Luke 8:11–15 (NKJV) says, “Now the parable is this: The seed is
the word of God. Those by the wayside are the ones who hear;
then the devil comes and takes away the word out of their hearts,
lest they should believe and be saved. But the ones on the rock are
those who, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these
have no root, who believe for a while and in time of temptation
fall away. Now the ones that fell among thorns are those who,
when they have heard, go out and are choked with cares, riches,
and pleasures of life, and bring no fruit to maturity. But the ones
that fell on the good ground are those who, having heard the word
with a noble and good heart, keep it and bear fruit with patience.”
The 2nd group of people are those where the seed fell among the
rocks and were planted, but they had no root system. This group
received the Word, but it was not rooted in them. So when trials
came, they let go of the Word.
The 3rd group are the ones where the Word was choked out by
thorns. The thorns are the cares, pleasures and riches of life.
There is nothing wrong with pleasures and riches, but you can’t let
them dominate your life. Just like weeds will rob the plants of
their water and nutrients, the cares of life and pleasures can rob
you of the Word, if allowed to dominate you.
The 4th group is where the Word fell on good ground. The good
ground gave the seed an opportunity to grow! So how do we give
the Word an opportunity to grow? We put the Word into our
hearts by meditating upon it, and when trials and circumstances
come and try to make us think the Word isn’t working, we don’t
allow it!! You need to know the Word is true NO MATTER WHAT
HAPPENS! Make the Word a priority in your life and you will see
changes start to happen all around you.