Provision in a Seed

Nov. 26, 2017 | By Creflo Dollar

SUMMARY

The Word of God is as important to us as seed is to a farmer. Planting physical seeds in good soil eventually produces a harvest, and the same can be said for planting the seed of the Word in our hearts. Everything we need in life has been made available to us in that seed, but it is up to us to plant it and allow it to grow. When the Word is presented to us, there will inevitably be opposition to it; this comes from the enemy, who will do everything in his power to keep it away from us and prevent us from seeing manifestations in our lives. When we operate in the natural realm and do not see results, we can switch to the supernatural realm through the Word of God. In this realm, there are no limits, and we are the only ones able to stop God’s promises from coming to fruition. We are farmers in this realm, and the Word is guaranteed to produce harvest if we let it.

  1. To benefit from the Word of God, our hearts must be ready to receive.
    1. The sower soweth the word. 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 (Mark 4:14, 15).
      1. The Word of God can be compared to seed that a farmer plants. If the seed stays in the bag and is not sown, no harvest can be expected.
      2. It is important to sow the seed in good soil. The soil can be compared to our hearts, which must be receptive to the Word.
      3. The farmer can sow seed into shallow ground, but the birds can eat it before it takes root. This refers to those who hear the Word but do not understand it (Matthew 13:19).
    2. And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness; 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 (Mark 4:16, 17).
        We must spend enough time with the Word for it to develop a good root system in us. Otherwise, persecution and affliction will move us away from it.
    3. And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word, 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 (Mark 4:18, 19).
      1. When we hear the Word, we must stay focused on it without getting distracted. We must not allow other people’s drama to become our emergency.
      2. Everything we need for a godly life is contained in the sixty-six bags of seed found in the Word.
    4. 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 (Mark 4:20).
      1. “Good ground” is when we not only hear the Word, but accept and receive it as truth without negotiating or debating it. This is what brings forth fruit.
  2. To see results, we can operate in the supernatural as children of God.
    1. But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the freewoman was by promise. Which things are an allegory: for these are the two covenants; the one from the mount Sinai, which gendereth to bondage, which is Agar. For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children. But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all (Galatians 4:23-26).
      1. If we do not get results in the natural, we can switch to the supernatural. In the supernatural realm, we are the only ones who can stop the results from manifesting.
    2. For it is written, Rejoice, thou barren that bearest not; break forth and cry, thou that travailest not: for the desolate hath many more children than she which hath an husband. Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise. But as then he that was born after the flesh persecuted him that was born after the Spirit, even so it is now. Nevertheless what saith the scripture? Cast out the bondwoman and her son: for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman. So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman, but of the free (Galatians 4:27-31).
      1. Ishmael came by the natural, but Isaac came by the supernatural. Likewise, we do not have to be slaves of the natural; we can choose to be children of the supernatural.
    3. 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? For there is nothing hid, which shall not be manifested; neither was any thing kept secret, but that it should come abroad. If any man have ears to hear, let him hear. 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. For he that hath, to him shall be given: and he that hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he hath (Mark 4:21-25).
      1. Choosing the Word is choosing the supernatural route. When we encounter darkness in our lives, the Word brings light and results in supernatural manifestations.
      2. The Word always works if our hearts are receptive, like fertile soil. Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap (Galatians 6:7).
      3. The seed is hidden in the Word, but it will be manifested. There are no secrets with God.
      4. How we respond to the way God speaks to us determines how much more we will receive.
    4. And he said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground; And should sleep, and rise night and day, and the seed should spring and grow up, he knoweth not how. For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear. But when the fruit is brought forth, immediately he putteth in the sickle, because the harvest is come. And he said, Whereunto shall we liken the kingdom of God? or with what comparison shall we compare it? It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when it is sown in the earth, is less than all the seeds that be in the earth: But when it is sown, it groweth up, and becometh greater than all herbs, and shooteth out great branches; so that the fowls of the air may lodge under the shadow of it (Mark 4:26-32).
      1. God did not give us the Word to be fruitless. Just as a farmer will not get a harvest in the natural if he leaves the seed in the bag, we will not see a harvest if we do not study and meditate on the supernatural seed of the Word.
      2. We must let the seed stay in the ground for it to work. We cannot get a harvest with a part-time seed.
  3. Jesus is the living Word. He is all we need to live a supernatural life.
    1. Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever (1 Peter 1:23).
      1. Incorruptible seed is seed that never fails. It will always produce, and it can never be destroyed.
      2. The Word gave birth to the supernatural life which we now live.
    2. According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue (2 Peter 1:3).
      1. Grace has made available not just a few things, but all things. We only get what we need through the knowledge of Christ, who is the Word.
    3. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth (John 1:1, 14).
      1. The Word was transformed into a physical human being. This process began with Isaiah, who planted a seed when he prophesied of Jesus, “Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows…” (Isaiah 53:4).
    4. And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified (Acts 20:32).
      1. This inheritance is specifically for the sanctified believers who have been set aside. These are the ones who have received incorruptible seed by grace.
      2. A Christian facing a problem will not succeed in overcoming it without the specific Word pertaining to that circumstance. Whether it is sickness, lack, deliverance, or any other issue, we must fill our hearts with the seed pertaining to it. When we meditate on those Scriptures, we will prosper and have good success (Joshua 1:8).
    5. 5. Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord (Colossians 3:16).
      1. We must let the seed of the Word dwell in us, not the worldly negativity on which we can focus. A bad attitude is like weeds trying to grow in our soil.

SCRIPTURE REFERENCES

Mark 4:14-20 2 Peter 1:3
Matthew 13:19 John 1:1, 14
Galatians 4:23-31 Isaiah 53:4
Mark 4:21-32 Galatians 6:7
1 Peter 1:23 Acts 20:32
Joshua 1:8 Colossians 3:16

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