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What are some of the results of my Insecurity?

Psalm 143:8 ..
8  In the morning let me hear about your faithful love,
    because I’ve put my trust in you.
Show me the way I should live,
    because I pray to you.

The Results of Insecurity

I'm sure you have seen or felt some of the areas where insecurity shows up in your life .. Now as you look back .. or stare at it as you look into the mirror .. it's time to turn your attention to its effects.

To start, insecure people have difficulty establishing good, lasting relationships with others. They simply cannot see how they could add value to anyone else’s life. This is a tragic loss, because every one of us needs deep and meaningful friendships to help us grow in our faith.

Also, men and women with insecurity are often seen as prideful or snobbish because they may lack the confidence to associate with others around them and it tends to cause them to withdraw from other people - which can easily be mistaken or perceived as an act of arrogance. They can thereby give the impression that they simply don’t want to be around others. What’s more, insecurity frequently leads to indecisiveness and fear. People can be so consumed with self-doubt that they can’t make any decision at all. They wonder, What if I make a mistake? Have you ever heard someone say ... "they feel like they are stuck in a rut"?

Well, so what if you make a mistake .. or wrong turn .. making mistakes is one of the best ways to learn how to do something correctly. Don’t be afraid to try. Even if you don’t succeed, you can at least rest in the fact that you did your best - or you can take this approach and ASK GOD: http://www.iaskgod.com/content/thought-conditioner-15

After a while, insecure people typically become angry. When they go so long feeling so poorly about themselves, they start to resent the success and happiness of others. Can you see how something as subtle as a lack of confidence can have a debilitating effect on one’s life? Don’t let such devastation affect your life or your relationships. Pray for the ability to recognize areas of self-doubt. And then take a step toward freedom today by asking the Lord to heal your insecurities.

A trememndous daily help can be found here: http://www.iaskgod.com/thought_conditioners  -- Bookmark your mobile device and read and visit often ..

Can I Identify My Own Insecurity?

 

Identifying Insecurity .. Read | Psalm 139:13-26

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/index.php?version=NASB&search=Psalm%20139:13-26

Let me ask you to do what may be an uncomfortable exercise. We’re going to examine statements that insecure people often make about themselves. As you read each one, ask yourself, Do I think similarly?

Insecure people make comments like these:
• Why bother trying? I’ll never get it right.
• Everyone is looking at me, just waiting for me to make a fool of myself.
• I’m a failure.
• I am ugly and awful to look at.
• I can never win. I’m just a loser.
• No matter how hard I work, I never get any recognition.
• I am incompetent at everything.
• Nobody could ever speak well about me.
• I have failed before—once a failure, always a failure.
• I don’t see how anyone could ever like, respect, or accept me.
• I don’t deserve to be treated well.
• I don’t fit here or anywhere else.
• Everyone else looks so put together. I feel quite out of it compared to them.
• I am an incomplete person, and nothing can change that.
• Why would anyone care to hear what I have to say?
• People are nice to me only when they want something from me.

Did any of the above statements ring true for you?

Prayerfully consider the ones that got your attention. Then, take those specific insecurities to the Lord, and allow Him to show you His truth in each area. God wants to set you free from anything hindering your spiritual development.

Every day .. come here - http://www.iaskgod.com/content/thought-conditioner-gems  and find the Thought Conditioning "Jewel" .. that God has for you. 

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Have You Named and Recalled Your Blessings?

Have You Named Your Blessings?

I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always offering prayer with joy in my every prayer for you all. PHILIPPIANS 1:3-4

“Count your many blessings,” the old song says, “name them one by one.” It seems the “common blessings” of life—family, friends, home, health—are the most frequently overlooked. It helps to realize that no blessing is just for the moment...it’s forever. Blessings “keep,” and when difficult times come, we can remember the ways God has blessed us in the past, being confident He will do the same in the future.

One man who understood this truth wrote a letter to a teacher who had taken special interest in him years before --- This was her reply: “Dear Willie: I cannot tell you how much your note meant to me. I’ m in my 80’s and live alone in a small room, lonely like the last leaf of summer, lingering behind. You’ll be interested to know that I taught school for 50 years, and yours is the first note of appreciation I have ever received. It came on a cold, blue morning, and it cheered me as nothing has in many years.” He got so excited by her reply that he wrote another letter of thanks, this one to a friend some distance away who had lost his wife. He received this letter in return: “Dear Will: Your letter was so beautiful, so real, that as I sat reading it in my den, tears fell from my eyes—tears of gratitude. Then, before I realized what I was doing I rose from my chair and called her name to show it to her, forgetting for a moment that she was gone. You will never know how much your letter has warmed my spirit; I have been walking about in the glow of it all day long.”

How long has it been since you have shown appreciation for the common blessings in your life? You have carried them in your heart for years. Isn’t it time thanksgiving for them spilled out and blessed someone else?

.. a Facebook Friend  .. some Tweets and twitters .. a hand-written note .. a card ..

Have You Named and Recalled Your Blessings?

Have You Named Your Blessings?

I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always offering prayer with joy in my every prayer for you all. PHILIPPIANS 1:3-4

“Count your many blessings,” the old song says, “name them one by one.” It seems the “common blessings” of life—family, friends, home, health—are the most frequently overlooked. It helps to realize that no blessing is just for the moment...it’s forever. Blessings “keep,” and when difficult times come, we can remember the ways God has blessed us in the past, being confident He will do the same in the future.

One man who understood this truth wrote a letter to a teacher who had taken special interest in him years before --- This was her reply: “Dear Willie: I cannot tell you how much your note meant to me. I’ m in my 80’s and live alone in a small room, lonely like the last leaf of summer, lingering behind. You’ll be interested to know that I taught school for 50 years, and yours is the first note of appreciation I have ever received. It came on a cold, blue morning, and it cheered me as nothing has in many years.” He got so excited by her reply that he wrote another letter of thanks, this one to a friend some distance away who had lost his wife. He received this letter in return: “Dear Will: Your letter was so beautiful, so real, that as I sat reading it in my den, tears fell from my eyes—tears of gratitude. Then, before I realized what I was doing I rose from my chair and called her name to show it to her, forgetting for a moment that she was gone. You will never know how much your letter has warmed my spirit; I have been walking about in the glow of it all day long.”

How long has it been since you have shown appreciation for the common blessings in your life? You have carried them in your heart for years. Isn’t it time thanksgiving for them spilled out and blessed someone else?

.. a Facebook Friend  .. some Tweets and twitters .. a hand-written note .. a card ..

Looking for help in your praying?

Looking for help .. in praying?

Romans 8:26-27 (NIRV) - 26 In the same way, the Holy Spirit helps us when we are weak. We don’t know what we should pray for. But the Spirit himself prays for us. He prays with groans too deep for words. 27 God, who looks into our hearts, knows the mind of the Spirit. And the Spirit prays for God’s people just as God wants him to pray.

Most Christians feel they need help in order to pray effectively. Even the apostle Paul admitted that he sometimes did not know how to petition the heavenly Father as he should. In the supernatural exchange between God and believers, the Holy Spirit acts as a vehicle for our communication, laying our needs and desires before the Father. I have often felt that the answer to any "praying dilemma" should be best answered by looking at what Jesus had to say to His Friends .. and Companions .. take a moment to read:  https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+6%3A5-14&version=NIRV  

We humans make our requests with a very limited knowledge of the future and an impaired sense of what is actually best for us. Consequently, circumstances arise that cause us to wonder how we should pray ... if we should pray .. or when we should pray - and my suggestion is to begin by ASKING GOD TO HELP YOUR FAITH ..

If all we know to ask is, “God, what is Your will?” then the Spirit, who knows the Father’s plans for us, tells Him of our need for understanding .. but how can we begin to "understand" if we do not know The Father? This is why I have always felt so strongly about the Lord's Prayer ... and the Names of God. We all like to be called by our "name" .. right?

Our Father does not hide His will from us - everything God wants to "reveal" to you about Who He Is .. What He Stands For .. is all in His Holy Name .. just take a moment in silence and see for yourself: http://www.iaskgod.com/content/names-god

God desires to equip believers with all the information necessary for making right decisions and for being continually conformed to the likeness of His Son, Jesus. Just as the Spirit carries our needs to God, He also clarifies the Father’s will to us and will open your eyes and heart to learn of Him.

Some people find the power of prayer intimidating .. yet Jesus of Nazareth Himself .. prayed daily — “Be careful what you pray for, because you might get it,” goes the old joke. Believers sometimes quit praying before receiving an answer, because they are fearful of making the wrong request - and there is no such thing as a wrong request in prayer .. the "answer" may not be what you now want or ask for .. but it will be what God wants for you. However, the Holy Spirit’s divine nature prevents Him from going before God with a petition that is outside the Father’s plan. Instead, He intercedes to make the right request .. the right way - He also impresses upon us the need to adjust our desires. Therefore, we can pray in every situation, knowing the Holy Spirit is our Helper.

Speaking To One Another - Without Love

Languages Without Love - (1 Cor. 13:1)

"If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love,  I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal"

Paul begins his discourse on love by stating the futility of languages without love. The Corinthians were enamored with the showy spiritual gifts, apparently to the neglect of those they deemed less spectacular (see 1 Cor. 12:12-31). One of the gifts they prized most highly was tongues, which was the Spirit-given ability to declare God's truth in a language unknown to the speaker but known to others who heard. Tongues were a sign to provoke unbelieving Jewish people to consider the gospel (1 Cor. 14:21-22). Its first occurrence was on the Day of Pentecost when the Spirit enabled those assembled in the upper room to proclaim the mighty deeds of God in the native languages of the Jews gathered in Jerusalem at the time (Acts 2:4-11).

The "tongues of angels" Paul mentions in 1 Corinthians 13:1 isn't the gift of tongues, as some suppose. He was simply using an exaggeration to emphasize his point, saying in effect, "If I had the ability to communicate with angels, it wouldn't do any good without love."

In Paul's day, the worship of Cybele and Dionysus, two pagan gods, incorporated speaking in ecstatic languages accompanied by blaring trumpets, smashing gongs, and clanging cymbals. I believe Paul was drawing from that well-known practice to say that whenever Christians attempt to minister apart from the Spirit and His love, it's no different than a pagan rite. It may look and sound like the real thing, but it's meaningless and useless for any spiritual benefit.

You should take advantage of every opportunity to minister your spiritual gifts to others. But as you do, be sure it's with love, in the energy of the Spirit, and in accordance with God's Word. Then you'll have a maximum impact as Christ uses your efforts for His glory.

Suggestions for Prayer:

Ask God to convict you whenever you attempt to exercise your spiritual gifts without love.

For Further Study:
Read Romans 12:1-21.
  What does Paul say about spiritual gifts?
  How are Christians to express brotherly love to one another?

How Can I Become a More Obedient Child of God?

How Can I Become a More Obedient Child of God?

Genesis 12:1-4

Obedience is a major characteristic of a person who is mighty in spirit and honors the Lord. Generally speaking, obedience characterized the faith of Abraham from his first encounter with God until his death.

We grow in obedience by having faith in the sovereignty of God. If we fail to believe in the Father’s sovereignty, we will find it difficult to obey Him. Abraham based his relationship with God on his confidence that the Lord would always do as He had promised (Rom. 4:20, 21). Faith comes by hearing the Word of God and responding in confident trust (Rom. 10:17). We will learn to trust Him as we study and meditate on His Word.

We grow in obedience by waiting for God’s timing. The Father is very time conscious—not in terms of minutes and seconds, but in regard to our acting in obedience according to His schedule. Throughout Scripture we find Him moving in “the fullness of the time” (Gal. 4:4). He is neither early nor late. He is always right on time.

We continue to grow in obedience by refusing to subject God’s plan to “common sense” or the reasoning of the world. Some things the Lord requires may look ridiculous from a human perspective. He told Abraham that he would have a son through whom He would bless the entire world. Yet the Lord allowed Abraham’s obedience to be severely tested—first by requiring him to wait nearly a quarter of a century before providing the promised provision, and later by requiring him to offer Isaac as a sacrifice. God knew the motive of Abraham’s heart. It was one of obedience. When it came time to complete the sacrifice, the Lord was the one who provided a ram to be used in Isaac’s place.

We grow in obedience by promptly responding in obedience. If you long to obey God, you will not hesitate when He tells you to do something. Many times we fail to obey the Father because we fear the consequences. Yet He never requires us to do anything outside His will for our lives. Our only responsibility is to obey; His responsibility is to take care of the consequences of our obedience.

Our sensitivity to God’s will increases as we obey Him. Along the way, He provides glimpses of the blessings waiting for us. God always blesses obedience. You can trust Him, obey Him, and be blessed. Or you can disobey Him and spend the rest of your life wondering what He would have done had you obeyed Him. Once you glimpse the blessings of obedience, however, the consequences no longer matter.

Adapted from "The Charles F. Stanley’s Life Principles Bible," 2008.

Questions you might consider ...

Why should I respond in obedience to God's call?
How do I respond to God's call with faith?
How should I respond to the opportunities God brings to me?
What kinds of opportunities does God give me to serve?

 

Religions and Secrets - Hidden From Their Faithful For Years

The Catholic Secret - Hidden From Their Faithful For Years

I attended Catholic schools all my life from grades 1 -12  .. and as a member of Catholic family .. went to Mass every Sunday .. and all the Holy Days etc. etc. - but find it most interesting how the Catholic Church .. and Catholic Schools all left off some very important issues related to the History of Catholicism .. as a grown man doing my own searching of God's Word .. and some study of the past .. I have come to know some things that are still not taliked about much in the Catholic Church ... or was not ever discussed in any I attended untill I quit going about 4 years ago ..

As I have had conversations with my own "elderly" parents over the years .. and I was able to asked questions because I was a grown man .. I discovered some really disturbing things about the so-called "Universal Church" ..

Whe I asked why we never opened .. never read from the big table Bible that sat on our living room table all the years of my life at home ... my Mom clearly answered - "we can't interpret the Bible, we would need a priest for that" .. it is no wonder so many baptized Catholics have become so dissillusioned with the catholic Church today. Then if you couple that with all the bad press about abusive priests - It Is Sickening! AQll I remember about hearing the name of Luther .. it was associated with "Lutherans" .. and we even had some of those churces down the street from my house - and I heard very "clearly" ... the professed statements that made it very clear that if you are not Catholic - then you are going to die and go to Hell .. the "protestants" included all the Baptists .. Lutherans, Episcopaleans etc. etc.

The Protestant Reformation began when one man by the name of Martin Luther (1483–1546), rediscovered the doctrine of faith. The Catholic church in medieval times had wandered so far from God’s Word that it actually taught that people could escape God’s
punishment for sin through good works, including the performance of rites and rituals of the church. ( sounds a lot like today too ) ..  The church even taught that full or partial remission of sin could be purchased for cash through so-called “indulgences”—a kind of spiritual Ponzi scheme the church hierarchy used to finance the construction of elaborate cathedrals.

Martin Luther, a German monk and a brilliant Bible scholar, was reading in Romans 1 when he was struck by these words of the apostle Paul: “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, ‘The righteous shall live by faith’” (Romans 1:16-17). Luther had read those words many times before, but this time, the meaning of those words jumped out at him in a fresh and powerful way: “The righteous shall live by faith”! In Romans, and also in Galatians 3:11, Paul echoed the Old Testament prophecy of Habakkuk 2:4: “but the righteous shall live by his faith.” Luther also realized that this emphasis on faith dovetailed with the words of Jesus to Nicodemus: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16, emphasis added). It must have come as an incredible shock for Martin Luther to realize that the teachings he had lived by and taught to others were at odds with the teachings of God’s Word in Scripture. Suddenly he understood why, even as a scholar in the church, he had never had any assurance that his sins were forgiven. Suddenly he understood that the sale of indulgences, which permitted the rich to buy absolution while condemning the poor to purgatory or hell, made absolutely no sense according to Scripture.

The moment he realized that the righteous shall live by faith, the light of the gospel broke through the clouds of his confusion and illuminated his soul. The rediscovery of faith as the mechanism of salvation was the spark that ignited the Protestant Reformation. Six centuries have come and gone since Martin Luther made his world-changing rediscovery of faith. Yet even today, many still teach the erroneous doctrine that salvation is a matter of human works - take a look at today's Religons and look into what they teach as the Doctrine of Salavtion? Which God do they proclaim as The Most High God? (El Elyon) .. Jesus Christ, The Son of God .. or some other .. like NO GOD AT ALL in Atheism or what about - Baha'i, Black Muslim, Buddhism, Christian Science, Eastern Cults, Freemasonry, Greek Orthodox, Hinduism, Humanism, illuminati, Islam, Muslims, Jehovah's Witness, Kabbalah, Moonies, Unification Church, Mormons, New Age, Yin Yang, Roman Catholic, Russian Orthodox, Scientology, Seventh-Day Adventist, Unitarian, Universalism, Witchcraft, Wicca, Satanism  .. and then as we look at God's Words in Romans 10:3-4 what do we find ..  "For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth."

In James 2, the apostle demolishes that false doctrine and explains the delicate balance between faith and works. Actions Speak Louder than Words Here we come to one of the most famous passages in the epistle of James. It’s a passage that has often been misinterpreted over the years, even though its meaning is not difficult or obscure in any way. James writes: What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. You alone, but James teaches salvation by works.” The only way you can claim that James and Paul contradict each other is by interpreting both writers either carelessly or dishonestly. The key words in James 2 are: “if someone says he has faith.” James is saying, in other words, “Watch out for those who claim to be believers, yet whose lifestyle does not match up with the Christian faith.” Another way to paraphrase James is the old adage, “Actions speak louder than words.”

In our modern era .. The Christian gospel is often presented as a matter of simple "believism" .. saying in effect .. If you believe in a certain RELIGION .. or practice a certain "religion" .. or listen to so-and-so ... then your Faith saves you .. Sometimes, Christian preachers and evangelists present the gospel in a way that suggests that all you have to do is “receive Jesus as your Savior,” and you are saved.

I am no man's judge .. so please do not take this as a "judgement" .. but I am convinced that many of us have "head-knowledge" and accept Jesus as Our Savior ... we "know" and believe in our minds that Jesus Christ died on the Cross at Calvary on what we practiced and learned as Good Friday ( as Good Catholic boys and girls ) ... but ( and I am speaking for myself ) .. we do a poor job of living with Jesus as Our Lord. We all need to ask ourselves, “If Jesus is not the Lord of my life, then is he truly my Savior?”

PLEASE DO NOT GET THE IDEA ... that if Jesus is your Lord - YOU WILL NOT SIN OR STUMBLE - you most certainly will!  I’m saying that if Jesus is truly the Lord of Our Life .. we will always repent of our sins ... and return to him ... trusting that His Blood paid the price for our sins .. Once .. and that once --- was for all our sins - past, present and future. This is quite a contrast to the teaching of "going to confession" ... and saying some special words to a priest sitting in a little closet .. Authentic faith will make a difference in your life - a difference that people will be able to see.

You can freely read, research, and reference Scripture on your desktop, laptop, tablet, smartphone anywhere in the world - Africa, The Middle East .. China or anywhere else .. in more than 70 languages and more than 180 versions! Its simple yet advanced searching capabilities allow you to quickly find and compare particular passages in multiple Bible translations based on the keywords, phrases, topics, or Scripture references you have in mind.

Women - how does God Feel about women personally?

Have you cut yourself off from those around you?  .. Take hold of your Savior’s hand today, and start experiencing the joy of His acceptance  .. as you see Jesus Talking With a Woman From Samaria at the well.

Do women seek to be wanted? .. or to be UNDERSTOOD? .. Understanding – so that a woman does not feel the need to have to explain herself .. Women want a friend - Right?

Women want to feel special, right? .. they expect "Honesty" .. but not too much of it if it's personal .. right?

Caring women want a man to "KNOW" .. that she matters - right? .. and they want a man of "Strength" – especially strength of Character - right? .. and one who has "Compassion" and can show her He is capable of loving - true?

Now Read This Story from ...  John 4:1-16

One reason women at times have a weak view of men is because of their weak view of Jesus. Our Faith "view of Jesus" begins with our faith view of God is sometimes faulty... and that might be for many various and sundry reasons - where we live, our age, how we were taught and so forth - or maybe the real world view of our own father? We've heard the prayer .. Our Father In Heaven - Hallowed Be Thy Name -- right? .. so it's not totally surprising, after all, GOD IS BIG .. He is so out there .. how could we ever truly get an accurate picture of what GOD looks like? ... How Does GOD act? .. or HOW DOES GOD FEEL about us personally?

Knowing that we would need a way to understand Him, our heavenly Father revealed Himself through His Son - JESUS .. And when scripture syas ..  “the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us” (John 1:14).  The better we get to know Jesus, the more we will understand the Father (14:9). And when we take a look at the way Jesus treated the people around Him, we get a good illustration of God’s love.

Think about the woman at the well in today’s Scripture passage. This was a person who had been outcast by society ... The fact that she came to draw water during the heat of the day (4:6), a time when no one else would be around, indicates that her exclusion from the townspeople was not just their idea; she herself felt the need to stay isolated. - maybe today you feel "isolated" .. imagine what women in the Middle east must feel .. women in China .. isolated .. outcasts .. of little value? .. Poor Self image?

But what did Jesus do?  .. pay very close attention to How Jesus Treats Women ..

He loved her. He accepted her. He gave her what no one else would give: attention and respect. That is what Jesus does for us as well - all of us! The Lord does not want us burdened by guilt, shame, or heartache. Nor does He want us to be secluded from other people. Instead, He calls us to become active participants in His kingdom ... The Kingdom of God that is within you .. and about you ..

Have you cut yourself off from those around you? Take hold of your Savior’s hand today, and start experiencing the joy of His acceptance.

WOMAN .. WOMEN .. God Knows What You Need, Better Than Men - why is it that you do not turn to Him first? ..

Prayer and Study Suggestion http://www.iaskgod.com/the-lords-prayer

The Story of the Farmer and YOU and Me .. TODAY

Matthew 13:1-23 (NIRV)

The Story of the Farmer

13 That same day Jesus left the house and sat by the Sea of Galilee. 2 Large crowds gathered around him. So he got into a boat. He sat down in it. All the people stood on the shore. 3 Then he told them many things by using stories.

He said, “A farmer went out to plant his seed. 4 He scattered the seed on the ground. Some fell on a path. Birds came and ate it up. 5 Some seed fell on rocky places, where there wasn’t much soil. The plants came up quickly, because the soil wasn’t deep. 6 When the sun came up, it burned the plants. They dried up because they had no roots. 7 Other seed fell among thorns. The thorns grew up and crowded out the plants. 8 Still other seed fell on good soil. It produced a crop 100, 60 or 30 times more than what was planted. 9 Those who have ears should listen.”

10 The disciples came to him. They asked, “Why do you use stories when you speak to the people?”

11 He replied, “You have been given the chance to understand the secrets of the kingdom of heaven. It has not been given to outsiders. 12 Everyone who has that kind of knowledge will be given more. In fact, they will have very much. If anyone doesn’t have that kind of knowledge, even what little he has will be taken away from him. 13 Here is why I use stories when I speak to the people. I say,
“They look, but they don’t really see.
    They listen, but they don’t really hear or understand.

14 “In them the words of the prophet Isaiah come true. He said,
“‘You will hear but never understand.
    You will see but never know what you are seeing.

15 The hearts of these people have become stubborn.
    They can barely hear with their ears.
    They have closed their eyes.
Otherwise they might see with their eyes.
    They might hear with their ears.
    They might understand with their hearts.
They might turn to the Lord, and then he would heal them.’ (Isaiah 6:9,10)

16 “But blessed are your eyes because they see. And blessed are your ears because they hear. 17 What I’m about to tell you is true. Many prophets and godly people wanted to see what you see. But they didn’t see it. They wanted to hear what you hear. But they didn’t hear it.

18 “Listen! Here is the meaning of the story of the farmer. 19 People hear the message about the kingdom but do not understand it. Then the evil one comes. He steals what was planted in their hearts. Those people are like the seed planted on a path. 20 Others received the seed that fell on rocky places. They are those who hear the message and at once receive it with joy. 21 But they have no roots. So they last only a short time. They quickly fall away from the faith when trouble or suffering comes because of the message. 22 Others received the seed that fell among the thorns. They are those who hear the message. But then the worries of this life and the false promises of wealth crowd it out. They keep it from producing fruit. 23 But still others received the seed that fell on good soil. They are those who hear the message and understand it. They produce a crop 100, 60 or 30 times more than the farmer planted.”

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