Faith Under Fire-Ned Christie

Mark 4:3-20 (NKJV): “Listen! Behold, a sower went out to sow.And it happened, as he sowed, that some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds[a]of the air came and devoured it.Some fell on stony ground, where it did not have 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.And some seed fell among thorns; and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no[b]crop.But other seed fell on good ground and yielded a crop that sprang up, increased and produced: some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred.” And He said [c]to them, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear!” 10 But when He was alone, those around Him with the twelve asked Him about the parable. 11 And He said to them, “To you it has been given toknow the[d]mystery of the kingdom of God; but tothose who are outside, all things come in parables,12 so that ‘Seeing they may see and not perceive, And hearing they may hear and not understand; Lest they should turn,And their sins be forgiven them.’”

13 And He said to them, “Do you not understand this parable? How then will you understand all the parables?14 The sower sows the word.15 And these are the ones by the wayside where the word is sown. When they hear, Satan comes immediately and takes away the word that was sown in their hearts.16 These likewise are the ones sown on stony ground who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with gladness;17 and they have no root in themselves, and so endure only for a time. Afterward, when tribulation or persecution arises for the word’s sake, immediately they stumble.18 Now these are the ones sown among thorns; they are the ones who hear the word,19 and thecares of this world,the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things entering in choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.20 But these are the ones sown on good ground, those who hear the word,[e]accept it, and bearfruit: some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred.”

Psalms 105:16-19 (NKJV) Moreover He called for a famine in the land; He destroyed all the provision of bread.17 He sent a man before them--Joseph—who was sold as a slave.18 They hurt his feet with fetters,

[a]He was laid in irons. 19 Until the time that his word came to pass,The word of the Lord tested him.

Luke 8:11 (NKJV):“Now the parable is this: The seed is theword of God.

Galatians  3:4 (NKJV): “Now the parable is this: The seed is theword of God.

Galatians  3:13-14 (NKJV): "Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”), 14 that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

2 Peter 1: 5-8 (NKJV): But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control [a]perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither [b]barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Isaiah 46:10 (NKJV): Declaring the end from the beginning,And from ancient times things that are not yet done, Saying, ‘My counsel shall stand,And I will do all My pleasure,’

Isaiah 48:10-11 (NKJV): Behold, I have refined you, but not as silver; I have tested you in the furnace of affliction. 11 For My own sake, for My own sake, I will do it; For how should My name be profaned? And I will n

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