Yesterday we began to explore the first of the four situations that the word of God come to when it is spoken into the heart of a person. The scripture tells us that this first situation is when the word of God, which is the seed of righteousness falls on a heart described by the scripture to be in a state that can be likened to a wayside. It says when this happens the enemy immediately comes and takes away the seed before it germinates.

We did establish that this kind of heart referred to here by scripture is a heart that is busy and occupied with something, something with a very strong hold on the person’s thoughts, the kind of hold that doesn’t allow that person’s thoughts to focus on any other suggestions. This was the kind of thing that held on to Moses’ heart till God broke it at the burning bush, and Saul’s heart until God broke it at the encounter on the way to Damascus.

This practically makes the word of God spoken to such heart to be considered unimportant and therefore thrown aside by the hearer, just like a traveller throws useless material to the wayside. Once this happens, because the person’s heart didn’t grab the word and make use of it, the person forgets it. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. (James 1:23, 24 NKJV)

If you are faced with an issue in your life, and you’ve chosen a particular course of action with respect to that issue, a course of action that has made it almost impossible for you to consider what God thinks about the issue, then your heart is in a state that can be compared to a wayside. From the depths of my heart I beg you, please STOP! Stop and hear what God is saying to you about that issue, because He loves you enough to STOP you with a painful chastisement.


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