Make the Master proud of you by being good citizens. Respect the authorities, whatever their level; they are God’s emissaries for keeping order. It is God’s will that by doing good, you might cure the ignorance of the fools who think you’re a danger to society. Exercise your freedom by serving God, not by breaking the rules. Treat everyone you meet with dignity. Love your spiritual family. Revere God. Respect the government.

1 Peter 2:13-17 (MSG)

Friday, November 16, 2012

Heart Conditions

In my "So That" study with Wendy Blight, we were looking at the parable of the sower.

And when a great multitude had gathered, and they had come to Him from every city, He spoke by a parable: “A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell by the wayside; and it was trampled down, and the birds of the air devoured it. Some fell on rock; and as soon as it sprang up, it withered away because it lacked moisture. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up with it and choked it. But others fell on good ground, sprang up, and yielded a crop a hundredfold.” When He had said these things He cried, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”
The Purpose of Parables

Then His disciples asked Him, saying, “What does this parable mean?”

And He said, “To you it has been given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God, but to the rest it is given in parables, that

‘Seeing they may not see,
And hearing they may not understand.’


The Parable of the Sower Explained

“Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. Those by the wayside are the ones who hear; then the devil comes and takes away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. But the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, who believe for a while and in time of temptation fall away. Now the ones that fell among thorns are those who, when they have heard, go out and are choked with cares, riches, and pleasures of life, and bring no fruit to maturity. But the ones that fell on the good ground are those who, having heard the word with a noble and good heart, keep it and bear fruit with patience.


Now Wendy asked us some questions talking about how the four types of soil represent the heart of one who hears the Word.  We were asked to dissect the soil and explain why it impacts the ability to receive the message.

I found this interesting, because while I knew the parallel between the heart and the soil...this kind of hit anew this morning.

  1. Trampled Heart
  2. Heart with no root
  3. Thorny Heart
  4. Good (Receptive) Heart
Trampled Heart
Packed down with troubles and unbelief, and the Word can't get in

Heart with no root
Word enters the heart, but doesn't take root and withers and dies

Thorny Heart
Word enters, takes root, but the cares of the world are so many that it chokes out the Word of God.

Good (Receptive) Heart
Word takes root and grows creating lasting change.

Oh how I pray that we would all develop and maintain a receptive heart, because it is so easy to stray and let our hearts harden to the Word of God.  Lord help us all to remain receptive to your leading, I know many lead busy lives, but help us to make you the number one priority.  Change us!  In Jesus Name, Amen.

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3 comments:

  1. I love what you shared from our lesson this week! And I so agree with our prayer. I always want to have a receptive heart...one that not only hears but responds to what the Lord is speaking and leading.

    Wendy

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  2. Amen and Blessings Deanna ... Stopping in from Wendy's study!

    So enjoyed what you shared about the SOILS!

    I returned to that portion today and had just asked what others thought so I'm glad that you shared this so well here on your blog! Thanks!

    Have a blessed SONday and week!
    Peggy

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  3. Great thoughts from lesson one...love seeing how He is speaking to each of us individually. Thank you for sharing...always a farmer's wife I hear much about soils, neat to see how nature relates to us!

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