When you’re pressed down with problems, loaded with cares and overdosed with obligations, it can seem like the last thing you have time for is to read your Bible. Natural human logic would tell you that reading the Bible isn’t what you need to do – that what you need to do is to work on your problems.
Listen, thought, to what Jesus says in Mark 4:30-32. “Then Jesus said, ‘to what shall we liken the kingdom of God? Or with what parable shall we picture it? It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when it is sown in the ground, is less than all the seeds on the earth. But when it is sown, it grows up, and becomes greater than all herbs, and shoots out great branches; so that the birds of the air may nest under its shade.”
My calling and desire is to help you live successfully, righteously and victoriously in this life. And, not only to go to Heaven, when you die, but to be under the blessings of Heaven down here on earth. To do this, you have to “be strong in the Lord and the power of his might.”
Our goal is to build a body of strong Christians. The word of God is strong and powerful. These words are God-breathed. They’re alive and full of power. They’re like seeds that you put in the ground. God wants you to plant the seed of His word in your life.
You have to plant that seed yourself. It won’t jump up and plant itself. You need to do it. You don’t have to find me every time you have a need. If you find out what we’re talking about, the Word of God will grow mightily in you and prevail over your troubles and problems.
Think about how a seed works. You dig a hole and drop that little tiny seed in there. Then, you cover it up several inches of dirt. Of course, that dirt weighs probably a thousand times more than the seed.
So, your tiny little seed is lying there in the bottom of that hole, in the dark, being pressed down on by all that dirt. To the seed, it’s like there isn’t even any light! Or hope. Just darkness, dirt, mud and pressure.
But, one day, the life on the inside of that seed begins to well up on the inside of it. What’s on the inside of it? What’s on the inside of that seed begins to push its way up through that dirt and up to the surface?
Even if there are rocks and gravel bearing down on that seed, it’s going to come up! That little seed keeps pushing and growing, going up past the rocks, probing, weaving around the gravel, until it pushes itself out and into the fresh air and sunshine! Do you understand what Jesus is teaching us about God’s Word here?
What looked like the end for that seed was just the beginning! Those pressures, that darkness, those unanswered questions, those hindrances – they were not able to stop that seed buried down in the earth!
I’m telling you, there may be a mountain of pressure on you today. There may be tons and tons of sorrow and despair on you today. But, if you’ve got the Word of God in your heart, those pressures are just the beginning of God’s miracle working power in your life. There is power and strength in the Word of God that’s planted in your heart.
You might not feel like much is happening when you’re reading God’s Word, the Bible. Well, Jesus said, “it’s the smallest of all seeds. Less than all.” And I know, that to my flesh, or my natural way of thinking, just reading the Bible in the face of all your great problems, and heartaches, seems so little.
When you’re sick and tired and feeling awful, the Word of God seems real small. “By his stripes, ye were healed,” seems real small. It seems like it’s not going to do any good.
Or when you’re in debt – you don’t know how in the world you’ll ever get out. Everybody is on top of you and calling you for that money…The scripture that says, “My God shall supply all your needs according to His riches,” seems so tiny.
Jesus said, “It’s less than all.” Less than all. So, you may feel like the Word of God is not going to do anything for you. But I’ll tell you, Jesus said “It’s less than all, BUT…” There’s something different about seed when it’s sown.
In the parable of the sower, Jesus said in Mark 4:14-15, “The seed is the Word and when it is sown, the devil comes.” The devil doesn’t care one bit if you own a Bible. He doesn’t care if you carry your Bible with you to church, and have an extra Bible on the seat of your car, and one beside your bed!
Jesus said, “And when it is sown…the devil comes.” When you begin to plant the Word of God in your heart, the devil sits up and takes notice. He comes immediately to stop you before that seed begins to grow, and push up past all the pressures and dirt and hardness in life.
Jesus said, “He cometh immediately.” The devil gets an urgency about him when you start putting God’s Word in your heart. He might have been complacent about you before.
But when you put the Word of God in your heart, the devil begins to jump, kick, shout and do everything he can to get that Word out of your heart. Jesus said the devil comes immediately to steal the Word out of your heart. If he can just get the Word of God out of you and get you to give up on God’s Word, he doesn’t have to worry about you anymore.
Then Jesus says, when it is sown, it grows up. The Word of God inside you will grow. Don’t get upset if you can’t see it growing. The Bible says, “We walk by faith, not by sight.” “You’ve got to give it time to grow.”
It’s just like planting any other kind of seed. You put it in the ground, cover it with dirt, pack it down, and then you give it time. You just know it. And you fully except to come out there in a few weeks and see a little something coming up.
A lot of people want to go out there the next day and dig the seed up and find out if it is growing. But when you put the Word of God in your heart, you just know by faith that it’s growing.
Acts 19:20, says “the Word of God grew mightily and prevailed.” The Word of God will prevail over every trial, every trouble, every heartache, and every mountain. The Word of God will grow and prevail. Give it time to grow. Like any seed, it doesn’t become what you need it to be overnight.
Notice what Jesus said, “It’s less than all; but when it is sown, it becomes greater than all.” You will hear God’s voice in it. It will be greater than all your troubles, all your mountains, all your sicknesses, all your debts and all your problems. Everything you face. It will become greater than all.
What does it become? It becomes what God sent it for. It becomes help. It becomes strength. It becomes right thinking. It becomes health. It becomes wealth. It becomes the source for faith, for whatever you have need of.
Whatever you need, it’ll shoot out great branches. What does that mean? There will be great testimonies being heard and talked about. God helped me. God delivered me. God got me out of debt. God brought my family in. Great branches are going out everywhere.
He said the birds of the air can come and nest, or find a place of refuge in it. Your unsaved children, family and loved ones can come and find a place to get saved and give their hearts to the Lord Jesus Christ.
This is also a warning. It won’t happen unless you plant the Word of God in your heart. You’ve got to underline it for yourself. You’ve got to put it in your heart yourself. You’ve got to act on it yourself.
If you do that, it will grow. And it will become greater than all. And you won’t have to call me at midnight. You won’t have to call anybody at midnight! You’ll know that you know the Word of God and you can overcome all the devices of the wicked one.
Stay in the Word of God! Come to the Worship Center where we can teach you the Word of God. Then read it yourself and learn to do what the Bible says.
It all boils down to truly letting Jesus be the Lord of your life here and in the hereafter. Wouldn’t you like to live in total health, in total joy, in total blessing forever and forever and forever? I would. And I will, because Jesus is in my heart.