Bible Study Devotional – Day 186 – Commentary Luke 8:6 & 8:13

Some fell on rocky ground, and when it came up, the plants withered because they had no moisture. … Those on the rocky ground are the ones who receive the word with joy when they hear it, but they have no root. They believe for a while, but in the time of testing they fall away.

After going to church all my life, at 16 I was elated to discover I could have a personal relationship with Jesus. We talk. He connects me with God, and He nudges me through His Holy Spirit. I sprouted quickly in our relationship, but my heart was sitting on rocky soil. I stumbled over the rocks of poor self-image and not knowing who I was in Christ. God is royalty, and when we believe in Jesus and become His sons and daughters, we’re royalty too. I had a poor self-image because I lacked self-forgiveness. When Jesus told me I was righteous, I didn’t believe Him. Satan moved in, and I withered.

When we believe in Jesus we need to be certain that we are royalty and that when God forgives us though His grace we need to forgive ourselves. It is only when we pluck the rocks we stumble over from our lives that our roots can grow. Then we will flourish.

Father God, help me identify the rocks I stumble over and pluck them from my life and help me to believe all your promises in the Bible so I can flourish. Remind me to encourage others and spread your love. I pray through Jesus. Amen.

Bible Study Devotional – Day 186 – Commentary Luke 8:6 & 8:13

4 thoughts on “Bible Study Devotional – Day 186 – Commentary Luke 8:6 & 8:13

  1. I love your writing today. It is so appropriate for my life right now. Our property is filled with rocks of all sizes, from peas to boulders. The yard is a mess and everything was done wrong because of our builder walking out on his responsibilities. Top soil should have been brought in to cover the rocky soil and then the grass should have been planted. That is not what happened, so we are currently doing the back breaking job of removing rock from our soil. We have finished on both sides of the house and the back yard and the results are exactly what we were hoping for. Since the rock is gone the grass is able to spread and thrive. It is not a very joyous job. BUT today when I go out to work on the front yard I will think of the job in a different way. Each rock that I pluck from the earth will represent a problem or a thought that Jesus wants me to get rid of so that I can flourish. When the work ends today I know my back will be sore but I know my heart will be lighter. Thanks, Jody!

    1. What a beautiful story. It brought tears to my eyes. If I ever get my devotions published, can I have permission to use this story and the one you wrote the day before? Thanks, Sis!

    1. Thank you for your permission to use what you write. Maybe some day you’ll help me write a book of devotions.

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