Why It’s More Important Now Than Ever for Every Christian to be a Practicing Student of the Bible (Part 3)

Mark Furlong
4 min readJan 26, 2024

The core issue in living a fruitful life

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We all want to live abundant lives. God designed us to experience His love, joy, peace, and so much more. 2 Peter 1:4 calls it “the divine nature.” It is the life of Jesus growing and flowing in us and through us.

What is absolutely critical to experiencing this kind of life is how much of God’s word fills us.

The parable of the sower contains one of the very best teachings on this theme.

This truth packed parable appears in all three synoptic gospels (Matthew 13, Mark 4, Luke 8). It weaves such a depth of insight throughout that teachers have taught entire sermon series from it.

I’ve done so and despite studying and meditating on it, Year after year, I still get so much out of it.

In this article, I’m emphasizing just two themes found in Luke 8:11 of the parable.

  1. The word of God produces the life of God in us
  2. The enemy’s constant goal is to steal or hinder the word of God in our lives.



Mark Furlong

Author, Coach Helping busy, active people know and live ALL of God’s purposes for their life: the COMPLETE life. www.TruVineMission.com,