Four Types of Hearts – sermon outlineBy
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)
1. THE HARDENED TRAMPLED UPON HEART (by the wayside)
– This is the path beside the garden that all travelers walk on and as a result it becomes pressed down and compacted and very hard to pentetrate. Not even the weeds grow here. Nothing gets in.
-This is the hardened heart. Hardened by a history of being trodden upon, a history in a family line of refusing to receive the word.
-This can be the person who was hurt very deeply at one time, and now has walls up and no one gets in, not even God.
– The enemy is able to easily snatch up the word because it never has a chance to penetrate and begin to root.
-It takes a lot of plowing with the plow of love and prayer to see this become ground that will begin to receive the seed.
2. THE STONY SHALLOW HEART (stony places)
-This is the ground that looks good on the surface but it is only an inch or two deep. Nothing can have deep roots here so it doesn’t take a lot of pressure to cause it to wilt.
-This is the person who grows quickly but just as quickly falls over when the sun comes out.
-This person does not deal with the obstacles in their heart that keeps them from growing closer to God and others. -They want all the above ground stuff without the below the surface work.
-We must keep watering and adding to and breaking up rock in order for the roots to go deeper.
3. THE BUSY CROWDED HEART (thorny heart)
-The thorny ground is the ground infested by weeks and those plants that are good for nothing but to steal from the good plants.
-This is the heart filled with competitors. There is only so much soil and so the wrong things can the nourishment needed that the weeds grow and the good stuff doesn’t.
– The thorns choke or starve the rest.
-There must be a priority in our lives to make sure those things that add true value to our lives are cultivated and nourished.
4. THE CULTIVATED BROKEN HEART (good ground)
-The good ground is the ground free of weed and rocks.
-This is the heart of the person who has become broken up until there are no major obstacles in their hearts to keep them from growing.
-They get the water of the Word and the Sonshine of Jesus, and the cool breeze of the Spirit all working together in their life and as a result, they reproduce and become fruitful.
-They experience increasing levels of growth as they continue to nourish their hearts.
CONCLUSION – Have you become hardened, shallow, crowded and starved in your spiritual life? Are you nourishing your heart? Are you experiencing more and more brokenness and openness?
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