Matthew Lesson 13 Day 3

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Matthew Lesson 13 Day 3

Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23

6) Snatching methods

Distractions, temptations, busyness—whatever it takes. The evil one knows our weaknesses. Many, like the Pharisees, become hypocrites. They find fault in others and never humble themselves before God.

7) Example

My ex-husband was zealous for the Lord for a short season. Unfortunately for me, I met and married him during that time.

Soon afterward, he became obsessed with the deceitfulness of wealth. All he cared about was working and making money. Family and relationships were distractions and a source of aggravation.

He eventually attained his financial goals at the cost of his relationships and his health.

8) Good soil

John 15:5

After sprouting, we must stay connected to the true vine to become productive branches bearing abundant fruit. Live in Him and He in us. Apart from Him we won’t thrive.

Philippians 2:12-13

It’s important to actively cultivate our relationship with God, and as we do that, He produces in us the desires and actions that please Him.

9) Summary of the parable

A farmer sowed a lot of seed on all types of soil:

  • on the sidewalks where it became bird food—the word never even sprouted;
  • on stony places with only a little soil where it sprouted just fine but shriveled up for lack of a good root system and moisture—no depth;
  • among the thorns where the seed had to compete for sunlight, nutrients and moisture—the word had to compete with distractions and lost.
  • on good ground and produced a generous harvest—the word bore fruit in their lives.

10) My heart

I can determine what type of soil I am by my reaction time.  How long does it take before I turn to Jesus and His word? How do I respond when I’m tempted to worry? And what path do I follow when I’m tempted?

I have given in to temptation and followed wrong paths from time to time.  But never so far that I was unaware of that still small voice of the Good Shepherd. I always—sometimes sooner, sometimes later—looked to Jesus and His word for direction.

I remind myself He is Jehovah Jireh, my provider, Jehovah Rapha, my physician and healer, my banner, my deliverer, my comforter, my father, my shepherd, my friend, my creator, my Lord, my savior, my instructor, my guide, my source, my wise counselor . . .

I’m so thankful He is full of grace and mercy.

I’m more vigilant about weed control these days. My own desires don’t pose as great a temptation as they once did.

For that, I’m grateful.

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