What Type of Soil Are You?


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Mark 4:13-20

The Parable of the Sower Explained

13 And He said to them, “Do you not understand this parable? How then will you understand all the parables? 14 The sower sows the word. 15 And these are the ones by the wayside where the word is sown. When they hear, Satan comes immediately and takes away the word that was sown in their hearts. 16 These likewise are the ones sown on stony ground who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with gladness; 17 and they have no root in themselves, and so endure only for a time. Afterward, when tribulation or persecution arises for the word’s sake, immediately they stumble. 18 Now these are the ones sown among thorns; they are the ones who hear the word, 19 and the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things entering in choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. 20 But these are the ones sown on good ground, those who hear the word, accept it, and bear fruit: some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred.”

So today my meditation is in regards to “What type of seed do we resemble?”

When we meditate on the Word and hear the Word spoken in our Churches or places of Worship, be it at a Sunday service, or at a conference, or Bible cell group meeting or just in your own prayer closet, question how you receive the Word of God sown into your life and into your spirit-man.

Do you believe the Bible in Part or do you believe it as a Whole? Or are you one of those that are just plain skeptical and pick and choose what parts of the Bible you like reading?

Friends, we have to be more like the seed planted in fertile soil that is able to take in the Word, Believe the Word and increase in the Knowledge, Wisdom and Understanding of the Word and live it out by principle. You can only impart to others when you are able to produce and multiply the knowledge you have of the Word in your life like the seed planted in fertile ground.

Seeds represent POTENTIAL and the plants that grow from these seeds represent CALLING.

There were four types of soil that the Seed fell that represent the result of what happens to that potential when it is planted in those types of soil.

1. The First seed was thrown on the wayside trampled underfoot – They are categorized as those Christians who become unbelievers of the Word. They believed for a time, but later on lost faith along the way rather quickly. They waver in faith too easily and often look for reasons as to why they should not believe in the Word of God as oppose to finding reasons in why they ought to believe in the Word of God. They may have a serious stronghold of unbelief in their lives in regards to the Word.

2. The Second seed was thrown  on the stony ground eaten by birds- They are categorized as the Christians who believe in the Word for a time but because they lack the discipline to remain grounded in the Word in their conduct so that when trouble comes, they who are not grounded in the Word immediately fall away from basic principles and sin as a consequence that stems from unbelief. If you aren’t rooted in the Word, you leave way too much room for doubt to creep into your mind that causes unbelief to increase in ones life.

3. The Third seed was thrown in the thorns choked by the weeds – I categorize these as those that live by double standards. They are hearers of the Word but are not doers because they are easily enticed to satisfy their fleshy desires and do not walk in the Spirit but always according to the flesh. This is what it means to be a double-minded man…he is unstable in all his ways (James 1:8) and therefore, unfruitful in the Word, because their lives don’t line up with the Word. They can’t walk by faith when they continuously choose to walk by sight. Seeing is not believing, believing is seeing.

4. The Fourth seed was thrown on fertile ground that grew into healthy plants that matured during harvest time – These are people who believe in the Word of God by faith and practice what they believe. They operate by biblical standards and maintain the standards in their conduct. They are hearers that do. When they increase in the revelation of the Word, they are able to impart to others and multiply others to become believers. This is the seed we should all aspire to be. When you increase in Knowledge, Wisdom and Understanding in the Word of God and live by principle, you will be able to share your faith more effectively and reap a harvest of believers easily because of the measure of faith within you, the believer.

Only BELIEVERS can increase BELIEVERS by their measure of FAITH.

The questions I have today are …

If we are all seeds and each seed represents potential, and the plant that grows from the seed represents calling,  what soil are we in right now to birth our calling?

When the seed germinates that is when our potential now becomes activated by our calling.

If we are not in our calling, then we must assess our lives and consider…what soil are we in right now?

Is it the wayside soil?

The stony ground soil?

The thorny soil?

or the fertile soil?

Ask yourself these questions today and consider that some people who are not operating in their calling maybe in the wrong soil. Become rooted in the Word and allow yourself to receive the Word like the seed sown in fertile ground. Don’t be a passive church goer and become a hearer that does what the Word of God expects of them.

I have a lovely song to finish off this meditation. It’s by Israel Houghton and New Breed called “Away, To Worship you I Live”

Stay Blessed Everybody!

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Scriptures to Meditate

James 3:18 (NIV)

18 Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.
2 Corinthians 9:10
Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness.
Hebrews 12:11
No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.

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9 thoughts on “What Type of Soil Are You?

  1. Last Sunday I went to my father in-law’s church the pastor preached about this I really believe God, lead me to your post because I was watching a show on the net and the thought popped into my mind to check the blog reader and that’s when your title out of all the other new posts from various bloggers caught my attention…

    I as well meditated on your reply via D^A about not to live in fear and embrace God, which lead me into prayer with God, I told God, you’re making it quite clear I am blocking you from preparing me for my calling because of my rocky faith pattern. So I actually broke down and told God, from this minute on I want to leave the old me behind and just embrace your plans for me I also told God, because trust was abused as I was growing up that I was afraid to trust so I asked God, to help and Guide me to be bold as a lion through him,

    After reading this wonderful post I actually saw my situation in a new aspect an aspect that I have been like the stony ground category I have been leaving to much room for doubt to creep in…

    I see this post as part of the answer to my earlier prayer because I asked God, please show me what my triggers are for my doubt and my rocky faith as well other triggers that get in the way between I and God,

    Until next time be Bless’d, (I always look forward to reading your posts)

    S^K

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  2. Amen Slik.

    I feel like you are an olive that has been crushed through adversities but now the oil from it is flowing out which is the anointing. Your testimony can bring others that struggle with the same things that you have experienced out of darkness and into the light of God’s Word. God will prepare you to operate in your anointing. You continue seeking Him and You who believes in Him will see God. Believing is Seeing.

    Stay blessed Slik.
    😀

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  3. I endeavor to resemble the fourth seed that was thrown on fertile soil. My aim is to grow and let my light shine so that men on earth will see my handy work and glorify may Father who is in heaven.

    Sister Sherline, this is a wonderful post that begs soul searching. Thanks for sharing. God bless

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  4. How very wonderful of you to remind us to sown our seeds, and to be sown ourselves, on fertile ground. Also, we must die to ourseles, just as the seed dies to itself when planted, in order for new, abundant life to grow. Being an old farmgirl, I just love all the agricultural parables. Bless you!

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