Our thoughts are key in every aspect of our lives. Friday I was reading Matthew 13 when the Lord dropped another book into my heart. It is about cultivating our heart.
Matthew 13:14-15 says, “…Hearing you will hear and shall not understand, and seeing you will see and not perceive; for the hearts of this people have grown dull…”
Do you have ‘selective hearing’ or are you attentive? Do you discern what you are hearing or is it going in one ear and out the other?
Jesus addressed Abraham’s descendants who had selective hearing. John 8:43 says, “Why do you not understand My speech? Because you are not able to listen to My word.” Verse 45 says, “But because I tell you the truth, you do not believe Me.”
In Matthew 13:18-23 Jesus explained the parable of the sower. There were folks who heard the word, but the wicked one snatched it away because they didn’t understand. Other seed fell on stony ground. They received it with joy, but when trouble came into their lives, they stumbled and fell away.
Some fell on thorny ground. They received the word but things entered into their hearts and choked out the word. The seed that fell on prepared hearts bore fruit.
Our negative thoughts create weed seeds that fall into the fallow ground in our hearts and propagate. Hosea 10:12 says, “…Break up your fallow ground, for it is time to seek the Lord, till He comes and rains righteousness on you.”