HEAR AND UNDERSTAND
BY: DAVID L. WALKER – APRIL 2004
“He answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, Lo there! for, behold the kingdom of God is within you.” Luke 17:20b-21 (KJV).
Hear and understand these words. If the Kingdom of God is within me, I don’t constantly look for its coming. I have it. I behold it. I function and operate in it as an adopted son of the living God. I now have it working and operating in me. I teach the Kingdom of God is nigh you. The understanding is that the Kingdom of God is in me. I’m not looking for its coming, but its manifestation at the end of the age.
Matthew 13:10-23 (KJV), “And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables? He answered and said unto them, ‘Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. Far whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.
Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive: For this people’s heart is waxed grass, and their ears are dull of hearing – and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.
But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear, For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.
Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower. When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side. But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it; Yet hath he not root in himself, but endureth for a while: for when tribulatian or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended. .
He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches” choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful.
But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit? and bringeth forth some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. ”
So, as we hear these words and begin to understand the parable, we grasp hold of the truth and God’s Kingdom principles. Then they start to take root within us and we can now comprehend that if we hear the words of the Kingdom, but do not understand them, they are easily taken. We must pray to understand the Kingdom words that we hear and seal them within our hearts that they cannot be taken.
The stony place is where we hear the word of the Kingdom of God with joy, but because we are not rooted and grounded in the word, the wicked one is able to tempt the word out of us by placing tribulation and persecution in our lives because of the word’s sake, and we become offended. To overcome the stony places in our lives we pray to be rooted and grounded in the word, that it may take root in us. We pray that the stony places that cause us to come short, to be removed and become stepping stones into the Kingdom of Heaven. We bind up the spirit of offense and command it to be silent in the name of the Lord Jesus. We ask wisdom, understanding and knowledge, directed by the Holy Spirit, to fill that place. Then we cover it in the blood of the Lamb and seal it in our hearts.
We overcome the wayside and gain understanding to hear as we remove the stones and are rooted in good soil. We have dealt with the spirit of offense and we are no longer offended because of the word.
We now face the place of thorns. If the wicked one cannot steal the word and he cannot tempt the word away, then he will try to choke it out with the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches. The word now has root and understanding. It has started to produce fruit. The deceitfulness of riches and the cares of this world choke out the life of the word which sustains us and causes us to be unfruitful.
Jesus faced these three places in Matthew 4, when He was taken into the wilderness to be tested. Hear what the wicked one said in verse 8, while trying to choke out the word in Jesus’ heart; “Again the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain” and showeth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And saith unto him ‘All these things will I give thee’ if thou wilt fall down and worship me.
Then saith Jesus unto him “Get thee hence Satan: for it is written Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.” Jesus shows us the power to overcome by giving us understanding through His testing. It’s the written word upon our heart that has been given understanding by the Holy Spirit which watered that word and brought forth a new creation in us. We are able to look on those things which are above, where Christ now sitteth on the right hand of God, because of the resurrection power of the word. This is where we now set our affection on those things that are above and not on the cares and riches of this world. For we should be dead to those things and our lives should be hid with Christ in God.
If we are looking on those things above, there is nothing to choke out. The fruit of His love is being produced through us. We, as Christ did, can say, “Satan, it is written, keep your deceitful riches and the cares of this world, we will serve our Father in Heaven where we are laying up our treasures for eternity.”
As we come through the Door (Jesus, the Way) and receive the Truth (Holy Spirit), we become Life in the Father’s Kingdom. The wayside is overcome by understanding the word, Jesus. The stony place is overpowered by the rooting of the word, because of the wisdom or revelation of the Holy Spirit. The thorns are no longer able to choke the life of the fruit, because of our oneness with the Father of all creation. We now become tabernacles of His presence for all creation to hear and see. A city upon a hill that absolutely cannot be hidden or denied.
Hear and understand. This is he that received seed into the good ground. He heard the word and understood it. He will bear fruit and bring forth a crop, some a hundredfold, some sixty and some thirty.
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