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“A farmer went out to sow his seed.  And as he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path: it was trampled on; and the birds of the air ate it up.  Some fell on a rock, and when it came up, the plants withered, because they had no moisture.  Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up with it and choked the plants.  Still other seed fell on good soil.  It came up and yielded a crop, a hundred times more than what was sown.”[1]

 

What can or could you do to improve the crop, to get the hundredfold?

1.     Seed that fell on the path – these are “the ones who hear, and then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that may not believe and be saved.”[2]

a.     Call for a mighty out-pouring of living waters (Holy Spirit) to wash them off the path and into the good soil.

b.     You protect the seed from being trampled on, you chase away the birds, you dig the soil, you water them.

c.     Or you blast the path away to expose the good soil then you water and nurture them.

2.     Seed that fell on the rock – these are “the ones who receive the word with joy when they hear it, but have no root.  They believe for a while, but in the time of testing they fall away.”[3]

a.     If it is a rock and not The Rock then you can work with that brother or sister, help them remove the rock or remove them from the rock so they can grow in the good soil you water and nurture them.

3.     Seed that fell among thorns – these are “the ones who are choked by life’s worries, riches and pleasures, and they do not mature.”[4]

a.     You take great care and remove the thorns, you prune them away.

b.     You transplant them into good soil.

c.     You water them you nurture them. 

Either way you will not escape without being scratched and harmed!

 

The good farmer prepares first. So make sure that you know the word of God, the right words you need to say and what to do.  By all means, sow the seed, and do not judge.  Better the seed is sown than not at all!  When you sow the seed, make sure that there is someone to water, weed and fertilize it.  Who better than the Holy Spirit?  John was baptising with water for repentance and forgiveness of sin.  He said that after him will come One who is more powerful than him, One whose sandals he is not worthy to carry.  “He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.”  The Holy Spirit is the One who will lead us to all truth, to produce the hundredfold.

 

Who are we to think for even a moment that we can take the place of the Holy Spirit?  So why do we lead someone to Jesus Christ for salvation and not baptize them with the Holy Spirit at the same time, after they have repented of their sins and have accepted Jesus Christ of Nazareth as their Saviour?  Would you not then ask them to forgive those who did harm to them, as Jesus did on the cross?  Would you not then ask them to repent of the harm they have done to others and ask Jesus for forgiveness?  Would you not then show them that they are not suffering for their forefather’s sins?  Would you not then show them that each man is responsible for his own sins?  Would you not then ask them if they would like to be baptised with the Holy Spirit and fire, the Holy Spirit for power, and the fire to cleanse them?

 

Come Holy Spirit make my body Your temple, come live in me, give me power to be Your witness and to testify for You, and give me fire to cleanse me, to make my body a worthy place for You to dwell in.

 

Come Lord Jesus, come.

Amen Holy Spirit, amen Holy Lord, amen Holy Father.


 

[1] Luke 8:5-8

[2] Luke 8:12

[3] Luke 8:13

[4] Luke 8:14

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