I dealt with the first two soils in my previous blog where Jesus taught on the parable of the sower in Luke chapter 8. I explained that the soils represents the disposition and the motives of the heart hearing the word of God. Below I would like to deal with the two final soils. The seeds which fell upon a rock and seeds that fell on good ground.
- The Rock
The third soil dealt with in Luke chapter 8 is the rocky ground is not earth full of stones, as people sometimes suppose. Stones can be removed but what Jesus was describing here is earth that is shallow. This rocky ground has rock close to the surface, so there is no depth to it. In this kind of soil, you can plant, water and fertilize all you want but the roots will always be stunted. This kind of soil is common in the hill country of Judea. The seed wants to grow but cannot survive with shallow roots. What is the state of your roots, are they shallow or are they deeply rooted in God?
The rock also represents the heart of those who received the word with joy but there is no root or foundation so once they hear the word, they believe it but when temptation comes, these hearers fall. Every difficult situation that presents itself, this category of hearer gives up when the going gets tough. They are enthusiastic in their belief but when the storms of life appear, they cannot persist, they are not determined. This verse also connotes to the idea of a rock with a superficial covering of the earth which is just enough to fructify the seed and give it a temporary germination, not enough to allow it deepness of root and consequent permanence of fruit.
To relate this to the rocky hearer, they have a hard and callous heart but are still coated with a thin layer of sensibilities and emotions, just enough of soul to start the seed of the word into vegetation. But it is not enough to give it depth or perfectness of growth.
In His study on this parable, William Bacon Stevens, 1857, writes “In the time of testing, they fall away. Being soon offended at a religion which exposes them to such trials; Rather than bear the taunts of men- they dare the frowns of God, and so return to the world which they once promised to renounce”.
- Good Ground
The final soil is that of the seeds which were planted on ground (Luke 8vs 15). This verse represents those who hear the word and understand it. They produce crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. They have an honest and good heart. They receive the truth without questionings and disputing. They do not twist and cavil at the word; they treat the word that they have heard and received honestly, and act upon it with simple minded sincerity and a desire to profit (to bring a return on God’s investment). Whenever God invests in a thing, He expects a return.
When the good ground hearer hears the word, they give the word their attention and they apply their hearts to wisdom in activating the word of God over their lives. Jodi Hooper puts it this way that “Our Christian character does not depend so much on our hearing the word as it is on keeping the word”. The word does benefit you just hearing it Sunday to Sunday. The Word must stay in the mind in order to yield results in your life. As a man thinks so is He. If you are constantly thinking on the word and on God’s promises, guess what will happen, it will translate into your daily actions. You will begin to think, walk and live the word, and that is powerful. In regards to keeping the word in your mind, it is easier said than done. This requires a daily discipline, it is a choice that you have to make to allow the word to resonate in your spirit and apply it. When the enemy sees this He will try to distract you as I mentioned in the previous blog.
Your mind is where the greatest warfare takes place in the mind. You hear the word on Sunday and by Monday morning, you are in a war of negativity in your mind; here comes doubt stating the reality of your situation but you have to fight back using faith and respond with the word of God and create an atmosphere of worship.
Upon research, I wanted to learn about the precautions taken before a seed is sown. And first and foremost, before a seed is sown, the temperature, moisture, air and light conditions must be correct for seeds to germinate.
So how do I create a good soil (heart) for the seed (prophetic word)
You nurture your seed by;
- Consistently repeating the word of God – this is also known as meditation, meditate means to mutter to oneself repetitively (Joshua 1:8)
- Activate the word with faith. Your faith in the word is manifested through your actions which should be directly correlated with the prophetic word.
- Water your word with worship, when the enemy brings negativity and doubt, begin to worship, play some songs. I experienced this today, and I just turned my music on and I began to sing, within hours the atmosphere shifted because I received a prophetic word which challenged me and delivered me and by Monday morning the enemy started trying to sow seeds of doubt but I said no and I began to worship.
- Prayer- battles are won when you get on your knees. Prayer is communication with God. Prayer allows you to remind God of His promises (not like He forgets) and it also reminds You that He is not a God that He will lie(Numbers 23v19) and His words will not return to Him void (Isaiah 55v11). Prayer also realigns you with God’s original plan. Prayer is a two way conversation, so when you speak allow Him to talk back to you, position yourself to listen and receive from Him.
- Invest in and listen to good sound teaching. Don’t just allow yourself to be fed on a Sunday. Surround yourself with the word daily whether through messages (CD’S, Podcasts, Audio-bibles etc). Psychologists have found that the brain can only take 20 minutes of information, after that the brain shuts down, so that hourly message, you may have missed something that you will need in the future.
- Make good notes whilst hearing the word so that you can revisit and remind yourself of the word.
- Apply the Word- Act on what you have heard. God has promised you some things the only way you can apply this word, is to step out by faith. If you have heard the word, that God has promised you for example a job, it will not manifest unless you start applying for jobs. Do your part and God will do His. This is where the power is application. What separates a good ground hearer and the other soils? The good ground hearer applies the word.
But please note, that you are not responsible to make the fruit. I can hear you saying, Dahna you have gone back on yourself. The whole point of these articles is to teach you how to maintain the disposition of your heart when receiving the word but the fruit come in God’s timing. Your responsibility is to fertilize the soil of your heart, feed it by moving in faith and obedience and allow God to produce on your behalf. Paul got this revelation in 1Corinthians 3v6-7, he recognised that he does his part by planting and Apollos watering but He recognised that God gives the increase. Growth takes time, so if you are already doing this, then rejoice because your harvest is here; allow God’s timing to bring forth your fruit. Glory to God I just felt this as I wrote this.
I said in my previous blog (Your Seed Is about to Bring Forth) that your seeds are your words. In this new season, it is important that we speak the word of God (which are seeds) into the atmosphere, Your soil is your heart, this is where you hold onto the words of the Lord and His promises. Without going too deep, God formed you from the soil of the ground which means you are a walking soil. Your heart is a ground for sowing. I experienced this a few times where I was saying positive things but deep inside I did not feel good about myself, I was in turmoil, I felt like if I spoke positively it would change everything but I grew to understand that that is not the case. If your heart is negative then you will reap negativity; if your heart is positive then you will reap great things.
So after this study which has challenged me and corrected me; it has also equipped and built me up for greater; I want to challenge you with this article like it has me. Next time when you enter an environment to receive the word of God,
- Check your motive
- What is the state of your heart?
- When you hear the word, which of these categories do you fall into?
Let your prayer be after reading these articles that the Lord will give you a new heart. God promised Israel this in the book of Ezekiel chapter 36v26-27. And this promise is open to you too. This is my honest prayer that God will give you and me a new heart, and that He will give me a new spirit and that He will take away the stony heart out of my flesh and give me a heart of flesh. Please feel free to model this prayer to your own needs. I pray that these articles will bless you and that it will take you to a higher level in understanding God’s will for your life. Do not rush the process, readjust and reposition yourself to receive God’s word and promises in your life and allow God’s timing to produce the fruit in you.
God bless you and thank you for reading
The Lord has been dealing with me on the seed. In my last blog on this topic, I dealt with the seed when it is planted into the ground. And the importance of waiting for the fruit to come forth between the planting of the seed and the process it has to come through in order to bring forth plenty fruit. But I want to focus on the soil. Have you ever felt like you are constantly sowing the seed, you are doing everything right, but you are getting nothing in return? Could it be that your soil is not right? How so?
Jesus talks about the parable of the sower in Luke chapter 8, who sowed his seeds in different soils and the results of the seeds being sown into those different environments. He deals with the motives and the dispositions of those who were listening to His messages. Luke 8 represents the different soils (conditions) of the human heart and the different receptions and results which the seed of the gospel meets with as it is sown through believers all over the world. Luke chapter 8 is very relevant to today’s church.
The soils represents us as believers and for everyone who attends church on a weekly basis. After this research, I am reminded that it is important that we pray as we enter the church, it should be our prayer that God will purify our hearts so that we are able to receive the word and that it will bring forth manifested results to expand and add to the Kingdom of God.
There are four different environments where these seeds were casted in Luke chapter 8 and I am going to focus on how these four different soils apply to the Christian life today. So firstly;
- The Wayside
Luke 8v 12 talks about the seed (the word of God) falling by the wayside represents the heart of those who hears the word but the enemy comes and takes the word of their hearts to stop them from believing the word and be saved. The wayside path is a public thoroughfare beaten smooth and hardened by the feet of travellers; so that the seed dropped there cannot sink in but is speedily picked up by the birds or trodden down by men.
The human heart can be seen as a wayside as this is where all of one’s thoughts travel. The heart is where all imaginations and sinful feelings, corrupt desires meet and exchange salutations. The heart of such a man is trodden down and made hard like a wayside, by overrunning thoughts and sins. Imagine if you enter the House of God with these overruling thoughts, your heart is filled with evil imaginations, when you bow to pray or when you start to sing the songs, it is not coming from your spirit. When the word of God is preached, it falls upon the affections and imaginations just like a wayside, and in return the word is trodden by negligence or allows the enemy to come in through distractions or life’s issues to snatch away the word that God has for you. The word only hits your ears but it does not penetrate your soul. On these wayside hearers, the word of God has no effect, there is no change and therefore there is no fruit of productivity in their lives.
Have you ever noticed after attending church, you have heard the word, it was powerful, right on point it was prophetic. But then you start to experience warfare, or random individuals even those who are close to you do everything in their power to upset or offend you. This is a plot of the enemy to steal your word. Be aware!!!
The seeds which fell among thorns, represents those who have heard the word, but they get caught up with life and the cares and riches and pleasures of this life chokes the word, which leads to the word laying dormant and bare no fruit. How many powerful words have you heard over the past few years? How many times did the Holy Spirit move in your church? Yet you may not have seen the manifestation of what you have heard? Could it be that you have allowed the cares and worries of this life to choke your word.
As I was looking at verse 14 of Luke chapter 8, the word choked stood out to me so I took to the dictionary to look at the meaning of ‘choked’.
Choked- (1) when a person/animal has severe difficulty in breathing because of a constructed or obstructed throat or lack of air.
(2) To fill a space so as to make movement difficult or impossible.
I want to focus on the second meaning.
‘Fills a space so as to make movement difficult or impossible’.
This is a tactic of the enemy, what he does is he will try to fill your life with stress, depression and disappointments to block you from moving on the prophetic word. I have experienced this personally. Every time I set to act on the prophetic word over my life, there is always something, whether it is my personal life or someone close to me.
What vision did God give you? What steps have you made to attain that goal for your vision? Is it that every time when you try to act on the word of God, something more urgent comes up- this is plot of the enemy to choke your word. This is a tactic of the enemy to drift you from your purpose.
This is what leads you to not applying the word. This is another issue here, if you apply the word, that is how you start bearing forth fruit.
This is an issue in the body, you hear the word but you do not apply it. You conquer the enemy in this area by acting on God’s word.
After looking at choked, I wanted to look at thorns and the part they play in choking the seeds. I looked at thorns and discovered that thorns are a natural defence mechanism. Plant thorns are used to prevent them from being eaten and increase their ephemeral lives for reproductive people.
At this point, it did not seem like thorns were such a bad thing. But keep reading
Thorny bushes overpower any plant near them. It is hard to pull the plants/seeds out because the thorns protect them, and will hurt anyone brave enough to grasp them. So as I was conducting my research, I notice that the thorns represents your social circles. The thorns represents your friends, colleagues and family who are bitter and angry, at first they don’t come across as bitter and angry, it will come across as if they have your best interest at heart.
But be careful, every time God gives you a word and you bring it before these types of people, their negativity chokes your word, your ability to dream and move freely upon what God has told you.
People with a thorny character, they do not like to see anyone happy, anyone inspired by belief in something higher than themselves. They pour scorn on anyone who wants to be a better person, or build a better world. The only remedy is to leave them to their bitterness and move out of their orbit. If you stay with this circle of people, sooner or later, their bitterness will rub off on you and choke out your inspiration.
I have personally been in relationships where every time I shared my dreams and visions and my passions with them, I would leave feeling drained and hopeless because they always had a problem for every solution. I had to make the brave decision to move on with my life. It was a painful decision because these were and are people that I have loved and respected over the years but the prophetic word (seed) was more important so I had to move on . No one could talk me out of it, I had to make a conscious decision to leave. Some of you are reading this and you can think of people who you relate to daily who are just like this. I want to encourage you to step out and do what God has told you to do. Every word spoken over you, I pray against every thorn-like relationship that the enemy is using to choke your word in Jesus Name. Amen
Be careful of the obsession with getting rich. There is nothing wrong with wealth, it is God’s will that we have life more abundantly (John 10:10). But there must be balance. Sometimes opportunities will present themselves to derail and drift you from your purpose. Not every success comes from God, Joshua 1:9 says “good success” so that tells me there is bad success as well. When you discover your purpose, blessings and provision will automatically locate you. The cares are the issues we face daily. The pleasures are earthly and carnal desires. What is that thorn that you are dealing with? I am talking about that weakness that you have struggled with and are still struggling with. Don’t suffer in silence, give it to God, His grace is sufficient for you (2Corinthians 12:9). If you are dealing with a personal struggle, find a trusted sister or brother in Christ and confide in the or a minister in your church. The enemy uses condemnation to choke out your word too.
I pray you are blessed by what you have read so far. Stay tuned for the next blog where I will discuss the last two soils.
God bless you and thank you for reading.
The last time I wrote about the Iaso Tea, I went into detail about the nine natural plants that are used to make this powerful tea. I also discussed the benefits of each of the ingredient used to combine this powerful tea. I tried it for the first time and I must say I am blown away by the results I experienced after drinking this tea.
Before drinking this tea, my first concern was the taste, what does it taste like? My first impression of the taste was that it tastes like nothing; It tastes like water, very refreshing cold glass of water.
On the first day after consuming my first cup of tea, I realised immediately how much energy I had, I was not as tired as I usually am at that time of day. Secondly, within hours I was able to go to the loo. I know that is way too much information, but to all the females out there, I know its not because you are trying to be cute, why you do not use the toilet enough, it is because you have an issue that you are secretly struggling with.
I am here to let you now that this tea helps with that.
For over a year, I struggled with going to the loo, the doctors prescribed medication and none of this worked for me. I even gave up on my medication, because I felt like it was making me feel worse. After drinking this tea, within hours, I was able to go. With constipation, came another issue,No Sleep!!! I could not sleep and when I did fall asleep I would only sleep for two hours then wake up again. After drinking this tea, I slept like a baby for eight hours straight and woke up feeling refreshed.
On the second day, I experienced the same results again. I had more energy and I was more relaxed and my body was not so tense. I was getting more work done because I did not feel so overwhelmed. I experienced a lot of bloating as a result of constipation. But after drinking this tea, I felt lighter. I also noticed an increased activity in my bladder which created a need to go to the toilet more often which meant that the toxins were being flushed out. By day 5, my stomach went down completely.
By day 6, I stepped on the scales and I noticed I had lost over 5lbs.
I can hear the sceptics already saying “That is not possible”. With this tea, it is possible and I did not have to readjust my diet. All I had to do was drink 2-3 cups of Iaso Tea with my lunch and dinner. Below is a picture of my weight on the first day (left) and on the second picture is my weight on day 6.
I am sure you are excited in trying this tea and you can. Check out my website www.totallifechanges.com/dahnaf and order item #150.
How to Make
Measure 1L water and bring to boil into a pot. Once the water is boiled, add the tea bags and leave to brew for 4-8 hours. Once the tea is brewed, mix it with 3L of cold water and mix together. Once you have mixed everything together, put it in the refrigerator and have 8 ounces with your lunch and 8 ounces with your dinner and an optional 4 ounces with a snack. One pack of tea lasts for seven days.
Since last Saturday, the Lord has been a dealing with me on the seed. Every day since then I keep hearing the Lord say ‘The Seed’. He said to me there are some seeds that you have planted that you have forgotten about. And the fruit of that seed is getting ready to come forth. The same day a seed is planted is not the same day it starts to produce fruit. It has to go through a process. It has to go down into the ground and die, that’s the only way it can bring forth fruit. Just like in John 12:24, Jesus said to His disciples, ‘except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit”. There is a death that has to take place before growth happens. I was doing some research last week and I was drawn to grapes. Upon research I discovered that once the seed is planted, it takes around three years before one starts to see fruit; so what happens in the first three years? The first year, there is no fruit. Even with no fruit, there is a nurturing that is required such as watering the seed and making sure it is getting the necessary light that it needs in order to grow. In the second year, little grapes start to appear but they are not quite the size or taste that is required so it is put through a process called Pruning.
Even the little fruits that starts to grow, it has to be cut off to produce bigger and juicier fruits. So what is your seed? It could be a special offering that you sowed years ago, or an act of kindness, it could have been a prophetic word and you’re still waiting for the manifestation (fruit) of that. Don’t give up, it is coming. The waiting season that you’re in is your pruning process, where it’s like you’re not producing any fruit. Everyone is questioning your Christianity because you’ve not won any souls in a while, in their eyes you’re not succeeding or accomplishing what they think you should be accomplishing. If this is how you feel I would like to submit to you that you’re going through your pruning process, in the pruning process, this is a time of cutting away, nothing grows at this stage, because things are being cut away. Be encouraged because the fruits that are about to manifest from this season of your life will be worth it. So don’t give up, your seed is about to bring forth fruit. I pray someone is blessed by this word like I was.
Have you ever heard the saying, every thing that we will ever need is already created to solve our problems? For every illness that you wil ever experienced, there is a natural solution?
I started this business over a month ago and I have to say I am glad I took the opportunity when it was presented to me. Total Life Changes is a health and wellness business that provides superior products that has a life changing effect on consumers’ health whilst providing customers with the opportunity to change their financial status through a rewarding binary compensation plan. Products sold by TLC includes the Iaso Tea, Chaga, Emu Oil and many more.
But there is one product that I would like to focus on and that is the Iaso Tea. Iaso Tea is made up of nine different natural plants including Papaya, Persimmon Leaves, Chamomile, Blessed Thistle, Holy Thistle, Mrryh, Ginger, Marsha Mallow and Malva. Each of these plants are powerful in their own way and I am going to discuss each of these plants into detail and the benefits they offer.
- Papaya is an excellent source of dietary fibre, folate, vitamin A,C &E
- Papaya is rich in enzymes called papain and chymopapain which helps with the digestion
- After a meal, papaya, allows better digestion, prevents bloating and chronic indigestion
- Because of its high antioxidant content, papaya can prevent cholesterol oxidation
- Papaya strengthens the immune system preventing the recurrent colds and flu
- Papaya replenishes the good intestinal bacteria
- Papaya has been found to destroy intestinal parasites
- Helps with nausea and constipation
- Encourages the renewal of muscle tissue
- Revitalises the human body and maintain energy and vitality
- Helps with the digestive system by breaking down the proteins and supporting production of digestive enzymes.
- Effective weight loss remedy
- The leaves can lower lipid levels due to the high fibre content
- Regulates the body’s metabolism
- Regulates blood pressure
- Prevents melanoma
- Persimmon leaves contains up to ten times the vitamin c, choline and essential amino acids of many fruits and vegetables.
- Helps to relieve constipation and atherosclerosis
- Acts as an antihistamine which relieves allergies
- Aids in digestion
- Treats gastric and ulcerative colitis
- Reduces inflammation and facilitates bowel movement
- Reduces menstrual cramps- chamomile has the ability to relax the smooth muscles of the uterus helps ease the discomfort of menstrual cramping.
Blessed Thistle/Holy Thistle
- Used for loss of appetite and indigestion
- Treats colds, flu, coughs & fever
- Treats bacterial infections
- Treats diarrhoea
- Used as a diuretic for increasing urine output
- Protects against ageing skin
- It is used to maintain healthy skin and it prevents skin agony and soothes chapped or cracked skin.
- Effective for pain relief, including menstrual pain resulting from blood stagnation
- Treats throat and mouth inflammation
- Eases the pain of toothache
- Myrrh’s antiseptic properties help treat gingivitis and loose teeth, as well as help get rid of bad breath or halitosis
- It is used to treat athlete’s foot, candida and other fungal infections
- Reduces cholesterol levels
- Used as a gargle for oral inflammation, sore throat and gum issues
- Relieves gastric distress
- It is used to soothe or relax muscle tissue
- Mrryh stimulates macrophage action in the blood stream.
- Maintains normal blood circulation- ginger contains chromium, magnesium and zinc which helps to improve blood flow as well as help prevent chills, fever and excessive sweat.
- Remedies motion sickness
- Improves absorption- improves the absorption and stimulation of essential nutrients in the body
- Stimulates gastric and pancreatic enzyme secretion
- Combats stomach discomfort
- Prevents colds and flu
- Fights common respiratory problems
- Treats inflammation of the body’s mucus membranes
- Commonly used to relieve coughs, bronchitis and asthma as well as gum and mouth irritations, sore throats
- Relieves abdominal distress, vaginal irritations and skin wounds.
- Alleviates inflammation and mouth irritation
- Relieves the pain of stomach upset, relaxes intestinal spasms and soothe irritated skin
- Used as a gargle to reduce throat inflammations
- Helps with stomach and intestinal irritation
In the Iaso Tea, all nine plants have been combined together to make this miracle tea. Consumers have reported over 26 health benefits, including Weightloss, the reduction in stress, the removal of parasites and intestinal sludge. I have been drinking this tea for the past three days and I have seen a lot of changes already but you would have to stay tuned for the reviews in my next blog. So for now, you can check out www.gotlcdiet.com/dahnaf for more information on Iaso Tea and check out my website www.totallifechanges.com/dahnaf for more information on the tea and to order the tea (choose item #150 for the month supply).