State of digestion is one's ability; or not, to absorb the content being assimilated. The triumphant, living Lord, is sending forth His ambassadors to proclaim His gospel throughout all the World (Matthew 28:19-20) towards acceptance, and the saving of the soul.
On the other hand, according to the apostle Paul, if the gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: in whom the god of this world (Satan) has blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them (2 Corinthians 4:3-4).
Those under Satan's influence are so controlled that he effectively shields them from receiving the greatest treasure of all; Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Those who fit into such a category need to be set free of the blindness created by his deception.
The prophet Amos foretold a time that there would be a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord (Amos 8:11). We are seeing such in our present day setting.
Many seducing spirits have captured the attention of God's people. Many nations who grew up under the influence of God's Word; have now departed, and are becoming pagan in nature; no longer bearing the fruit of God's Word. When laws can be made towards the enhancement of the ungodly; it is truly a sign of the times.
The parable of the sower tells that he went forth to sow. Some seeds (later described as God's Word) fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up. When one hears the word of the kingdom, and understands it not, then comes the wicked one (Satan) and snatches away that which was sown (Matthew 13:4). The state of digestion is unsatisfactory in this category because there is no endurance; only a brief encounter with God's Word.
It is heartbreaking to observe a person lose out on one's greatest investment in life; by not holding fast to God's Word, falling back into the grip of the world of ungodliness.
The parable of the sower reveals that some seeds fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them. He that received seed among the thorns is he that hears the word; and the cares of this life, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful (Matthew 13:7).
Such an individual is one who never really breaks away from his past. The sanctification process of being separated from the world never really comes into focus. Scripture reveals that if any man be in Christ, he is a new creation; old things are passed away; all things are become new (2 Corinthians 5:17). There should be a decisive break with the old life at the moment of conversion.
It is unfortunate; but the state of digestion of those falling among the thorns category, has not been sufficient enough to break away from the sinful nature of man. One, in such a category, continues consumption of past influences of the old life.
There is a laxity in many Western churches of preaching, and standing, for the Unadulterated Word of God. Thank God for those who are willing to do so. Such is needful in the hour in which we live as all kinds of ungodliness is filtering into many once godly nations.
When homosexuality; same-sex marriage, is promoted and received in a nation; this is an obvious sign of the ungodliness that has been allowed to enter in. When it is endorsed and allowed to legally and openly flaunt its characteristics; with no shame or reproach, it again gives evidence of the ungodliness in the land. The state of digestion of such can be used as a barometer to the condition of a nation.
The final category of the parable of the sower is the seeds which fell on good ground and brought forth fruit (Matthew 13:8). They that receives seed (or the Word of God) on good ground, both hear the Word, and understands it; bearing fruit as evidence of true conversion. While fruit bearing may vary in the amount, all true believers bear fruitful lives. All categories of the parable of the sower; heard the Word, but the state of digestion was different in each category.
Whatever category one finds themselves in (Revelation 20:11-15); when the final breath of life is taken, will be how they will be judged. Let us hold fast to the Word of God; yielding our life over to Jesus, as Lord and Savior, that we might be found fruitful at His coming or when our time on earth is finished!
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