Today let’s study the Bible to see what exactly is called “Good Ground”.
A good place to start is in Luke 8 where the Lord delivered a sermon on the parable of the sower and in the following verses from 8:12-15, He explained the 4 types of grounds that the words are received.
11 Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.
12 Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved.
13 They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away.
14 And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection.
15 But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.
We are told first that the seed is the Word of God.
When a seed is sown on such ground, the enemy will immediately come and eat the seeds sown. Believer with no depth of God’s word suffer such fate. This is because they hear but have no understanding of the word preached! They enter the Outer Court and wander around but they never even understand what really happened at the Brazen Altar when the lamb was sacrificed.
Believers with stony ground are those that will receive the word with joy for a while but soon they lose interest because of the rocky ground. Without sufficient depth the seeds are unable to grow. When temptation arises, they very quickly will succumb and fall away. Such believers have no root and will last but for a while. In the Outer Court they were curious to know why the Lord had to go the Cross and understand it but they proceed no further to the “Laver” to be washed and cleansed by the water of the word.
A believer with thorns is one that has a hardened heart that is choked with the cares and riches of the world, and with the thorns competing with each other, such a believer cares little for the word of God. His cares will take him away from regular attendance in Church to hear the word. Ultimately they will have no fruits to show. They could have through encouragement joined a ministry serving God. But the cares of the world soon affect him much to the extent that he, is unable to partake of what truly takes place in the Holy Place of the Tabernacle, where believers with a surrendered heart, partake of the bread and wine, receiving the anointing oil of the Holy Spirit and of worshipping God in spirit and in truth.
4. Seeds sown on good ground (8:15)
“But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience”
The is the place most true believers want to be – Most Holy Place of the Tabernacle. You will see that a believer with an honest and good heart understands the words preached. They just believe and receive them. They are able to retain the words in their hearts. They have fruits to show. They eventually have learned to receive the abundant “Life”. I believe Bible study sessions and meditation of the word are important lessons to adopt.
In verse 23, we see evidence that when the words are preached, such believers will grow and bear fruits.
So here we have the 4 keys to show us the 4 grounds how believers react to God’s word. How one receives will determine the size of the harvest, yes even one that is “a 1000 times more“!
I believe there are more conditions that, when adhered to, will allow a believer to receive the blessing. In an open heaven, there is no limit to the abundance of His supply. Yes, my God shall supply all my need according to His riches in Glory by Christ Jesus!
Then we must make efforts to select what we hear. How we hear from and “whom” we hear are both important. An anointed speaker can set a captive free. When such a speaker is in the meeting, the anointing can be felt and this is one reason how captives can be set free. The Bible teaches that the yoke of bondage is destroyed by the anointing because therein lies the dunamis power of God. Then we need to be passionate in wanting to study and meditate on the words. In an anointed atmosphere we receive and retain the words very well, with the result of bearing much fruits.
Also developing a personal relationship with the Lord is a “must have“. That’s when a believer faithfully spends quality times with the Lord. Without devoting to spending quality time with Him, I would not have been able to discern the voice of the Holy Spirit and write the daily devotional.
Amen, I hope this message will challenge you to draw closer to the Lord and to serve Him well.