TODAY’S PROPHETIC THOUGHT
I long to work in your life. Will you allow it? Will you prepare for change and welcome the word I speak into you for your benefit? A great harvest is yours if only you prepare your soul. The work and the glory are both mine.
STONY, THORNY OR UNPREPARED?
When God begins to encourage you to break up the fallow ground – aka partner with Him in new areas of your life – God is sending a word that will change everything.
Whether you welcome it or not, the word is still coming, so you might as well prepare for it. If you don’t, just like in the Parable of the Sower, the Word is going to fall by the wayside because there’s no place for it to grow within you.
Then there’s the rocky ground. What is rocky ground? Neglect and rebellion, where you just harden your heart. Because the soil is shallow, the seed sprang up prematurely but its roots didn’t take hold.
In rocky ground, God speaks a word into your life, and if you don’t remove the rocks of past attitudes or you have a hard heart, you step into something before you’re ready and it kills you. Then, you spend the next couple of years dealing with the collateral damage. There’s a developmental process you don’t allow if you’re rebellious.
The third soil is full of thorns. Thorns are when you make a big deal out of painful things in your life instead of the things God Almighty is trying to change in you. If you have forgiveness issues, anger, addictions, pride or trust issues, and refuse to partner with God to get a harvest, your issues choke out the Word.
The thorns become bigger than the word God Almighty is speaking within your life. They attack the word because you’re partnering with thorns.
Then, Jesus says sometimes the word of God falls on good ground. That’s the kind of thinking that can produce real change, real progress and upgrade in your life. So let me ask you this: can God expect a harvest from you? Check out the soil of your heart. If it’s stony, thorny or unprepared, break it up!
Behold, a sower went out to sow. And it happened, as he sowed, that some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds of the air came and devoured it. Some fell on stony ground where it didn’t have much earth; and immediately it spring up because it has no depth of earth. But when the sun was up, it was scorched, and because it had no root, it withered away. Some seed fell among thorns; and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no crop. – Mark 4:3-7
From my sermon series LORD OF THE HARVEST