Apr
17

Five Opponents to a Fruitful Heart – sermon outline

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THE FIVE OPPONENTS TO A FRUITFUL HEART
(As seen in the Parable of the Sower, The Seed and the Soils)
by Eddie Lawrence

 

Matthew 13: 18 “Therefore hear the parable of the sower: 19 When anyone hears the word of the kingdom, and does not understand it, then the wicked one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is he who received seed by the wayside. 20 But he who received the seed on stony places, this is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; 21 yet he has no root in himself, but endures only for a while. For when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he stumbles. 22 Now he who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the word, and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful. 23 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.” (NKJV)

Transition: Let’s look at the five opponents we see here that cause our hearts to be unreceptive and unfruitful:

1. The Wicked One
-Spiritual warfare is a reality in the life of a believer.
-One of the greatest strategies of the enemy is to convince you he is non-existent.
-How defenseless we become when we do not think there is an enemy of our souls.
-This means we deny we are in a war.
-This means we do not prepare for the opposition.
-This means we are unaware of unseen forces that cause us havoc in our lives.
-Paul reminds us that our enemy is not other people but the power of darkness that influences them. (Eph. 6:12)

2. Tribulation
-This is the pressures placed upon you because you are a believer in an unbelieving world.

3. Persecution
-This is the deliberate attack against your faith by those who determined to eliminate the influence of your life for Jesus Christ.
-It does not have to be a person holding a gun to your head. It can be a boss who threatens to fire you if you do not compromise your convictions.

4. Cares of the World
-This is the cumulative weight of life’s busyness and all its demands.
-The tiredness of having nothing left to give, so you give in.
-The pile of bills. The stack of laundry. The concern for food, clothing, and shelter. The pain of strained relationships, etc.

5. Deceitfulness of Riches
-The driving force of a subtle greed that always promises more than it can deliver and enslaves us in its marketing scheme for our lives.
-It is treacherous and deceitful in that it is so easy to justify and look past it. We always have a reason to prostitute our hearts for something our flesh really wants.
-The issue is not having things but things having you!

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