Today I'm continuing a series that I've entitled, effortless change, and this coming Friday is going to be my last day to teach on this on television, and I tell you, this is powerful. This is something that has changed my life. I've seen this change the lives of countless numbers of people, and I know that there's many of you that know that there's something that needs to change and you may pray and say, oh God, help me and help me to get out of this problem, but there is a right and a wrong way to change and most people are approaching change the wrong way and that's the reason it is such a traumatic experience, but if you would take God's word like a seed and plant God's truths in your heart, then that...Those truths would germinate like a seed and it would just grow and produce and you would see change come effortlessly.
I know that sounds nearly too good to be true to many people, but it is absolutely true, and these are some of the foundational things that God has taught me, and I tell you, my life has transformed miraculously because of the Word of God. It'll work for you. So, we're back into Mark, chapter 4, and on my program yesterday I was dealing with the second type of ground in this parable that Jesus taught about the sower sowing the seed. It was talking about a man who just cast seed and it fell on four different types of ground. The seed represents the Word of God, the ground represents our heart.
So, the seed is the same in every situation. The Word of God is the same and it has miraculous potential for every single person. The seed is never the variable. It's always our heart that's the variable. There was four different types of ground or four different types of hearts represented here and the fruit that you see the Word of God produce in your life is not determined by the seed, but rather by the ground and how it nurtures and allows the seed to release its life. So, it's our heart that's the problem. And the second type of heart that is described here in Mark, chapter 4, verses 16 and 17, is the type of heart that receives the Word of God with gladness. You're excited about it, but you don't let it take root on the inside of you. You don't let it get grounded on the inside of you, and because of that, when afflictions and persecutions come, and they will come, Satan is going to come against you and try and steal the word that's been sown in your heart.
And his number one method of doing that is criticism... Rejection... Persecution, and when it comes, if you...If the word isn't firmly established and rooted and grounded on the inside of you, then you'll be offended and the Word of God will quit working in your life. That's what this is talking about, and I tell you, there are just so many scriptures that God has used in my life to make this same point about that the Word of God doesn't need to be just a surface level understanding, but it needs to be rooted on the inside of me deep in my heart. Boy I tell you, this is important, and I know that there's people watching this program right now that you may have some understanding of the word, you may know some scriptures and you might even be able to quote it and remember what those verses say, but as far as being established in your heart, fear is more established than faith. Sickness is more established than the truth that by his stripes you're healed.
Prosperity is not the thing that is dominant in your life, but many of you were brought up with a poverty mentality and you've had experiences and stuff that make you susceptible to fear of being poor and stuff even though the Word of God says that he wishes above all things that you prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospers. And so, there are multitudes of people, I know, watching this program that have some understanding of the word, but it's not rooted and established in you and so you only last for a brief period of time. Let me say it this way. If your Christian life is up and down, mountain tops and valleys, you're in and out and sometimes you're really passionate about God and then other times you can be just as carnal and as mean and ornery and angry and bitter and unforgiving, I mean it's just... You were...You have opposites in your life. It's because the Word of God hasn't taken root.
You may know about it. You may have some knowledge, but you don't have it established in your heart. The Word of God will bring a consistency to your life and take away these peaks and valleys. Man, that's a major statement right there. God is speaking to some of you right now that if you would be honest, you would say, man, my life is like a yo-yo. I am up and I am down. I can be just praising God with the best of them and then the next day depending on what happens... Depending on how I feel, I can be so discouraged, it's because you are living by your flesh and the Word of God has not released its stability into your life yet. Boy, those are big statements right there, and some of you are saying, well, if that's me, what do I do about it? You have to take God's word and you have to begin to start giving it a greater priority in your life. You have to meditate in it day and night so like Joshua 1:8 and 9 says, then when you've meditated in the word day and night, then is when you will have good success and when you will prosper.