ďThe shallow, rocky soil represents the heart of a man who hears the message and receives it with real joy, but he doesnít have much depth in his life, and the seeds donít root very deeply, and after a while when trouble comes, or persecution begins because of his beliefs, his enthusiasm fades, and he drops outĒ (Matthews 13:20-21) The Living Bible
We may see a car, home or a mate disappear from our lives. Know for sure that before these subtractions became reality, your heart was attacked first.
Was the attack subtle? Absolutely. Can the attack be identified? Absolutely.
For example: You havenít resolved issues at home with your mate and with that frustration; you start noticing someone at work. Before you know it, you are doing nice things for them Ė leaving notes of encouragement, sharing a bag of chips. The next thing you ask your co-worker to join you in a business lunch Ė just to talk about work. The relationship escalates from there. At your lowest moment, satan messed with your heart when the situation at home needed attention. Your flesh took over after that.
Hereís another example: You never understood the tithe so you reasoned that it doesnít make sense to set aside 10% to give to someone else when you canít pay your bills. You donít tithe and that means you rob from Godís storehouse. God cannot give you increase when you take His portion Ė itís a spiritual law and the adversary knows it. satan got your heart when you didnít seek God about the tithe. God always has a plan to get you out as debt as long as your heart is obedient to each necessary step. The only requirement God has is to never turn from His Word, your blueprint for life.
When Godís best is not present in our lives, that condition can ALWAYS be traced to our relationship with Him. We must know our heart condition at all times and line up our lives with Godís Word. When our hearts are sensitive to Him, we will know the subtle approaches of the enemy.
Father, help us to know that our problems can be resolved and eliminated as we focus on our relationship with You. The more time we spend with You, the more our hearts will be conditioned to know the difference between a lie and truth. Amen.