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Receive His Word
By Victoria Osteen - May 02, 2017

Jesus told a parable in scripture about a farmer who sowed some seed on different types of soil. Some of it took root and some did not. It says that when the farmer threw some seed on thorny ground, the thorns grew and choked the plant. In this parable, the thorns represent the cares of this world. When you are full of cares and worry, it can choke out the fruitfulness of your life and make you stagnate and unproductive.

We have to remember that every day God throws seeds into our lives—seeds of blessing, joy, life, hope, provision. The question is how are we receiving those seeds? Are we allowing the cares of this world to choke our spiritual life?

Paul told us in scripture how to deal with the cares of this world. In Philippians 4:6 he said, "Do not be anxious about anything." Then he goes on to tell us how we can win the war on worry. He said, "In everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God."

Paul was saying to turn your worry list into a prayer list. Turn those things that are bothering you over to God. Be grateful. A grateful heart is a strong heart. We aren't going to change our circumstances by worrying anyway. We won't add to tomorrow. In fact, worry steals from tomorrow. It steals your confidence and peace.

Today, let your heart be good ground, ready to receive the seed of the Word. Cast your cares on Him. Be grateful. Sing songs of praise to Him all throughout the day. Don't let the worries of this world rob you of your blessing. Instead, win the war on worry by living a life of prayer
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