Receive Your New Heart

“A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell along the path and was trampled underfoot, and the birds of the air devoured it. And some fell on the rock, and as it grew up, it withered away, because it had no moisture. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up with it and choked it. And some fell into good soil and grew and yielded a hundredfold.” As He said these things, He called out, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” And when His disciples asked Him what this parable meant, 10 He said, “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of God, but for others they are in parables, so that ‘seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand.’ 11 Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. 12 The ones along the path are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved. 13 And the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear the word, receive it with joy. But these have no root; they believe for a while, and in time of testing fall away. 14 And as for what fell among the thorns, they are those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by the cares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not mature. 15 As for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patience.” Luke 8:5-15

Jesus tells the parable of a sower that threw out His seed onto four different types of land. Three out of the four of the different kinds of land that the seed fell on failed to survive and thrive. This parable was Jesus’ way of explaining what kinds of people would be able to withstand the temptations and trials of the world.

If we look at the reason each fell to the schemes of Satan, we can see it’s because of a heart issue. Our desires are usually on the world and the things of this world instead of on the things of God. For instance, most of us find the commands of Jesus to be restrictive instead of freeing. We find it taxing to pray, worship, and read our Bible. In fact, the majority of us don’t fast at all.

We want to love God, but our desires and our heart are on the things of this world. So, how do we fix this? We beat our flesh into submission by daily prayer, worship, and reading our Bible. We starve our flesh through fasting as we seek the face of God. In doing so, God will strengthen our spirit and give us a new heart that desires Him and the things of Him.

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