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Matters of the Heart

  • He spoke to them many things in parables, saying, 'Behold, a farmer went out to sow. As he sowed, some seeds fell by the roadside, and the birds came and devoured them. Others fell on rocky ground, where they didn't have much soil, and immediately they sprang up, because they had no depth of earth. When the sun had risen, they were scorched. Because they had no root, they withered away. Others fell among thorns. The thorns grew up and choked them. Others fell on good soil and yielded fruit: some one hundred times as much, some sixty, and some thirty. Matthew 13:3-8 WEB.

    After He taught the parable of the Sower, Jesus explained it in detail to His disciples (Luke 18:11). He told them the seed represented the word of God, and the four types of soil represented people. The seed is consistently good, but the quality of the ground varies (Matthew 13:18).

    1. There is the seed scattered along the road: The hard heart. This was like the Pharisees, who at first were curious about Jesus. However, when they saw Him welcome sinners and ignore their traditions, they coldly rejected Him. His words became an offense to them. They grew envious, and they plotted on the best way to dispose of Him. They became hardened.

    2. There is the seed scattered among rocks: The shallow heart. This soil is people with shallow faith, and it is revealed the moment outward trouble arises. When tribulations, persecutions, and various sufferings rise in their life, like seed laying in the scorching sun, their shallow "faith" sadly withers away. The person who "immediately" received the gospel with joy also "immediately fell away."

    3. There is the seed scattered among thorns: The strangled heart. This soil represents those who let the love of worldly things, especially the love of money, prevent them from fully committing to Jesus. Matthew 6:24 tells us that "No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money." I can tell you from experience that He will force you to choose between Him and your money. He will relentlessly pursue the subject until you either reject Him or surrender your wallet and learn to be a cheerful giver.

    4. Finally, there is the good soil: The surrendered heart. The one who hears the word and understands it. Who endures the circumstances and bears fruit. Jesus repeatedly tells us in Matthew'that if you follow Him, suffering will follow you. Endurance is part of the basics of Christianity as in: "Take up your cross and follow Me" and "the one who endures to the end will be saved" (Matthew 10:22, Matthew 24:13).

    The kingdom of God is within us, and in a sense, we are God's field. Our actions and attitudes determine the quality of our soil and the amount of fruit produced.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, please forgive me for what I have done in the past and give me a fresh start today. I want to live my life for You. I surrender to You. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!

    Note: Ladies, today is Thankful Thursday at the "Ladies in Distress" group (our RHM women's group)! You are welcome to join in our weekly sharing of thankfulness for the Lord's presence and any blessings you may have experienced, big or small! "Ladies in Distress" is a private group, so if you have any problems joining, just post anywhere and we will help you :). Here is the link: Ladies in Distress


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Kevin J. Eck
Kevin J. Eck Amen! I surrender my life to you Father.
Jul 7
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Debi Burton
Debi Burton Heavenly Father, please forgive me for what I have done in the past and give me a fresh start today. I want to live my life for You. I surrender to You. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen! ❤️
Jul 7
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Celeste Strenn
Celeste Strennedited: Jul 7

Amen, ❣️

Jul 7
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen Father 

Jul 7
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Brenda F
Brenda F

Amen!

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Dana Rozell
Dana Rozell

Yes Amen.

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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walkeredited: Jul 7

AMEN.  Heavenly Father, Please bless my Son and guide him safely through his surgery today. Thank you for everything.  AMEN

Jul 7
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Candy Laventure
Candy Laventure

My prayers are with your son.

Jul 7
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker

Thank you!!

Jul 7
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Sending prayers and positive thoughts for you and your son

Jul 7
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker

Thank you!!

Jul 7
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David Krull
David Krull

I stand in agreement w prayers for a successful surgery with no complications. In Jesus Christ Name.

Jul 7
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker

Thank you!!

Jul 7
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Prayers for a successful surgery and a speedy recovery for your son, Patricia.

Jul 7
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker

Thank you!!

Jul 7
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza

PRAISE THE LORD. Prayers sent for your son. 

Jul 7
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Cathy Webb
Cathy Webb

Praying for the Lord's hand over your son and this surgery, Patricia. Asking for His peace for you both today.

Jul 7
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Candy Laventure
Candy Laventure

Dear Lord, I surrender to you. Please forgive me for my sins. Amen!

Jul 7
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Yes, amen Lord. 

Jul 7
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

We surrender to you Jesus and makes what's important to you important to us. Amen 

Jul 7
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Amen and Amen 

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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen Good Morning Everyone 

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Maria Melendez
Maria Melendez

Amen , God Bless everyone !!!

Jul 7
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

Jul 7
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David Krull
David Krull

Amen. Father help me be faithful to You in every area of my life. Send me a Rehma word..open my spiritual ears so I can hear clearly from You. In Jesus Name.

 

Jul 7
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

Amen 

Jul 7
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Amen!

Jul 7
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

In Lord Yeshua's name I ask this, Amen. 

Jul 7
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Cathy Webb
Cathy Webb

Pastor Dion, I love these descriptive definitions of the heart! A brand new way for me to think of the soil in my heart. Thank you. Lord, continue preparing my heart soil to produce fruit for Your kingdom. In Jesus' name, Amen

Jul 7
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen! 

Jul 7
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David Fabillaran
David Fabillaran

Amen Lord Jesus!

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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Amen

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Sherry McCosh
Sherry McCosh

Amen!! Lord open my eyes to see your true will for my life. Help me to keep on the straight and narrow path. Help me to always keep my eyes on you and not myself or the world before me. I praise you and I worship you ! In the name of Jesus my Lord and Saviour, Amen!

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