Scripture to Read: Luke 8:14
We continue our walk through God’s Holy Word, and today we focus on another soil (another heart) that the Word of God is cast upon. Jesus explains to us, in Luke 8:14, that the seed that fell among the thorns represents people who have heard the Word of God but then the worries, riches, and pleasure of this life choke out the Word. Because the junk of this world has choked out the Word, the Word does not bring about mature fruit in that person’s life. God knows we face struggles every day, but He also knows He has given us Himself, through His Holy Spirit in us, to overcome those struggles. God knows we struggle with anxiousness, that is why He tells us in Philippians 4:6 NOT to be anxious about anything but that we must pray, with an attitude of thanksgiving. As we pray and lay our anxiousness before our Lord, He gives us His perfect peace, as promised in Philippians 4:7. God also knows that our flesh (Romans 6:12-14; Galatians 5:16-21; James 1:13-16; 1 John 2:15-17) hungers for the junk of this world and that the garbage of this world distracts us from bearing fruit for Him. We must willingly crucify our fleshly desires daily and not be deceived by the momentary pleasures this world offers us. God wants us to willingly long for Him and His Word so that the fertile soil of our heart is not producing weeds but producing His fruit for His glory and honor.
Challenge & Application
1. What did God teach you today about getting the weeds out of your life so you can bear fruit for Him?
2. What will you do differently in your daily schedule to make sure you are passionately pursuing Christ and His Word every day?
Don’t forget to pray using the A.C.T.S. (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication) method!