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Verse and Message (Week of April 3-9, 2011) April 6, 2011

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Luke 8:11-15

11 “This is the meaning of the parable: The seed is The Word of God. 12 Those along the path are the ones who hear, and then the devil comes and takes away The Word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved. 13 Those on the rocky ground are ones who receive The Word with joy when they hear it, but they have no root. They believe for a while, but in the time of testing they fall away. 14 The seed that fell among the thorns stands for those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by life’s worries, riches, and pleasures, and they do not mature. 15 But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear The Word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop.”

It’s easy to hear The Word and think, “that’s nice.” However, we cannot expect change in our lives and blessings to abound unless we walk in The Word. We must not only hear The Word, we must retain it and persevere in it in order to expect favorable results to take place.

Steve Adams of Saddleback Church coined the phrase: “Action requires traction, but the enemy brings distraction.” We cannot just believe…we cannot just simply say what we believe…we must take genuine steps to move forward in His plan for us. The enemy will do handstands and jumping jacks to pull us away from God’s beautiful path for our lives. The interesting part is that the distractions are not necessarily bad things. Wisdom is being able to discern the difference between what is good and what is best. Meditating on The Word provides life’s instruction for determining what is good, better, and best.

I would say that many of us fall in the category of what is represented in verse 14. Most of us have taken the steps of faith to pursue the Lord for salvation and have done our best to attempt to live a life to reflect His nature. Walking in The Spirit requires not only sacrificing “self” but maintaining a consistent and disciplined walk to be able to mature in our faith. So many are complacent to drink milk like babies, but God desires for us to feed on solid food and ingest all He has for us. That’s not possible if His Word doesn’t take root, or we allow the world to take precedent over our focus on Him.

“The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.” (Mac Anderson}

Father

Guide our steps along the path you have designed for us. Help us to resist the distractions that bombard us each day. When we keep our eyes on You, we are able to rest in the confidence that we are exactly where we are supposed to be. Forgive us for believing the lies of the enemy. Give us strength and self-control to choose Your way of Glory.

In Your Precious Name

AMEN

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10 Responses to “Verse and Message (Week of April 3-9, 2011)”

  1. doug Says:

    this is one of the parables that Jesus explained, and He was very clear… whenever the gospel is preached; 4 soils are encountered. Only 1 soil reproduces a crop… the one where a “new heart” , a good heart, one given by the Father. (Ezek. 36:26)
    Don’t be confused, if you are of the Father, you are the good soil and you will persevere and produce. That IS His promise. Amen
    Now, do we need your prayer every day… yes and amen to that! thank you

    • susiemc Says:

      Thank you Doug! What beautiful feedback…I appreciate your comment and kind encouragement! God bless you on this gorgeous day of His! Bloom where you are planted! Hugs!

  2. This post speaks to my heart, Susie. It is everything I have come to desire on my journey to live a Hands Free life and let go of the distraction that diverts me from the path He has planned for my life. It is only when I am not distracted by technology, to-lists, and insignificant activities that I am able to hear God’s messages to me, the messages I long to hear.

    I love the beautiful prayer you wrote and will be using it in my quiet time with God. Thank you!

    • susiemc Says:

      Thank you Rachel…I commented on your post today too! So so blessed God has connected us! Thank you for your sweet words of encouragement! 🙂 Thanks for helping me to be more “hands free” through your beautiful gift of writing and inspirations!

  3. Heidi Says:

    Love this… “Wisdom is being able to discern the difference between what is good and what is best.” It’s true and must be in His presence daily to receive that very wisdom. It’s so easy to get caught up in the world, so we must be diligent at keeping “the main thing the main thing.” Great post!

    • susiemc Says:

      Heidi, Your encouragement means so much! It’s awesome that when we are clued into God’s Spirit, we can be confident in our choices. We can do ALL THINGS through Him! I appreciate your comment….have a beautiful weekend…Blessings!

  4. Great as usual. Inspired by this one as well as the consistency message. I had a feeling that we would be using the same Scripture verse the same week sooner or later.

    • susiemc Says:

      Great minds think alike..ha..actually, that’s just God’s cool revelation amongst His children. I read your message, and it’s one of the best you have written. Thanks for sharing your heart. I love that we are on the same page, in spirit and in The Word! Ha!

  5. Meredith Says:

    This is what God is teaching me right now! Thanks for sharing!

    • susiemc Says:

      Hey Meredith…thank you so much for your confirming feedback…it means a lot! Blessings for a wonderful week!


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