This Month's Promise

“See, I am doing a new thing ... Now it springs up... I am making a way in the desert and streams in the waste land....”

- (Isaiah 43:19)

Read: Matthew 13: 1-9


“No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in him; ...” (I John 3: 9)

In Matthew 13, we read of four types of soil. First, the compacted soil. This “way-side” refers to the narrow footpaths. The soil on them had become as hard as concrete from the feet of the travelers and animals that had walked upon them. When the seed fell on this path, it could not penetrate the soil and was devoured by the fowls of the air. This speaks of the person who hears the gospel but does not understand it. May be they are deep in sin and refuse to believe. May be they have hardened their hearts for years against the call of the gospel and like a path trampled underfoot for years, they have become hard-hearted. And because of this the Word of God cannot penetrate the soil of their heart. When the devil sees it he snatches away the seed. Second is the crippled soil. (Vs 5,6, 20,21) The stony places are common in Palestine. Often there will be a superficial layer of limestone rock, covered by a thin layer of top soil. This soil looks like it is ready to be sown. The ground looks good and productive and the seed cast here will germinate and quickly spring up into a promising plant. But because there is no depth of soil, as soon as the sun beats down on the tender plant, it dries. This kind of soil speaks of the heart that makes an emotional response to the presentation of the gospel. Perhaps the person heard a shallow presentation of the gospel that tells only the blessings of salvation but not the sufferings. These persons make a commitment, they are excited and active. But because they have no depth to their commitment, they fall away when persecutions associated with knowing Jesus arise. They are carnal Christians.

Dear friends, what type of soil is your soul? Is it compacted soil? Crippled soil? Allow Jesus to save your soul. If the Lord saves your soul, He will change your life. When He changes a life, He does it forever. You will grow deeper in Him, be nurtured by Him and produce the fruit of salvation.

PRAYER:  Heavenly Father, I pray for those whose souls are compacted and crippled. Heal their soul Lord. Let it become productive so that when the seed of gospel is sown it would take root below and bear fruit above. Let them stay stronger even when they face persecutions. Amen.