Sunday May 30, 2021
Minister Avery Ford
Trust God to Work
Share Christ in all situations but leave the results to God.
Have you ever had a spiritual goal? Because of our jobs and life experiences some of us have expanded upon the concept of goals and now have smart goals. What the acronym smart is used to finally go from a mirror wish.
S – Specific
I’m not going to dive into the details of SMART goals or goal setting from a practical sensebecause that’s not the point of this lesson. I mentioned however, to point to the confusion that has come about with access to an abundance of knowledge and information. Goal is a term used to help an individual get on a right path. Beginning with the end in mind helps us to concentrate our efforts with activities most likely to assist in achieving our desired outcome. Goals help us to avoid distractions and increase motivation during difficult times. They help us prioritize our most precious resources, time and money. Do you have any spiritual goals? For me I want to hear the words “Well donethou good and faithful servant…enter thou into the joy of thy Lord” Matthew 25:21
Although that seems specific, is it? Can any of that actually be measured? Achievable and realistic, what the heck does that mean? Is anything too hard for our God? All things are possible to him that believeth! Remember my goal stated in the last paragraph. Have you ever spoken to someone who has heard those words spoken to them by our God? If the answer is no how can you know if any of your spiritual goals or even possible?
That’s why it’s so important that we read our Bible. It is so easy to understand and remember certain concepts that help us to get what we want.If we have not read our Bible it’s easy for terms to be conflated and used erroneously when seeking out spiritual truths. When we read the Bible, it cannot be like reading a collection of stories to help us deal with the calamities of life. We need to read the Bible like it’s the words of God, recorded so that we might discover how we ought to live!
In today’s lesson “TRUST GOD TO WORK“ the title made me think about how what we want to do, may conflict with what God would have us to do. We all know or know now, that every good thing isn’t necessarily a God thing. Somethings that God would have us to do don’t just happen overnight. This is where the “name it and claim it”“prosperity gospel” has led many astray. Everyone that has any experience with growing plants knows that a lot happens from the time that a plant was a seed until it consistently produces fruit. Let’s consider the Scriptures in today’s lesson.
Mat 13:3 And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow;
Mat 13:4 And when he sowed, someseedsfell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up:
Mat 13:5 Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth:
Mat 13:6 And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away.
Mat 13:7 And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them:
Mat 13:8 But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold.
Mat 13:9 Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.
Mat 13:18 Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower.
Mat 13:19 When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandethitnot, then cometh the wickedone,and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side.
Mat 13:20 But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it;
Mat 13:21 Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended.
Mat 13:22 He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful.
Mat 13:23 But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.
Do you want to produce fruit? Of course you do, just know that there’s a process. Verse eight should be read with the understanding that a process of time occurred before the fruit was brought forth. When you produce fruit that’s not it. God can double (sixty-fold) and triple (one hundred-fold) whatever level of success or fruit you have borne! Praise God!
I want to close with a prayer. Father God in Jesus name, I want to thank you for your patience with us. I want to thank you for the precious and powerful seed, that is your word. Lord help us to become good ground that your word might produce in us, good fruit. All to your glory I ask in Jesus name! Amen
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