OBEYING GOD'S WORD
Luke 8: 4-15
A farmer went out to plant his seed.
While he was planting, some seed fell by the road. People walked on the seed, and the birds ate it up. Some seed fell on rock, and when it began to grow it died beause it had not water. Some seed fell among thorny weeds, but the weeds grew up with it and choked the good plants. And some seed fell on good ground and grew and made a hundred times more.
...the seed is God's message.
Only when we reach a point where we solumnly place great store upon what He says will it ever become a powerful source in our lives.
God chose to articulate himself to us in 4 ways:
Through the natural created universe around us
Through His Word expressed by inspired men who reported it in human language
Through the person of Jesus, the Word made flesh
and through other men and women whom He designs
It is our responsibility to recognize when He speaks to us
He demands our total concentration, not any half hearted attempt.
When we do what He asks, this is faith in action -- the faith of obedience.
This is to hear the Word and have it come alive.
He plants good seeds in us so that a harvest that delights Him can refresh others.
God's word is alive and working and is sharper than a double edged sword. It cuts all the way into us, where the soul and the spirit are joined, to the center of our joints and bones. And it judges the thoughts and feelings in our hearts.
Life is difficult. Little more than endless series of problems. We can moan and groan bout them or face them. We can teach the next generation the disciplines involved in accepting and solving them.
Each one of those problems is a God appointed instructor ready to deepen your walk with Him. Growth and wisdom await as you find the solution to each one.
Sometimes I'm like a seed not planted in good ground, I pray that I'll be planted anew each day and grow to be what our good Lord wants me to be.
'On Ya' - ma