Today’s Verse

But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it; yet hath he not root in himself but endureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended.

Matthew 13:20-21

Tuesday, January 11

Being confident in your salvation is a theme in the New Testament. In fact, Jesus often taught about this subject. Sadly, we all have met someone who once professed Christ but now they are far away from Him. What happened?

In Matthew 13, we find The Parable of the Sower. The sower goes out to broadcast his seed in the field. Some seed fell by the “wayside” or on the hard path around the field and were eaten by birds. Some seed fell in the “stony places.” Some seed fell among thorns and were choked out. Some seed fell in the fertile or good ground of the field and produced an abundant harvest. Jesus explained in verse 21 what the seed which fell on the stony ground represents. There are those who pray a prayer, walk down a church aisle and perhaps even receive baptism, but they eventually walk away from the Lord forever. Why? They were never rooted and all it took was some offense that caused them to walk away from the Lord.

This is why it is vital that we never stagnate in our faith and we are always growing as that newborn babe desiring the pure Word of God.

Is your faith firmly planted in the fertile soil of our Lord Jesus?

Weekly Memory Verse

For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ

Ephesians 3:14

"I have wondered what the Ten Commandments would have looked like if Moses had run them through the U.S. Congress."
- Ronald Reagan

Pastor Armstrong

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