4 And when a very great throng was gathering together and people from town after town kept coming to Jesus, He said in a parable:5 A sower went out to sow seed; and as he sowed, some fell along the traveled path and was trodden underfoot, and the birds of the air ate it up.6 And some [seed] fell on the rock, and as soon as it sprouted, it withered away because it had no moisture.7 And other [seed] fell in the midst of the thorns, and the thorns grew up with it and choked it [off].8 And some seed fell into good soil, and grew up and yielded a crop a hundred times [as great]. As He said these things, He called out, He who has ears to hear, let him be listening and let him consider and understand by hearing!9 And when His disciples asked Him the meaning of this parable,10 He said to them, To you it has been given to [come progressively to] know (to recognize and understand more strongly and clearly) the mysteries and secrets of the kingdom of God, but for others they are in parables, so that, [though] looking, they may not see; and hearing, they may not comprehend. [Isa. 6:9, 10; Jer. 5:21; Ezek. 12:2.] (Lk 11:4-10 Amp).10 He said to them, To you it has been given to [come progressively to] know (to recognize and understand more strongly and clearly) the mysteries and secrets of the kingdom of God, but for others they are in parables, so that, [though] looking, they may not see; and hearing, they may not comprehend. [Isa. 6:9, 10; Jer. 5:21; Ezek. 12:2.]
11 Now the meaning of the parable is this: The seed is the Word of God.12 Those along the traveled road are the people who have heard; then the devil comes and carries away the message out of their hearts, that they may not believe (acknowledge Me as their Savior and devote themselves to Me) and be saved [here and hereafter].13 And those upon the rock [are the people] who, when they hear [the Word], receive and welcome it with joy; but these have no root. They believe for a while, and in time of trial and temptation fall away (withdraw and stand aloof).14 And as for what fell among the thorns, these are [the people] who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked and suffocated with the anxieties and cares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not ripen (come to maturity and perfection).15 But as for that [seed] in the good soil, these are [the people] who, hearing the Word, hold it fast in a just (noble, virtuous) and worthy heart, and steadily bring forth fruit with patience.(Lk 8:10-15 Amp).
Prepare your Heart
“Prepare ye the way of the Lord! Prepare the way of the Lord! Make straight your crooked paths! Turn to the Lord! Call on His Name when He can be found! Do not harden your heart, as your forefathers, did in the past. When you know the Lord”s busy knocking on the door of your heart, do not harden your heart. Rather open your heart’s door, when you do the Lord shall enter into your heart. He shall make His abode in your heart.”
We are always reminded, to allow the Lord to regularly search our heart. Whenever David messed up, he had been quick to repent. We’re reminded in Proverbs; to guard our heart above everything which needs to be guarded. Why would that be necessary? Scripture clearly states, out of our hearts come the wellsprings, issues of life. We understand from Scripture, that our hearts, are desperately evil. Christ also tells us that what is in our heart will almost always, flow out from our mouths.
No one knows the heart of man better than the Lord, our God. We may hide from others the hidden secrets of our heart. We may even fool others and ourselves. When the rubber hits the proverbial tar, the real you will show up. This is why we are reminded. to break up the fallow ground of our hearts. Our hearts need daily preparation. The Lord enables us to search our hearts. His Holy Spirit convicts us of sin, righteousness and judgement. He is gentle and tender hearted. He often woos us back to Father.
We are not always able to search our hearts properly. Remember the Lord had not come into the world to condemn the world. Rather He came for us, to draw us back to Himself, through the power and authority of His gentle Holy Spirit. Yes; He hates sin; yet loves the sinner. One time He told His disciples, the pharisees and the sadducees; in fact all the religious leaders of His day: “the healthy do not need to see the doctor! Only the sick need to go to the doctor.”
(to be Contd)