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Christ says,

“And other fell on good ground, and sprang up, and bare fruit an hundredfold. And when he had said these things, he cried, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.”

Luke 8:8

In our generation, we have the opportunity to bring forth good fruit and lots of it. When the word of God takes root in our lives, we nurture what He says in our hearts, and bring forth abundantly. We, as it were, reproduce after our kind and become fruitful unto every good work to our Lord.

It is the end of our age

At the end of our age, this is particularly important, for many in this time will fall to temptation, choked with the cares and worries of this life. People will be deceived by what they deem to be good, while ignoring the actual callings of God.

When we listen to God, He speaks to us wisdom, and we find our way in a world of sin. However, when we allow the lust our of flesh to draw us away from His voice, confusion begins to set in and we no longer hear clearly.

Don’t be part of the falling away

We are in the beginning of a great falling away, a time when many shall depart from the faith. Most in Christendom believe that this refers to departing from established doctrinal norms, but I believe it goes much deeper and is more personal than that. I believe it means that people shall depart from personal revealed truth to themselves, God’s commandment to them, the individual path He foreordained for each of us before the foundations of the world. Such people will make excuses to do what seems right in their own eyes when the perceived costs of following what God says seem too dear.

When you fall into this deception, the tendency is to believe that what you want to do is tantamount to what God wants. You willingly allow yourself to be deceived, because sinning, while knowing it is wrong, is just too painful. You basically create the deception that your sin is God’s will. In order to do this, you must first reject the word God has told you personally, ignoring what you once knew as truth, so that you may accept a lie in it’s place. Thus, your desires now become palatable and proper; justified. Make no mistake about it, deception is a very personal and ugly sin, for when we knowingly reject the light, darkness clouds our hearts and minds until we can no longer see.

It costs a lot to follow God

It is going to cost a lot to follow God in these latter days. In fact, those who claim Christ as their personal savior will love not their lives unto death. The commitment to hear and obey God’s voice will be total, with nothing held back. While we have a blessed hope, where Christ will catch us away from that time of tribulation, in our hearts, we will be willing to give all in this world so that we might be counted worthy to meet him in the clouds.

This spirit of Esau will be in many, who sell their eternal birthright for temporal gain. They will despise what God has given them for temporary relief. I am often surprised how much people will give up to Satan for so little in return. Don’t do that! Becoming a spiritual Esau has real and eternal consequences. God will not be mocked, you shall sow what you reap. If you allow God’s seed to be choked by the cares and worries of this life, then you and many you could have helped, will suffer want. However, if you allow the personal word of God to grow in the good ground of your heart, you and others will reap the benefits eternally.

Make My Life A Prayer To You by Keith Green

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