Thursday, March 9, 2017

What's on your heart? – Part 2

Romans 10:13-15 “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!”

Michael continues and explains that the seed cannot take root unless there be a Sower. To sow is to broadcast. This is an agricultural term. It means to throw the seed regardless of the type of ground upon which the seeds fall. As Paul said, I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase.  Jesus' challenge is to examine the type of soil of our hearts: did we with joy receive the word and then fall away because the Word did not take root?  Did we with joy receive and then the pleasures of riches and the pressures of the things of this world choke the joy from our hearts?

Jesus said abide with me and within me...  I in thee and thee in me.  Apart from the vine, the branch cannot bear fruit.  Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful, but his delight is in the law of The Lord and in his law doth he meditate day and night... and he shall be like a tree that is planted by the rivers of waters that bringeth forth his fruit in due season..  His leaf also shall not wither and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

Mother Theresa said that “God works best with nothing”. John the Baptist said, "I must decrease that he may increase."  Paul said, "For me to live is Christ, to die is gain." 

Lord, I pray that I would be willing to die for the things worth living for and live for the things worth dying for. We must die to self to live for Christ.  Unless a seed fall to the earth prepared to receive it and die, only then can it bear much fruit. Prepare your heart.

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