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Sunflowers will cheerfully grow in any old soil, but they prefer good over bad.
The same, it is, with truth. It thrives in good soil (hearts).
Jesus compares our hearts to soil in the “parable of the sower”. Read about it here: Mark 4:14-20
What makes soil good?
The experts say two things are key: good drainage , balanced by an ability to retain just the right amount of water.
Following that model, may I present to you a recipe for a good heart, one in which the truth is able to thrive…
1. drainage/prayer: to keep your heart from becoming polluted with lies and compacted with worries, we need to daily (hourly, minute-ly) pour our hearts out to the Lord. “…pour out your heart like water in the presence of the Lord.” Lamentations 2:19
“Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7
Take a minute to pour your heart out to the Lord. What are you worried about? Tell Him. Out with the bad, in with the good…
2.water retention/verse memorization: A good heart retains the truth. Thinking about and memorizing God’s Word is key.
“I have hidden Your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.” Psalm 119:11
The more truth we hide in our hearts, the more room we have for more truth. It doesn’t make sense, but it does!
Memorize a verse to start preparing your soil, like 1 Peter 5:7 above. That’s a good one to remember when you’re heart’s full of worries — just cast them out to the Lord! He’ll replace them with peace — Phil. 4:6-7
“like seed sown on good soil, [they] hear the word, accept it, and produce a crop-thirty, sixty or even a hundred times what was sown.” Mark 4:20