In my message, The Parable of the Sower Explained, I shared a preparatory word as we enter into this new Jewish year, 5778. I share my notes with you here.
Change the Way You Sow with Words, Actions, and Finances…
Let me begin by saying that we must understand that in order to complete the tasks God is asking us to accomplish we need to change our thought life. We cannot expect to move into new realms of prosperity by using old patterns and habits to get there. It is a time to walk in great faith—sowing into the areas He is calling us to little by little.
You need to know that He is faithful, but that it will take self-discipline on our part to stay focused on the call, even when we do not see a positive return on our investments of sowing words, actions and financial gifts.
Often what seems like a delay from God is actually a time of teaching as He prepares us to manage at different levels. Do not despise the day of small beginnings.
We cannot expect Publishers Clearing House to save us in this season. Give the Lord what He asks. God wants a confession that agrees with His Word. He wants actions that manifest His Word, and He wants seed sown into good soil so that He can bless His Word.
However, so much of the time we do the opposite of this practice. We sow a seed, while operating in doubt and unbelief, not understanding that our words and actions have the ability to cancel the seeds that have been sown.
Poverty Thinking WILL NOT Take Risks, But We Must Sow Where We Want to Go!
“Praise the Lord! Blessed is the man who fears the Lord, who delights greatly in His commandments. His descendants will be mighty on earth; the generation of the upright will be blessed. Wealth and riches will be in his house, and his righteousness endures forever. Unto the upright there arises light in the darkness; He is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous. A good man deals graciously and lends; he will guide his affairs with discretion. Surely he will never be shaken; the righteous will be in everlasting remembrance. He will not be afraid of evil tidings; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord. His heart is established; he will not be afraid, until he sees his desire upon his enemies. He has dispersed abroad, he has given to the poor; his righteousness endures forever; his horn will be exalted with honor. The wicked will see it and be grieved; he will gnash his teeth and melt away; the desire of the wicked shall perish.”—Psalm 112:1-10
A Couple of Housekeeping Notes…
“‘What then if you should see the Son of Man ascend where He was before? It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life. But there are some of you who do not believe.’ For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were who did not believe, and who would betray Him.”—John 6:62-64
Jesus sits at the right hand of the Father. He does not live in us… the Holy Spirit resides in us. We need to understand this as we prepare to do spiritual warfare in this new season of time. As we pray to Jesus we must understand that He is sitting by His Father in Heaven, making our request known to God.
We must train our mind, will and emotions (our soul) to let the Holy Spirit take over in making choices in our lives. The language of the Courts of Heaven is Spirit and NOT flesh.
If we believe that Jesus’ Words are Spirit and life, we will profit. If you are an unbeliever you become a ‘non-profit.’ Some of us want ‘non-profit‘ status, but operate in the flesh, and that WILL NOT prosper you. I can tell you that ALL wealth that you’ve gained in the flesh will sift right through your hands and not bring the ultimate goal of satisfaction that you’re looking for. On the other hand, finances that come in the Spirit from sowing, not only will prosper, but will also multiply over how they were created.
The Parable of the Sower…
Parables are simple stories used to illustrate moral and spiritual lessons. However, understanding parables is extremely important in our Christian walk because the New Testament is full of this kind of teaching. If we do not understand parables, it is difficult for us to understand our teacher Yeshua, the Rabbi.
I begin with the Parable of the Sower, because Jesus explained… if we do not understand this parable, how will it be possible to understand the rest?
“And He said to them, ‘Do you not understand this parable? How then will you understand all the parables?’”—Mark 4:13
This isn’t a Difficult Word to Understand—Jesus was Very Simple…
The sophisticated leaders of Jesus’ day rejected Him. So, He adjusted His message to speak to the people who He was reaching out to.
“The sower sows the word.”—Mark 4:14
We must speak the Word to get a positive result. If we are having a bad result, we must speak the Word to experience a turnaround. We must always battle in the opposite spirit.
Example: Your doctor and your body say, “You’re sick!” You say, “I’m healed!” You understand that you’re sick, but you speak out that you’re healed and you go into the Courts of Heaven understanding that by His stripes we are healed, and that our healing was paid for 2000 years ago. We come out of agreement with the symptoms.
The Wayside Hearer…
“And these are the ones by the wayside where the word is sown. When they hear, Satan comes immediately and takes away the word that was sown in their hearts.”—Mark 4:15
We do not want to be a wayside hearer. We cannot just go to church on Sunday for a 45-minute service and do nothing to boost our faith throughout the rest of the week, and then expect our prayers to have enough power to go through the second heaven with great authority.
If we do not have a solid personal foundation in the Word of God, our prayers do not even make sense in the Courts of Heaven, because we then lack the understanding to defeat the enemy who is bringing accusations against us.
In this case, many are removed from the courtroom, thereby relying on another Believer to pray on their behalf. We must know what we’re talking about, or we will be defeated.
We must get the sin out of our hearts before we stand in the Word, otherwise we are dishonoring His Word. God sends us golden seeds from Heaven that will transform our lives, and we owe it to Him to prepare our hearts to receive the seed.
The Stony Ground Hearer…
“These likewise are the ones sown on stony ground who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with gladness; and they have no root in themselves, and so endure only for a time. Afterward, when tribulation or persecution arises for the word’s sake, immediately they stumble.”—Mark 4:16-17
We must understand that many times when we are given a new prophetic word, challenges will come to steal that word. Therefore we must take our spiritual walk to a higher level as we are given higher revelatory authority. John Kilpatrick explained it like this, when speaking about maintaining the spiritual atmosphere during the Brownsville Revival…
“You need to understand Rabbi, that as the Brownsville Revival built, the devil was never allowed to go past the level that God brought it. Every level and every increase that you receive, the Lord will give you wisdom to deal with it that day. Each day when I woke up, I had to cry out to God and say, ‘Show me what to do this day!’”
Isn’t it comforting to know that the devil cannot go past the new authority that is coming into our lives? We will be victorious when we follow the leading of the Holy Spirit.
The Thorny Hearers…
“Now these are the ones sown among thorns; they are the ones who hear the word, and the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things entering in choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.”—Mark 4:18-19
We must make a quality decision that whatever property and things we acquire throughout our lives… that these do not control us. While it is a blessing to have nice things, we cannot allow them to become idols in our lives. If you sense that this may be the case, just don’t go there until the Holy Spirit can do a work in your heart.
God has a materialistic inventory to allow you to be effective in the call that He has given you to minister in. The Lord has created you to affect the culture within your sphere of influence. There are places that I can go and be highly effective, and there are others that are just not within my sphere of influence. Those places are not within my call… they are within yours!
The Good Hearers…
“But these are the ones sown on good ground, those who hear the word, accept it, and bear fruit: some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred.”—Mark 4:20
The Good Hearers are those who live a life of repentance, understanding who they are in Christ, knowing and operating in the gifts of the Spirit. These Believers do not walk around condemned all of the time. They know how to operate in dominion and authority, sowing a Word through prayer into the Courts of Heaven, which will bring 30, 60, and 100 fold increase.
These are those who take action by sowing time into the people and places that God has called them to. They will sow tithes and offerings into high-quality soil with great faith, cancelling any doubt and unbelief through praise and thanksgiving.
If you have enjoyed this overview of my notes on ‘The Parable of the Sower Explained’ and would like to hear my conclusion on how to walk into this next season of time, growing in revelatory knowledge and strength, please join me [HERE]!