How many times do we hear a message or God tells us something and we don’t write it down and then we forget? Or we write it down and lose the paper, resulting in forgetting as well. Not to mention, we write it down and we just don’t ever look at it again.
Then Jesus said to them, “Don’t you understand this parable? How then will you understand any parable? The farmer sows the word. Some people are like seed along the path, where the word is sown. As soon as they hear it, Satan comes and takes away the word that was sown in them. Others, like seed sown on rocky places, hear the word and at once receive it with joy.But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word; but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful. Others, like seed sown on good soil, hear the word, accept it, and produce a crop—some thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times what was sown.” Mark 4:13-20
So often this parable is associated with salvation but I think it could as be talking about messages that God is trying to tell us. Over and over, we make some of the same mistakes leading us to some of the same traps and we wonder, ‘Where are you God? Have i already learned my lesson?’.
From there we usually do two things we get mad and try to figure things out our own way or we seek God and he answers us. However if it doesn’t take root, if we don’t make an effort to remember what he has told us, we forget these valuable lessons God has shown us.
These scriptures say it all. It shows all the way we can forget.
1. Sometimes, as soon as we hear a message, Satan steals it.
2. Sometimes we understand it when we hear a message and can get excited then we forget the next day.
3. Sometimes, we hear a message that disagrees with our selfish desires so we ignore it.
4. Sometimes, we hear a message and our brain is already over-loaded with our worries and concerns about this life, we don’t have room for anything else.
This happens to all of us, you are not alone. Even the most “spiritual” looking person, forgets what God has told them one time or another. What is important is how to prevent this from happening in the future. So we can remember what we have heard and reap the blessings multiple times over.
So I imagine some of you are saying well I know this already, I don’t forget. So here are some questions for a little self-evaluation…
- What did your pastor preach about last Sunday? (no looking at notes)
- What has God been talking to you about lately? (again, no peeking at notes)
- Do you ever feel like you are going over and over the same (problems, struggles, strongholds, whatever you call it)?
If you answered yes to any of these I would recommend a few suggestions or at least find a way that works for you.
- Buy a notebook, something small that you can take with you, when you think God is trying to tell you something write it down, go back to it later that day and reflect on it. Also keep your sermon notes in it and once or more a week read over them and pray.
- Warning!!! Don’t write every detail down of sermons, you may miss out on what the pastor is saying, try to learn some standard shorthand. Here is an awesome link…http://english-zone.com/study/symbols.html that gives idea’s of short hand. However, make sure you go over it the same day and don’t go crazy with short hand.
- Ask your pastor for a copy of notes or see if they can print out an outline that you can follow.
- Take the time, invest in yourself and the Lord.