parable of the sower

The Parable of the Sower is the key to understanding faith. Our hope is the evidence that faith has the power to accomplish the impossible. Hebrews 11:1 tells us what faith is. It clearly tells us that faith is not of this world. It is a real authoritative spiritual substance that produces the things of our hope. God has given everyone the measure of faith (Romans 12:3). However, some people possess the gift of faith that transcends natural faith (1 Corinthians 12:8-9). In other words, everyone possesses faith, but people possessing the gift of faith trust God fearlessly.

There are two levels of faith:

  • Little faith
  • Great faith

When you doubt God, you diminish your measure of faith to “little faith.” When you trust God, you increase your faith. Your measure of faith then becomes “great faith” In the Parable of the Sower, Jesus explains how faith operates and reveals the key to understanding faith.

Trust

There was a time when people told the truth concerning a matter. But today, there is truth and alternate truth. There is news, and then there is fake news. Ultimately, we don’t know who to trust anymore. Modern-day society suppresses the truth, and despite the facts, people choose what they want to believe,

There is no scientific way to define faith. However, the Bible says that faith is a real spiritual substance. So, if faith is founded on spirituality, how do you know if what you believe is correct? The Bible tells us that we should live by faith and not by sight. However, the troubles associated with life make it difficult to live by faith. More than seven hundred years before the birth of Jesus, the prophet Isaiah made alluded to our present day. He writes:

For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and deep darkness the people; but the Lord will arise over you, and His glory will be seen upon you.

Isaiah 60:2

It is important that we continue to trust God to guide us through the darkness that now covers the earth. Only by faith will the world see the glory of God shine through the darkness of evil.

Never Relinquish Hope

never relinquish hope

Never relinquish your faith in God. The Holy Spirit desires that we be aware of the awesome power of faith. In the midst of sickness and diseases like Coronavirus, it is important that we know faith has the power to heal. Consider how the woman with the issue of blood received her healing.

And suddenly, a woman who had a flow of blood for twelve years came from behind and touched the hem of His garment. For she said to herself, “If only I may touch His garment, I shall be made well.” But Jesus turned around, and when He saw her He said, “Be of good cheer, daughter; your faith has made you well.” And the woman was made well from that hour.

Matthew 9:20-22

When we recognize the power of faith, it helps us transition to the realm of the supernatural, where the power of faith rules.

Confidence of Salvation

The key to comprehending salvation is in understanding faith and how it operates. We receive salvation by faith in God. Without faith, no one can be saved, for the Bible says, “without faith, it is impossible to please God” (Hebrews 11: 6). We think of salvation only in terms of going to heaven. However, the true meaning of salvation is: to be saved from captivity. Jesus came to free the captives (Luke 4:18). Salvation comes through faith in Jesus Christ alone. No amount of work can earn salvation. We stand justified before God only by faith in Jesus Christ. Nothing else can save us from the wrath of God, which is to come upon the earth. God grants spiritual and eternal deliverance immediately to anyone who accepts His conditions of repentance and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 4:12) and confesses that Jesus is Lord (Romans 10:10).

Friend, I want you to know just how important your faith is. It is the greatest asset in your arsenal of spiritual weapons. God sees and knows all things, and He knows you by name. Perhaps you received a life-shattering medical diagnosis from your doctor of an illness you had hoped to overcome. Or maybe you are in a situation that looks hopeless. Whatever your dilemma, I want you to know that all things are possible to the “One” who believes. The “one” here refers to Christ. Therefore, if you believe in Christ, you also believe in God, and you have confidence that He can do all things.

The Key to Understanding Faith

key to understanding faith

The key to understanding faith is revealed in the Parable of the Sower. Having faith is a lot like having a tomato seed. For example, you don’t have to understand how a tomato seed produces a plant. The tomato is in the seed. God has placed everything the seed needs to produce a tomato. In the same way, all the things you hope for are in the seed of your faith. Therefore, cultivate your seed. Plant it in good soil, water it with the revelation from the Holy Spirit, and allow the light of God to shine in your life. Don’t allow the riches and pleasures of life to destroy your hope because of your lack of understanding of the Word of God.

A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell by the wayside and it was trampled down, and the birds of the air devoured it. Some fell on rock; and as soon as it sprang up, it withered away because it lacked moisture. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up with it and choked it. But others fell on good ground, sprang up, and yielded a crop a hundredfold.” When He had said these things He cried, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear!

Luke 8:5-8

Comprehending The Parable of the Sower

The Parable of the Sower is vital to understanding faith. It illustrates how faith works. At the end of the parable, Jesus says: “He who has ears to hear, let him hear. In essence, He was saying: if we are to understand faith, we must hear the Word of God with our physical ears and also with our spiritual ears. You can never understand faith with your intellect because intellect is physical, whereas faith is a spirit.

And since we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, “I believed and therefore I spoke,” we also believe and therefore speak.

2 Corinthians 4:13

Here is how Jesus explains the Parable of the Sower:

“Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. Those by the wayside are the ones who hear; then the devil comes and takes away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. But the ones on the rock are those who when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, who believe for a while and in time of temptation fall away. 

Now the ones that fell among thorns are those who, when they have heard, go out and are choked with cares, riches, and pleasures of life, and bring no fruit to maturity. But the ones that fell on the good ground are those who, having heard the word with a noble and good heart, keep it and bear fruit with patience” (Luke 8:11-15).

Four Ways to Perceive Faith

Here are four ways illustrating how we receive faith:

1. Wayside Faith – The devil’s first attack on your faith is to prevent you from receiving the Word. Wayside faith hears the Word of God with their natural ears only. The Word never sinks into their heart; it just enters their mind. The devil comes immediately and takes the Word to prevent them from believing what they heard.

2. Stony Ground Faith – Stony ground faith hears the Word and receives it gladly. But because they don’t understand the Word, and their hope is rooted in material things, they only believe for a while. When temptation comes, they fall away. Satan tempts you with self-condemnation by reminding you of your shortcomings. He will tell you that God does not want to talk to you, and then he proceeds to talk to you. Do not listen! He’s only trying to steal your faith.

3, Thorny Ground Faith – People who have thorny ground faith are those who think they understand God, hear the Word, and then go about their normal activities. When the problems of life overwhelm them, they let their emotions rule. The result is, that their faith dies. When you intellectualize faith, you start to rely on your feelings. Then you succumb to the cares, riches, and pleasures of life, making your faith unfruitful.

4. Good ground faith – Good ground faith hears the Word with spiritual ears and understands the principle of faith. Good ground faith will not give in to worry. It patiently waits for the harvest with confidence that God will produce the harvest. Don’t try to understand the Word with your intellect. Understanding the Word only comes by revelation.

Develop good ground. Allow God to reveal Himself to you through your understanding of faith. Determine that you didn’t come this far to lose hope. If you use your shield for faith, for it has the power to quench the fiery darts of the wicked one and you will reap the hundred-fold harvest.

By Eric Dunbar

Once addicted to crack cocaine, my story is not unique but inspiring. I have been a professor of faith for most of my life. Before you inquire about my credentials, let me explain. I don’t mean professor as in “teacher” but professor as in “squatter.” For most of my life, I have been trying to occupy what I had never fully possessed, namely, faith. You see, my trust was in God long before I used drugs. To this day, I cannot tell you what happened to cause me to be addicted; it just happened. After a lifetime of serving God, somehow, I became a crack cocaine addict. I grew up in the church. I was born with talent. I started playing the organ for local churches at the age of eight years. I cultivated strong confidence in God early in life. From the time I was five until I was eighteen years old, I can’t remember ever missing a church service. I started playing keyboards in a popular R&B band at the age of nineteen years old. Midlife When you’re young, life is all about having fun, and I was indeed having a lot of fun. Playing in an R&B band exposed me to the rigors of nightlife, leading me to deviate from the church. I started experimenting with all kinds of drugs. At first, it was marijuana, then pills, and soon, I was using cocaine. All the while, I still attended church, although not as often. When I was married, my infrequent music revenue was inadequate to raise a family. So I left the band and found a job. I have always had confidence in God, but I didn’t know how to implement my faith. When my first child was born, I renewed my faith and got heavily involved in the church. A few years later, my pastor inspired me to begin a cell ministry in my home, where I faithfully worshipped God and held Bible studies every Tuesday. About seven years into my marriage, I slipped back into drug use. This time cocaine was my choice drug. Soon after, I learned to cook cocaine, converting it into a rocky substance called crack. That was the beginning of a life of trouble. I had become a slave to the drug; crack cocaine was now my master. Confident Expectation My wife threatened to leave if I didn’t control my addiction. Nevertheless, I remained confident that God would deliver me. But my wife insisted that I seek help. I wanted to save my marriage, so I enrolled in the Narcotics Anonymous Twelve Step Program. I completed the required thirty-day classes, and I went home drug-free. Fifteen days later, I was once again smoking crack. My crack smoking eventually led to my wife divorcing me. I lost my family, possessions, and everything dear to me. Life had become challenging, and I was near depression. My parents taught me that faith believes, so I understood the principle of faith. I had faith that God would liberate me, so I continued to pray that God would soon rescue me from this evil that had come upon me. One day I opened my Bible, and my eyes fell on this scripture: “So then faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17). “I don’t go to church anymore,” I said to myself, so how can I hear the word of God? Then I thought to read the word aloud to myself. The Bible was now my best friend. I read the word to myself. The word of God came out of my mouth and went back into my ears. Alas, I was hearing the word of God. I still craved crack cocaine and got high whenever the opportunity presented itself. But for the next two years, I mostly stayed to myself, reading the Bible aloud, quoting scriptures, and praying. Believing Faith Speaks After two years of practically being alone with God, my craving for crack cocaine was gone. My confidence in God rewarded me with freedom. I learned that believing faith speaks. No longer did I profess faith, but I now possessed it. Faith is having confidence in the things we hope for. Although they are not visible to our physical eyes, we believe that God is working our hope into physical existence. It is the bridge linking us to the spiritual realm and makes God a touchable reality. When we trust God, it guarantees that God’s promises and Biblical revelations are true. We cannot detect these revelations and promises of the word of God with our physical senses. However, by trusting God, we have the confidence that our expectation will come to pass. Faith is the quintessence that the things we hope for become so concrete that even belief itself becomes a definitive reality of those things that are not yet visible. Your faith becomes so tangible that you believe you possess those things in the spiritual realm.

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