Uni-verse 270/10,000 For better through verse Luke 8 v 8
Luk 8:8 And other fell on good ground, and sprang up, and bare fruit an hundredfold. And when he had said these things, he cried, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear
In order to be able to bear good fruit in our lives, we need to first hear the gospel at first and then, the Word thereafter. Hearing it, we must receive it with faith that it is true. Having received it, we must understand it by the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit. Having understood it, we must keep it or retain it in our hearts and minds. Having kept it, we must claim it and obey it. Then, we are enabled by God’s grace to bear fruit a hundred-fold by faith and patience.
Conditioning by the world’s thought systems and human traditions makes our hearts hardened over time. Traditions rob the Word of God of its inherent power. We loose our ability or sensitivity to hear, receive, believe, understand and apply. It is easier to doubt, question, reject and to be deceived. It requires a lot of ploughing to find a furrow to plant a seed. Hence, a person needs to hear the Word in a variety of ways and very often in order to break the hard ground.
The seed is powerful and effective. Even a fragment of a verse is sufficient to convict or redeem a person in the right frame of mind. I have met people who were convicted by a biblical phrase like “ a half-baked loaf” or “ kicking against the thorns.” Both sensitivity at the time of receiving the Word and diligence in the period of growing spiritually precede hundred-fold fruitfulness. We are called like Isaac to plant the seed in every realm- the physical, the financial, the emotional, the spiritual, the social, the professional and receive back a hundred-fold. The result is contingent upon our response. Genesis, the ‘book of beginnings’ reports that Isaac sowed in that land and received in the same year a hundred-fold: and the Lord blessed him. It does not say that the Lord blessed him and therefore, he received a hundred-fold. But, he received a hundred-fold and the Lord blessed him. Likewise, may we be fruitful and be so blessed.
A blessing for fruitfulness:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xbGtB5geSLI
Prateep V Philip