THURSDAY, OCTOBER 1
Scripture: Mark 4:11,12,26-29, Joshua 1:8, Proverbs 4:20-23
Jesus expounds to the Twelve the mystery of the Kingdom. And He says the mystery of the Kingdom is in sowing seed in good soil and in recognizing when the harvest comes so you can put in the sickle. He goes on to say that the earth is designed to grow seed. That is also true of the recreated human spirit. It is designed to grow the seed of God’s Word when we memorize and speak it into our heart. And we find examples over and over again in Scripture, from the Old Testament to the New, of how the mystery of the Kingdom is bound up in the principle of seedtime and harvest. When Joshua took over leadership after Moses, he was told in Joshua 1:8, “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.” Joshua did that and he conquered nearly all the land that was promised. He divided the inheritance of Israel to the tribes. When Joshua died, there was still territory left to be conquered but it was left as a test to see whether or not the following generation would keep the way of the Lord – to do righteousness and judgment. Again in Proverbs 4:20-23 we are told the same thing, “My son, give attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings. Do not let them depart from your eyes; Keep them in the midst of your heart; For they are life to those who find them, And health to all their flesh. Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life.” When we sow the promises of God’s Word in our heart, those promises come out of our lips and it establishes the borders and boundaries of our life around that promise. That is why the mystery of the Kingdom is in sowing God’s promises in our heart and speaking them out of our mouth. And this is certainly the process we have to use to pastor a prophetic word. As the people of God, are we ready to walk through uncertain times? Have we sown in our heart what we need for God’s supernatural provision during this season? If we have not, it is time we started!