In Luke 8:8, we read these words:
“Still other seed fell on fertile soil. This seed grew and produced a crop that was a hundred times as much as had been planted!” When he had said this, he called out, ‘Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand.’”New Living Translation
The Word of God is our seed. When we share the Gospel, this amazingly good news with others, there is much room for the Holy Spirit to work. The words “spiritual fruit” seem to come up a lot these days. I know, I haven’t spent as much time in the Word of God (the Bible) as I need to. But, I am choosing to take these moments, nightly moments, to sit with the Lord and study at my own pace.
Do you see the potential, depending on the person’s willingness to hear and receive the salvation of our Lord Jesus Christ?
There is no limit to what our Lord God can do on our behalf. When we share the Good News of our Lord Jesus Christ, we are doing our part. Sharing the Good News is our part. How others receive the Gospel is entirely between them and the God we know, love, and serve! This is where the Holy Spirit continues to work in their hearts. The Holy Spirit is working before we even get the thought to share the Gospel, so it wouldn’t be right to say “The Holy Spirit begins to work in their hearts.” He definitely does work in their hearts, but it’s a continuation work. And our God is FAITHFUL – friends!
Take heart and hold onto Philippians 1:6 –
“And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.”
The parable of the Sower really goes well with Psalm 20:4, in my opinion. It definitely goes with the Scripture we just went over.
May he grant your heart’s desires and make all your plans succeed.
The Holy Spirit is at work in our lives. As we seek the Lord in prayer and studying His Word, I believe He changes our desires – so they are aligned with God’s Will. So, that’s how our plans succeed when they are in line with God and His Will. The Lord isn’t going to allow something that will cause us to stop drawing near to Him. Some plans we have, will just hurt us and our relationship with the Lord. And the Lord knows that, and takes that into account – as we pray for that thing to come about. Our unanswered prayers can be big blessings, that keep us on the right track in life.
But the point is: the Lord will grant our heart’s desires. He will make our plans succeed. But the Scripture doesn’t say, it will all go according to “our” plans. Often times, our plans and desires need a bit of rearranging. The rearranging is painful, but it brings forth a closer relationship with the Lord Jesus and builds the spiritual fruit in our lives!