BY THE WAYSIDE
Let me tell you what your harvest is going to do. It’s going to spring up. It’s going to increase, and it’s going to produce. What is the harvest? The thing God is doing within your life – whatever that is. The seed is the Word of God.
This is what Jesus is saying in the Parable of the Sower: “This is what happens when the Word of God comes into your life and it produces a harvest. God gets His way within your life.”
But a harvest doesn’t always happen and the problem is not the seed. The problem is the condition of the person the seed is sown into.
“Listen! 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. – Mark 4:3-4
“Fell by the wayside” means the seed didn’t go into the right places. It fell where the ground wasn’t plowed up and prepared. In other words, you need to let Jesus into the places in your life you’ve never allowed Him before.
The Word of God says to break up the fallow ground. That means take a plow and be prepared for God Almighty to bring the Word of God to places in your life that you’ve never allowed Him in. You’ve never seen a harvest because you don’t let God talk to you about that.
What are you holding back from God? Your marriage, your kids, your job, your thought life or finances? How about the internet sites you visit or the movies you watch? Are your relationships, your addictions, your anger or your past taboo subjects between you and God? They shouldn’t be. Plow them up!
Even when you’re unfaithful, God is going to be faithful to speak into that part of your life, and because you didn’t prepare, the Word comes to change your world and the devil carries it off.
And the worst part is, the seed doesn’t belong to you. It belongs to Him and you let the devil take it. Guard that seed! Have a value for the Word and plow up the hard, rocky places in your life so Jesus can turn that place into a fruitful place.
From my sermon series LORD OF THE HARVEST
TODAY’S PROPHETIC THOUGHT
You can talk to Me about anything. No concern is too great, no problem too small. When you keep secrets from Me – hurts, habits, hangups – it pains Me to see your lack of trust. I Am for you, not against you! Let me bring fruit in those areas. I Am the vine.