Today I am continuing my series talking about effortless change. This is my fourth week teaching on this and this will also be my last week to teach on this and I really encourage you to please get these materials. We've got two very special offers. I've been emphasizing how important it is to just study the Word of God and know what it says and it's amazing to me how many people claim to have a relationship with God and yet have never read his love letter to us... The Bible. It's his book of instructions. It's like an owner's manual and people are trying to walk through life without knowing the instructions that God gave us for prospering and succeeding in life and so we've got some special things here. One of them is this little read through the Bible in one year program that we're offering.
This is the actual program that our CBC students use and you can start at any time during the year. It doesn't have to be January the 1st and in one year's time you can read through the entire Bible. This is a free gift to you if you'll simply call and request it and then we have also been really emphasizing this living commentary which is a Bible program where I have written footnotes on over 18,000 verses in the Bible and I tell you, this is powerful. I have put as much as eight... Well I've put actually a week's worth of studying effort into writing one foot note before and I mean it's taken me hours and hours to pour into just some of these things that help clarify and bring understanding to some of the scriptures and I tell you, you would benefit tremendously from it.
Plus we have this book of mine on effortless change. This is one of the teachings that has just changed my life. We have it in book form... In study guide. We also have CDs and DVDs and the end of this week will be the end of our offering this over our television program, so I just would like to encourage you to please go to the effort of getting this because I know that this will change your life. It's changed my life. I've been talking and I'm right in the middle of a series teaching on the parable of the sower sowing the seed. The interpretation of this parable is in Mark, chapter 4, verses 14 through 20 and this is Jesus teaching and he said this in Mark, chapter 4 and in verse 13... He said unto them, know ye not this parable? And how then will ye know all parables?
And I've already made this point but I just want to reinforce it that this is saying that this is like a key to understanding every parable that Jesus taught. If you don't understand this parable and know how to apply it to your life, you won't be able to apply any of the parables of Jesus and so this is a major, major focus. You've got to understand this. This is Christianity 101! I've already taught that the seed is talking about the Word of God. The Word of God is to the Kingdom of God the way that seeds are to this natural world. Nothing happens in this natural world... No plant life... Animal life... Human life... Is reproduced without seeds. Everything comes from a seed. Likewise in the Kingdom of God, everything has to come through the Word of God because Mark, chapter 4, verse 14 says the sower sows the word.
The word is the seed and then this seed was sown in four different types of ground and this is talking about how that the Word of God has to enter into our hearts. It has to get below the surface. It has to go into our heart and our heart is made that it just naturally, automatically begins to start bringing to pass whatever seed is sown in it and you know, our hearts aren't picky. You can sow bad seed. You can sow fear and you know what, your heart will begin to amplify that and bring it to fruition and all of the things that you feared the most will come upon you, or you can sow love. You can sow the Word of God or you can sow anger... You can sow unforgiveness and you know, your heart is just like a piece of ground. A piece of ground... It doesn't matter, if you plant corn or if you plant squash or okra or whatever it is. If you plant that seed in the ground, that seed will begin to germinate and that ground will start bringing the fruit that was in that seed.
Likewise your heart will begin to start amplifying and releasing the power of whatever seed you put in it and sadly, most people... Even most Christians... Put more seeds of doubt and unbelief and fear and anger and unforgiveness and lust and all of these other bad seeds... Most of us allow these things to be sown in our heart and then we wonder why we aren't having a proper crop. That's just not the way that it works. This is a powerful principle and truths that these scriptures are teaching. So there was four types of ground. We've already talked about the first one. We've already spent some time talking about the second type of ground. In verse 16 it says, these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground: who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness.