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0208-Beware of Hardened Heart 注意刚硬的心

Matt 13:4,18 Then He spoke many things to them in parables, saying: Behold, a sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds came and devoured them… Therefore hear the parable of the sower: When anyone hears the word of the kingdom, and does not understand it, then the wicked one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is he who received seed by the wayside.It is crucial for us to understand this parable because it will determine what kind of Christian life we will be living out. Here, Jesus is dealing with the issue of the heart and the power of the Word.

Where it says, “some seed fell by the wayside”, the wayside refers to a foot path, or the side of the field which has been much trampled and is extremely hard. It reminds us of people who have often heard the Word of God but have been so interested in other things that their own hearts have become hard as concrete. This may apply to the hearts of some unbelievers and those who grew up in a Christian home but do not believe in God.

There are also those who have hardened their hearts against God and His Word, possibly due to disappointment with other Christians, disillusionment due to unrealised dreams, misunderstanding about God or simply being tired of religion. Satan takes advantage of these situations and ensures that the seed does not find a place in their hearts. “The wicked one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart”—that is the nature of the devil, for he always steals, kills and destroys.

John 10:10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

The word “snatches” suggests that Satan comes immediately to take away the Word by force, because it is easier to steal it when it is still in the form of a seed. Because Satan does not want us to grow spiritually, have faith in God and live victoriously, he wants to prevent the seed from taking root in our hearts because the Word can become the anchor of our soul.

If you belong to this category, simply ask the Lord for forgiveness for unknowingly allowing the devil to steal from your life thus causing you to not experience God. Then, make a decision to open up your heart to receive the Word.

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注意刚硬的心

马太福音13:4,18然后,他用比喻对他们讲了许多话,说:看哪,有撒种的人出去撒种。撒的时候,有落在路旁的,飞鸟来吃尽了。……因此,请听撒种者的比喻:当有人听到神国的道,却不理解时,魔鬼就来抢走他心中所种的。这类人好比撒在路旁的种子。

对我们而言,理解这一比喻至关重要,因为它决定我们将要活出什么样的基督徒生命。在这里,耶稣在处理心灵的问题和神的道的力量。

上面说到“有落在路旁的”,路旁指的是人行小径,或者是被践踏而变得坚硬的田埂。它使我们想起这样的人:他们经常听到神的道,但对其他事物更感兴趣,以致于自己的内心变得像混凝土一样坚硬。这可能适用于那些非信徒以及那些在基督教家庭中长大但不信神的人的心。

也有一些人因对其他基督徒的失望,未实现的梦想的幻灭,对神的误解或仅仅是对宗教的厌倦而对神和神的道刚硬了心。撒旦利用这种情况并确保种子不会在他们的心中扎根。 “魔鬼就来抢走他心中所种的”-这就是魔鬼的天性,因为他总是来偷窃、杀害和毁坏。

约翰福音10:10“盗贼来,无非要偷窃、杀害、毁坏;我来了,是要叫羊得生命,并且得的更丰盛。”

“抢夺”一词表明,撒旦立即到来用武力夺走了神的道,因为种子更容易被盗。撒旦不希望我们在灵性上成长,对神有信心并活出得胜的生命,所以他想要阻止种子在我们心中生根,因为神的道可以成为我们灵魂的锚。

如果你属于这一类,只要请求主原谅你在不知不觉中让撒旦从你的生活中偷窃导致你无法经历神。然后,做一个决定:敞开你的心来接受神的道。

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