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0211-Beware of Thorns 提防荆棘

Matthew 13:7,22 And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up and choked them…. Now he who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the word, and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful.The third type of seeds that Jesus talked about in this parable suggests a double-minded kind of man. As the seeds fall in the midst of the thorns, the thorns are springing up because they have not been rooted out from the soil, so as the seed springs up amidst the thorns, they will choke out both the seed and the plant that has begun to grow, finally the choking chokes out all of the life of the seed.

We are used to “seeing is believing”. Although this group heard the Word, the cares of this world overwhelm them and money is still their security in life. These people are worried about their jobs and their future. The love of money and the deceitfulness of riches is the root of all evil because it causes men to put their trust in money rather than in God. Once Christians become worrisome or anxious about life, the Word is no longer in them.

The cares of this world will cause many of us to have stress points, and when these stress points are not managed properly, peace will depart from us and our homes. The Word will not be able to flourish in our lives and we will not experience the abundant life that we have in Christ.

Situation and circumstances will change, and faith in God and His Word will help you to see the changed circumstance, so speak what you are convicted of and act on what you believe!

If you belong to this category, God wants you to cast your cares on Him because He cares for you, and to make Him the source of your provision. Believe in the Lord’s goodness and provision so that you are immovable and not easily tempted by the lusts of the flesh and the eyes.

We need to allow the seed to germinate and take root, and we need to keep the Word and protect it from being stolen. Mediate on it by “chewing” on the Word until it becomes a part of your being, firmly established in the heart so that it will guard your minds.

Isaiah 26:3 You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You.

Sermon Series: Breaking Free – What Jesus Wants Us to Know


提防荆棘

马太福音13: 7, 22有落在荆棘里的,荆棘长起来,把它挤住了…撒在荆棘里的,就是人听了道,后来有世上的思虑,钱财的迷惑把道挤住了,不能结实。

耶稣在这比喻中所提到的第三类种子是指心怀二意的人。当种子落在荆棘里,荆棘长起来是因为它们还没从土壤中被连根拔出,因此种子在荆棘里生长,荆棘把种子和开始成长的幼苗挤住,而种子最终被挤死了。

我们习惯了“眼见为实”。虽然这群人听了道,却被世上的思虑所缠累,钱财仍是他们生命的保障。这些人为自己的工作和前程担忧。贪爱钱财和财富的迷惑是万恶之根,因为这使人信靠钱财而不信靠神。基督徒一旦变得忧心忡忡或为生活忧虑,神的道就不在他们里面了。

世上的思虑会使我们许多人有压力点,当这些压力点没有得到妥善处理时,平安将离我们与我们的家而去。神的道将无法在我们生命中茁壮成长,我们也将无法经历我们在基督里丰盛的生命。

局势和环境会改变,而对神的信心以及神的话语将帮助你面对改变的环境,因此按你的信念负担去言语,并照你所相信的去行事吧!

你若属于这类型人,神要你将一切忧虑交托给祂,因为神关爱你,并让祂成为你供应的源头。相信神的美善和供应,这样你就可以毫不动摇,也不会轻易被肉体和眼睛的欲望所诱惑。

我们需要让种子发芽扎根,我们要把神的话藏在心里并保护它不被偷走。透过“咀嚼” 来思想神的道,直到神的道成为你生命的一部分,在心中得以稳固建立,保守你的意念。

以赛亚书26: 3 坚心依赖你的,你必保守他十分平安,因为他依靠你。

讲章系列: 挣脱得自由 – 什么是耶稣想让我们明白的