Soil of the Heart

“Listen! A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seed fell on the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Other seed fell on rocky ground, where it did not have much soil, and it sprang up quickly, since it had no depth of soil. And when the sun rose, it was scorched; and since it had no root, it withered away. Other seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no grain. Other seed fell into good soil and brought forth grain, growing up and increasing and yielding thirty and sixty and a hundredfold.” And he said, “Let anyone with ears to hear listen!” -Mark 4:3-9

“The sower sows the word. These are the ones on the path where the word is sown: when they hear, Satan immediately comes and takes away the word that is sown in them. And these are the ones sown on rocky ground: when they hear the word, they immediately receive it with joy. But they have no root, and endure only for a while; then, when trouble or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately they fall away. And others are those sown among the thorns: these are the ones who hear the word, but the cares of the world, and the lure of wealth, and the desire for other things come in and choke the word, and it yields nothing. And these are the ones sown on the good soil: they hear the word and accept it and bear fruit, thirty and sixty and a hundredfold.” -Mark 4:14-20

The seeds all were sown… some landed on things and some among. Only one group of seeds were sown into something. Only in soil could the seeds be taken in, fully received. But the soil needs to be prepared and ready to receive seeds. Only God can prepare the soil of my heart, but I must be willing to hand Him the “plots” of soil to be tilled, weeded. Even the gnarly, nasty roots of lies and false beliefs must be dug up and thoroughly removed so that the Truth of God’s Word can be sown into the soil of the heart.

I have realized there are places within my heart that have been handed over for God to till and prepare and seed has been placed into it… however there are fences that I have put up, guarding areas of overgrown weeds and roots filled with bitterness or shame. Only recently have I acknowledged these borders and have allowed the Master Maker, Creator, and Gardener to tear down the walls and come in and remove the roots and weeds till the soil of my heart. He is beginning to sow more seeds of His truth into areas where lies have been rooted. I rejoice in God’s truths and look forward to seeing the harvest of these fresh seeds! I choose to plant His Word into the soil of my heart and continue to allow God to tend the garden of my soul!

May those who sow in tears reap with shouts of joy. Those who go out weeping, bearing the seed for sowing, shall come home with shouts of joy, carrying their sheaves. -Psalm 126:5-6

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