Seeds Invite Conflict

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Seedlings

“The Sower sows the Word. And these are the ones by the wayside where the Word is sown. And when they hear, Satan comes immediately and takes away the Word that was sown in their hearts.” (Mark 4:14-15)

 In the Parable of the Sower we see one of the most overlooked secrets of the Kingdom. The Kingdom of God comes to us under enormous conflict. What might seem like a normal little teaching from our Sunday School years; takes on a more serious tone when we realize that our enemy, the devil is watching us and waiting to pounce.

Kingdom Reality Uncovered: 

Jesus reveals three things about Satan in this Parable. First, he comes “immediately” as though he were coming with fierce passion. Second, he comes for the “Word” that was sown in the human heart. And finally, we see that his ultimate destination is the heart. He is after the Word with a fierceness that most Christians do not recognize; yet because of the cunning nature in which he comes, we often miss the process altogether.

A Battle Ground:

The human heart is a battle ground over the influence of the Kingdom. The Apostle Peter said that we must become vigilant or awake and alert, because our adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour (1 Pet 5:8). We are under surveillance and Satan pays close attention to what happens at the “gates” of our hearts. This reality of a devouring lion coming to snatch away the Word makes us realize that the Seed sown in our hearts carries more potential than we often understand. Otherwise, why would Satan be so attentive to the heart.

The Word has Seed Potential:

Jesus says the sower goes out and sows the Word into the soil of the human heart. That is how the Kingdom arrives in the human heart. The Word of God is sown by means of power-packed seeds planted through preaching, teaching, reading or studying the supernatural flow of God’s Word. Its not static or just a written set of doctrines in a book called the Holy Bible. The Word is “seed” dropped into hearts like seeds are dropped into soil, with germinating potential. This amazing potential is the life-giving element which can change the whole dynamic of what takes place in the heart. The Word brings the potential for something carrying God’s thought process; that is, God’s DNA to be released inside of us. When the Word is received and believed, it brings life to the soil.

It is a threat!

It sets off an alarm in the spiritual realm, because it threatens all other kingdoms that carry dominion in the heart. Therefore, the moment the Sower sows the Word, there is an immediate reaction from Satan and his cohorts. It is the opportune time for all authority to be shifted and yet it is also a season of conflict.

The Issue is the Soil: 

Our application of these words of Jesus is vital! This Parable has been taught incompletely by well-meaning ministers for years. The point of the story is about the influence of the Kingdom of God in and through the heart of humanity. Although Jesus speaks about four types of soil or heart conditions, He is mostly focused upon our adversary rather than our heart. This tells me that He is wanting us to catch a vital principle of warfare rather than a purity lesson. Does purity matter? Absolutely; but in battle, purity often just makes us a bigger target. To just purify the heart does nothing to resist the devil’s schemes. We must step up into our authority as believers and embrace the potential in the Word sown into our hearts.

The Key is the Word Itself: 

Notice its the Word that Satan is alarmed about, in fact your heart is no threat whatsoever without the life-giving Word sown into it. Obviously the key to overcoming the conflict when the heart is under attack… is the Word! When the Word comes it invites conflict to crack it open (think about seed) so that it can release its power, release it hidden resource, release its influence within the heart. Don’t miss the hidden potential by becoming focused upon the conflict, the trial of faith or the experiences of testing, hurt or persecution; God is calling us to undergo transformation within ourselves for greater impact in the world around us.

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