The Parable of the Sower (Matt 13:1-8, 18-23; Mark 4:1-9, 13-20; Luke 8:4-15)
Jesus views this as fundamental (Mark 4:13)
Seed = God’s word (see Luke 8:11)
Soil = our hearts (see Luke 8:15)
Meaning: your heart determines the impact and revelation of God’s word
A heart to follow/please God → revelation (John 7:17; 2 Corinthians 3:16; Proverbs 1:23)
A heart resistant to God → blindness (Romans 1:18-21; 2 Thes. 2:9-12)
Ezekiel 36:26 (compare with Jeremiah 17:9) – we must seek God for a new/humble heart
Deuteronomy 18:20-22; 13:1-4 – Christian leaders (like prophets) and miracles help reveal truth; the final test is how it lines up with God’s word (the Bible)
Acts 17:11 – (A) eagerly receive new things, (B) diligently test them with Scripture
1 Thessalonians 5:20-21 – (A) do not despise new insights, (B) diligently test, (C) keep only what is good
For more on this topic, see
“Love the Truth”. Questions:
Are you willing to do whatever God reveals to you?
What if it means rejecting what parents, friends, and religious leaders (even pastors) have taught you?
What if it goes against “experiences” you’ve had?
What if it goes against things you feel strongly about?
What if it means rejecting what you “knew to be right”? (Proverbs 14:12)
VIDEO Recommended Action
Spend time alone with God reading over these Scriptures (especially the highlighted ones), then pray and consider these questions.
Train at least 1 other person in the same.
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I follow Jesus Christ, the Living God, and have a heart to know Him and make Him known to others. I currently reside in Holland, Michigan with my wife and children. My occupation is web developer and librarian.
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