Discerning Fallow Ground

Here is another chapter in my book from Matthew. Fallow ground, or ground that has not been cultivated still bears fruit. I once had a back field that was very prolific in weeds. One weed produced countless weed seeds. I could mow down the weeds and all looked fine in the dormant season. Once the rains came, it was a veritable plethora of weeds. Not only that, the flower beds close to my house were contaminated with weeds!


Our heart can be filled with weed-seeds-thoughts, and yet we may live as though we have it altogether. However, when we are stressed, our goals our blocked, or we face the impossible, the fruit of our weed seeds surfaces as fleshly reactions. Let’s identify some of the weeds growing in the fallow ground of our heart.


Unforgiveness
Unforgiveness affects every aspect of our lives. It is a hidden sin that leads us into hardness of heart and self-deception. Until it is confessed and repented of, it will continue to be a sterile, non fruit-bearing ground in our heart that propagates sinful thoughts.


Hidden Sin
Proverbs 28:13 says, “He who covers his sins will not prosper, but whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy.” Psalm 66:18 says, “If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear.”


Hidden sin can affect us physically. David expressed that in Psalm 31. Verse 9-10 says, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I am in trouble; my eye wastes away with grief, yes, my soul and my body! For my life is spent with grief, and my years with sighing; my strength fails because of my iniquity, and my bones waste away.”

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