“A farmer went out to sow his seed. Some of it fell on the road; it was tramped down and the birds ate it. Other seed fell in the gravel; it sprouted, but withered because it didn’t have good roots. Other seed fell in the weeds; the weeds grew with it and strangled it. Other seed fell in rich earth and produced a bumper crop.” ~ Jesus (Luke 8:4-9)
Words are seeds.
They have phenomenal power, latent potential. Even when small.
Death and life are in the power of the tongue... ~ Proverbs 18:21
Words can bring life and great fruitfulness. Think seeds of life, little packets of vibrancy and probability. And in this life, the words of God are hitting the soil of your heart, if you’ll listen. When Jesus speaks it is life. He is the Truth, and it sets us free, produces a harvest of life-to-the-full, bursting out of every part of you - your home, your work, even your body.
The condition of your heart, the soil into which these life-words are spoken, is critical. There’s good, fertile soil. And there’s rocky, impenetrable soil. Ironically, both “receive” the word, the seed lands, and by all appearance are going the same direction. They’re sitting side by side in church on Sunday. They’re both cracking their Bibles in the morning before heading to work. One heart is like black, nutrient-rich earth. The other is un-tilled, hard ground, or soil that is choked with weeds of worry and fear. They both receive the “seed”; only the fertile soil does something long-lasting with it.
Words are seeds.
They have phenomenal power, hold latent potential. Even when small and seemingly insignificant.
And words can bring death and utter ruin. Think acid rain, each drop hitting the earth, robbing it of it’s true purpose: to be a hotbed of life and fruitfulness. And in this life, day by day, evil words are hitting the soil of your heart, and we listen. When Satan speaks, the fruit is decay, loss of heart, contempt, fear, anxiety, depression, and loss of significance. He is the Father of All Lies, and his words bind you into a life of barrenness - in your home, your church, your work, even your body.
The condition of your heart, the soil into which these death-words are spoken, is critical. There’s fertile soil for death words, and their is a heart that these seeds of destruction cannot penetrate. Ironically, no one is exempt from hearing these words. None get a free pass. Whether a spiritual sage, or a stranger to the idea of a "higher power", they both receive these “seeds”. The question: is the soil ripe for receiving lies and producing destruction, or does it reject the evil seed out of hand.
How to be soil that receives the good seed, and rejects the bad.
1. By their fruit you will know them.
Thoughts, ideas, and other things that flit though your mind are not that hard to discern.
You can discover the source simply by looking at the fruit.
Does it produce love, joy and peace? If so, it’s likely that Jesus is the source. Thoughts, words, and ideas that produce fear, anxiety and shame are likely not Jesus. And should be rejected.
2. Cultivate a heart that chokes out bad seed
You can actually pre-condition your heart to receive good seeds, and to reject the bad.
1 Corinthians 13 speaks to this: always hopes for the best, keeps no record of wrongs, delights in truth. A hope-full heart is very difficult for the devil to plants seeds into.
A fear-filled heart is extremely receptive to lies. Worry and fear are weeds that can rob your good seed of it’s life-giving, fruit-producing potential.
See the glass half-full.
Let hope remain.
3. Don’t domesticate inner talk
In my experience, most of us are doing this. We’re wrestling with our thoughts, the good and the bad, like somehow sheer will-power will straighten things out.
Your mind is a battlefield.
Recognize this. The Spirit is at war against ever dark power, to sow seeds of life producing a harvest of life, while the latter seeks to supplant life with death. This is more than self-talk. It’s more than that. Not every thought (by a long way) that flits though your head is your own.
4. Don’t leave seed-planting to random chance
If you’re soil (and you are), invite Jesus to speak words of life into you.
Actually ask for it. Be hungry for it.
You’re invited to be active in this process, even though soil may generally seem passive. BE the kind of soil that is receptive to seeds of life, and then invite the Speaker of Life to speak.
He’s also very helpful with weed control - invite him to weed out the bad seeds, the lies, and he will. This process of weeding out lies we’ve believed, swallowed, and lived (often for years and years) is formidable to us (folks often spend a lot of bucks hiring a counsellor to help with the process), but the Spirit is called the Counsellor for a reason. He’s good, very good. Invite Him to speak His two cents :).