Jesus the True Vine Part – 3

Matthew 13:22——- Now he who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the Word, and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful.
 
“Salvation is more than a superficial, albeit joyful, hearing of the gospel. Someone who is truly saved will go on to prove it through their actions.”

The Parable of the Sower concerns a man who scatters seed, which falls on four different types of ground. The hard ground “by the way side” prevents the seed from sprouting at all. The stony ground provides enough soil for the seeds to germinate and begin to grow, but because there is “no deepness of earth,” the plants do not take root and are soon withered in the sun. The thorny ground allows the seed to grow, but the competing thorns – the worries of this world choke the life out of the plants. The good ground receives the seed and produces much fruit.

Worry is when a person doubt’s Gods Word and believes the lies of the devil to be true.

1 Peter 5:7 —- casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.
 
Worry means the state of being anxious and troubled over actual or potential problems.
Worry is like a rocking chair—it’s always in motion but it never gets you anywhere. So why do we struggle with it? And what good does it do? Worry is the opposite of faith, and it steals our peace, physically wears us out, and can even make us sick. When we worry, we torment ourselves—we’re doing the devil’s job for him!

The scripture says “casting all your cares upon Him”.To cast means to throw with force.  Casting our cares cannot be done with our will power but it has to be done with Gods power.

So the cure for worry is humbling ourselves before God, casting our cares on Him, and trusting Him. Instead of making ourselves miserable trying to figure everything out on our own, God wants us to place our trust in Him and enter into His rest, totally abandoning ourselves to His care. When we are able to believe and say, “God, I trust You,” it will literally change our lives. God didn’t create us to worry about helping ourselves all the time. He wants us to sow good seed by reaching out to help others. When we simply trust God and get busy doing the good things we know to do, then He’ll bring a harvest of blessings into our lives and meet our needs.
 
Matthew 6:30-32 —–  Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
 “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’  For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.

We must stop trying to make things happen the way we want and get to the place where we desire to please God more than ourselves. The Christ in us has to supersede what we want. Faith and the Word of God will help us overcome worry. Worrying involves negative thoughts, but speaking positive things out of your mouth will interrupt those negative thought patterns. When we are full of the Word of God, we can speak it out of our mouths in faith.

Another powerful force is prayer. When you’re under pressure, it’s always best to pray about it instead of talk about it. Prayer is the blueprint for a successful life. During His time on earth, Jesus prayed. He entrusted everything to God—even His reputation and life. We can do the same. We don’t have to explain all the problems to Him; we can just give them to Him and ask Him to take care of everything. Don’t complicate prayer. Just have confidence in simple, believing prayer.

Faith is putting all your eggs in God’s basket, and then counting your blessings before they hatch.

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