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.