March 29, 2011


Our culture remembers the death of Christ at Easter, but too often, we forget that He’s no longer dead. Christ wants to be involved in our daily decisions. His life gives us life.
When we cultivate a relationship with Him, we begin to understand how deeply He loves us, and we thrive on the message of life


March 29, 2011

“These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.”

Acts 17:11 KJV

What a remarkable book the Bible is! This Book was used by God’s Spirit to show him his need for salvation. We live in a world that needs what the Bible offers. People need to read its words of comfort, hope, cleansing, and joy. They need to discover in its pages the good news of salvation in Christ. Not everyone who reads God’s Word turns to Christ. Jesus made this clear in the parable of the sower. Christians are called to be like farmers, sowing the seed of the Word of God into the world. Of course the farmer wants to sow his seed only on good ground so that it will be fruitful. And there are often things he can do to prepare the soil. But this is not solely his responsibility. As he sows seed, I would imagine he would focus on what he perceives is good soil. But in the process, the seed also lands in places where the soil is not ideal. The Bible says, “A sower went out to sow his seed: and as he sowed, some fell by the way side; and it was trodden down, and the fowls of the air devoured it. And some fell upon a rock; and as soon as it was sprung up, it withered away, because it lacked moisture. And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprang up with it, and choked it. And other fell on good ground, and sprang up, and bare fruit an hundredfold. And when he had said these things, he cried, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.” Luke 8:5-8 KJV  Here the Bible does not say that the Sower planted the seeds one by one in descent rows. Rather he scatters them randomly. He doesn’t’ care where the seeds land. This reminds me of someone preaching of God’s word. When they preach the word, he doesn’t just speak to each person in the congregation individually. He is aware of the flock’s spiritual, physical and emotional needs and preaches to meet them. What is being preached and how it’s done is most important. But even the most anointed message could fail depending on the recipient’s attitude. So what kind of soil really are you? So the Sower of the seeds is like God’s word, spreading the gospel around to the people. Some seed fall along the path and get stomped on or a bird may eat the seed. This means the people didn’t understand the word of God. Some seed fell upon the rocks and they withered when the started to grow because of lack of moister. This means the people believed the word of God, but soon they were tested and fell because their roots were not deep. Some seeds fell upon the thorns, but they too distracted by the worries, lust, and riches and soon they were choked to death. But some seeds fell upon good soil and these were people who were Spiritual Believers and they were of good heart, noble, retained the word and produced a multitude of fruit. It says in the Bible. “Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away. And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection. But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.” Luke 8 11:15 KJV  Learn to listen because your response to word has been like the seeds fell along the path. Don’t let pride to prevent God’s word from shaping your character. Stop scratching your head and stop bargaining with sin. Therefore look out for snares of the enemy. Let the Holy Spirit of God to shape you in every day of your life. We are to be sowers of God’s Word, but we don’t decide who will receive it. Our job is to scatter the seed. For the Christian, the power of the spiritual life comes from the indwelling Holy Spirit. As we open our heart to the Word with an eagerness to obey it, the Spirit causes us to grow and bear fruit. The Bible says, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23 KJV We can’t make ourselves grow, any more than we can force growth from the seeds in our gardens. But we can tend the soil, keeping our hearts soft, receptive, and obedient to God’s Word. Then we will yield the fruit of righteousness. What kind of soil are you? Don’t allow the attractions of this world to keep us from reading and meditating on God’s Word in the Bible. So why not today open your heart up to Jesus Christ, because He is the One that died on the cross and paid the penalty for your sins so you could have the free gift of eternal life. Amen

By: Jeff Ellinger

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