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Matthew 13:18-30

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 18 Therefore hear the parable of the sower.

 19 When anyone hears the word [spoken by the Spirit] about the kingdom, and does not understand it, then the wicked one comes, and catches away that which was sown in his heart. This is he who received seed by the way side.

 20 And he who received the seed into stony places, the same is he who hears the word [spoken by the Spirit], and quickly with joy receives it; [When you hear the Lord speak to you, you have great joy!]

 21 Yet has he no root in himself, but endures only for awhile; for when tribulation or persecution rises because of the word, he is eventually offended. [Tribulation, suffering, and persecution occur because a person endures in obeying "the word," which is the spoken words they hear, (spoken by the Lord to them), as they wait, watch, and listen. Every believer who takes up the inward cross of self-denial and endures for awhile will experience trials and tribulations with suffering and persecution; some will be offended, causing them to give up their enduring — they cease their first priority of obedient following and seeking of God to fall back into the ways of the world.]

 22 He who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the word; but the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful. [Others are distracted from their first priority of seeking of God by the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, the pleasures of this life, and the lusts for other things. Realize that when you indulge in the pleasures of the world, even temporarily on a vacation, your motivation to stay faithful to the commands you have heard and your motivation to seek God are seriously weakened.]

 23 But he who received seed into the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it; who bears fruit, some yielding a hundred, some sixty, and some thirty times what was sown." [You can succeed by: 1) maintaining your hope through frequent reading of the promises in the scriptures and the success of others in the past, both of which are on this site, 2) maintaining a regular daily schedule for waiting on the Lord as much as possible, 3) staying obedient to any commands you have received from listening to Him, and 3) anticipating trials and tribulations, ready to consider them as joyful evidence of your progress and eventual salvation to come.]

 24  The Parable of the Good Seed and the Tares of the Field

      Another parable he put forth to them, saying, "The kingdom of heaven is compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field.

 25 But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way.

 26 And when the blade had sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then the tares appeared also.

 27 So the servants of the householder came and said to him, 'Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? From where then have these tares come?'

 28 He said to them, 'An enemy has done this.' And the servants asked him, 'Then do you want us to go and gather them up?'

 29 But he said, 'No; lest while you are gathering up the tares, you also root up the wheat with them.

 30 Let both grow together until the harvest; and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers: First gather together all the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them; then gather the wheat into my barn.'" [John the Baptist said, "I indeed baptize you with water to repentance; but he who comes after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to carry. He shall baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire; Whose winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will thoroughly purge his floor and gather his wheat into the barn; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.", Mat 3:11-12. This is the baptism of death to your selfish spirit, carnal mind, and evil imagination.]

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