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Grace in Our Souls

Posted by on February 16th, 2011 with 0 Comments

The Work of Grace in Our Soul

Mark 4:26 through 29

INTRODUCTION: Look at the whole in this parable and not the details. This is true for most parables.

I. There must be a sower.
A. Earth grows weeds primarily, Genesis 3:18a.
B. Man’s heart grows weeds.
C. Man’s heart grows wickedness.
D. Man’s heart will never repent on its own.
E. There will be no corn, wheat, fruit where there is no sower, i.e. a Sunday School teacher, preacher, missionary, or parent.
F. We go through the normal routine of life, sleep/rise, night/day, Matthew 28:18 – 20.

II. There is much beyond our comprehension.
A. I am no farmer. I have no PHD in agronomy. I have planted many gardens. I have never seen a stalk of corn in that seed. I have never seen a cucumber plant running across a garden in that seed, nor have I seen a flowering squash plant with a big zucchini in those seeds.
B. I cannot explain why some germinate and others do not.
C. “Fruit of herself” is similar to our word automatic, of its own accord. Think of the word spontaneous. Men and demons cannot stop as to what we see of the Holy Spirit’s work.
D. God gives the increase 1 Corinthians 3:7.
E. “We cannot explain why, with every possible advantage, people reject the Word and continue dead in trespasses and sins. We cannot explain why, with every possible difficulty, and with no encouragement, people are born again. We cannot explain the manner in which the Spirit of God conveys life to a soul,” J. C. Ryle. John 3:8

III. There is much beyond our control. The growth is irresistible, blade, ear, and full corn.
A. We are not born full grown into the family of God. We learn or our sinfulness, Christ’s fullness, and the beauty of holiness.
B. Anxiety comes when we have no control or beyond our control. “Freedom from anxiety comes when we desire to do what God wants when He wants it, with whom He wants it, and by His power,” Ogilvie.
C. Our lives are not determined by a nameless fate, Lamentations 3:26, Jeremiah 29:11.

• Our primary work is to sow the seed.
• No one wants to die and no one will until we come of full growth. Then He will put in the sickle.

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