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turtle30cshell Daily Devotions For January 14, 2020
Sowing Of Love And Hope

Daily Devotions:
by Christina Farris

Mark 4:1-34 KJV
1 And he began again to teach by the sea side: and there was gathered unto him a great multitude, so that he entered into a ship, and sat in the sea; and the whole multitude was by the sea on the land.
2 And he taught them many things by parables, and said unto them in his doctrine,
3 Hearken; Behold, there went out a sower to sow:
4 And it came to pass, as he sowed, some fell by the way side, and the fowls of the air came and devoured it up.
5 And some fell on stony ground, where it had not much earth; and immediately it sprang up, because it had no depth of earth:
6 But when the sun was up, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away.
7 And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up, and choked it, and it yielded no fruit.
8 And other fell on good ground, and did yield fruit that sprang up and increased; and brought forth, some thirty, and some sixty, and some an hundred.
9 And he said unto them, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
10 And when he was alone, they that were about him with the twelve asked of him the parable.
11 And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables:
12 That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them.
13 And he said unto them, Know ye not this parable? and how then will ye know all parables?
14 The sower soweth the word.
15 And these are they by the way side, where the word is sown; but when they have heard, Satan cometh immediately, and taketh away the word that was sown in their hearts.
16 And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness;
17 And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word's sake, immediately they are offended.
18 And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word,
19 And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.
20 And these are they which are sown on good ground; such as hear the word, and receive it, and bring forth fruit, some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some an hundred.
21 And he said unto them, Is a candle brought to be put under a bushel, or under a bed? and not to be set on a candlestick?
22 For there is nothing hid, which shall not be manifested; neither was any thing kept secret, but that it should come abroad.
23 If any man have ears to hear, let him hear.
24 And he said unto them, Take heed what ye hear: with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you: and unto you that hear shall more be given.
25 For he that hath, to him shall be given: and he that hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he hath.
26 And he said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground;
27 And should sleep, and rise night and day, and the seed should spring and grow up, he knoweth not how.
28 For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear.
29 But when the fruit is brought forth, immediately he putteth in the sickle, because the harvest is come.
30 And he said, Whereunto shall we liken the kingdom of God? or with what comparison shall we compare it?
31 It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when it is sown in the earth, is less than all the seeds that be in the earth:
32 But when it is sown, it groweth up, and becometh greater than all herbs, and shooteth out great branches; so that the fowls of the air may lodge under the shadow of it.
33 And with many such parables spake he the word unto them, as they were able to hear it.
34 But without a parable spake he not unto them: and when they were alone, he expounded all things to his disciples.

In the process of listening to the second phase of the impeachment trial of President Donald J. Trump. I have to wonder what his children are thinking, though all but one is an adult to the events that continue to unfold while their father is still in office.The horror of looking back on all their father said and knowing the man he is, is probably taking a bit of a toll. Yet their silence because of their role in his office is clear, no one speak, unless told to do so. My concern not just for this Presidency but also the Congress, two house making a decision to end a historical coo of insurrection is it legally acceptible to storm our government. Is one man's words enough to excite rebels in our land or was there more going on? If it can be proven one word from one man could do great harm, then what do we fear one man or many great men with the same power. Words of protest from anyone can be dangerous. If not for the simple fact one word can mean one thing to many or none at all. What does this have to do with the story of the sower. Some would say you reap what you sow, but Christ would claim you sow and depending on where it falls how long it survives.

For many Christians the story of the sower is a simple story of how God sowed his word into their hearts and sowed the word of love and forgiveness to them. The story seemingly innocent enough because it retrospect it is about love and forgiveness being received and sprouting and growing in the hearts of others. Not all truly receiving it and some of the word of faith failing in places where it can not grow well or at all, while other seed grows and produces much more seed to be sown once more.

Where the word is sown so is gossip, and misgiving of the word is sprout by the enemy the devil. Those things that will destroy the word will grow beside the word. If you watch the impeachment you see where the gossip and misgivings are still playing among the House of Representatives. However no one knows who words are right, because we do not know what January 21 will hold as we all watch to see if future President Biden and Furture Vice President Harris appointment will happen with peace and healing. I do not know. Can a impeachment bring peace, or more insurrection, i have no clue. Why even ask, because simply this, we watch from the sidelines and see how words of hope and peace and war all effect our society.

How much more does the word of God when it is sown and spread produce love and hope. We have to ask if Christ could excite the crowd with his actions, his healing, his power, and his love and it would produce, how much can our own actions of love and hope produce by sharing Christ. Yet Christ was aware the thorns where growing up to choke out his own words.To destory the truth of his love if at all possible and yet it is impossible, for to hide the seed of God has a burning candle under a bed or bush, only causes a fire. Christ had to go away from the shore in a boat because of the crowd but used it to put space between him and the crowd to speak to them, to teach them parables, yet his disciples who were close to him would ask him to espounded on his teaching so they could understand, explain and teach others. To teach in parables spoke to the believers heart and to the non believer if the word did not take root, it at least was an interesting story to think on or to not remember after a few moments. God's grace to those that the word seems to be stolen, can only be seen, by the awareness of the type of soil or environment it was sown in. There is no production of God's word in bad soil. Yet sown in fertile soil, in soil that is healthy/prepared to receive that seed, with a little miracle grown pour on it begins to grow and produce.

If you sow love of Jesus, if you sow hope and faith, it will produce love. Yet production must be in the right soil so start praying God will prepare the soil where the seed is going to be sown. Pray that the seed to lands in good soil to produce in abundance. It only take a seed as small as a mustard seed of faith to produce a tree of faith that is strong, with a place for others to come and rest, eat, and find a place to nest in its branches. Great leaders of faith draw the crowd as Christ did. I met some leaders of faith that seem to never be short of people needing hope of Christ and looking for that hope within the shade of the tree of the leader, but until a person falls aways from that tree and faith take root in their heart(the fertile soil, it only enjoying the faith of another.) We must allow God's word to take root in our heart and to grow and not be snuffed out. God words wants to take root in the heart of the lost.

How many have taken evil word of hate that will not stand to root in their lives instead of choosing the good word of faith and love. I seen our President speak in love and hate both as if a war existed with the man. He desired goodness but the frustration of the things he could not change existed from his power. In truth the business world is much like that, but this is political world where words have to take root and sometimes take longer then a few days and a few months. In the religious world it only takes one miracle, one praise report of how God has changed a life, for the church(believers) world to rejoice, because they know the price of how Christ saved their own soul. They know the power of God's healing power and they know his power to do the impossible in the lives of his people, so let us spread the love of God and sow the power of God and the miracles of God so hope grows in the unbelievers heart. Better to sow love and hope then hate.

Dear Heavenly Father, help us to sow love, hope, peace, but also the truth of your power and your miracles you do in the lives of your people. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Continual Scripture Study: Galatians 6:6-10 KJV
6 Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things.
7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.
9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
10 As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.


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