Mark 4:3-8 “Listen! A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came along and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among the thorns, which grew up and choked the plants so that they could not bear grain. Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up, grew and produced a crop, some multiplying thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times.”
Then Mark 4:13- : “Then Jesus said to them, “Don’t you understand this parable? How then will you understand any parable? The farmer sows the word. Some people are like seed along the path, where the word is sown. As soon as they hear it, Satan comes and takes away the word that was sown in them. Others, like seed sown on rocky places, hear the word and receive it at once with joy. But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word; but the worries of this life, the deceitful ness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful. Others, like the seed sown on good soil, hear the word, accept it, and produce a crop—some thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times what was sown.”
What kind of ground are you?
Are you the seed eaten by birds where God has given you something and the enemy immediately snatches it away from you? Are you rocky, shallow soil where you receive the Word joyfully, but it only lasts a short time because some kind of trouble comes and you fall away? Is your word choked out by weeds because of the worries of this life? OR are you good soil where you hear the Word and let it grow and multiply?
The other night Mike and I watched “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind”. This movie is based on a true story of young boy. A young boy who saw a problem and had an answer. Instead of just giving up, he went to work. He studied books, gathered materials, enlisted help, and constructed a windmill. It was indeed crudely constructed because he had little material, but it worked. 
It brought water, refreshing, life-giving water to a dry and barren land. Through that life-giving water, he was able to help save his people from total devastation. 
I believe that we can draw a parallel between our own nation and his African country. 
It may not look like we are in a desert, but we are. We are in a spiritual desert that has been ravaged by the enemy. 
There are many wounded and many have been killed and destroyed. 
We have life-giving water inside of us, and we need to share this spiritual, thirst-quenching water with others. 
We cannot be selfish and keep it to ourselves. How can we? What kind of people are we if we do not share the hope of Jesus Christ? Really? 
If you or I had the cure to cancer or to aids, we would not, could not, keep it to ourselves because we do not want to see others suffer and grieve. 
If we want to share the cure for these physical diseases, should not we that much more want to share the Giver of Life and Hope news to the hurting and the lost? 
This week, I think that you and I should be on the lookout for opportunities to share the Good News. As Jesus Followers, that is our commission, our assignment. 
To tell the Good News. In addition to sharing the Good News, we need to help others learn how to deal with storms. 
In the last part of Mark 4, there is a storm.  In verse 39-40, “He got up, rebuked the wind, and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.  He said to the disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” Have you ever been in a storm? Has the rain come down so hard that if you were driving, you had to pull over because you could not see? 
Or, in other storms, you hunkered down in the bathroom or the hall until the tornado passed.
I remember being in a tornado when Christy and Michael were little. We were moving the next day to Beulah. Mike was down at our new land clearing it, and the kids and I were at our mobile home on Airport Road. 
A storm came, and the kids and I were in the den. I was not super concerned until I looked out and saw that the pine saplings were bent at a 90 degree angle. Then I heard the choo-choo train. 
I hustled the kids into the bathroom and was grabbing up sofa cushions to cover up with. Christy was hollering, “Where’s Mike? Where’s Mike?”
I guess that she thought he could stop the storm or protect us. 
Was I afraid? Just a little. Would you be? 
After the storm, I went outside. I wanted the kids to stay inside, but Christy wanted to stick with me like glue. 
Our neighbor’s home was wrecked. Praise God that they were okay. House wrecked, but they were okay.
Another time, a terrible tornado hit down where my cousin lived. All the men in the family were in West Texas hunting. 
My aunt was frantic because she could not get her son on the phone. I said that I would drive her and Nanna down there. 
My sister, Karon, was going to keep my kids. My kids begged to go with me. They were not letting Momma out of their sight.
Several hours later, we finally got down to where my cousin lived. He was okay, but his home was destroyed. Totally destroyed. 
Storms come, and storms go. Houses may be destroyed, cars may be destroyed, finances may be wiped out, but one thing remains constant. 
God remains the same. He is always there. 
Just as my kids did not want to let me out of their sight, we should not let God out of our sight. The kids felt secure with me there. We need to realize that we are safest when we are holding on tightly to God. 
We need to operate from the Presence of God. Stay in His Presence. When we operate out of the Presence, we are operating from a point of victory.
You see, God has already won the war. We may have to go through some skirmishes and some battles, but the war has been won. God is the victor.
God wins. Satan loses. Good triumphs. Evil loses. 
If we can just wrap our little old brain around that fact, we can fight victoriously. We have hope that God is on our side. 
There are other storms that we face. Storms of health issues. What about cancer? What about the horror that cancer wreaks on a person and a family? How do you deal with that? How do you deal with the death of a loved one? 
There are no words to describe the pain and hurt of losing those that we love. Only God can comfort that pain. We have to be willing to let Him carry us through those times. 
We have to rest in the arms of God even if we don’t understand what is going on. We have to rely on Him.
He is our Source, our go-to God, our Strength and Our Shield. 
Life has lots of bumps and bruises, some broken bones and broken hearts, but Our God is the Great Healer and the Great Physician. He can heal where man has said that there is no healing. He can restore where all the pieces are scattered and shattered.
We have to rest in that. We have to be at peace in the middle of the storm. 
IF we can have peace and realize no matter what is going on in the physical that God loves us and loves our loved ones more than we can imagine, from that vantage point, we can fight. We can fight from a point of victory. We can fight with confidence that God has won the war, and that He will lead us through this battle, this conflict, this thorn in the side. 
Raise up your praises for God is the Victor. He is the Conqueror. He has got this. 
I am indeed sorry for your pain and the pain of others that we all know. However, it is our job to fight and not wallow in self-pity and worry.
Worry is a sin, and worry is a part of fear. Anxiety is a sin too, and a lot of us have to fight it. 
We are to cast our fears and our worries on the Lord. I used to feel like that if I were not worrying, that I did not care enough. That is not true. 
I care deeply. However, I am to carry my concerns to God. I am to cry out to Him. I am to beseech Him. I am to implore Him.
When do I stop doing that? When I get an answer…when I get a release. 
Truly, after praying about some things, it seems to get worse. Yikes! Perhaps that is junk just manifesting or showing itself so that I can know that God is working. It may be for me to know how to pray more specifically. 
Get your praise on. Turn on that praise music. Worship Him. Worship Him as He works in our situations. 
Quote Scripture and say it is written. Apply the Blood of Jesus to everything. 
You can even take Communion. John Hagee said that there is healing in Communion. He said that he took Communion every day. When we visited his church in San Antonio, he announced that anyone who wanted to take Communion could go by a certain room. Communion was always available. 
As warriors, we have to be motivated in Christ. With true motivation, we are not altered by negative circumstances, but we see the challenges as opportunities. The Holy Spirit is our motivator for us to wage the good warfare. He motivates us to fight the good fight of faith. Our motivation is held strong by the belief that with God nothing is impossible. 
The enemy studies our weaknesses and look for any unguarded walls that could be a weak place for his army to attack. He is a master of manipulating fear to use against us. Therefore, our weakness becomes his strength. 
We have to remember that God won the war. He won! He come out of death with the keys of death and hell, but we have to win the little battles where we fight the flesh and deal with humans. 
Listen closely! The enemy does have a weakness. Shout it from the mountaintop! His weakness is that he can be RESISTED and REBUKED through the authority of the name of Jesus Christ and can do nothing about it. Woohoo! Yay, God!
IF we submit to God and resist the devil, the enemy will flee from us. 
James 4:7 “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” 
When we use the Word of God to rebuke and resist, it is as though the Lord HIMSELF is speaking because we have been given the authority through the name of Jesus!!!!
As we get ready to engage in battle, we need to lighten our load. We all can attest to the fact that we can get weighted down with the burdens of life, and those very same burdens can distract us for our main assignment. 
It is written: “No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier.” 2 Tim. 2:3-4
The cares of this world, the lies of riches, and coveting other things can distract us. We must lighten our load so that we can come out of the fight without wounds or near spiritual death experiences. Fight the most important battles first, and do not let the enemy determine the playing field or allow him to put extra weight on our shoulders. 
Make sure you are eating well. Not just physically, but spiritually. Never quit eating your life-giving food of the Word of God when you are spiritually weak. 
When we are engaging in a battle, we need to remember that there is a time to rest. If even Jesus Christ needed rest and time alone when He was in human form here on Earth, how much more do you and I need to rest?
If you are a care giver, take time for you to rest. Whatever you do, take time to rest. After, you are refreshed and ready to get back in the battle. Please remember that Jesus fights the battle for us. We are His conduit. He works and wars through us. 
We cannot burn the candle at both ends. We need periods of rest. 
Stay humble. Get plenty of rest. Don’t abuse our physical bodies. We will then be recharged, renewed and revived.
You and I, as followers of Jesus and warriors for His Kingdom have to be ready in season and out. We need to armor up. We need to praise Him. We need to be in His Word. We need to hang tight with Him. And, remember our safest place in a storm is in the arms of Jesus.