Friday, July 13, 2007

David Jeremiah
Friday, July 13

Cultivated Heart

But he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.
Matthew 13:23

Recommended Reading
Mark 4:10-13

If you had to choose the most important of all the stories Jesus told, which would you choose? You should consider the one He said was most important: "Do you not understand this parable? How then will you understand all the parables?" Jesus seemed to indicate that the parable of the four soils was a key to understanding the rest of His parables.

Why was it so important? Because the parable of the soils (Matthew 13:1-23) has to do with what is required for the Word of God to bear fruit in the life of the one who receives it. When the Word is sown in the heart, the condition of the "soil" (the heart) makes all the difference. If the heart is hard, Satan can snatch the Word away. If the heart is troubled or enamored with the world, the Word can die before it bears fruit. But if the heart is tender and ready to receive the Word, it will spring up and bear fruit "thirty, sixty, or a hundredfold." The key to spiritual fruitfulness is a heart in which the Word of God can be sown and take root.

Spend time daily cultivating your heart so it will be ready to receive the Word.

Plato located the soul of man in the head; Christ located it in the heart.
St. Jerome

Ecclesiastes 6:1 - 9:18


Shelly said...

Let me know if I can add any extra specifics to praying for you girl. I trust He is Able and Enough for you.

And may our hearts be softened by His grace!

Abby said...

your posts are always so encouraging!! i am just amazed at how the Lord is using blog-world to bless my life! it's so fun!!

i needed to see this tonight! thanks!!
have a great day tomorrow!!
...oh and your pjs in that picture are definitely cute ;)

Anonymous said...

Prayed these scriptures for you early this morning ...I KNOW God is "rushing" to your encourage you....look for Him as these verses the ways thus far He has blessed you....there is great reward and relief in thankfulness....
coram deo,
Psalm 18:20-24
The Message (MSG)

20-24 God made my life complete
when I placed all the pieces before him.
When I got my act together,
he gave me a fresh start.
Now I'm alert to God's ways;
I don't take God for granted.
Every day I review the ways he works;
I try not to miss a trick.
I feel put back together,
and I'm watching my step.
God rewrote the text of my life
when I opened the book of my heart to his eyes.

jennyhope said...

donna thank you so much...these are so perfect!! I love Psalm 18 so much!! It is so funny to because I was reading John 15 this morning and then it was the verse of the day on bible gateway...repetition repetition!! ;)

Mandalyn said...

Hey! I'm sorry you are going through a difficult time right now! I will be lifting you up in prayer!

I saw your post on Jenna's blog and thought I would visit you. I notice you live in AL--me too! It also looks like you have a daughter around my girls age! I have a 28 month and a 9 month old!

I hope you have a good day! Praying for you!