Luke 8:15 But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.


Jesus said that good ground that produced fruit in the parable of the sower sowing the Word of God into our heart in Luke 8:15, was first of all an honest (fair, right, honorable, good, admirable, becoming) heart. Seed can be good seed but it needs good soil. If there are bad things in the soil it hurts the seed’s production. Jesus was saying that honesty was one of the keys to our heart being good soil and bringing forth fruit from the Word sown into us.


Honesty before God and in our relationships should be a high priority to every Christian. Trust is the basis for all relationships and honesty is the best policy – always. Dishonesty, of course, undermines this trust. How serious honesty is in God’s eyes is reflected directly in two of the Ten Commandments: the 5th commandment, “Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor,” and the 9th commandment, “Thou shalt not lie.” For those of you who think the Ten Commandments have no value to the Christian under grace and that there’s no learning that can come from the Ten Commandments I feel sorry for you and am praying for you.


I believe honesty clears the ground of our heart from what hinders the Word of God producing in us. As long as there is no dishonesty, lies, or deceit in our heart the Word of God will in time bring forth its fruit in us. Let’s be honest with God, with ourselves, and with others in 2018. God’s Word is not silent on the subject of honesty. We are to:


  1. Denounce dishonesty 2 Corinthians 4:1, 2.
  2. Provide things honest in the sight of all men 2 Corinthians 8:21.
  3. Think honestly Philippians 4:8.
  4. Walk honestly 1 Thessalonians 4:12.
  5. Live honestly Hebrews 13:18.
  6. Have our lifestyle honest 1 Peter 2:12.

Pastor John Rasicci is the founder and Pastor of Word of His Grace Church in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, where we are building people who are building the Church. Pastor's ministry mission is to help people discover God's dream for their Life, the Local Church, and the Last Days' Harvest. With a strong emphasis on the grace of God and with a prophetic voice, Pastor John preaches and teaches in churches, conferences, and crusades both locally and throughout the world. He has produced books, tapes, and other teaching materials to empower, enable, and equip Believers with the Word of God. Pastor John is married to his wife Candy who with their three children, Krista, Joanna, John Anthony, and two son-in-laws, Matt and Doug, serve together in the ministry. After graduating from Kent State University, Pastor John pursued a career in professional baseball before accepting the call to the ministry. He and his wife, Candy, received their ministry training from Rhema Bible Training Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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