Two Baskets of Figs

Stony Ground

STONY GROUND
I want to categorize stones into three categories…

Three Major Categories of Stones

  1. Offense
  2. Defense
  3. Frustration

Remember the woman caught in the middle of adultery? Her accusers came with stones… The only way a stone to throw can be found in your hands is if you have pulled it from your heart.

Do you have a pet stone? Or a loophole stone? Maybe you are not throwing an ugly jagged stone but just tossing a personal excuse stone.

A trump card stone? This is the stone you throw to shut down a conversation or an aggravation or a correction, even a whisper from the Spirit of God.

Jeremiah 31:33 ESV

For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it ton their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

Proverbs 4:20-23 ESV

My son, be attentive to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. Let them not escape from your sight; keep them within your heart. For they are life to those who find them, and healing to all their flesh. Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.

Have you ever been in an exchange where the other party is throwing stones at you and you don’t have it in you to throw one back? It’s not a feeling, it is certainly not a religious thing – “Because I’m a Christian and I love God I am not gonna say/do what I really want”. You simply have love for them and there is nothing in you that can hurl back a stone. That’s a heart turned over to God. Love does not keep a record of wrong done…

I might take note here: Above I mentioned “a religious thing.” If you find yourself saying or thinking… “I am a Christian and I am not going to say what I am thinking because it’s not right.” You revealed that you indeed have a stone. You are just not willing to throw it. Holding onto a stone is not ok. Drop it.

You should have a hard time finding stones in your hand to throw, period. Disciples should not have stones. A seed and a stone cannot occupy the same space.

How do you scrutinize your heart? By communing with God and following the Spirit. Don’t go looking for stones. It’s easy to find or figure out what is wrong. We often weigh what isn’t working more than what is working. If you have a stone the Holy Spirit will reveal it to you. Take heed and deal with it.

THORNS
It’s a thorny business. Complexities, distresses, troubles, difficulties…? Ah life… it may produce a rose but the rose has thorns.

Three Kinds of Thorns

  1. Discouragement
  2. Discontentment
  3. Distraction

Thorns have a great deal to do with situations that affect our senses. In Romans 8:5 (DNLT) it says,

For the ones being in accordance with the flesh are thinking the things of  the flesh, but the ones being in accordance with the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.

Don’t live sensually. Don’t let your five senses rule you. Many of us have heard this. Most of us know this but dang it! Our emotions catch us off guard like whiplash too often.

“I feel… I feel like…. I feel that… I feel when… I feel how….” Our society rotates around our feelings. Feelings have become central to everything we do. I have come to abhor this. Feelings should not be elevated above all else. They change with the direction of the wind. When feelings are placed on a platform than every kind of thorn will imbed itself in us.

Discouragement, discontement and distraction have one thing in common: Misunderstanding. A failure to understand something correctly. What do we misunderstand? Purpose. If we understood purpose we would not get discouraged, we would no be discontent and we would NEVER be distracted.

Jesus specifically mentions monetary riches here. Money is a huge distraction but I also want to address other riches. Money does not necessarily mean riches to everybody…

ASK YOURSELF: What are riches to you?

Many times riches come in the form of a quick fix.

  • Riches can be food.
  • Riches can be free time.
  • Riches can be electronics.
  • Riches can be attire or accessories.
  • Riches can be anything that makes us feel good, or better, so we lean on that for encouragement & contentment.
  • Etc…

When a thorn is stuck in you Growth and Maturity stagnates… Truth wanes and Falsities wax greater and over time the truth is choked out be the lack of fire burning you, or a false fire burning you….

2 Timothy 2:4 NLT

Soldiers don’t get tied up in the affairs of civilian life, for then they cannot please the officer who enlisted them.

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