“And He said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the Kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand. 11 Now the parable is this: The seed is the Word of God. 12 Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and take away the Word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. 13 They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the Word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away. 14 And 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. 15 But 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.” Luke 8:10-15.
Many have a head knowledge of the Word of God, including satan himself, and he is still the devil. The Word of God is only revealed to the Child of God with “…an honest and good heart, having heard the Word, keep it…”. Those that “hear” the Word and then “keep” the Word are those that are given to know the mysteries of the Kingdom of God…not those that “hear” and then “quote” but those that hear and then keep God’s Word.
Regrettably, we often attempt to discern the ground we are planting and not the seed we are planting according to the Word of God. In other words, we change the Seed (The Word of God) to fit the ground instead of allowing the Seed to change the ground. “For the Word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12. The Word of God is the discerner of the heart, not us. Whether It falls on rocky ground or good ground, is not up to us to discern – we just plant the Seed.
Furthermore, we don’t plant tares to grow wheat, we plant wheat to grow wheat. In an attempt to lure the lost into religious organizations, the religious plant tares instead of wheat. Then when the tares are revealed as tares and not wheat, the religious blame the tares for being tares…you will know them by their fruit (Matthew 7:20). When the religious plant religious tares, they get religious tares. When the Word of God is planted, the Word of God discerns the heart.
“Of these things put them in remembrance, charging them before the Lord that they strive not about words to no profit, but to the subverting of the hearers. Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that need not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth.” 2 Timothy 2:14-15. Stop discerning the ground and discern the seed you are planting by the Word of God and allow the Word of God to discern the heart. -Donna Clark Warren