Pastor Josh Hart of All Nations Chicago South is preaching a sermon series titled “M For Mature.” In this week’s message, the seventh one in the series, Hart discussed the seeds that manifest in the heart’s of believers.
The preacher suggested that our lives are a result of the manifestation of seeds planted in our hearts. “Everything in the Kingdom is going to do with seed, sowing, and graft,” he said.
This seed principle is true for both the blessings we receive and the problems we face. Hart noted how among believes the propensity to blame negative situations on the enemy has become common. However, the issue is not always with the enemy; far too often the problem is rooted in a seed we allowed to be planted in our hearts.
“Sometimes we can look in the mirror and see all of the sources of satanic activity,” Hart stated before emulating Christians who are all too ready to wage war against the wrong source. “I can’t wait to hit the altar [or] I can’t wait for the next mass deliverance service to help me fight the devil on this.”
Hart also stated that whatever we want in life, there is a seed for it, but not everyone will manifest the seed because not all Christians love God on the same level.
“When it comes to the mysteries of the Kingdom, it ain’t does Jesus love you, it’s how much do you love Him,” he asked.
In Matthew 13, Jesus shared the parable of the sower with a crowd. The meaning behind the story was not clear to everyone listening, so in verse ten the disciples asked, “Why do you speak to the people in parables?” Jesus responded in the next two verses, “Because the knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them. Whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them.”
The All Nations pastor suggested that Jesus used a story because He anticipated that not everyone in the crowd would understand the parable because their hearts were not right. Jesus recognized that there were those who weren’t really passionate about following him. “[Jesus] concealed it on purpose because there is a certain group that is going to get it and there’s a certain group that’s never going to get it.”
Ultimately, Hart does not want us to be like those who did not understand the words of Jesus and therefore could not manifest the seeds He wants to plant in our lives. He wants us to receive His seed, and that requires us to be in the right place.
“The only thing you’ve got to do to get what is in the seed to come out of your life is to fall in the right place.”