To humans belong the plans of the heart, but from the Lord comes the proper answer of the tongue. (2) All a person’s ways seem pure to them, but motives are weighed by the Lord. (3) Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.
Matthew 13:4-8 NLT
As he scattered them across his field, some seeds fell on a footpath, and the birds came and ate them. (5) Other seeds fell on shallow soil with underlying rock. The seeds sprouted quickly because the soil was shallow. (6) But the plants soon wilted under the hot sun, and since they didn’t have deep roots, they died. (7) Other seeds fell among thorns that grew up and choked out the tender plants. (8) Still other seeds fell on fertile soil, and they produced a crop that was thirty, sixty, and even a hundred times as much as had been planted!
1. Get Rid of the stuff in your heart that you don’t need!
Hebrews 12:1 NLT
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.
2. Fill Your Heart With Expectation and Faith
Acts 7:3-5 NLT
God told him, ‘Leave your native land and your relatives, and come into the land that I will show you.’ (4) So Abraham left the land of the Chaldeans and lived in Haran until his father died. Then God brought him here to the land where you now live. (5) “But God gave him no inheritance here, not even one square foot of land. God did promise, however, that eventually the whole land would belong to Abraham and his descendants—even though he had no children yet.
3. Choose Joy and Thankfulness No Matter What
They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity— (47) all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved.