Friday, April 26, 2013

Finding the zeal of a new believer!

This week we will continue with the teachings from "the parable of the sower" as spoken by Jesus in Matthew 13. Over the last few weeks we covered the seed that fell on stony ground, the seed that fell among the weeds, and now this week we will start with the first of the examples, the seed that fell by the wayside and was eaten by the birds.

Matthew 13:3,4 and 18,19
And He spoke many things to them in parables, saying, “Behold, the sower went out to sow;
and as he sowed, some seeds fell beside the road, and the birds came and ate them up.
18 “Hear then the parable of the sower. 19 When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is the one on whom seed was sown beside the road.

How many of you when you first heard of the salvation of Jesus Christ met with ridicule or harsh words about your new found belief? A lot of us did as people are reluctant to believe what they don't understand and the human tendency is to attack what you can't explain. It does make it hard to stay strong in your faith when you have people come against you in what you believe, but we must stay strong in what we believe, and also encourage those that have decided to make Jesus the focus of their lives.

In the world today it is easy to quit or stop your beliefs when everyone is against you, but no one ever said being a born again Christian would be easy. In fact once we become born again our spiritual world gets easier as we have an advocate in the Holy Spirit, but our worldly life doesn't always follow our spiritual walk. Living a spiritual life in an earthly world is difficult as evident in Jesus parables about the spreading of the Word.

This week take the time to read through Matthew 13 and the parables of the sower and see which of the parables line up with your born again experience, and lets focus on becoming the last of these parables, reaping thirty, sixty, and one hundred fold.


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