SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 5
Scripture: Mark 4:10-7
Verse 7 says, “And some seed fell among thorns; and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no crop.” Because God’s Word is seed and because it is absolute truth it has to grow or be formed in our lives. As we apply, adhere to and embrace the Word, it becomes part of who we are. The very same way seeds respond when planted and tended in soil, the Word responds when planted and tended in us. The harvest is inherent in the seed. Absolute truth produces a harvest of eternal righteousness. And the seed of God’s Word is growing into a harvest inside of us if we weed it. Thorns can only stop the harvest if there is no weeding. We must be willing to change our thinking to agree with the Word. Cultivation fails if there is no cutting off of apostasy, if there is no cutting off of watered-down Word, if there is no cutting off of that which would choke the real seed. If we do not take the drastic action Jesus recommends by cutting off attitudes and thoughts that offend the Word, then we allow the thorns to grow until they utterly destroy any harvest at all. Jesus said if your hand offends you, “cut if off”. As drastic as that action sounds, it is really aimed at a spiritual truth of protecting the seed of God’s Word until it grows and produces a harvest in us. Homosexuality is not a civil right and never has been. It is death and destruction to the individual practicing it and the society that allows it. What is it about the end of Sodom and Gomorrah that people do not understand? God killed every resident and He is the same yesterday, today and forever!