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“The seed is the word of God” (Luke 8:11, NKJV).
God’s Word is seed. Within the seed lies the power of life, everything that is necessary to get the plant and the fruit. Like the natural seed, the Word’s real value comes when it is planted, watered, and set in the light until bears the fruit it was made to produce.
How do we take the seed of God’s Word and bring it to fruition in our lives? It is one thing to have the written promise (the seed), but quite another thing to have the fullness of the manifestation of that promise (the fruit bearing tree).
Like any other seed, if it is simply left on the shelf, it will not produce life. We have to start by taking the seed of the word and planting it in our hearts and minds. As we nurture it there through meditating on it, standing on it in faith, praying into it, and acting on it, it starts to grow in us.
Faith comes by hearing the word, the more we hear it the more our faith and expectation grows. Just as some plants grow and bring fruit within one season, other plants or trees can take years before they bear fruit. A wise gardener remains consistent in the care of the plant, and waits patiently knowing that it will produce.
God’s Word is absolutely reliable. It is impossible for Him to lie. If we will receive the seed of His promise, plant it in our heart, and stand firm on the word, we will reap in due season.
“Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise” (Hebrews 10:35-36, NJKV).
Father, Help me to cultivate a beautiful “garden” of your Word in my life. Help me to invest time to nurture your seed in our daily routine. Amen.
Questions: What is meant by the expression “to nurture the seed” of God’s Word? Why is this of utmost importance in our spiritual growth?
About the Author Emmie Stanley