THEME: DON’T SOW AMONG THE THORNS
TEXT: Isaiah 35:8-10, Jeremiah 12:13
35:8 And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein.
35:9 No lion shall be there, nor any ravenous beast shall go up thereon, it shall not be found there; but the redeemed shall walk there:
35:10 And the ransomed of the LORD shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.
12:13 They have sown wheat, but shall reap thorns: they have put themselves to pain, but shall not profit: and they shall be ashamed of your revenues because of the fierce anger of the LORD.
“For thus saith the LORD to the men of Judah and Jerusalem, Break up your fallow ground, and sow not among thorns.” (Jeremiah 4:3)
Fallow ground represents those endeavours that have no depth. Sowing on such grounds does not guarantee plentiful harvest. The risk is that the seeds sown on fallow grounds have no deep roots and so might not germinate. Sowing on a fallow ground is the same as sowing among thorns because the seeds will be choked before they find space to sprout of the ground. The concept of fallow ground and sowing among the thorns depict limitation and stagnation. Naturally, when one sows on a fallow ground, the harvest is barely enough; same for sowing among thorns since most of the seed will be choked before maturity.
That was the spiritual condition of the men of Jerusalem and Judah and which would not allow them to be grounded and fully integrated into the program of God for them and which might ultimately lead them towards being ostracised. The Lord is equally speaking to contemporary men and women to circumcise their hearts before His anger falls on them and they cannot be able to quench it. Therefore, you must devise means to ensure that you dig deeper into the ground spiritually, so that your seed will find depth. At the same time, ensure not to sow among thorns so that they don’t choke before they mature. These are issues that have to be addressed spiritually.
Sing spirit filled songs unto God and thank Him for everything He has accomplished in your life and then take the following prayer points.
1. Every fallow ground in my life; be broken in Jesus’ name. Every seed already sown among thorns, in the name of Jesus, I retrieve you. O God, help me to circumcise my heart, in Jesus name. Any void or vacuum in my life; be filled by the spirit of God, in Jesus’ name.
2. Any representation of the yoke of limitation, stagnancy and delay in my life; be broken, in Jesus’ name. Every program of demotion orchestrated by the devil; scatter. in Jesus name.
AUTHOR: PASTOR LAZARUS MUOKA