KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 13: 20-21 (KJV). But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it; 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.
The Lord explains further the meaning of the parable of the sower. This time He talked about the seeds that fell on the rocky ground. LET me first explain the potential of the seed. So long as the seed is alive, it contains the tree and the fruits. All it needs is a good soil to grow. The word of God as a seed has everything it talks about. It has peace, security, wealth, healing, wisdom, and all the provisions of redemption. If a man can keep the word in his heart, he will experience what the word talks about. When a man is hardened towards God in any way, he always receives the word, yet in times of trials, his true colors begin to manifest. He gets offended and fails to trust God through.
One of the main activities of the devil is to make the word ineffective in the life of the child of God. One of his means is to create a stony heart. Satan capitalizes on various circumstances to suggest falsehood, about God in order to harden men against God. The following are some of the ways people get hardened towards God.
1. Hebrews 3:13 (KJV). Sinfulness of any kind hardens people. “But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.”
2.Some are hardened when their expectations are not met. Job 2:9
3 Pride causes people to be hardened towards God. Exodus 7:3
4 Wrong doctrine does harden people towards the truth.
5.When disappointed by the people of God, they can become hardened
HOW to be released from been hardened towards God or the truth.
1. One must repent of every sinful way and turn from that life.
2.Repent from every arrogance to God and His word.
3.Forgive all those who might have sinned or disappointed you in any way.
4.Search the truth about any wrong teachings you may be holding.
5.Every bitterness built in you towards God must be confessed and forsaken
Spend time praying and asking the Holy Spirit to expose every hidden stubbornness towards God
Satan attacks because of the word of God in you. so do everything to keep the word in your heart.
My heart is not hardened towards the word of God. I refuse every sinful way, and proud attitude that can harden me towards God’s word. I celebrate God’s word by declaring it is always active no matter the supposed difficulties or challenges
Job 9:4 (KJV). “He is wise in heart, and mighty in strength: who hath hardened himself against him, and hath prospered?”
Hebrews 12:1 (KJV). “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,”