THE FEAR OF THE LORD
"When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, then the devil comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is he who received seed by the wayside." Matthew 13:19
Millions have heard God's word for eons but never being serious about what it is saying to them, the devil comes to steal it from their heart, and so they stand on the wayside of God's field and perish for lack of knowledge. When the rain and snowfall upon the ground and it is never plowed up, it begins to harden and so when one hears God's word and never obeys it, their heart becomes hard as a rock!
The parable of the sower explains the different heart conditions of man and the consequences of their actions in regards to their obedience or in most cases, disobedience to His word. The only unpardonable sin is to blaspheme the Holy Spirit, but to resist His calling you to obey is the danger of your heart being so hard that you can no longer hear His voice! Think about all the teachings, messages, sermons and devotionals you have heard over the years that brought conviction, but you ignored it and your heart became a little more hardened until there will be a time when you can no longer hear at all!
So, are you in God's field being fruitful, or are you outside on the wayside looking in? Your eternal destiny depends on your ability to hear God's voice and obey it! Jesus said that many would come to Him saying Lord, Lord, but he will say to those who refused to listen, "Depart from Me, I never knew you!" May God have mercy on us all!
"But he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty." Matthew 13:23
Your servant in Christ, Timothy Laughlin