The message from Pastor Rodney has really touched me because he has inspired me to receive the Word, put it into my life, and realize I have always had a call on my life. My husband and I were not living our lives for the Lord at that time, but we still prayed and sought Him for His anointing and answers to hard questions. We were also really encouraged by his many sermons to start reaching the lost for the Lord with the Soul Winning Script. I discovered just how easy it was and how receptive people were to accept the Lord as their personal savior.
We had started attending The River, hearing the Word, and watching the Great Awakening every night. We had heard about their Bible school so my husband and I started seeking the Lord for His will with regard to attending RBI Bible School. Then when my husband attended the last night of Camp Meeting, the first week of the New Year, Pastor asked how many people felt they had a call on their lives. My husband went up and then we were given full RBI scholarships for both of us to attend for all 3 years. What an answer to prayer! Wow, we are so blessed to hear the word preached. It is being planted into our hearts on a daily basis by attending this anointed Bible School. We are learning on a deeper level just who we really are in Christ Jesus our Lord!!! We are seeing our lives changed and growing closer to our Father God and Jesus!!!
I really liked this message. I thought it was very powerful and it helped me to understand the things that keep the seed of the word from being planted into the good ground of our heart. The first thing I learned was the pastor can be up front preaching and you can hear the word but if you do not understand it, the wicked one will come and steal the seed that was sown leaving you to bare no fruit because there is no seed. The second thing I learned is that we can hear the word and understand it receiving it with joy. But if we are not rooted in the word and continuing to read and grow in the word then when trials, tribulations, and persecution arise we will get offended. That means we will act contrary to the word of God instead of holding strong to it and rejoicing. Third I learned that we can hear the word and receive it with understanding but man has been given free will and if we decide we want money and things of the world more than God and his word then the word will get choked and become unfruitful. Finally the most important thing I learned was that we must hear the word and receive it with understanding not allowing anything of this world to hinder the word but we must hold fast and when life seems like it is getting tough or the world seems more pleasing than God that is when we need to hunker down endure all things and fight the good fight of faith continuing to read the word aloud pressing on to the other side and the seed planted in our heart will bear fruit in us some 30 fold, 60 fold, and 100 fold.