Fallow Ground of the Heart
When you break up the fallow ground of the heart, you minister the word of God
until the person is receptive to the word of God and the operation of the Holy Spirit.
They are made ready to focus on the gospel message in order to allow the word of
God to become active within their heart by faith.
The meaning of fallow ground is to plow ground by way of preparing it for sowing seed.
For this saith the Lord to the men of Judah and Jerusalem, Break up your fallow ground, and sow not among thorns.
(12) Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the Lord, till he come and rain righteousness upon you.
(13) Ye have plowed wickedness, ye have reaped iniquity; ye have eaten the fruit of
lies: because thou didst trust in thy way, in the multitude of they mighty men.
The heart must be cultivated by plowing up the fallow ground of the heart to rid it of the hardheartedness, that shell of hardness within both Christians and non-Christians, that is meant to cover up their sins.
Sowing the seeds of righteousness, into one's heart must be sown in a heart that is prepared by to the Holy Spirit to be receptive to both the word of God, as seed, and the voice of the Lord by the Holy Spirit, to heed, especially in the last evil days upon his earth.
That hardness of the heart is plowed, by the anointed, accurate teaching and preaching of the word, it must be a lesson or sermon obtained by the minister or teacher direct from God, through personal communication with the Lord, through prayer and reading the word of God.
The hearer will begin to grow up, or become spiritually mature in the things of God, after he becomes sincere in seeking the Lord. He will open the door of his heart to God and not to the deceitfulness of the world system, and evil influences. He will return to God with a whole heart wanting to make that dramatic change according to the will of God.
The seeds of the word, when sown in fallow ground is supposed to become rooted and grounded in the heart of the believer, and begin to grow and become fruitful. The heart that is receptive to the word of the Lord, will produce an abundance of fruit, up to a hundred fold. But a heart that has not been made fallow, becomes hardened, and various complications keeps them from receiving the seed of the word.
(18) Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower.
(19) When anyone heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which receiveth seed by the way side.
(20) But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy received it;
(21) Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended.
(22) He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he become unfruitful.
(23) But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty.
A person that hasn't had his heart made fallow before receiving the word of God, won't understand the word, and will fall back into his old bad habits, he will be influenced to return to the "smoke and mirrors" of sin, that deceives the heart and leaves it as desolate as a burnt out field. Dead and worthless are the ways of evil.
Tares with there first seeds of sin sown, will no matter the ground they fall into, will have to keep hardening the ground of the heart they fall into, because of the wickedness they are involved in. They harden their hearts to tolerate and toughen themselves, against the very pain they cause for themselves, and the people who inflict them with their own cruel sins of destruction.
The following scriptures, will take you from the heart as the center of life, through the hardness of the heart, then the characteristics of the evil heart, you will then be shown what you need to give your whole heart to God.
Heart the Center of Life
The Heart Should Be Carefully Guarded
Proverbs 4:23 Keep the heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.
Proverbs 23:7 For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee.
The source of evil
Matthew 15:18 But those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart and they defile the man.
Luke 6:45 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of
the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.
Source of Faith
Romans 10:10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
Hardhearted is being totally lacking in compassion, hardened in feelings, and cold blooded.
Hardness of the Heart
Psalms 95:8 Harden not your heart, as in the provocation, and as in the day of temptation in the wilderness.
Proverbs 28:14 Happy is the man that feareth always: but he that hardeneth his heart shall fall into mischief.
Proverbs 29:1 He that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without
Romans 2:5 But, after thy hardness and impenitent heart, treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of
wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God.
Hebrews 3:13 But exhort one another daily, while it is called today; lest any of you be hardened through the
deceitfulness of sin.
Sin is a Spiritual Disease
Isaiah 1:5 Why should ye be strickened and more? Ye will revolt more and more: the head is sick and the whole heart faint.
Characteristics of an Evil Heart
Ecclesiastes 8:11 Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil.
Ecclesiastes 9:3 This is an evil among all things that are done under the sun, that there is one event unto all: yea, also the heart of the sons of men is full of evil, and madness is in their heart while they live, and after that they go to the dead.
Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked: who can know it?
Extortion and excess
Matthew 23:25 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess.
Fountain-head of all evil
(21) For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders,
(22) Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness:
(23) All these evil things come form within, and defile the man.
Source of Unbelief
Hebrews 3:12 Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.
Source of Covetousness
2 Peter 2:14 Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls: an heart they have
exercised with covetous practices; cursed children.
Fallow Ground of the Heart
The fallow ground experience, produces the willingness to turn away from the rebelliousness of sin, and see that understanding the word of God causes them to desire to serve God in righteousness, to produce spiritual fruit in their life. When you know the word of God in truth, you can begin to mature and "be perfect even as Jesus is perfect," because that is what He told his children to do.
To be prepared for the blessings through the "fallow ground" experience, the Holy Spirit will make a hungry Christian heart more receptive to all of the complete word of God.
Giving the Whole Heart to God
Deuteronomy 6:5 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.
Psalms 119:2 Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart.
Psalms 3:5 And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.
Jeremiah 29:13 And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.
Joel 2:12 Therefore also now, saith the Lord, turn ye to me with all your heart, and with fasting and with weeping,
and with mourning.
~ King James version of the Bible with comments by Joan Jessalyn Cox
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