23 And when he got into the boat, his disciples followed him. 24 And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep. 25 And they went and woke him, saying, “Save us, Lord; we are perishing.” 26 And he said to them, “Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?” Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. 27 And the men marveled, saying, “What sort of man is this, that even winds and sea obey him?” (Matthew 8:23-27)
I daresay that compared to the faith of Christ all of us now have “little faith,” but some have less and some have more faith than others. We live now in that time prophesied by Jesus when “men’s hearts will faint with fear from what is coming upon the earth.” The sons of Satan are now well upon their way upon destroying much of the beautiful earth God has created. He is busily destroying this world even now with his manifold nefarious schemes. And some of us do not now possess the faith we need to meet the disasters lurking around the next corner. My hope is that this little teaching will help us acquire the faith we need in order to prevail. Everything depends upon acknowledging and feeding the implanted word of God within us. Remember the word of James, brother of Jesus.
Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creation.
 Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger;  for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness that God requires.  Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. James 1:18-21 (ESV)
The book of James, like every other book of the Bible, speaks primarily about the salvation of the soul, not the spirit. The reason for this is that Jesus’ death and resurrection effected spiritual salvation for every man, woman, and child who ever lived or will live and nothing we can do will add or subtract from that. This is our spiritual salvation. It is true that we need to learn about that and come to believe it so that we understand that we have now been reconciled to God through Jesus. The next thing we must do, though, is to get up and walk out of our prison of sin, our bondage to sin. This deals with the salvation of the soul and is accomplished through the implanted word. This is that which will empower us to prevail in the dark days.
One of Jesus’ most memorable parables concerns the implanted word. He said,
“A sower went out to sow.  And as he sowed, some seeds fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured them.  Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and immediately they sprang up, since they had no depth of soil,  but when the sun rose they were scorched. And since they had no root, they withered away.  Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them.  Other seeds fell on good soil and produced grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.  He who has ears, let him hear.” Matthew 13:3-9 (ESV)
No one, of course, could understand this parable so Jesus explained it, saying,
“Hear then the parable of the sower:  When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is what was sown along the path.  As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is the one who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy,  yet he has no root in himself, but endures for a while, and when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately he falls away.  As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and it proves unfruitful.  As for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it. He indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty.” Matthew 13:18-23 (ESV)
Many people interpret this story to mean that only the last group of people achieve ultimate salvation while the rest fail to get saved and so spend eternity in hell. That is wrong and false doctrine. We are the soil, the earth upon which the seed is scattered. Remember, God made man of the dust of the ground. The seed is the word of God. Each man, each piece and type of soil, hears the word of God in some form during his life. That person, that soil, bears his own responsibility with respect to the word he hears. Everyone hears the word of God through a variety of sources. The question is, what is each one going to do with that specific word God has given to him or her?
James says to to receive the word with meekness. We each have hard hearts that want to go our own way. We always think we are right, but we need to meekly admit and accept that only God is really right and that Jesus tells us through his word exactly what God says is right. Consider the prophets:
The word “break up” here means to “to till the soil.” We are the soil. This phrase speaks of breaking up, or tilling, our hard unproductive ground, our hard hearts. In order for the the word of God to take root in our soil, our individual lives, our land first needs to be tilled and broken up. This is partly each man’s responsibility. This is why the Bible teaches both God’s sovereignty and man’s duty. God plants his word in us, but what have we done to prepare and keep the soil he has planted his word within?
Is your life characterized by impotence with respect to God’s word? Do you find that the devil always snatches the word from you, leaving you unproductive in the sight of God? Do you fret and worry about all things, failing to trust God for your provision? Do you lust for ever more worldly goods? Do you plow with wickedness instead of the word of God and, therefore, reap iniquity and eat the fruit of lies? Then break up your fallow ground! Receive with meekness the implanted word! Just begin to do the first thing that you know the word says to do. Your ground is not destined to always remain hard and unproductive. Shoulder your responsibility and get on with it. Like a farmer, begin to turn your unproductive soil (life) into land that produces fruit. Remember, God is making man into his image and your decision to become part of that process is integral to that plan.
This is how each of us must now prepare for the evil days we have entered. These days will grow harder and more evil. The devil is afoot, but greater is he who dwells within us. Now take this little teaching and grow in faith. Remember the word of God which you have and do it. This will begin to break up your fallow ground and will allow new seed (word of God) to sprout, which will in turn cause new and greater faith to arise in your heart.