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For the week of May 16, 2022 From Seed to Root to Fruit

We’ve all studied in school how physical fruit begins as a seed that needs good soil and uses a root system to grow to maturity. Spiritual fruit operates the same way. God’s Word is the seed that produces whatever we need for successful lives, but it must be sown into the fertile ground of receptive hearts. Spiritual fruit is the manifestation of everything good that God wants us to have; understanding the process of unlocking the seed allows us to receive what His grace has already made available.

Jesus used parables to teach people the importance of sowing seed into good ground so they could benefit from it; those teachings remain true even today. If God’s Word isn’t rooted deeply enough in us, we’ll back off from it when we encounter persecution after hearing it. This persecution is a deliberate attempt by the enemy to prevent us from receiving God’s favor. The devil tries to distract us and cause us to take our focus off the Word, but a double-minded person is unstable in all his ways.

The temptation to get involved in others’ issues always exists, but taking on someone else’s drama puts us at risk of uprooting the seed of God’s Word taking root in us. We must be careful of what we see and hear. What we process through our eyes and ears affects our thinking and, ultimately, our hearts. It’s imperative to guard our hearts with all diligence, because out of the heart springs the issues of life.

Our thoughts are powerful; what we think about the most is the thing we’ll do. Guarding against negative thinking involves going to the Word and doing what it says. Meditating on whatever is true, honest, just, and of good report empowers us for success. God gave us the seed of His Word specifically so that we could bear fruit; what’s hidden in it will eventually be manifested if we receive it by faith.

Prayer:

God, Your will is for us to understand the true meaning of Your Word so that we can apply it to our lives and succeed. All our provisions are contained in the seed of Your Word, which teaches us how to sow it in receptive hearts to produce fruit. Thank You. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Scriptures:

Matthew 13:3-8, 18-23

Mark 4:3-8, 14-20

James 1:8

Proverbs 4:23

Philippians 4:8
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