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In Jesus’ parable of the sower, recorded in Matthew 13, Mark 4 and Luke 8, “the seed is the word of God” (Luke 8:11 Luke 8:11Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.
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). The story describes three reasons why some who hear God’s truth fail to bear spiritual fruit. It also reveals the state of mind of those who produce abundant fruit. Following is a paraphrased summary of the four examples given.

The seed that fell by the wayside and was eaten by birds illustrates how many people may hear some truth, but Satan the devil is responsible for their losing interest before they really study it, believe it and act on it.

The seed that fell on rocky soil illustrates how some people are initially enthusiastic about God’s truth, but they don’t put down deep spiritual roots. When they begin to suffer trials or persecutions because of their beliefs, they lack the faith and courage to continue, and so they wither like a thirsty plant in the sun.

The seed that fell among weeds and thorns illustrates how our lives can become overcrowded and spiritually starved, just like a plant surrounded by weeds becomes starved for sunlight, water and nutrients. Those weeds and thorns include “the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches [materialism],” “the desires for other things” and “cares, riches and pleasures of life” (Matthew 13:22 Matthew 13:22He also that received seed among the thorns is he that hears the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful.
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; Mark 4:19 Mark 4:19And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.
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; Luke 8:14 Luke 8:14And 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.
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“But he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty” (Matthew 13:23 Matthew 13:23But he that received seed into the good ground is he that hears the word, and understands it; which also bears fruit, and brings forth, some an hundred times, some sixty, some thirty.
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). Or, as Luke records, “those who, having heard the word with a noble and good heart, keep it and bear fruit with patience [or endurance]” (Luke 8:15 Luke 8:15But 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.
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Which of the above examples will apply to your life? GN