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Tomorrow's going to be the last day that we make all of this product available to you, so please go to the effort of calling or writing today and receiving these materials. Now, I've been talking about the sower sowing the seed from Mark, chapter 4, verses 14 through 20 and I've spent quite a bit of time on just the first two types of people that the Word of God came to and these are people that just didn't have a heart for it, their heart was hardened, and so it never got past their mind, it never got down on the inside of them, and Satan just stole the word away. They didn't understand it. The second type of person is a person who did get excited about the Word of God, but they didn't take time to let it take root in their heart.
In other words, it was just a superficial commitment to the word. It was below the surface, but it wasn't rooted and established, and so afflictions and persecutions came and stole the word away from this person and it didn't produce fruit. The third type of person that receives the word is listed in verses 18 and 19. This is Mark 4:18 and 19, it says, "And these are they which are sown among thorns: such as hear the word, and the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful".
Now this is a big deal right here. This, in a way, is probably the most dangerous situation of all because it's subtle. You know, I've said this before, but I believe that these four types of people who heard the word, I believe it's also descriptive of progressive steps. In other words, nobody starts out being fertile ground. We all start out being hard hearted and our hearts are hardened and Satan just steals things from us because we don't understand and we have to go past that, and then the second type of person is a person who did embrace the word, they did get it below the surface, Satan didn't have total access to it, but they didn't commit themself and get grounded in it and so they lost it. Satan came against with afflictions and persecutions and they lost it.
This third type of person is a person who, they had a root, they were committed to the Word of God. The Word of God was beginning to work in their life, but they got distracted by the cares of this life, the deceitfulness of riches and the lust of inner thi... Other things entered in and it choked the word. The word picture here is like a seed. If you plant it and that plant begins to start growing, well then that's good, but the soil only has so much nutrients and moisture and if you allow weeds to grow up, those weeds will take nourishment and moisture that was intended for the seeds you want and it will decrease the yield. It will hamper the growth of the plant that you want because the ground only has so much nourishment to give and if it's spread out among all of these other plants, well then you are going to have a deformed or a dwarfed or a diminished harvest from the seed that you want.