A Heart That hears God
Bob Wade | Matthew 13:1-23 | July 12, 2020
“For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.”
1 Peter 1:23
Since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God.
1. Hard heart (vs. 18-19)
The ones along the path are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved.
For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.
2. Shallow heart (vs. 20-21)
1 John 2:19
They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us. But they went out, that it might become plain that they all are not of us.
So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples.”
3. Divided heart (vs. 22)
4. Ready heart (vs. 23)
Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.