For the Cross

Your Heart’s Condition

Craig Walker
March 10, 2019

The parable of the sower is really about soils, and particularly, the soil of one’s heart

1st soil condition:
This speaks to the condition of a heart that is rock hard like pavement.

“Then he told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up.” “Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in their heart. This is the seed sown along the path. ”Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root.” “The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away.” 'Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants.” “The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful.” Matthew 13:3-4,18-19 NIV

Unfortunately, I think this soil is the predominant soil in the modern day church.

What further complicates this is that we are surrounded by a "ME” gospel.

'Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. Whoever has ears, let them hear.” “But the seed falling on good soil,
refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.” Matthew 13:8-9,23 NIV

Big Idea: Good soil of the heart takes constant care.

We have an ongoing work to do in breaking up the fallow ground.

"Break up your fallow ground, for it is time to seek the Lord until He comes to rain righteousness on you... " Hosea 10:12

Notice that Hosea 10:12 begins with the act of sowing.

You have to sow righteousness for yourself!

When men rely only on self to produce righteousness, they do what they think and feel is right, within themselves!

‘Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the LORD pondereth the hearts.’ Proverbs 21:2

The word of God is the seed of righteousness

‘Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness.” 2 Corinthians 9:10 KJV

Because we are spirit filled – we should no longer sow to our flesh!

“Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.” Galatians 6:7-8 KJV

Fallow ground is – ground that has been left unplowed and has become hard.

That is why we are told to BREAK UP The fallow ground.

Anything less than instant obedience is disobedience.

Fallow ground is UNUSED GROUND

Saints who are not involved in the work of God, often in time, become hard and callused when it comes to the harvest.

When the fallow ground is broken – you are able to easily receive the word of God!

Revival comes after we break up the fallow ground!

Revival ALWAYS comes after the breaking of the fallow ground!

What is the condition of your heart?