Yes, it's that time. Time to press into God's word and internalise it. I love this assignment, it is really making me draw closer to God and listen out to everything He chooses to impress on my heart. So let's get to business.
This week's verse is short but POWERFUL.
'If any man have ears to hear, let him hear.'
Do you have an ear for the good news of Jesus Christ? In the book of Mark, chapter 4 Jesus speaks the parable of the sower who casts his seed and some falls on the wayside and the birds came and ate it immediately, some fell on stony ground and it bounced right back, because there was no soil for it to bury into, so the sun came out, scorched it and it withered away. Some seed fell amongst thorns and the thorns choked the budding seed so it was unable to bear any fruit and some seed fell on good ground where it grew and increased and bore fruit thirty, sixty and a hundred fold. This parable is symbolic of how the word of God impacts (or not) lives.
Jesus says in Mark 4: 14-25
'14. The sower soweth the word. 15. And these are they by the way side, where the word is sown; but when they have heard, Satan cometh immediately, and taketh away the word that was sown in their hearts. 16. And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness; 17. And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word's sake, immediately they are offended. 18. And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word, 19. And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful. 20. And these are they which are sown on good ground; such as hear the word, and receive it, and bring forth fruit, some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some an hundred. 21. And he said unto them, Is a candle brought to be put under a bushel, or under a bed? and not to be set on a candlestick? 22. For there is nothing hid, which shall not be manifested; neither was any thing kept secret, but that it should come abroad. 23. If any man have ears to hear, let him hear. 24. And he said unto them, Take heed what ye hear: with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you:and unto you that hear shall more be given. 25. For he that hath, to him shall be given:and he that hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he hath.'
Do you allow God's word to penetrate your heart? Do you HEAR and DO? Or do you just allow His word to fall on rocky ground and fall by the wayside, not giving it the chance to transform your life? God wants us to live our best life, He wants us to shine the light of His love for all to see (just like a candle on a candlestick), not hide it away, so by listening to His word and obeying we are able to achieve just that.
As always, this week we are to meditate on this week's scripture Mark 4:23. Read it when you wake up, before you go to bed and throughout the day if possible. This is all in addition to the time you spend with God in prayer and reading the Bible. The aim is to internalise God's word and impress it onto our hearts, so we are able to speak life into our own lives and the lives of others correctly and consistently.
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