Pastor Rodney’s evening series of the Word being sown into the hearts of men has greatly provoked and challenged me to deal with major heart issues that I have not wanted to deal with in a long time and has shown and taught me and enlightened me as to why I have not had any victory in certain areas of my life. The scripture verses in Matthew 13:20-22 cut right to the heart of the matter and his message on it really hit home for me.
The examples he gave on these two types of hearts and ground, the stony ground and the seed among the thorns was speaking to me loud and clear. Here was my problem and now I need a solution to the problem. I now had to allow the truth to set me free which was for me was humbling myself and crucifying my flesh and admitting my heart is not right before God and to repent and get it right. I went up to the altar, felt strongly convicted and made things right with God. A great release and peace came over me. I had been able to finally let go in certain areas and give these problems over to God.
As a result I believe I am now finally able to start to cultivate and bear good fruit and have it not choked or have no root in me this time around. I believe I will bear good fruit as I am hearing the Word of God on a daily basis again and it will take root. It already has and it will make me take action and change and make some major adjustments in my life and heart.
I wanted to write a short blog on how amazing and awesome God is when you really open your eyes to all God is, and subsequently open your heart to his word and how it can take root in your life. One may typically read or hear the parables Jesus shared and think “wow, pretty good stories and outcomes, pretty amazing.” However when your heart is open and receptive like fertile ground Gods word is sown into your heart and really takes root. You can see your life change through your perspective and interaction with situations that arise. With me I didn’t see an overnight change in my perspective or actions, but awareness of right and wrong in areas that I may have previously seen as gray tugged at my heart. I recognized that perhaps I have been wrong in the past and that I need to be more open to adjustments in areas I didn’t previously realize. I have become acutely aware that I had been more like the seed thrown on the rock where I was filled with joy learning how God loves me and what he did for me.
I thought I learned from the word as I realized it to be the truth but then trials or tribulations would come. I would find myself losing the faith or hope that had seemed so clear and evident to me before the trial. Before I knew it I was a changed man and the fruit was obvious and not only to me but to those around me. That is another joyful benefit, blessing others with wonderful fruit. Fruit in the form of wisdom shared or uncommon kindness and love shining bright like the lamp we are called to be. Amazing results and benefits come from having a heart that is right and receptive to God. Receiving a message on the parable of the sower changes one’s life forever.
Here at Ministers and Leaders Conference, the meetings have been, to put in proper wording; epic! What has been revealed in these meetings has affected my life greatly! A lot of what has been talked about when it comes to our place in America as ministers of the Gospel and as Americans is both shocking and inspiring. It’s time to fight for America and for what many fought and died for here in this country as patriots of America. The speakers have revealed things; a lot about what’s happening in America. I have already known about it and how to fight it. Like Pastor always says: “the only way to save America is a Great Awakening”. This has a huge effect on me as a believer with the heart of a fighter and a patriot, to know that the fate of my country and those around me rely on whether or not I preach the gospel. I am believing that this is the same effect that these meetings will have on anyone who gets to be a part of them. Still, I have to treat it like it’s all on me: if I don’t tell people about the gospel, who will? I can’t just leave it up to someone else. I may be the only person they ever come in contact with that may share the gospel with them. As an American, I cannot sit by and let my country go down. I will not let the enemy have this country without a fight, and as a true believer in Jesus Christ I will not sit idly by and watch so many souls burn away when God has given me the key to free them. I hope everyone under the sun is catching what Pastor is throwing in these meetings.