The Word of God often refers to itself as a seed. There are a total of forty-four verses in the New Testament where the Greek word "sperma" was translated "seed". This is the same word from which we derive our English word "sperm".
To conceive and give birth to the miracles you need, you must first plant God's Word like a seed in your heart. Conception cannot take place without first planting the seed. There has only been one virgin birth, and the birth of you're miracle won't be the second.
I constantly meet Christians who pray and believe for God's intervention in their lives, but remain frustrated with the results. It's because they are missing the seeds of conception; they just don't know God's Word.
In Mark 4, the Lord taught three parables which illustrate that the Word is to the kingdom of God what a natural seed is to a harvest. The first of these parables, the story of the sower, is the key to unlocking all the Word of God (Mark 4:13). If we don't understand these truths, Jesus said we won't understand any of His other parables.
There are many life-changing truths in these parables, but one fact must be understood to get the full benefit of this teaching. The Lord used the comparison of His Word to a law of nature that is unchangeable, not an institution of man.
Here's what I mean. You can cheat or manipulate nearly all systems that men have created. The legal system can be beaten, letting the guilty go free. Our educational system can be beaten, passing students who haven't really learned the material. But you can't change seedtime and harvest.
What if a farmer waited until he saw his neighbors reaping their crops before he sowed for his crop? Regardless of how sincere he was, or the justification for not sowing his seed at the proper time, he would not reap a crop overnight. The law of seedtime and harvest cannot be violated.
Yes, a person can get healed without planting God's Word in their heart. It comes through the prayers of others with the gifts of healing (1 Cor. 12:9), but it is not God's best. We should never be too proud to ask for help, but the proper way to get healed is to take God's promises of healing and plant them in our hearts until they release their life-giving power into our physical bodies.
This law of seedtime and harvest operates in every area of our lives. If we will plant God's Word in our hearts, then allow the seed to germinate and the plant to grow to maturity, we will reap the fruit of a harvest. That is God's best!
I cannot tell you strongly enough how important it is that you know God's Word and that you plant the seed of His Word in your heart long before you need the fruit of the harvest. It could mean the difference between prosperity and poverty, or even life and death. I believe this is so important that it's the very first class I teach to new students at CBC every year.
My teaching series A Sure foundation will help you understand the power and importance of God's Word in your life. It will help you go beyond the 'touchy-feely', emotion-based thinking that many mistake for faith. It's not about what you feel; it's about what has been planted in your heart and come to full fruit. It's the foundation to receiving the promises of God.
So, make this year your personal Year of the Bible and build a sure foundation in your own life. It will be the best decision you have ever made.
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P.S. You are a blessing to Jamie and me. We thank God for you and appreciate all you did last year to help us fulfill this vision of reaching the world with His unconditional love and grace. We pray that 2007 will be your best year yet.