• Bishop Keith Butler

Because of the Word’s Sake

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. 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 4:14-17)

Jesus’ parable of the sower is the quintessential parable of His entire ministry. He said if you don’t understand this parable, you wouldn’t understand any other. Through this parable, He talks about several ways the enemy tries to mess with those who receive the Word of God. That could be the logos – the written Word - or a rhema – a spoken Word directly from God. Jesus described four ways people receive and respond to the Word.

The first group is called the wayside ground. When the Word is sown, they decide not to receive it. The enemy immediately removes any effect the Word has. From this group, we learn that it’s possible to hear but not listen. Each person must decide to receive the Word when they hear it.

The second group is people who receive the Word, but the enemy brings affliction and persecution. Affliction comes from the Greek word thilipsis and means pressure brought through people. Persecution is from the Greek word dioko and means pressure from external problems. People often wonder, “Why are bad things happening to me?” Jesus tells us why. Either you haven’t received the Word, or the enemy is coming against you with persecution and affliction. Don’t be shocked or afraid; realize it’s his last-ditch effort to stop the tremendous power of God’s Word from working in your life.

Practical Application – When you are dealing with difficulty, don't complain. Instead, praise God that His Word is working in your life.

Matthew 13:21; Luke 8:13



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