Luke 8. Forum Discussion

Discouragement and perseverance

For today’s lesson, we will be looking at the Parable of the Sower and the related topics of disappointment and perseverance. Disappointment is a part of life, so is perseverance. God uses difficult times to teach us and to help us mature spiritually. Consider the following scripture found in Paul’s letter to the Romans:

“And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance;  and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope;  and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” – Romans 5:3-5.

When we stop focusing on the things of this earth, and focus instead on the things above, we will begin to see life’s disappointments as opportunities to grow.

“Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.” - Colossians 3:2.

Getting to this point in our faith is a process; some may even call it a transformation. The transformation may take time, but it will happen, if we soften our hearts and open our minds to God's possibilities.

“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” – Romans 12:2.

FOCUS SCRIPTURE – The Parable of the Sower

“When a large crowd was coming together, and those from the various cities were journeying to Him, He spoke by way of a parable:  “The sower went out to sow his seed; and as he sowed, some fell beside the road, and it was trampled under foot and the birds of the air ate it up. Other seed fell on rocky soil, and as soon as it grew up, it withered away, because it had no moisture.  Other seed fell among the thorns; and the thorns grew up with it and choked it out.  Other seed fell into the good soil, and grew up, and produced a crop a hundred times as great.” As He said these things, He would call out, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”

His disciples began questioning Him as to what this parable meant. And He said, “To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God, but to the rest it is in parables, so that seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand.

“Now the parable is this: the seed is the word of God.  Those beside the road are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their heart, so that they will not believe and be saved.  Those on the rocky soil are those who, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no firm root; they believe for a while, and in time of temptation fall away.  The seed which fell among the thorns, these are the ones who have heard, and as they go on their way they are choked with worries and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to maturity.  But the seed in the good soil, these are the ones who have heard the word in an honest and good heart, and hold it fast, and bear fruit with perseverance.” – Luke 8:4-15.

This parable lets us know there will be times when we are trying to plant seeds to glorify God and they are not going to bear any fruit. That type of rejection can be discouraging. To help us persevere, we need to remind ourselves that we are not the only people to face disappointments.

The same thing happened to Jesus. Not every person that heard Him or saw Him became a follower of His. Judas would be a perfect example of that. Not only did Judas not become a follower, Judas betrayed Jesus and turned Him over to be crucified.

But Jesus did not allow rejection to deter Him from fulfilling His purpose.

There is an old saying, “Do not let what you cannot do stop you from doing what you can do.”

We cannot stop planting seeds just because some of the seeds that we plant do not produce fruit. We must remind ourselves that other seeds will; and that it is God, not us, that is providing the increase. 

As Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 3:6-7:

“I planted, Apollos watered, but God was causing the growth.” 

Luke writes in verses 15:

“But the seed in the good soil, these are the ones who have heard the word in an honest and good heart, and hold it fast, and bear fruit with perseverance.”

Notice how Jesus says that the seed in the good soil are the ones who have, “Heard the word in an honest and good heart, and hold it fast, and bear fruit with perseverance.” We can take two things from this verse:

  1. For them to bear fruit, they need to have first, “Heard the word,” which also means that somebody needed to take the time to teach them. That is why it is so important for us to share the Gospel with others. We never know what fruit the seeds that we are planting will produce.
  2. Jesus talks about bearing fruit with perseverance. He did not have to add the part about perseverance, but He did. As we ourselves work to bear fruit to the glory of God, Satan will try to stop us and will put obstacles in our path. We must persevere through adversity and continue to plant seeds. Others will water, and God will provide the increase. 

In conclusion, disappointment and perseverance go hand and hand. As we grow in our faith, we should work to see disappointments as opportunities to learn, and to grow. This pleases God and helps us to realize our full potential as Christians.

Thank you for joining us today. Please join us again tomorrow as we look at Luke 9. We will be focusing on what the Bible says about rejection. May God’s blessings be upon you until then.  Amen

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Pat

During this pandemic we are somewhat isolated and it is harder to share the word of God, But as our lives have taken on a slower pace we can take more time to nurture our seed by reading scripture and sharing out thoughts in this kind of format. Time can be taken to contemplate more deeply who God is and dig down deeper to our roots and see what God wants from us as we grow. One way to spread his message is to reach out to those who are all alone and need to be “watered “with a friendly communication. I suggest that today we try to do that.

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Michael
Pat

Appreciate your comments Pat. Thank you!

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Prophet Lowery - Author of THE LAWLESS CHURCH

Every parable of Jesus promotes the commandments and judgments of The Law (seed, word of God, mysteries of the kingdom of God). The Kingdom of God is not a place in eternity future, but the 'here and now' experience of peace, joy, health, promotion, provision, and influence promised to those Believers who will obey His commandments and judgments. Only the obedient Believer, then and now, can be called a disciple. When Jesus calmed the sea and healed the woman and drove away demonic forces, He demonstrated that He (THE LAW made flesh), creation, the commandments and judgments of The Law, healing, opposition to demonic forces in our life, and a blessed life are synonymous spiritual realities. - THE LAWLESS CHURCH, Prophet Lowery

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Dan

Thank you for sharing this word of encouragement!

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Dan

Perseverance would not be needed if life were perfect, would it?

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