He instructs. They take the truths they hear and put them to practice thereby producing good fruit. It involves a life of denying self and the striving to live set apart from the world. It is a life of commitment to God and it costs them things they are willing to give up.
I personally am seeing that those who are found on the Good Ground and are hearers of His Word, are few and this is congruent to the time we now live, in the last days and even last hour. It truly amazes me, in a sad way, to experience this reality for there truly is a cloak of darkness over many who believe they are ‘good with God’ but are so very deceived. I think it be our task as Good Ground Hearers, to become more in tuned and vocal to speak to those who are deceived – to share with them their need to repent and believe on Jesus Christ and begin living for Him. As I have said, there are way too many ‘believers’ who do not understand what being born again is, let alone living the new creation life – through His Spirit. They do not understand that the old man is dead – and they are no longer to live or find or make a life there. That they are free from it so they may live according to God’s way, in peace, righteousness and joy. Let us ask the right questions to those who are close to us, and begin to share the truth, the way and His life. John 14:6