1 And again He began to teach by the sea. And a great multitude was gathered to Him,
so that He got into a boat and sat in it on the sea;
and the whole multitude was on the land facing the sea.
2 Then He taught them many things by parables,
and said to them in His teaching:
3 “Listen! Behold, a sower went out to sow.
4 And it happened, as he sowed, that some seed fell by the wayside;
and the birds of the air came and devoured it.
5 Some fell on stony ground, where it did not have much earth;
and immediately it sprang up because it had no depth of earth.
6 But when the sun was up it was scorched,
and because it had no root it withered away.
7 And some seed fell among thorns;
and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no crop.
8 But other seed fell on good ground and yielded a crop that sprang up,
increased and produced: some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred.”
9 And He said to them, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”
Now, what is this telling me? About 1 in 4 in this room tonight is going to “get it.” There’s going to be a
group of people that don’t last past the door, and then there will be a group that lasts for just a couple of
days. He said, “There’s going to be only ONE group that will leave here and become an ACTIVE,
on-going part of their lives.” You have to decide which group you’re in.
10 But when He was alone, those around Him with the twelve
asked Him about the parable.
11 And He said to them,
“To you it has been given to know the MYSTERY of the kingdom of God;
but to those who are outside, all things come in parables,
12 so that
‘ Seeing they may see and not perceive,
And hearing they may hear and not understand;
Lest they should turn,
And their sins be forgiven them.’”
That right there really confounds me (verse 11). Jesus is saying, “This thing that I’m going to teach, My
whole ministry, My Kingdom, I am going to unfold the mystery of it, RIGHT HERE and give you
knowledge, that up until this point, only God has had. Only God has possessed what I’m getting ready to
show to you. And when you think of Heaven, THIS is the principle that Heaven operates off of.”
13 And He said to them, “Do you not understand this parable?
How then will you understand all the parables?
14 The sower sows the word.
15 And these are the ones by the wayside where the word is sown.
When they hear, Satan comes immediately
and takes away the word that was sown in their hearts.
>> You don’t want to be in this group.
16 These likewise are the ones sown on stony ground who,
when they hear the word, immediately receive it with gladness;
17 and they have no root in themselves, and so endure only for a time.
Afterward, when tribulation or persecution arises for the word’s sake,
immediately they stumble.
>> These are the folks saved on Sunday, and then are drunk two days later.
18 Now these are the ones sown among thorns;
they are the ones who hear the word,
19 and the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches,
and the desires for other things entering in
choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.
>> These are the ones that get under stress, and it’s going to either push you to God or away from
God. And these are the folks when adversity comes, the tend to go back to old habits – instead of
moving toward God in a cry for help.
20 But these are the ones sown on good ground,
those who hear the word, accept it, and bear fruit:
some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred.”
Now, here’s what we were talking about, but let me go back and say this: it is very common in the circles
of church, likened unto ours (I don’t know if I’ve ever been in one like this one), but Pentecostal circles,
charismatic churches, full gospel-filled churches, it is COMMON to want the super-natural to come in
only ONE form – and that is “instantaneous.”
The Bible says, “there is the WORKING of miracles.” Sometimes, a miracle has to be WORKED.
We think anything that miraculous (I don’t know who started teaching that), it if indeed is a miracle -
it’s sudden. It’s instantaneous. BUT, the Bible says, “Miracles is a gift and they are the WORKING
That many times, God’s outcome will be miraculous, BUT it will go through a PROCESS to get
there. You’ll get the miracle, but you’re going to have to walk out some things to get to that
intended end that God has. Everything does not come through prayer, touches and healing lines.
Sometimes, you’ve got to walk some stuff out.
Keep in mind – there are sudden miracles and I have experienced them. There are sudden breakthroughs
and sudden advances of the anointing God.
But, I can tell you by experience, there have been more things that I have had to WORK.
You have to push it out.
Ron Carpenter, Redemption World Outreach Church