Here is a very subtle work of the enemy to take our worship from the Lord. I hope that these posts have helped you discern some fallow ground in your own heart that needs to be plowed up and replanted with life-giving seeds of truth.
Heart Idols And Lip Service
Anything that takes priority over the Lord is a heart idol. Idols contaminate our bodies which are His temple. Matthew 15:8 says, “These people draw near to Me with their mouth, and honor Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me.”
We may say that we love the Lord, yet if our time, money, or energy is invested into fleshly pursuits instead of His kingdom, we are lying to ourselves.
1 John 1:6 says, “If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.” Chapter 2 verse 4 says, “He who says, I know Him, and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.”
The Lord desires to reveal Himself to those who walk in His ways. He is magnificent in His attributes. He designed us to be a parker of His nature.
John 14:21 says, “He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.” What a great promise!
I want to summarize this chapter on discerning what causes us to have fallow ground. We have seen many areas. Each one is sin. Though we may sin against others, ultimately our sin is against God.
Proverbs 13:15 uses explicit words to help us see how barren a life of sin is. In the Amplified it says, “Good understanding wins favor, but the way of the transgressor is hard (like the barren, dry soil or the impassible swamp).”
Fallow ground allows weed seeds to exponentially flourish in our hearts. Thoughts of despair multiply as they spiral down until we become overwhelmed.