26 Jul Part 4: The Good Soil
We’re at the end of our series (Seed Upgraders: Light, Seasons, Planting and Soil), and I hope that you are now inspired to operate in your birthright. As women, the keepers and nurturers of seed, we are created to take a seed, carry it, give birth to it and then nurture it. God didn’t make any mistakes when he did this!
Michelle McClain-Walters, the author of The Hannah Anointing describes it his way:
His (God’s) promises to deliver, heal, increase and bring peace and salvation are fulfilled to us in two ways:
1. The natural/physical/generational birth – You could be raising the next generation of world changers. Your natural children and your children’s children could be the answers.
2. The birth of your dream/purpose/destiny — The thing that God has put on your heart to do could be the thing that changes the world: books, businesses, ideas, cures, and other innovations.
Both of those descriptions capture who we are as women, and because our God is limitless, we can bear fruit in multiple ways, ways that we may not be able to comprehend through our limiting.
Knowing that I do not want you to forget that (when you’re planting dreams, purpose and/or seeds of faith) we must allow room for our seeds to grow. They must be allowed room to flourish. Do not get caught in the trap of limiting your seed. Some of us can be so conditioned in our thinking that we looked at the author’s description above and immediately started to limit ourselves by deciding where our seed fits in this great big world.
But guess what? YOU DON’T HAVE TO DECIDE (I really wish I had the option of adding those hand-clapping emoji’s right here)! You can have both. They are for you. Do not limit who you are and what is intended for you.
To remain focused on/in all that God has promised us we must put our seed in good soil. You with me women of Judah? If we’re constantly doubting our ability in the areas that we’ve been called to bear fruit (your gifts), then we are unable to find who we are. We will find ourselves allowing others to tell us who we are, what we can offer, what we are entitled to have and what gifts we have to give.
Now, you may ask, what is good soil? Woman of Judah, it’s you! You are THE GOOD SOIL!
In Matthew 13, God uses the parable of the sower (four soils) to explain this concept to us. The four types of soil are:
1. The Soil on the Path: Has your Dad, husband or any man in your life cut the grass and then you just drove across it? Lol!!! What was his response?
You see if a green area repeatedly experiences heavy traffic it becomes a path. This often happens on farms and in pastures. The grass suffers and dies, to the point where a dirt path takes over, where grass once was.
So, if your soil has become like the soil on the path, then the seed isn’t able to be planted, it just sits on the surface. The birds come and take it away and it has no impact at all.
Further Reading: Mark 4:3-4, Mark 4: 15, Luke 8:5
2. The Soil in the Rocky Place: Have you ever had a fish tank? Did it have gravel or glittery rocks at bottom that tried to anchor down the decorative plastic greenery, but it would keep floating to the top?
That’s the same kind of atmosphere in the rocky place. That soil is described as shallow and only produced plants with fragile roots. You see, rocky soil can make it harder for plants because it tends to have fewer nutrients than other soils, it holds water poorly and as the earth shifts – the rocks push the plants up and out.
This soil, although rocky, is still producing life. There’s development, a sprout, but it doesn’t grow to maturity. The Word of God is immediately received and springs up, then the sun rises and immediately it’s scorched or there aren’t enough nutrients to sustain it. Its life is short.
The best parallel that I found online for the soil in the rocky place was a new year’s resolution. When people first set a new year’s resolution they are inspired and energized. They are ready to take on the world, lose weight and change their lives and then March hits and everyone is on their couch in their pj’s eating chocolate!
Further Reading: Mark 4:5-6, Mark 4:16-17
3. The Soil in a Thorny Place: The soil in the thorny place is described as the soil that’s found in the corners of the field where the garden or crop ends, here, weeds tend to overtake what was planted.
In this type of soil, there is also life, but there is other stuff (weeds and thorns) that’s growing there as well. Weeds and thorns demand your attention and push you away from God. Weeds are known for inhibiting growth and competing for resources (water, nutrients, and sunlight), resulting in low fruit quantity and quality.
Think about it! Do you see an abundance of fruit in your life or do you have a lot of “other stuff” in the way?
Further Reading: Mark 4:7, Mark 4:18-19
4. The Good Soil: In the natural, good soil is what we need for a bounty of fruit and a major part in the creation and maintenance of healthy homes (and communities). This soil is what is considered the creme de la creme, it is one that gives plant roots the perfect balance of nutrients.
Jesus says, “But as for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and yields.”
This soil is the woman that hears the Word, accepts the Word, doesn’t let go of the Word and perseveres with the Word and then produces fruit — 30, 60 and 100-fold. This woman is you! She persistent in her prayer, courageous in her walk and has fire in her praise.
Further Reading: Mark 4:8-9, Mark 4:20
Woman of Judah, you’re not only the carrier of seed, but you are also THE GOOD SOIL! Make sure that your heart is open to God and His Word and preparation will help you produce fruit that is 30, 60 and 100-fold!