I’m not referring to material blessings, which are natural for humans to recall. There is more to recall than what is visible. They are more real than what we see. Like someone flying tens of thousands of feet above the sea level, unaware of the atmosphere outside the cabin, the atmosphere we live in determines a great deal. Does it make you remember or forget God? It is God’s desire that we remember what He has done for us through His Son.

The Holy Spirit said in Hebrews 2:1-4, “Therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away. For if the word spoken through angels proved steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just reward, how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him, God also bearing witness both with signs and wonders, with various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit, according to His own will?”

We must not forget how costly it was for the Father to send His own Son to die and rise again on our behalf. We must also remember He sent the Holy Spirit to guide us through life on earth. He came down from heaven “like the rushing of a violent tempest blast, and it filled the whole house in which they were sitting?” Yes! The Most High sent His Spirit to the earth to abide in His own. He entered the world with the force of a mighty rushing wind. Stronger and more formidable than a departing jet’s noise. Kings and world leaders enter an arena accompanied by a siren blast and a large entourage. The Most High is incomparable. He is magnificent. He embodies majesty. He is filled with glory, honor, and authority. He is the Master of the entire universe.

Have you forgotten that it was said in Hebrews 12:18; “For you have not come [as did the Israelites in the wilderness] to a [material] mountain that can be touched, [a mountain] that is ablaze with fire, and to gloom and darkness and a raging storm…”

And He said, “But rather, you have come to Mount Zion, even to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to countless multitudes of angels in festal gathering, And to the church (assembly) of the Firstborn who are registered [as citizens] in heaven, and to the God Who is Judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous (the redeemed in heaven) who have been made perfect, And to Jesus, the Mediator (Go-between, Agent) of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood which speaks [of mercy], a better and nobler and more gracious message than the blood of Abel [which cried out for vengeance]. So see to it that you do not reject Him or refuse to listen to and heed Him Who is speaking [to you now]. For if they [the Israelites] did not escape when they refused to listen and heed Him Who warned and divinely instructed them [here] on earth [revealing with heavenly warnings His will], how much less shall we escape if we reject and turn our backs on Him Who cautions and admonishes [us] from heaven?” Hebrews 12: 22-25 (AMPC).

Whether we like it or not, this is more real than what our physical eyes can see. The Lord admonishes us that we see to it that we do not reject Him or refuse to listen to and heed Him Who is speaking. The Spirit of the Lord expressly speaks to God’s people. Are you paying enough attention to Him?

The Holy Spirit came down to the earth shortly after the Lord Jesus ascended to heaven. He has been here since. He has not gone back a day. Though He is everywhere, His primary assignment is on this earth. Have you forgotten? The earth crowds our knowledge of Him with all the hustle and bustle of life.

Forget not the Mighty One that entered the earth over two thousand years ago like a mighty rushing wind, though He is not a wind. His presence was announced in power. He is here on earth for us. He is in you and I. The Father sent Him to show us the truth. To lead us in the paths of life. To guide us into all truth.

Oh! Your senses have caused you to forget who He is. You have not spent enough time cultivating your relationship with Him to be close to Him, despite the fact that He is in and with you. Yet you forget the majority of the time.

The Parable of the Sower

In Matthew 13, the Lord Jesus gave a wonderful parable of a sower who went out to sow seeds. He said some seeds fell by the road side, some on the rock, some among the thorns and some on a good ground. His explanation of the parable was shocking as it relates to our day to day life; or rather the possible state of our mind. A very shocking revelation.

The roadside heart

The platform on which the seed fell determines the state of our hearts. The Lord said the seed is the Word of God. The Word that fell by the roadside was eaten by the birds of the air. The Lord explained, the ROADSIDE as one who hears the Word of God but “does not grasp and comprehend it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in his or her heart.” Matthew 13:19.

It reveals a heart that neither yields nor asks the Holy Spirit for assistance in interpreting God’s Word. It denotes someone that forgets the Holy Spirit is to guide him or her into all truth (John 16:13). The Holy Spirit is to teach us all things (John 14:26).

The rocky heart

Secondly, He said some fell on a rock. Again, the seed is the Word of God. The Lord Jesus explains the ROCK as one who hears the Word and at once welcomes and accepts it with joy; yet it has no real root in him, but is temporary (inconstant, lasts but a little while); and when affliction or trouble or persecution comes on account of the Word, at once he is caused to stumble [he is repelled and begins to distrust and desert Him Whom he ought to trust and obey] and he falls away.” Matthew 13:20-21.

Are you like the person who hears the Word of God with great enthusiasm, but then begins to doubt it when life’s difficulties arise? Or wonder why God allows you to go through trials. You return to your senses rather than remaining steadfast in God’s Word. How frequently do you meditate on the Word of God? I assure you, the solution is simple. You must meditate on the Word of God and God’s promises regarding you. For instance, His words on health are, “By His stripes you were healed.” 1 Peter 2:24. Continue on with it. Repeatedly read it to yourself. Admit it to yourself. Reflect on it. Imagine it. Pray it. Allow it to permeate your mind and heart. The situation becomes your own. When illness knocks on your door, say it and believe it. Believe that God never utters falsehoods. This is how you walk on the Word.

I say to you, forget not His words.

The thorny heart

The third circumstance is the Word of God that falls among thorns. The Lord said, the THORN is a condition of heart of someone “who hears the Word, but the cares of the world and the pleasure and delight and glamour and deceitfulness of riches choke and suffocate the Word, and it yields no fruit.” Matthew 13:22.
This is a terrible place to be. You hear the Word of God constantly but not producing results because you care so much about the things of this world. You love the world. The Holy Spirit spoke through Apostle John in 1 John 2:15-17 (AMPC):

“Do not love or cherish the world or the things that are in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh [craving for sensual gratification] and the lust of the eyes [greedy longings of the mind] and the pride of life [assurance in one’s own resources or in the stability of earthly things]—these do not come from the Father but are from the world [itself]. And the world passes away and disappears, and with it the forbidden cravings (the passionate desires, the lust) of it; but he who does the will of God and carries out His purposes in his life abides (remains) forever.”

Are you loving the world? Are you craving for sexual gratification through immoral acts? Are you greedy for things? Do you walk in pride? The scripture inferred that these are things that constitute a thorny heart.

I submit to you that the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life keep a man’s or woman’s heart thorny. What have we got to do with all of these? We can let them go and be rich unto God. Let our resources be under His control. We allow Him to instruct us on how to use everything the Lord has given us for His glory. Walk with modesty. When a situation or life circumstance wants us to look down on others, allow the Spirit of God to rise within us so that we may walk in love. Let’s keep our eyes from evil. Do not harbor evil or immoral thoughts in your mind. As a man believes, so is he. If you believe it, you will achieve it. Maintain your thoughts as pure and holy as possible.

Good heart

Lastly, the Lord said in the same Matthew 13 that some falls on a good soil. According to the Lord, the GOOD SOIL is the heart of someone “who hears the Word and grasps and comprehends it; he indeed bears fruit and yields in one case a hundred times as much as was sown, in another sixty times as much, and in another thirty.” Matthew 13:23.

It is interesting that the WAYSIDE and the GOOD GROUND have two actions words – GRASP and COMPREHEND. One (that is, the wayside heart) does not grasp the Word of God, nor comprehend it.

The good heart grasps and understands the Word of God, relying on the Holy Spirit to interpret it. A person with a good heart cultivates an awareness of God in his or her life. This individual relies on the Holy Spirit to instruct him or her in God’s Word. This individual makes time to study the Word of God, meditate on the Word of God, and commune with the Father. This individual intentionally cultivates a friendship with the Father. This individual worships and takes great delight in the Lord. This individual places the Lord first and last in all of his or her life decisions.

That is a glorious place to be. A place of contentment. A place of surrender to the sovereignty of God. A place of yielding to the leading of the Holy Spirit. A place of consecration and worship. Have you reached there?

Forget not

Keep in mind that the Lord desires us for Himself. He wants us to know Him better. He is within and alongside us. Never lose sight of Him in you and with you, no matter what you experience in life.

Even if the storm is violent, the Lord is with you. The Holy Spirit of God was sent to assist us in this world. He is invisible, but more real than what you can perceive with your senses. He is a Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, Standby. The Lord is constantly with us. His countless angels serve as ministering spirits on our behalf. Oh, what a magnificent Lord who sacrificed His life to save us and return us to the Father! We are now at peace with the Father.

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