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Matthew 13:20-21

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 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.]

Mark 4:16-17

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 16 Others are the ones like the seed sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with joy, [There is little-to-no joy when you hear someone read the Bible; but when you hear the Lord speak to you, you have great joy!]

 17 But have no root in themselves, and so endure only for a time; afterward, when affliction or persecution rises for the word's sake, they are immediately offended. [Every believer who takes up the inward cross of self-denial will eventually undergo a trial of their faith with affliction and persecution. Some will be offended and fall away, back into the world. "By your steadfast endurance do you possess your soul." Luke 21:19. You must endure to the end when you enter the kingdom while still on the earth. From the Word of the Lord within: "Accept everything; take offence at nothing; just sit and wait. We deliver."]

Luke 8:13,15

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 13 Those on the rock are those who, when they hear, receive the word with joy; but they have no root. And although they believe for awhile, in time of testing [with affliction and persecution] they fall away. [When you hear the Lord speak to you, you have great joy! Every believer who takes up the inward cross of self-denial will eventually undergo trials of their faith with afflictions and persecutionstribulations. As the great early Quaker, Isaac Penington wrote: "the way is long, the travel hard, the enemies and difficulties many." Some will be offended and fall away, back into the world.]

 15 But the ones that fell on the good ground are those who, having heard the word, keep it in an honest and good heart, and bring forth fruit with steadfast endurance. [Every believer who takes up the inward cross of self-denial will eventually undergo a trial of their faith with affliction and persecution. Some will be offended and fall away, back into the world. "By your steadfast endurance do you possess your soul." Luke 21:19. Those who endure and persevere to the end, when Christ comes to bruise the head of Satan under your feet, produce fruit to perfection, which honors and glorifies the Father.]

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