I want to give you two points of reference that I believe God wants us to understand,
As a basis for what to expect, when we are expecting.
The first point is Mark 4:1
And he began again to teach by the sea side: and there was gathered unto him a great multitude, so that he entered into a ship, and sat in the sea; and the whole multitude was by the sea on the land.
Notice He entered into the ship…
Let’s Just say, that’s our Seed.
You know, like in Pregnancy…..
The Seed has to be sown….
What are we to expect from here on out until delivery?
Well, there are 40 more verses until the next Point,
Which would be Mark 5:1
Jesus lays out what to expect while we’re expecting, in those 40 verses.
The number Forty represents testing, by the way.
You will see why I said that as we move forward.
So, The Seed was Sown-
Jesus entered the ship.
*Any promise of God has to originate with His Seed, which is His Word.
That’s the difference between faith and positive thinking.
Faith is a Substance.
You can’t just get pregnant by positive thinking.
There has to be a substance.
So, the Seed is your Promise found in God’s Word. (Substance… something to take to the bank!)
Then Jesus says,
This is what will happen next.
And it came to pass, as he sowed, some fell by the way side, and the fowls of the air came and devoured it up.
The first thing that could possibly attack your seed is abortion by the enemy.
He’s out to steal your baby-
This means a Complete loss.
No connection of The Seed (Word) to the heart.
This means, in order to keep that from happening, You have to hold fast, and decide that you are holding on to that Truth you just heard.
And some fell on stony ground, where it had not much earth; and immediately it sprang up, because it had no depth of earth:
But when the sun was up, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away.
This is the first part of a miscarriage.
You’re Not healthy enough to support the Seed.
Attack on the Seed is too fierce because the Heart wasn’t healthy or grounded enough in Love.
This happens when we get really excited.
It’s not that we don’t want the Word.
We see others enjoying God’s Promises, and we are eager, but we haven’t laid a Foundation of Love, and persecution offends us.
Offenses restrict God’s Love.
Being offended aborts the promise because Faith works by Love.
In other Words, Faith is Held or “carried” by Love.
Then He goes on to say;
And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up, and choked it, and it yielded no fruit.
This is the third trimester.
And we’re “over” getting offended.
We love God, and He loves us.
We know it, and our enemy knows it,
But if He couldn’t get us to abort through offense,
Now He will distract us.
The cares of this life start choking the desire to deliver.
Besides, it’s been too long, we’re too tired, and now we’re huge with seemingly nothing to show for it.
Surely, it would be Good to just stop tending this and feel better again.
Now, we divert our attention to what would make us happy, or feel better.
Jesus says the deceitfulness of riches, and what we seem to not have will start choking the Promise.
Let me add here. Even “good things” that we get out of priority can choke the Word.
I remember the Dr. telling me, closer to my due date to not do some of the more strenuous “good” things I used to do.
But to Focus on a safe delivery.
comes the labor…..
Somebody wake up Jesus!
Is He going to let me die?
You’ll have to go back to Mark 4 and read this whole Chapter….
But here is Jesus in verse 41… speaking to the winds and waves that are trying to rock you…
In Pregnancy terms, the contractions.
Oh, the contractions!
And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?
The Truth is, now that Jesus is on High, He’s not only in our boat, going through the “pregnancy” with us,
But we can “wake” the Jesus in us, any day or time,
By Speaking to the winds and waves in His Name and Authority-
Trusting His Power to back us.
Then Guess what happens in Mark 5?
The Delivery came..
And not only did the delivery bless the disciples, but a demon possessed man that Jesus was trying to get to…
Let me ask you today…
Just how important is that baby-
(God’s Promise) to you,
that you’ve been carrying?
This delivery won’t just affect you…
But others waiting on the other side!