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The Fruitful Heart

The Fruitful Heart

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The Fruitful Heart

Jesus often spoke the mysteries (hidden wisdom) of the kingdom of God through parables (Ps 78:2-4, Mt 13:13). A parable is a simple story dealing with a very real circumstance (situation, fact, event) in which the principal subject is described by another subject resembling it in its properties and circumstances. The principal subject is thus kept out of view, and one is left to ponder the intentions (meaning, objective, purpose) of the speaker. A parable will often say something the flesh does not want to hear (receive) in such a way as to defuse (neutralize, disarm) personal objection (people tuning out their attention or focusing on their objection), or prejudice and hold the attention of the hearer and convey the message (which is pondered in their hearts for an extended period). Some truths within the message are meant to be divinely revealed to those who sincerely seek the meaning. Jesus said: Matthew 13:13-15, “Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias (Is 6:9-10, 44:18), which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive: For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them (restore).” Those not sincerely (genuinely) seeking to know and live God’s Word will never understand the true meaning – their flesh won’t allow it. They will not receive it due to their priorities to their flesh (self). The only way one will ever truly understand is when they seek to do God’s will above all else. John 7:16-17, “Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me. If any man will do his will, he shall know (understand) of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.” The parable of the seeds is contained in three of the four gospels, and verses from each gospel will be used for the sake of clarity. Fortunately, Jesus partially walks us through this particular parable in His explanation to the disciples.

Matthew 13:3, “And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow.” Mark 4:14, “The sower soweth the Word.” This is God speaking His eternal Word. God’s message has always been consistent and proclaims that we are to turn from our wickedness (our way, forsake it) and turn to God with a willing mind and a whole heart in submission and love (faith). The “Way” to God is through Jesus Christ. John 14:6, “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” The soil that the Word is being placed into is the hearts of individual hearers. Mark 4:4, “And it came to pass, as he sowed, some fell by the way side, and the fowls of the air came and devoured it up.” The gospel of Luke adds that the seed (Word) was trodden down (Lk 8:5). The way side would represent those individuals who do not have hearts prepared to receive the Word because they were strictly seeking their own way. They had no appreciation to hear or understand the great significance of what was being said because they had higher priorities to self. 2 Corinthians 4:4, “In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.” Their feet tread it in the ground as they went about their way. Jesus said: Matthew 7:6, “Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.” The pearls would be the precious things of God. They had no use for the Word and brought dishonor to God by their disregard. God is not i
The Fruitful Heart

Jesus often spoke the mysteries (hidden wisdom) of the kingdom of God through parables (Ps 78:2-4, Mt 13:13). A parable is a simple story dealing with a very real circumstance (situation, fact, event) in which the principal subject is described by another subject resembling it in its properties and circumstances. The principal subject is thus kept out of view, and one is left to ponder the intentions (meaning, objective, purpose) of the speaker. A parable will often say something the flesh does not want to hear (receive) in such a way as to defuse (neutralize, disarm) personal objection (people tuning out their attention or focusing on their objection), or prejudice and hold the attention of the hearer and convey the message (which is pondered in their hearts for an extended period). Some truths within the message are meant to be divinely revealed to those who sincerely seek the meaning. Jesus said: Matthew 13:13-15, “Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias (Is 6:9-10, 44:18), which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive: For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them (restore).” Those not sincerely (genuinely) seeking to know and live God’s Word will never understand the true meaning – their flesh won’t allow it. They will not receive it due to their priorities to their flesh (self). The only way one will ever truly understand is when they seek to do God’s will above all else. John 7:16-17, “Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me. If any man will do his will, he shall know (understand) of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.” The parable of the seeds is contained in three of the four gospels, and verses from each gospel will be used for the sake of clarity. Fortunately, Jesus partially walks us through this particular parable in His explanation to the disciples.

Matthew 13:3, “And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow.” Mark 4:14, “The sower soweth the Word.” This is God speaking His eternal Word. God’s message has always been consistent and proclaims that we are to turn from our wickedness (our way, forsake it) and turn to God with a willing mind and a whole heart in submission and love (faith). The “Way” to God is through Jesus Christ. John 14:6, “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” The soil that the Word is being placed into is the hearts of individual hearers. Mark 4:4, “And it came to pass, as he sowed, some fell by the way side, and the fowls of the air came and devoured it up.” The gospel of Luke adds that the seed (Word) was trodden down (Lk 8:5). The way side would represent those individuals who do not have hearts prepared to receive the Word because they were strictly seeking their own way. They had no appreciation to hear or understand the great significance of what was being said because they had higher priorities to self. 2 Corinthians 4:4, “In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.” Their feet tread it in the ground as they went about their way. Jesus said: Matthew 7:6, “Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.” The pearls would be the precious things of God. They had no use for the Word and brought dishonor to God by their disregard. God is not i

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The Fruitful Heart
 Jesus often spoke the mysteries (
hidden wisdom
) of the kingdom of God through parables (
 Ps78:2-4, Mt 13:13
). A parable is a simple story dealing with a very real circumstance(
 situation, fact, event 
) in which the principal subject is described by another subjectresembling it in its properties and circumstances. The principal subject is thus kept out of view, and one is left to ponder the intentions (
meaning, objective, purpose
) of the speaker. A parable will often say something the flesh does not want to hear (
receive
) in such a way as todefuse (
neutralize, disarm
) personal objection (
 people tuning out their attention or focusing on their objection
), or prejudice and hold the attention of the hearer and convey the message(
which is pondered in their hearts for an extended period 
). Some truths within the messageare meant to be divinely revealed to those who sincerely seek the meaning. Jesus said:Matthew 13:13-15, “Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; andhearing they hear not, neither do they understand. And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias (
 Is 6:9-10, 44:18
), which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; andseeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive: For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see withtheir eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should beconverted, and I should heal them (
restore
).” Those not sincerely (
 genuinely
) seeking to knowand live God’s Word will never understand the true meaning – their flesh won’t allow it. Theywill not receive it due to their priorities to their flesh (
 self 
). The only way one will ever trulyunderstand is when they seek to do God’s will above all else. John 7:16-17, “Jesus answeredthem, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me. If any man will do his will, heshall know (
understand 
) of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.”The parable of the seeds is contained in three of the four gospels, and verses from each gospelwill be used for the sake of clarity. Fortunately, Jesus partially walks us through this particular  parable in His explanation to the disciples. Matthew 13:3, “And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow.” Mark 4:14, “The sower soweth the Word.” This is God speaking Hiseternal Word. God’s message has always been consistent and proclaims that we are to turnfrom our wickedness (
our way, forsake it 
) and turn to God with a willing mind and a wholeheart in submission and love (
 faith
). The “Way” to God is through Jesus Christ. John 14:6,“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” The soil that the Word is being placed into is the hearts of individual hearers.Mark 4:4, “And it came to pass, as he sowed, some fell by the way side, and the fowls of theair came and devoured it up.” The gospel of Luke adds that the seed (
Word 
) was troddendown (
 Lk 8:5
). The way side would represent those individuals who do not have hearts prepared to receive the Word because they were strictly seeking their own way. They had noappreciation to hear or understand the great significance of what was being said because theyhad higher priorities to self. 2 Corinthians 4:4, “In whom the god of this world hath blindedthe minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is theimage of God, should shine unto them.” Their feet tread it in the ground as they went abouttheir way. Jesus said: Matthew 7:6, “Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast yeyour pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rendyou.” The pearls would be the precious things of God. They had no use for the Word and brought dishonor to God by their disregard. God is not in their thoughts and they do not wantto know His ways. Psalm 10:4, “The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will notseek after God: God is not in all his thoughts.” Job 21:14, “Therefore they say unto God,Depart from us; for we desire not the knowledge of thy ways.” The fowls of the air representthe devil (
the wicked one, Mt 13:19, Mk 4:15
). Jesus said: Luke 8:12, “Those by the way side
 
are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lestthey should believe and be saved.” The devil does this the way he always has. He appeals totheir desire to seek their own way by telling them: “ye shall be as gods” (
Gen 3:5
) and “yeshall not surely die.” (
Gen 3:4
). Their eyes are on their own path and certainly not God’s.They live in the flesh and the things of God are as foolishness to them. 1 Corinthians 2:14,“But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishnessunto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” Therefore: 1Corinthians 1:18, “For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but untous which are saved it is the power of God.” These do not believe and thus they are not saved.The devil takes them captive at his will (
2 Tim 2:26 
). Therefore, these seeds never even sproutmuch less produce fruit. Matthew 13:5-6, “Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwiththey sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth: And when the sun was up, they werescorched; and because they had no root, they withered away.” These are individuals that hear the Word and receive it, but have no depth of understanding (
life in the Spirit 
) or heart toapply the Word to their lives and actually live it. Jesus said: Mark 4:16-17, “And these arethey likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word,immediately receive it with gladness; And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for atime: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word’s sake, immediately theyare offended. The gospel of Luke adds that the sprouts withered away because they lackedmoisture (
 Lk 8:6 
). Water or moisture has always been symbolic of the Holy Spirit. Jesus said:“If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripturehath said(
in submission and obedience, Jn 14:15, 21, 15:10
), out of his belly shall flow riversof living water (
 Holy Spirit, Jn 7:37-38
).” This is the annointing or baptism of the Holy Ghostand fire that John the Baptist said Jesus would bring (
Mt 3:11, Lk 3:16, 1 Jn 2:27 
). The HolySpirit is given to those who obey Christ (
 Acts 5:32
). Obedience is synonymous with “livingthe Word” which is “faith.” We are told to walk in the Spirit and not the flesh (
 Rm 8:1, 4
).Galatians 5:16, 25, “This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of theflesh. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.” Concerning this parable, thegospel of Luke adds, “for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away (
 Lk 8:13
).”Those walking by the flesh will be quick to fall in times of temptation. Temptations appeal tothe lusts of the flesh and apart from the Spirit, the flesh will dominate. Jesus was led of theSpirit to be tempted of the devil, but overcame the temptations through submission andobedience to God’s Word (
Mt 4:1-11, Lk 4:1-13
). Jesus denied His flesh during thesetemptations to uphold God’s will. Denial of the flesh means a sacrifice of something the fleshwants. You can be very religious (
hearing and believing 
), but if your fleshly and are notliving God’s Word in the Spirit, then you will surely fail. The flesh will always compromiseGod’s Word for it’s desires. Romans 8:14, “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, theyare the sons of God.” The Holy Spirit gives us boldness, direction and understanding in theWord of Christ. John 16:13-15, “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guideyou into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall hespeak: and he will shew you things to come. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine,and shall shew it unto you. All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that heshall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you.” Through the Spirit we have access to God’swisdom and Christ’s direction all the time – to the mind of Christ (
1 Cor 2:10, 16 
). We aresealed in the Spirit and if we do not have the Spirit we are not Christ’s (
 Eph 1:13, Rm 8:9, 2Cor 1:22, 1 Jn 4:13
). God’s Word is found in the Bible. The Spirit and the Word will alwaysagree. If one reads God’s Word through the flesh (
without the Spirit 
) then one will interpretGod’s Word through the flesh and certainly apply it wrongfully and under their own strength(
hence, endure but for a time
). Jesus said these had no root in themselves. The roots are
 
developed when one correctly understands God’s Word, submits to it, and is led by the Spiritto actually lives the Word. These heard the Word and received it with gladness (
believed,maybe said a sinner’s prayer 
), but didn’t do (
apply, live
) the Word. James 1:22, “But be yedoers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.” It is only when we startdoing the Word that the blindness and deception of the flesh will start to lift. One can be themost religious man on earth and yet be totally lost (
not Christ’s
) through one’s own blindnessand deception. Many are living religiously (
 professing Christ 
) in the flesh (
 for its desires
).Matthew 7:24-25, “Therefore whosoever heareththese sayings of mine, and doeth them, I willliken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock (
 firm foundation
): And the raindescended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not:for it was founded upon a rock (
 foundation of Christ 
).” In the parable of the seeds, the root isthe firm footing of the plant and the conduit for the water and nutrients (
Spirit and Word 
).Having root in yourself is to be firm in your faith as lived out in your life (
i.e. doeth these sayings of Christ 
). The sun represents the afflictions and sufferings that will come. You mustwalk as Jesus walked. You actually live this Word by walking in Christ’s steps - followingHim. However, these had no depth of soil (
 stony ground 
); they received the Word (
 seed 
), butwere not willing to walk the Word. They didn’t take this Word fully to heart in actuallyapplying it to their lives. When testings and trials came along (
 scorching sun
), they quicklycompromised rather than suffer sacrifice or reproach for the Word’s sake and withered in their faith. It’s like this: Matthew 7:26-27, “And every one that heareth these sayings of mine,and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house;and it fell: and great was the fall of it.” They heard the sayings, but did them not. In the parable of the seeds, they heard, but didn’t do, and were withered by the sun. They wereoffended (
 fell away
). Jesus said: Matthew 11:6, “And blessed is he, whosoever shall not beoffended in me (
also Lk 7:23
).” Therefore, these seeds actually sprout (
they receive Christ’sWords and believe
) but due to the hardness of the soil (
their hearts are unwilling to live theWord 
), the root does not grow and establish itself. There is a lack of nutrients (
nounderstanding due to blindness and deception
) and water (
 Holy Spirit 
), and they quicklywither (
 give in, do not overcome
) under the sun (
 persecution, suffering, temptation
). Mark 4:7, “And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up, and choked it, and it yieldedno fruit.” Jesus explained: Mark 4:19, “And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.”The gospel of Luke adds, “pleasures of this life (
 Lk 8:14
).” These are seeds that landed in soil(
willing hearts
) suitable to take root in and they start to grow (
have some application of theWord in their lives
). However, the cares (
necessary things
), riches, pleasures, and lusts of thisworld compete with the Word. We are going to live in the flesh or in the Spirit, but not both.Galatians 5:17, “For theflesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: andthese are contrary (
opposed, divergent 
) the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the thingsthat ye would.” You cannot love Jesus and also flirt with the world. “…Friendship of theworld is enmity (
hostility
) with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is theenemy of God (
 Js 4:4
).” Your heart (
i.e. soil 
) cannot sustain both – they oppose each other.The thorns and the seed sprung up together (
 Lk 8:7 
). Many will seek God and the things of the world together. You cannot have dual loyaltites (
cannot serve two masters, Mt 6:24, Lk 16:13
), God will not allow it. God says that you must love Him with all your heart, mind,soul, and strength (
Mk 12:30, Lk 10:27 
). This means that God is your priority and is the center of your life. This is all encompassing and total devotion – there is room for nothing else.Many want to live with the devil’s nature (
 seeking self 
), yet say they have Christ’s nature(
 Profess Jesus
). How dishonoring to a righteous God. Many are religious, but are living justlike those in the world (
minimal difference
). Most do not consider that “their” day to day life

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