i feel burdened of the Lord to share these things with you all. i pray that this would be a blessing to us all for the purposes of furthering the purposes of God. im sure we are all familiar with the parable of the sower and what it means concerning the word of God and the gospel of salvation. ill use the King James version since it is preferred and we can all be on the same page.
Mark Chapt 4 vs 3-9
3 Hearken; Behold, there went out a sower to sow: 4 And it came to pass, as he sowed, some fell by the way side, and the fowls of the air came and devoured it up. 5 And some fell on stony ground, where it had not 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 fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up, and choked it, and it yielded no fruit. 8 And other fell on good ground, and did yield fruit that sprang up and increased; and brought forth, some thirty, and some sixty, and some an hundred. 9 And he said unto them, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear
Then the explanation Mark chapt 4 vs 11-20
11 And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables: 12 That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them. 13 And he said unto them, Know ye not this parable? and how then will ye know all parables? 14 The sower soweth the word. 15 And these are they by the way side, where the word is sown; but when they have heard, Satan cometh immediately, and taketh away the word that was sown in their hearts. 16 And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness; 17 And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word's sake, immediately they are offended. F10 18 And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word, 19 And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts F11 of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful. 20 And these are they which are sown on good ground; such as hear the word, and receive it, and bring forth fruit, some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some an hundred.
There is something about this that the Lord revealed to me out of His own mercy that i hadnt seen before. Out of 4 types of soil, only 1 bore fruit. i dont think its a coincidence that this is so. The 4 types of heart received the word but only 1 type was suitable for the word to take root and bear fruit. What type of soil am i? What type of soil are you? Let us all go before God and have Him reveal this to us.
Then in Matthew chapt 7 13-14
13 Enter ye in at the strait F14 gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 14 Because F15 strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
In this portion of scripture the Lord tells us to go in through the narrow gate but also that few people will find it while many will go down the broad road of destruction. In Luke 13 vs 23-30the word says this:
23 Then said one unto him, Lord, are there few that be saved? And he said unto them, 24 Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able. 25 When once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are: 26 Then shall ye begin to say, We have eaten and drunk in thy presence, and thou hast taught in our streets. 27 But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity. 28 There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out. 29 And they shall come from the east, and from the west, and from the north, and from the south, and shall sit down in the kingdom of God. 30 And, behold, there are last which shall be first, and there are first which shall be last.
Why does Jesus keep saying to enter through the narrow gate/door or use the narrow road? Why does He say that only a few will find the mentioned entrances? I feel that this scripture answers the question, Proverbs 14 vs 12:
12 There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
How much of what we hold dear in terms of faith is really of God? we oft say that all that glitters is not gold and it is true in terms of faith too and even more so important to realize this as our very souls are on the line. Let us all pause and allow God to search us and make this clear and then purge our foolishnesses from us. As Paul says to us to work out our salvation with fear and trembling in Phillipians 2 vs 12, let us work out our salvation and live our lives for God with all diligence.
2:12Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling
We should constantly have the Lord examine us, our intents, words, beliefs our very interpretation of scripture to see that they are in line with Him. Far too often when we are confronted with an alternate view/interpretation of a passage of scripture we assume that it is wrong. Let us ask God to show us if we ourselves are wrong. We should not take our salvation lightly especially in light of what Christ has said concerning the sower and the narrow and wide roads.
Brethren the burden i feel now is to share that less people will enter heaven than believe they will. Brethren let us not be slack concerning this our salvation but strive for it daily with all diligence and fervor. God will not be mocked so let us fall on our faces and repent, repent, repent and repent some more for His judgment/correction/harsh grace is indeed upon us so let us hold fast to Him lest we be swept away. The Lord saved only 8 in the ark while the rest perished and went to hell, lets jump on this ark of salvation brethren.