A Rich Harvest
“Other seeds fell into the good soil, and as they grew up and increased . . . And those are the ones on whom seed was sown on the good soil; and they hear the word and accept it and bear fruit, thirty, sixty, and a hundredfold.” Mark 4:8, 20
1. Keep a Receptive Heart. Think of your heart as soil and the Word of God as seed. Jesus warns against rocky ground and says we must keep the soil of our hearts tender. The condition of your heart will determine how the crop grows.
2. Cultivate Growth. Deliberate planting of God’s Word will kill off all the toxic thinking that tries to take root in your life. As you daily renew your mind with Scripture, those kinds of thoughts will be crowded out.
“For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return there without watering the earth and making it bear and sprout, and furnishing seed to the sower and bread to the eater; so will My Word be which goes forth from My mouth; it will not return to Me empty, without accomplishing what I desire, and without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.” Isaiah 55:10-11
3. Bear Fruit. God’s Word guarantees a good crop, so lift up your eyes to see the fields that are ready for harvest (John 4:35). You are designed to be fruitful (John 15:8), and when you hear the Word of God and accept it, you can bear a ton of fruit.
My heart is receptive. I receive what God has for me. I hear the Word and accept it. In Jesus’ Name, I am able to comprehend what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that I may be filled up to all the fullness of God and continue to bear fruit all of my life—“thirty, sixty, and a hundredfold” (Ephesians 3:18-19, Mark 4:20).
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God bless you,
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®
Copyright © 2015 St. Louis Family Church. All rights reserved. No part of this article may be reprinted or distributed in any form without prior written permission of St. Louis Family Church. Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture references are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. “Cultivate.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 5 May 2015.