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Faith Grows In Good Ground – Part 1

11 Jan

Mark 4:14-15

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.

Do you desire your faith in God to work? I would say the obvious answer would be yes. One of the areas that can be overlooked when it comes to faith is in the condition of your heart. Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God. Kenneth Hagin who was a great man of faith once said, “Faith always comes, but faith is not always received”. When the Word is preached, faith is there, but if the heart upon which the Word comes is not good ground, that seed of the Word does not get planted and will not produce faith.

In the parable of the sower you see this truth. The first thing Jesus refers to is the Word of God as the seed that produces faith. The first of the four soil or heart conditions Jesus mentions is wayside soil. Wayside soil is the outer perimeter of the farmers field. This soil becomes hardened because it was not plowed like the rest of the field. Because the ground was hardened the birds of the air would come and immediately take the seed that was scattered their. Jesus compares this to satan, who does the same thing with believers whose hearts are not plowed and prepared for the Word.

This happens to many in church. They are not listening intently when the Word is preached. Many today are on their cell phones, or day dreaming about other things. Many just can’t wait to go home and sleep the rest of the day. Christians whose hearts are set on other things don’t produce faith because what they heard is snatched away from them. Jesus said to take heed HOW you hear, for to him who hears more will be given, but to him who does not hear, even what he has will be taken away. If you heart is set on God, you are excited when you hear God’s Word preached.

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