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DEVELOPING OUR LIFE:

We will look at the Parable of The Sower to find something that will help us to develop our lives to become 100 fold Christians.

Luke 8:5. “A sower went out to sow his seed: and as he sowed, some fell by the way side; and it was trodden down, and the fowls of the air devoured it.
6. And some fell upon a rock; and as soon as it was sprung up, it withered away, because it lacked moisture.
7. And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprang up with it, and choked it.
8. And other fell on good ground, and sprang up, and bare fruit an hundredfold. And when he had said these things, he cried, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.”

God has given us life. Our life is like a farm or parcel of ground deeded to us for life.

God has given each of us, let’s say 1000 acres. It’s up to each individual to work and develop his ground. The ground and the production thereof is what you make of it.

You may say “I had a big disadvantage when I started in life. I was born into a very poor family or born into a race, or culture, or nationality, which gave me disadvantages other people do not experience.” It’s not where you start in life, but where you end up, that matters. I can name you many people who started in life much worse off than you, and made God’s honor role. Nobody else can work your farm. You can’t lease it out to someone else to work. You must take care of your own life.

This study is intended to reach out to both Church members and those who are not. Everyone needs to take another look at their position in life and respond to the need.

We will start this study by looking at a portion of The Parable Of The Sower. Jesus didn’t just tell stories to take up peoples time, but each story has many messages in it. We want to liken this parable to the farm God has given to each of us. Every one of us has all these kinds of soil on the farm God has given us, and it’s up to us to make it bear fruit. In this story a farmer sows seed to produce a harvest. Don’t say that he wasn’t a good farmer, and that he should know better that to sow seeds in ground that hasn’t been properly prepared.  This is a story of our life, my life, your life, not somebody else’s life.

We want to take a good look at our farm. We will look at the areas that are productive and is keeping us looking good among all our friends and neighbors. These are our strong points, but we also have areas which are not productive. We want to bring forth “a hundred fold.” Then life in Christ is not a struggle.

Remember God has deeded us a life (farm) to produce fruit unto eternal life.

LET US LOOK AT OUR FARM:

Matthew 13:8. “But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold. 9 Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.

By the age of 35-40 you have had time to develop your farm; this is one-half or more of your productive life. Remember I said we received 1000 acres of land, or life to use.  Let’s say you now have 500 acres of productive land. You have a running stream of water that flows into your farm. (Everyone who has the Holy Ghost has a river of living water). You have buildings, barns, storage buildings, a house, fences, cows, horses, and chickens. You are raising corn, soybeans, wheat, hay, small orchard, and a garden. Everything looks fine—but appearances are deceitful.

You need more production. It is hard to make ends meet, paying for 100,000 dollar tractors, trucks, combines, corn pickers, tools of all sort, and 100’s of other things that make a farm go. What do you do? What can you do? You can’t expect to raise two crops each season. You try more fertilizer. You order different kinds of seeds.

These things are helpful but it will only increase production by a small percentage.

What can you do? You need to look at the other 500 acres God gave you. Neglected acres. The neglected portion of your life needs developing.

There are times our Christian life becomes stagnated; things are not flowing as they should. We have tried to develop the “Fruit of the Spirit” Paul wrote about (Galatians 5:22), and some of them we have working in our life. Then we think of the list Peter asks us to consider

2 Peter 1:5. “And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;
6. And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;
7. And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.
8. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

If we have only one half of each of these lists working in our lives we are only getting one-half production out of our spiritual farm. What is faith without virtue? Or what is joy without peace? We want every thing on these lists to be operating in our lives.

“For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.” (2 Peter 1:8-9).

The 500 acres of non-productive land could make you lose the farm.

ANOTHER LOOK AT OUR FARM:

Matthew 13:4. “And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side,..”
Matthew 13:5. “Some fell upon stony places,..” “And some fell among thorns,..”

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DEVELOPING OUR LIFE:

We will look at the Parable of The Sower to find something that will help us to develop our lives to become 100 fold Christians.

Luke 8:5. “A sower went out to sow his seed: and as he sowed, some fell by the way side; and it was trodden down, and the fowls of the air devoured it.
6. And some fell upon a rock; and as soon as it was sprung up, it withered away, because it lacked moisture.
7. And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprang up with it, and choked it.
8. And other fell on good ground, and sprang up, and bare fruit an hundredfold. And when he had said these things, he cried, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.”

God has given us life. Our life is like a farm or parcel of ground deeded to us for life.

God has given each of us, let’s say 1000 acres. It’s up to each individual to work and develop his ground. The ground and the production thereof is what you make of it.

You may say “I had a big disadvantage when I started in life. I was born into a very poor family or born into a race, or culture, or nationality, which gave me disadvantages other people do not experience.” It’s not where you start in life, but where you end up, that matters. I can name you many people who started in life much worse off than you, and made God’s honor role. Nobody else can work your farm. You can’t lease it out to someone else to work. You must take care of your own life.

This study is intended to reach out to both Church members and those who are not. Everyone needs to take another look at their position in life and respond to the need.

We will start this study by looking at a portion of The Parable Of The Sower. Jesus didn’t just tell stories to take up peoples time, but each story has many messages in it. We want to liken this parable to the farm God has given to each of us. Every one of us has all these kinds of soil on the farm God has given us, and it’s up to us to make it bear fruit. In this story a farmer sows seed to produce a harvest. Don’t say that he wasn’t a good farmer, and that he should know better that to sow seeds in ground that hasn’t been properly prepared.  This is a story of our life, my life, your life, not somebody else’s life.

Ee want to take a good look at our farm. We will look at the areas that are productive and is keeping us looking good among all our friends and neighbors. These are our strong points, but we also have areas which are not productive. We want to bring forth “a hundred fold.” Then life in Christ is not a struggle.

Remember God has deeded us a life (farm) to produce fruit unto eternal life.

LET US LOOK AT OUR FARM:

Matthew 13:8. “But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold. 9 Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.

By the age of 35-40 you have had time to develop your farm; this is one-half or more of your productive life. Remember I said we received 1000 acres of land, or life to use.  Let’s say you now have 500 acres of productive land. You have a running stream of water that flows into your farm. (Everyone who has the Holy Ghost has a river of living water). You have buildings, barns, storage buildings, a house, fences, cows, horses, and chickens. You are raising corn, soybeans, wheat, hay, small orchard, and a garden. Everything looks fine—but appearances are deceitful.

You need more production. It is hard to make ends meet, paying for 100,000 dollar tractors, trucks, combines, corn pickers, tools of all sort, and 100’s of other things that make a farm go. What do you do? What can you do? You can’t expect to raise two crops each season. You try more fertilizer. You order different kinds of seeds.

These things are helpful but it will only increase production by a small percentage.

What can you do? You need to look at the other 500 acres God gave you. Neglected acres. The neglected portion of your life needs developing.

There are times our Christian life becomes stagnated; things are not flowing as they should. We have tried to develop the “Fruit of the Spirit” Paul wrote about (Galatians 5:22), and some of them we have working in our life. Then we think of the list Peter asks us to consider

2 Peter 1:5 “And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;
6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;
7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.
8 For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

If we have only one half of each of these lists working in our lives we are only getting one-half production out of our spiritual farm. What is faith without virtue? Or what is joy without peace? We want every thing on these lists to be operating in our lives.

“For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.” (2 Peter 1:8-9).

The 500 acres of non-productive land could make you lose the farm.

ANOTHER LOOK AT OUR FARM:

Matthew 13:4. “And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side,..”

Matthew 13:5. “Some fell upon stony places,..” “And some fell among thorns,..”

 

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