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The power of the kingdom of God is contained in a seed. You determine the fate of that seed!
[blockquote]The kingdom of God is that spiritual state in which the life of God and of heaven is made accessible to men, and they enter into its enjoyment here on earth. [/blockquote]
In order to possess the privileges and powers of the kingdom, it must first possess you!
Begin by embracing the truth that no good thing dwells in you. It is only then that you will acknowledge your emptiness and be willing to surrender. You will then recognize the need for casting out all that is dark and evil, so that God can fill you.
Next, the kingdom of God must take root in your heart. Jesus spoke of the kingdom of God, likening it to seed.
If you have been a Christian for a while, I am sure you have heard the parable of the seed. Jesus told his disciples that if they did not understand this parable they would not understand any other parables.
With it being that important, we had better take a closer look at its personal application.
Jesus addressed three types of ground: stony, thorny, and fertile. He clearly addresses the obstacles to overcome for the seed to take root.
The sower sows the word . . . God sows seed in many ways. His sheep hear His voice. The Holy Spirit speaks to us personally, through teachings, and through circumstances, to name a few.
[blockquote] ...Break up your fallow ground, and sow not among thorns. [/blockquote]
Breaking up the ground is part of the process of removal of all that is resistant to the kingdom of God within us. Receiving the seed on good ground guarantees a harvest of heaven on earth . Regular soil checks are required.
Furthermore, you need to tend the seed. You need to personalize the word of God, pray about it, and seek the Lord for the production in your heart of His purposes and promises.
To detect stony or thorny ground, watch your response after the sowing of the seed. Does your attention turn to worldly things with hardly a pause? Do you return to the concerns, frets, and frustrations that previously worried you? Do you quickly forget what the Holy Spirit quickened to you? These are indications of stony or thorny ground. Satan is watching to steal the seed!
Cultivate the ground continually. Your immediate response to seed planted may appear to be wonderful. If you have not prepared your heart, however, when troubles and trials come, you will not endure. This is when the temptation to be offended presents itself.
Be watchful of offense, the enemy is after the Word! Pay attention. You may be all wrapped up in the trial, but be aware, the purpose is greater than you realize. The persecution has a plan behind it. If you are offended, you open the way for the enemy to steal the Word (the seed).
[blockquote] ...when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word s sake , immediately they are offended. [/blockquote]
Our heart is meant to be the dwelling place of God. Let us cultivate and guard it.
Where God dwells, there is kingdom power!
[ii] Andrew Murray
[iii] Romans 7:18
[iv] Matt 13:4; Mark 4:4
[v] Jer. 4:3b-4
[vi] Mark 4:17