The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 4:4, that Satan is at work blinding the minds of people so that they can’t or don’t believe!
In Mark. 4, Jesus tells the familiar “parable of the sower”, in which He talks about different types of ground.
The first ground mentioned is “roadside ground” (wayside).
Then in verse 16, He said, “And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness;” Verse 17: STONY GROUND! “But endure only for a little while: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word’s sake, immediately they are offended.
The next ground mentioned in “THORNY GROUND”! They also hear the Word, but, the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful. This is not referring to problems, that’s the stony ground! This is actually talking about having an affection (desire or lust) for these things!
Then, of course, the last ground mentioned is “GOOD GROUND” such as hear the word, and receive it and bring forth fruit, some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred.
Most sermons I’ve ever heard about this parable usually poses the question in one way or another, “which ground are you?” Then we spend a lot of time soul searching and examining ourselves, trying to figure out the answer to this question. All of us of course, aspire to be the “good ground”, but because Satan is the “accuser of the brethren”, and diligently at work “blinding the minds” of those he can, most of us instead, see ourselves more suited to one of the other grounds mentioned, thus, failing, usually, to see ourselves enjoying the harvest of the 30, 60 or 100-fold in our lives! This message is NOT to get you to question what kind of ground you are? Instead, I hope to convince you, that the only ground you could possibly be, is “GOOD GROUND”! The reason you are “good ground”, is because you and I ARE NOT the ones preparing the ground! Let me ask you something, If God Himself was preparing the ground, what kind of ground do you think it would be? “Wayside”, “Stony”, “Thorny”? NO, He only prepares “GOOD GROUND”, and that’s what you are! Jesus said in John 15:1, “My Father is the Husbandman! God is the tiller or preparer of the ground! Eph. 2:10, For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. That means God Himself has prepared us to be “good ground”! Good ground that brings forth a harvest of 30, 60, and 100-fold!
Phil. 2:13 says, “For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.”
You are already “good ground”, and it’s time to believe that! Believe in the work that God has already done in you! God said in Ho 4:6 “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge!” Not knowing who we are and what God has made us to be and what we already possess will produce the same results as never having anything in the first place! 2Pe. 1:2 says, God’s divine power has given us everything we need for life and for godliness. This power was given to us through knowledge of the one who called us by his own glory and integrity.
It goes on to say in verse 4, “Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.” You are a “partaker of the Divine Nature”, but to experience that, you’ve got to believe it! You will never become someone you don’t believe you are! Or, another way of saying it, “You are who you believe you are!” The question is, do you believe who God says you are, or some other source, whether it be another person, or Satan, or even your own thoughts. Who do you believe you are?
2Co. 3:18 says, “But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.” What do you see when you look in a mirror? You see a reflection of yourself! This scripture is encouraging us to see the “glory of the Lord” when we look into a mirror, and what we can see, we are transformed into!
Beloved, you are so much more than you may think! Only God’s Word can accurately define you! Never look at yourself in the negative. Never let your circumstances define you. Never let the way you feel in the flesh define you. Never let Satan or other people define who you are. You are a masterpiece and nothing less!
You are “good ground”, capable of producing the 30, 60 and 100-fold harvest!