EVERY CHILD OF GOD KNOWS—to one degree or another—the promises that the Father made to all those that accept His Son. We understand that God’s Word does not return unto Him void, that it accomplishes all that it was sent forth to do. So we take the promises He’s made and believe for them to come to pass for us. We often speak the Words of God as witnesses or as a sign to God of our faith that He will answer our prayers.
For those who have gone into further study of subjects such as the Covenant, healing, prosperity, etc. it is understood that it is God’s good pleasure to give us the things we need. We look expectantly to Him for the fulfillment of His Word of promise in the prayers we pray.
The Word of God is powerful. I am a devoted student and teacher of the Word, and have always endeavored to live my life by its instruction. I have experienced countless miracles, and answers to nearly every prayer I’ve prayed because I have set myself in agreement with—alignment to—all that God is saying.
In recent months, I’ve felt the need to understand more about how the Word works in our lives. So I started with the Parable of the Sower in Mark 4. As Jesus explained this parable to His disciples, He said, “The sower sows the Word”. So the Word is a seed at this point. That seed is alive and is capable of growing and bringing a harvest.
As we read the Bible and as we spend time communicating with our Father, the Word is sown into our hearts–into our brains–where we think, understand, consider, and belief it. Sowing the seed is God’s part. He’s the One Who gives it to us and the One Who has empowered that seed to prosper in the purpose for which He sowed it.
Every believer is given all the seed that they need to bring forth an abundant harvest of life. Every believer has within them what Jesus calls “the Kingdom of God” – or—the ability to bring forth the Kingdom into manifestation and reality into every area of their life. God has given us all things that we need. Every need is met. He is our generous provider and supplier. He does this by sowing the seed of His Word into our hearts.
What happens to the seed after God sows it is now up to us.
What happens to the seed after God sows it is now up to us. We are the ones entrusted to take care of that seed. Will we cooperate with God to guard and nourish that seed until it comes to maturity and is ready to be harvested? Or will we neglect the seed, allowing it to wither and die—thus nullifying its power of life?
As Jesus further explains in Mark 4, there are various conditions that will stop His Word—His will for us—from coming to pass. And if you will carefully note, NONE of these conditions are ones that He brings to us! Although God is Almighty God, He has given us responsibility for the outcome of the seed He gives to us. He is not in control of the Word Seed once He has sown it.
I call this phase of seed growth “cooperating” with God. He has given us everything we need to take care of that seed. There is absolutely no power or enemy that can cause our seed to fail if we will take advantage of His grace. In His loving kindness and goodness, He has given us the free gift of His Spirit. And in the simple act of yielding to the excellent helper, it is impossible for the seed of God’s Word to ever do anything but yield the harvest for which it was sent—which is abundant life.
I encourage you to read this chapter in Mark—for it clearly explains the various conditions that are dangerous and deadly to the seed of God’s Word. The reason why Jesus taught this parable was to establish how the Word of God comes to pass for us. It is in this teaching that every reason is given for why the prayers we pray are manifested or choked out.
Everything is given to us to produce life. When we are yoked to Jesus, He is always next to us, always leading and guiding us, always helping us with perfect protection, provision, and purpose.
Jesus warns that it is possible for His Word to be suffocated. The word ‘suffocated’ means that the breath is taken away. The life is gone. “…And suffocate the Word, and it (the Word) becomes fruitless.”
In other words, we can find the scripture promises that God has given, and allow them to be sown into our hearts. We can confess these scriptures, earnestly desire the fulfillment of these scriptures, believe for them to come to pass in our lives, and even know that it is God’s will for them to be performed on our behalf. BUT—it is up to us to see that the Word bears fruit by carefully guarding the seed in our heart.
100% of prayers that are prayed according to the will of God are answered. But it is sorrowfully rare that people receive the answers God sent. Excuses and explanations are religiously made as to why we didn’t experience the answers—to make people feel better—to pacify them—to keep them from accountability for the seed sown in their hearts.
We can be believers of Jesus and reap the benefits of eternal life with Him while living a wretchedly troubled life here on earth. It is only the followers of Jesus who enter into the fullness of all that He has generously given us for living life abundantly now. And to be a follower, we must be doers of the Word. We must diligently listen, and faithfully obey teachings like this of Mark chapter four. Obedience to the Holy Spirit, Who has been given to us, qualifies us to be partakers of the rights and privileges as Children of God here and now.
It is up to us to follow the promptings of the Holy Spirit as He informs us on the condition of the Word Seed in our hearts. He warns us when our seed is in danger. He tells us how to protect it. He guides us through the growing season and into the harvest of the Word. But He does not do the work for us. We cannot pray and ask God to protect our seed. He gave us full responsibility over His seed in our hearts.
Whether or not that seed brings forth the harvest of answers to our prayers, to meet every need, is totally up to our response and sensitivity to His Spirit. Praying to ask God to do something more than what He has already done is ignorance and disrespectful. This is why we are admonished to “acknowledge God in all His ways, and He directs our path.” When we acknowledge the amazing gift He’s given to us by trusting us with the Seed of His Word, and acknowledge the precious and powerful gift He’s given to us in the Holy Spirit, we realize that He has already empowered us to bring forth the answers we need. The answers are within us! Guarding our hearts (the soil where the seed is sown) with all diligence is vital for the life of the Seed to take root and grow, and produce.
Satan cannot steal the seed unless we allow it. The weeds cannot choke out the Word unless we allow it. He has given all power and authority to us over all the power of the enemy. There is nothing more powerful than the Word of God within the heart of a follower of Jesus. A person who is doing the Word ia following the instructions that Jesus taught in Mark 4.
If you aren’t living the quality of life you want, and the life that you believe God wants you to be living, its time to get off your knees in begging God to do something. Its time for you to take full responsibility for the cultivation and growth of God’s seed in your own heart and bring it to bear fruit. He holds you accountable for the growth and harvest of that seed.
He has graciously provided everything we need to equip us with success as gardeners over our hearts. It’s work—ask any gardener if gardening is work—but it’s required that we DO not just ask. Faith without works is dead. When we stay yoked with Jesus via the Holy Spirit, His yoke is easy and His burden is light. He is right there beside us, laboring with us, showing us how to get it done right. His grace makes using our faith so easy!
I would appreciate hearing from you today! Please let me know how the Holy Spirit taught you through these words. It is my prayer and endeavor to bring the Word that is Light before your feet, and a Lamp unto your path.
In His Great Love,
Love Gifts Ministries International
“Healing For a Broken World, One Life at a Time”