How are you? How is your week going? Have you held fast to the Word this week?

This past Sunday, we looked at the Parable of the Sower. Jesus describes four different types of soil which point to four different types of souls, while the seed represents the Word of God.

Some hearts are hardened by sin, and the Word of God never even penetrates them. Immediately, the devil comes and takes away the Word from their hearts.

Some hearts receive the gospel with joy, but when trials come, their faith withers and dies. This is because their faith never had any roots.

Some hearts receive the Word, but they soon get choked by the cares, riches, and pleasures of life. These good things have turned into ultimate things.

Some hearts are like the good soil. They hear the Word, hold fast to it honestly, and bear fruit with patience.

One of the greatest applications from this parable is for us to examine ourselves. Which soil describes you? Do you hold fast to the Word of God? Are you honest before God about your sin and need, and do you trust in the gospel for redemption? Do you see the evidence of your faith through the fruit in your life?

These are hard questions, but these are the questions that we need to ask ourselves. The truth is that we all had hardened hearts. But by His grace, God plowed our hard hearts in order that we may be good soil. He broke our hard hearts through Christ being broken on our behalf on the cross. We can have new life, because Christ gives us new life through His resurrection.

We can hold fast to the word of God, because we hold fast to God, the Word. He is the One who became flesh in order to hold fast to us. And through Him, we are made new.

Take some time to pray to the Ultimate Gardener this week. Hold fast to the Word of God, and be rooted in Christ.

I pray that the Lord encourage and grow you. See you at Lord’s Day worship this Sunday. Come out to September Topical Study, which will be on Apologetics!

In Christ,
Pastor Tim

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