Here are two more tell tale signs of fallow ground in our heart. These are areas that are not submitted to the transforming power of the Holy Spirit.
Proverbs 16:18 says, “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.” The higher we lift ourselves up in pride, the harder we will fall from God’s grace in our lives.
James 4:6 says, “But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” Pride deceives us into thinking that we are something that we aren’t. Pride leads us into hypocrisy.
Proverbs 8:13 says, “The fear of the Lord is to hate evil; pride and arrogance and the evil way and the perverse mouth I hate.”
The opposite of pride is humility. If you have fallen because of pride, take heed to James 4:10. It says, “Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.”
A proud person lives in a dry desert of their own making. It is fallow ground that will only produce the weed seeds of self-effort.
Judgmental Or Critical Spirit
Matthew 7:1-2 says, “Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.”
It is foolish for us to critically assess another by what we think they are thinking or feeling. Only the Lord knows the thoughts and intentions of our heart. 2 Corinthians 5:16 says, “Therefore, from now on, we regard no one according to the flesh…” Why? Our flesh opposes God’s way, neither can it rightly discern.