“For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.” Proverbs 23:7
Oftentimes when we hear the word, “heart”, we think about a vital organ or our emotions and intense feelings. However, when God talks about our hearts, He is referring to our spiritual, mental and physical life. He is looking at the deepest, hidden parts of us. The heart is the very throne in which life itself sits. It is the very core of who we are. The condition of our hearts determine if we will soar and walk in the blessings of God or not.
Take a moment and think about it, what’s the condition of your heart?
In the Bible, Mark Chapter 4, Jesus describes different conditions of a person’s heart. In other words, how does a person respond to the word of God when they hear it and what is the result?
Let’s take a look at these.
Those that hear the word of God and Satan comes immediately and takes the word by force. People in this category lack understanding due to a hardened heart and are shut down from receiving from the true Spirit of God. Therefore, the word of God does not produce in their life. Mark 4:15
Those that hear the word of God and receive it with gladness but because they have no root in them, when hard times arise they fall away. People in this category do not have a solid foundation in the word of God. Therefore when persecution and affliction arises on account of the word, they become offended and abandon the only one that can truly help them, God. Due to an offended heart, the word of God does not produce in their life. Mark 4:16-17
Those that hear the word of God and the cares of the world, the deceitfulness of riches and the lust of other things choke the word and it becomes unfruitful. People in this category have their priorities out of order. They prioritize other things over the word of God. So the things act as thorns. Due to a lustful heart the word of God does not produce anything in their life. Mark 4:18-19
Those that receive, accept and welcome the word of God and the word of God produces a harvest in their life! The people in this category have the right heart toward God and therefore, the word of God is able to produce in their life. Mark 4:20
As we see in these examples, the word of God does not give everyone the same result. Why? Because the result depends on the condition of a person’s heart. The first three categories of people need to uproot unbelief, distractions and misplaced priorities from their hearts in order for the word of God to start producing in their lives.
Once we have uprooted the wrong things from our hearts, we are now ready to focus on others by planting and watering the word of God into their lives. 1 Corinthians 3:6 states, “One will plant, one will water, but God will bring the increase”. In other words, God wants us sharing His word and goodness with others but He is the one that will ultimately cause change and transformation to take place, not us. Our role is to sow the word and believe God for the increase!
Once we have uprooted, planted and watered the word of God, we are now ready to harvest and to sow. Matthew 9:37 states, “The harvest is plentiful but the laborers are few”. In other words, not too many people are willing to labor in the word of God to receive a harvest. There is a big harvest for those that will put God first! God is the ultimate rewarder and will bless you beyond your wildest dreams!
When God blesses you, it is now your opportunity to sow! Don’t ever forget that it is God that gave you the power to get wealth! Why? So that His covenant can be established. You can never outgive God. Don’t freeze up and stop sowing your time, treasure and talent, when God blesses you!
God wants us to soar and He wants to do great things in our lives. However, we must have the right heart toward Him! Don’t allow a bad heart, your past or anything else keep you from experiencing God’s best for your life.
Below are (7) Seven Foundational Keys for building the Runway of your Heart to Soar!
God seeks habitation not just visitation. God is seeking to develop you. You will be uncomfortable in development. 2 Corinthians 6:14-18 MSG
You will have as much of God as you choose to have. James 4:8
You can’t enter into the promises of God without truly knowing the Promisor
Without true revelation of who God is you will remain blind to his true greatness. Ephesians 1:17-18
We can’t hide what’s in our hearts. (Silence, actions or lack thereof, words). To change what’s in our hearts start by what we put before your eyes.
We must want the right heart. Psalms 51:10
We must learn to guard our hearts (condition of your heart) Mark 4:14-20; Proverbs 4:23