Only God Can Fix the Human Heart
Heart of the Matter Part 2- Matthew 13:1-23
Four Different Conditions of the Heart
1) The heart that is hard (v.18)
-distraction keeps us from the truth
-many people actually are in this–truth gatherers, not truth appliers
*Our tomorrow won’t be better without a pliable heart
2) The heart that is shallow (v.20)
-the excitement doesn’t last long when there is any problem you run into
-responding to emotion rather than God
*be the turtle–slow and steady
3) The heart that is divided (v.22)
-allows other things to choke it out
-money; I’m “too busy”; work work work
** Hebrews 11- it blesses us to come together
– most of the time we are not making a conscience decision to “ghost” Jesus we just allow our every day lives to take over
4) The heart that is open (v.23)
-the word has taken root and it’s noticeable
-people will be able to see it
-pray for those who are hurting!
*recommit ourselves to reaching our neighbors with the Gospel—GET SERIOUS ABOUT THIS
Lord, how can I be the heart that is open all of the time? It’s so hard to keep that going because I allow life to distract and pull at me. Lord I sometimes let my emotions control me instead of turning to You. Lord I thank you for letting me know You and have a relationship with You. I pray for those who do not know you or choose the world over You that You may soften their hearts.
Lord I also pray that I may see how You want me to reach my neighbors this week with the Gospel message. Let me be a voice for the Truth of Jesus and the love that You have for us.