The Heart: The Gateway to Life
17 Dec 2017
It is important to receive God’s Word as seed, but it is equally important that we sow this seed in the right ground. Sowing seed in the wrong kind of ground will not produce a harvest. Every promise and finished work of God has been put inside the seed of His Word and reserved for us. If we want to see His promises come to pass in our lives, we must plant the Word in our hearts. As long as we take care to keep our hearts open and receptive to receive this seed, and we do not uproot it after it is planted, it is guaranteed to produce. In light of this, our hearts play a vital role in determining whether we experience change, or stay the same. We are free moral agents who can choose to plant the seed of God’s Word, or some other kind of seed, in our hearts, so the decision we make becomes vital in deciding the direction of our lives.
- When we plant God’s Word in our hearts, we must not uproot it.
- Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever (1 Peter 1:23).
- In this spiritual farming system in which God’s Word is the seed, the ground is a person’s heart.
- The day we got saved, the Word of God got in our hearts and gave birth to the harvest of being born again.
- And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified (Acts 20:32).
- We receive the promise of the inheritance by receiving the Word.
- Words are seeds, whether they are positive or negative. A life apart from the Word of God makes us subject to another type of harvest not attached to His Word.
- There are several stages determining the course of our lives.
- The first stage is influence, and we must be aware of who or what is influencing our lives. Words come into our ears and out of our mouths, and images enter through our eyes. The Bible says that evil communication corrupts good manners (1 Corinthians 15:33).
- The influences to which we expose ourselves determine how we think.
- How we think determines how we feel; if we do not like the way we feel, we can change the way we think.
- Our feelings determine our decisions.
- Our decisions determine our reality, because they control our actions.
- Our actions eventually determine our habits.
- Our habits determine our character, which brings us to our destination in life. We are free moral agents and we can choose our own path in life.
- There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death (Proverbs 14:12). If we do not like our destination, we can change direction.
- My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh. Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life(Proverbs 4:20-23).
- We can give our attention to any number of things, but God tells us specifically to give our attention to His Word.
- So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God (Romans 10:17). We must listen to what God says.
- Our ears are one gate that allows seed to get into our hearts. Our eyes are another gate.
- We must keep the seed in the midst of our ground; we cannot get a harvest from part-time seed.
- It is not enough to passively sit back and make no effort. We must intentionally and on purpose actively search for and receive the Word, and guard against the enemy stealing it away.
- The Bible contains the very life-essence of God. It is the only book in the Library of Congress that is alive.
- It is important to prevent other seeds from being sown into our hearts.
- Now I’m turning you over to God, our marvelous God whose gracious Word can make you into what he wants you to be and give you everything you could possibly need in this community of holy friends (Acts 20:32, MSG).
- Who we keep company with greatly influences us. This holds true for good or bad. The people with whom we associate can release seeds that will challenge our harvest.
- This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success (Joshua 1:8).
- We cannot expect to get a harvest if we simply come to church on Sunday and sit passively, and then go home and fail to think about the Word during the week.
- To meditate means to ponder something and roll it over in our minds. We know we have meditated on something enough when we can close our eyes and see an inner image of us possessing what we have been thinking about.
- For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it (Isaiah 55:9-11).
- If we have learned how to think and do things from other people instead of from God, we are operating in a way that is lower than His way.
- Regardless of the situation, God’s Word will never return empty or unproductive. He is pleased when we are healed, delivered, and financially prosperous.
- God said that He sent His Word, healed them, and delivered them from their destructions (Psalm 107:20).
- No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord (Isaiah 54:17).
- It is true that no weapon will prevail against us, but many people neglect to read the rest of this Scripture. We have the authority to condemn words spoken against us. We must first condemn these words so that the weapons formed against us will not prosper.
- Words of judgment against us can plant seeds in our hearts, which can form a weapon to come against us. We do not need to allow this.
1 Peter 1:23
1 Corinthians 15:33
Acts 20:32, MSG