THINK IT: How Is Your Heart Inclined?- Part 1

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By Dan

The Lord King Jesus wants your heart inclined toward His Kingdom. In Luke 8, the Lord King Jesus talks about the different states of hearts in the parable of the sower who went out to sow seed (the Word of God).

The first condition-some seed fell along the traveled path and was trodden underfoot and the birds of the air ate it up. The meaning of this is that there are people along the traveled road who have heard; then the devil comes and carries away the message out of their hearts, that they may not believe (acknowledge Lord King Jesus as their Savior and devote themselves to Him) and be saved [here and hereafter] (Luke 8:12).

The second condition-some [seed] fell on the rock, and as soon as it sprouted, it withered away because it had no moisture (Luke 8:6). Lord King Jesus explains that those upon the rock [are people] who, when they hear [the Word], receive and welcome it with joy; but these have no root, they believe for a while, and in the time of trial and temptation fall away (withdraw and stand aloof) (Luke 8:13).

The third condition-other seed fell in the midst of the thorns, and the thorns grew up with it and choked it [off] (Luke 8:7). The Lord explains that, for what fell among the the thorns, these are [the people] who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked and suffocated with the anxieties and cares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit doesn’t ripen (come to maturity and perfection) (Luke 8:14).

The fourth condition-And some seed fell into good soil, and grew up and yielded a crop a hundred times [as great]. The Lord explains that the seed that was in good soil, these are [the people] who, hearing the Word, hold it fast in a just noble, virtuous) and worthy heart, and steadily bring forth fruit with patience (Luke 8:15). The Psalmist states Ps. 119:112-I have inclined my heart to perform Your statutes forever, even to the end. This means he paid attention to what the the Lord was saying in His Word. He turned aside from the world to pay attention to what God was saying and he depended on the Word from God. He developed his heart desire by waiting and hoping and expecting the Lord. He believed he would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living (Ps. 27:13-14). He did not let hard times turn him away from God. He would ask God how long He would hide His face from him (Ps.13:1) and how long would he would have to lay up cares within him having sorrow in his heart day after day and how long would his enemy exalt himself over him (Ps. 13:2). But after agonizing, he declared and spoke in faith, that he has trusted, leaned on, and been confident in His mercy and loving kindness, his heart shall rejoice and be in high spirits in His salvation (Ps. 13:5). He said he will sing to the Lord, because He has dealt bountifully with him (Ps.13:6).

This is a heart that was noble and of good soil that waits in patience for God’s grace. It wasn’t a heart like the heart that when temptation comes, he would fall away, withdraw and stand aloof because there was no root. It wasn’t like the heart that let the anxieties of life suffocate the Word of God in him. This is because he inclined his heart to perform His statutes forever. His heart caused him to hang on to God in difficult times. We beloved child of God can be of that integrity and have our hearts inclined to His statutes.

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