Beware of the Thorns!

Matthew 13:22, a verse from the parable of the sower, is one verse that often convicts me, piercing right through my heart: “He that also received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful.”

How can we live a holy, transformed life among those thorns, among our fleshly desire for more worldly goods, for increased wealth, for “just a little more”?

We can’t.

They will "choke" the anointed words of promise that have been spoken into your life, the Word that God wrote out of His magnificent love for you and I, and we ultimately will not bear fruit for His kingdom.

Oh, that our families would gather their children near and plead with them, “Watch out for the thorns, little ones!” May we teach them that loving God is more important than increasing their material wealth or choosing the right career. May we plant in their hearts that they must find a spouse that loves God above all else.  May we be the Godly examples they desperately need set before them.  May we daily disciple them in His word and pray over them with prayers that will shake the very gates of hell.

May we once again cry, “Take this whole world, but give me Jesus!”

  Passionately Pursuing,
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  1. My heart echos yours, and I join you in prayer.


  2. Amen, sister! Raising faithful children is such an awesome responsibility and we can't do it without His help! We have a faithful God! But we DO need to beware of those thorns in our lives so that we can be those godly examples to our children, as you said.

    Thanks for linking up to Making Your Home Sing Monday!

  3. What a wise post. Thanks for sharing.

  4. @Home's Where My Heart Is: Thank you for joining with me in prayer.

    @momstheword: Thanks for HOSTING Making Your Home Sing Monday! I enjoy it :)

    @Heather Homemaker: Thanks, Heather! Just sharing my burden :)

  5. Thank you for this post! It is so very important to raise our children to know the way God truly wants us to live.

  6. This is so difficult, isn't it. The allure of the world and the lust of the flesh is powerful, especially when our faith is weak. We just talked about this today in our ladies' Bible study. It's so important to focus on strong roots -- firmly embedded in God's word.

  7. Amen. It is so important! Temptations are all around us, but thankfully greater is He that is in us than he that is in the world!


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