Welcome to April.
We thank God for His goodness and the mercies He has shown to us throughout the last 12 months of the global pandemic. Our prayers will continually ascend to God’s throne room for all His children that have been attacked with sicknesses, untimely death, various trials, and challenges. We know that: “The righteous person may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all” (Psalm 34:19).
Friend, our faith in Christ and His love for us, makes us overcomers and more than conquerors. (1John 5:4, Romans 8:37).
“For everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.” (1 John 5:4).
“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” (Romans 8:37).
In this fourth month of the year, we want to focus on building and restoring our foundation on good soil. The bible describes in Matthew 13:18-23 the four types of soil and conditions of the heart concerning our response to God’s Word.
“Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in their heart. This is the seed sown along the path. The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful. But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty, or thirty times what was sown.” (Matthew 13:18-23)
Friend, this month we will root out and overthrow three types of soil and conditions of the hearts as described above (Matthew 13:18-22). It is my prayer that the foundation of your life, family, finances and ministry will be built on the fourth type of soil; one which is a good soil for understanding the Word of God, one with deep roots and manifests the fruit of the Spirit, so that we will bring forth a hundredfold fruit to the glory of Christ, (Matthew 13:23, Galatians 5:22-23).
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things, there is no law.” (Galatians 5:22-23)
As you sow the Word of God in the good soil of an understanding and obedient heart, may you reap a harvest of fruits with abundant joy in this month.
“Those who sow with tears will reap with songs of joy.” (Psalm 126:5).