THE PARABLE OF PROSPERITY

Scripture: Matthew 13:18-23  Therman E. Evans - Morning Star Sermon In Action
Supporting Scriptures: 2 Corinthians 5:7 & 9:10, Romans 10:9, John 1:1-4 & 6:63, Psalm 118:7
Scriptural Focus: THE PARABLE OF PROSPERITY

Sermon Highlights:

  • The kingdom of God is all about being fruitful
  • This is the parable of sower from the perspective of a sower
  • BE A SOWER! A sower = is faithful, a dreamer, visionary, worker, doer, one who takes action, gets something done
  • A sower can look at what is, declare what it will be, & with God’s help, makes it happen!
  • God gives seed to the sower (me) – one who gets something done
  • A sower has faith. I am a sower by faith. A person of action who stands up to satan, the status quo, fear
  • I can make something grow right here, in this soil RIGHT HERE!
  • Focus on MY soil! Only haters don’t want me to grow, be fruitful & prosper
  • Sowers are serious! Sowers will do what is necessary! Sowers want fruit, expect fruit & will have fruit! Sowers gotta get fruit to get seed
  • A sower must be a rock breaker, weed-wacker, thorn tearer! Rocks = hard places, pathways, dry places (can’t get comfortable with the rocks!)
  • Sowers know soil!
  • Seed = idea, thought, concept, vision, dream, promise, perfect, complete, nothing missing, life-changing, life-impacting, life-transforming
  • Seed = The word of God. Seed is alive! Seed is life! Seed is Love! The word of God has life, wholeness
  • All seeds are small, some invisible. The seed is whole, perfect – everything God said is in it! My victory, abundance, prosperity is in the word of God. The word of God does the work
  • ALL soil receives seed! God still puts seed on my messed up soil! (Thank God!)
  • God knows I got some stuff in my dirt!
  • The seed is what the sower sows
  • God expects me to make something from my seed – to get what is in it to come out
  • The seed must be taken care of – watered, fed & fertilized. I water & fertilize my seed by my faithfulness, my prayer, my worship, my affirmations –  speak it!
  • Worship & praise God for who He is!
  • I am the soil, the soil is ME (my soul, my life, my mind, my thinking)! I am dirt!
  • I’m imperfect soil. God is STILL working on me, has work to do on me
  • Be a good mulberry bush!
  • I can’t be fruitful by myself. Dirt can do nothing on its own. Dirt must always have something placed in it to be fruitful
  • Soil can’t sow its own seed. Soil must receive seed
  • God wastes nothing! I can make a decision to change
  • I don’t determine when I’m going to see something. WHEN is always in the hands of God – and He always multiplies what has been sown
  • There are blessings in the air! I believe it’s my time! The wait is over!
  • Thank you God for your spirit!

Sermon In Action - Suggested Activities:

  • DAILY AFFIRMATIONS:Say at least 10x per day, throughout the day as passionately as possible and as early as possible in the day… (Add your favorites)
  • I AM A SOWER!
  • SOWERS ARE SERIOUS!
  • SOWERS KNOW SOIL!
  • ALL SOIL RECEIVES SEED!
  • I AM THE SOIL, THE SOIL IS ME!
  • THERE ARE BLESSINGS IN THE AIR!
  • MY WAIT IS OVER!
  • IF I REMAIN FAITHFUL GOD WILL MAKE ME FRUITFUL!
  • Faith is ALWAYS rewarded!

Write the affirmation(s) that resonate(s) the most ( or, print on computer – large font) and place it in several prominent places: your living space, your work space (if you are able), your car, bathroom mirror, near your bed… wherever it will be visible and can serve as a constant reminder of how you should be thinking, feeling, being and, of what you should be doing.

  • Read and apply scripture: Read the focus passage. What is one step you can take this week to ensure your soil is good soil? Identify a rock or two in your life and take a step towards breaking them up…
  • Reflect & Write: Think about a harvest you would like to receive. How large would you like it to be? How long lasting would you like it to be? Write down the seed you must sow in order to reap that particular harvest. What type of seed are you currently sowing? What harvest are you reaping from THOSE seeds?Reflect and then write about it.
  • Testify: Speak to your soil! Tell someone about a time when God deposited perfect seed in your dirt through a sermon message, a song, something you read, a conversation with a stranger. Don’t forget to include a description of the harvest you reaped from that seed!
  • Creative Application: Place a few small seeds from a fruit, vegetable or plant in a small plastic bag or envelope. Place that bag or envelope in your pocket or purse and carry it with you this week. When you see or feel the rocks (difficulty, people, places or things that challenge your character), weeds (worry and illusions about getting more and wanting everything under the sun) and thorns (painful experiences) of life, take out your seeds and remember this sermon. Affirm that you are good soil and you will produce a harvest!
  • Gratitude: Say “thank-you God” for all the seeds you have been given – those you are aware of and those you have not identified as yet.  Demonstrate your gratitude with faith by tending to your soil and seeds every day.

May God bless you

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