When you give seed offerings to the Lord, are you sowing into good ground? What makes the difference between the two? So, I want to share three keys today that will help you discern between good ground and bad ground. If you evaluate every ministry or church into which you sow in light of these three keys, you can tell pretty easily which is which. These three keys will show you where your seeds will thrive, bringing you a thirty-, sixty-, or hundred-fold harvest … versus where your seeds may die in the ground or bring you a stunted harvest at best. Here are the three keys to distinguishing between good ground and bad ground:.
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Second Milers also read — Psalms 41 — 45 ; Proverbs 9. I have always enjoyed studying these parables in Matthew The Parable of the sower Matthew — 9; 18 — 23 in particular has helped me to understand many things about the nature of people. I have been a Christian now for a long time, and I have observed many people come and go through the years. It grieves me when people fizzle out spiritually; some even turning their backs completely on the Lord. This parable sheds a lot of light as to why that happens. In this passage, Jesus uses soil to illustrate the four different kinds of life situations that the seed of the gospel comes in contact with. So what are the characteristics of good ground? It contains all of the nutrition that it needs in order to be healthy.
But he that received seed into the good ground is he that hears the word, and understands it; which also bears fruit, and brings forth, some an hundred times, some sixty, some thirty. Matthew But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold. Mark 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. Luke But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it , and bring forth fruit with patience. Proverbs ,6 A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels: …. Proverbs So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding; …. Ezekiel Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby ye have transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit: for why will ye die, O house of Israel?