“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – Mark 4: 4:7,18-19




“Some seed fell into thorns,

and the thorns grew up and choked it,

and it produced no crop.”



“There are others who receive the seed in thorns.

These have heard the Word,

but the worries of this world,

the lure of riches and all the other passions

come in to choke the Word,

and so it produces nothing.”


– Mark 4: 4:7,18-19 (JB)






“There are others who receive the seed in thorns.”

These receivers of the Word are those who have many interests or cares,

but who lack the ability to hear or comprehend what is truly important.

They allow their pastimes, their concerns, their passions and their self-interests to take over.


God loses His primary importance in such people’s lives

and they no longer seem to be able to make real time for Him.


Truly, what or who do I place before God in my life?


If, in whatever circumstance,

there is anything or anyone at all that would take that first place from God

– and that can be myself –

then His Word has little chance of growing in me.






O Lord, my God, my Jesus, my Saviour,

You are the Alpha and the Omega,

You are everything

and I want to place You firmly in my heart,

right there before everything and everyone in my life.


Lord, do not allow anything or anyone to come between me and Your loving grace.

Remove from me all my self-centeredness

and replace it with more of You,

till You become every breath that I take.


Lord, You are all I want.

Lord, You are all I need.


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