Jesus told a life changing parable about a sower who went out to sow seeds. NOTE: this parable is repeated in all three of the synoptic gospel accounts, so we know that God wants us to glean its importance. What kind of seed could be of such importance? Let’s find out! Jesus said that the sower was sowing seed and as he sowed, some fell beside the road, some on rocky ground and some on ground infested with weeds, but some seed fell on good and fertile ground. It is worth noting that every seed sown had the power to produce an abundance, but only the fertile ground actually produced a harvest, and produce it did, some thirty, some sixty, and some a hundredfold.
When Jesus had finished telling the parable, His disciples and others who were listening asked Him the meaning, to which He replied, “Do you not understand this parable? How will you understand any parable” (Mark 4:13). His reply is somewhat of an indictment for many born again Christians who would be clueless unless Jesus had given us the answer. Jesus said, “The sower sows the Word.” Question: Is your mind and heart fertile ground?
Very few people understand the power that is produced when words are spoken. Do You? Proverbs 18: 20-21 makes this unequivocal statement, “From the fruit of a man’s mouth his stomach will be satisfied; He will be satisfied with the product (harvest) of his lips.” “Life and death are in the power of the tongue.” these are not words from a sage or wise person who is correct most of the time, these are biblical truths spoken by the Lord Himself that are correct all of the time. They are instructions to remind us that our lives will be fruitful or unfruitful based on how we think and the words we choose to speak.
My wife and I do not claim to be counselors, but over the years many people have come to us for direction and advice. Too that end we have found one thing to be in common with almost all of them; they speak words that are in complete agreement with their problem (challenge). These are not unchurched people, but churched men and women who appear to be clueless that their challenges are largely the result of negative thinking and negative words. Your words will empower what you think, even when what you are saying is not the result that you want.
How about you? When a doctor gives a negative diagnosis, do you agree with the facts, or do you begin speaking God’s truth and promises that will allow Christ the healer to overcome the facts? When your bank account has more month than money, do you find yourself agreeing with lack or laying hold of Jehovah Jireh? When your feelings are driving your day into doom and gloom, do come into agreement and throw a pity party, or do you respond with, “Today is the day the Lord has made; I will rejoice and be glad in it?” What are you saying???
More on this subject next Friday, until then: Guard your heart, your mind, and your words.