Discerning Fallow Ground Part Three

Here are two more very prominent areas that create fallow ground in our hearts. Remember: Mark 4:19 says that the desires for other things creep in, and satan’s prime weapons are his fiery dart-lies.

Fleshly Desires
When our fleshly desires rule our heart choices, they will keep us from submitting to the desires of the Holy Spirit. James 4:5 says, “Or do you think that the Scripture says in vain, The Spirit who dwells in us yearns jealously?”

Walking in our flesh will yield nothing that can sustain us in our trails. We will bear no fruit that will glorify the Lord because our flesh leads us into a barren wasteland.

John 6:63 says, “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are Spirit, and they are life.”

Lies Of The Enemy
Fiery dart-lies are lobbed at us continually. If satan can get us to believe his lies, then he can control our lives from within. Through his planted lies, he builds inner strongholds designed to keep us in bondage.

Jesus’ truth about satan is found in John 8:44. It says, “…there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.”

Anything that comes into your mind that is negative in nature, will likely come in the first person. You may be doing something mundane that doesn’t require thought. Seemingly from out of nowhere this thought against another floats into your mind. Your greatest defense is to not give it another thought.

You have to discern where the thought is coming from. Is it building you up or tearing you down. Does the thought align with God’s word about you? If not, it is a lie.

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