Over the last few days I have been unpacking a Word that the Lord had given to me on the 13th of March. At the time, I was excited about the wonderful words the Lord had given not only to me, but many people in the body of Christ, about 2020 being a year of seeing vision fulfilled.
A week later, my family was asked to self-isolate and a few days later our whole country was in lock-down. This is not what I expected for this season. However, God has been speaking to me about this unprecedented season we are finding ourselves in.
It may feel like a time of uncertainty and darkness. With it, can come a lot of worry and anxiety about the future. Fear of the unknown. But right now, we have an opportunity to take what feels like being trapped in a tomb, and turn it into a womb: a place where we can conceive and birth the impossible.
So far, we have looked at two simple and practical ways that we can create a womb for Salvation to be birthed through us. We are using Mary’s response to the Word from angel Gabriel (Luke 1) as an example and our five steps are found in Proverbs 4:20-27. Today, we are going to look at step three…
Guard your heart
“Above all else, guard your heart, for it affects everything you do.”
Proverbs 4:23 NLT
Your heart is your power-source. It is where faith is generated, that is why it is so important to guard it against any influence that will go after the Word-seeds you have planted in it.
Only a few days after Mary received the Word, she went to stay with her cousin Elizabeth who lived out of town. Elizabeth was carrying a supernatural child too; John, who was born to prepare the way for Jesus. She stayed there for three months. A period of time when conception is at it’s most vulnerable.
Not only was Elizabeth a visible representation of God doing the impossible, but she declared words of life and faith over Mary as they both prepared to usher in a new era.
Receiving a promise for the impossible, will require us to be really careful with that seed. We have to guard it and protect it from fear, doubt and unbelief. We have an enemy who comes to kill, steal and destroy. He is after one thing only, and that is the seed of the Word.
In Mark 4, Jesus shares the parable of the sower. He explains that the seed sown is the Word and the soil is the heart. Some of the seed fell on a hard path and the birds immediately came to snatch the seed. It had no time to take root. (Mark 4:15)
The enemy loves a hard heart, that is why he will direct circumstances that are painful and disappointing to get us to harden our hearts. A hard heart, can’t receive the seed of the Word. That it why we have to take care of the condition of our heart.
If we don’t stay in the Word long enough for it to take root, it will also not produce anything for us. (Mark 4:16-17). Often we may hear a Word, believing for a little while. When that Word doesn’t come to pass quick enough or in the way we anticipated, we can get offended, displeased or resentful. We want it to happen now, but we need faith and patience, just like planting natural seeds. We don’t immediately see the fruit of our labour.
Allowing thoughts of worry and fear to mix with our thoughts of faith and belief, will also destroy the seed of the Word in us. (Mark 4:18). We have to carefully and consistently take those thorns and weeds captive, and pull them up by the root, if we want to protect the seed.
We are not guarding our heart against people, we are guarding it against an enemy who wants to steal our seed. However, we do have to be careful who we surround ourselves with, especially in the first semester of our promise-pregnancy. Don’t allow people to speak anything else but life, hope and faith into what you are believing for. Surround yourself with Elizabeths; those who are carrying the impossible too. Those who dared to believe the Word they were given.
What is the Word you are believing for in this season? Are you paying attention to it? Are you staying in it?
Take a few moments to think about any areas of unbelief or fear that you might have about this promise coming to pass. Write them down. Lift them up to the Lord in prayer and surrender it to Him. Make a declaration that you are pulling those weeds up by the root and they will not touch your seed. Tear those thoughts up and throw them in the bin, where they belong.
Dear friend, I pray that you will have the wisdom to guard your heart against disappointment, discourage, worry, anxiety, fear and doubt. May you find people around you that will speak life and faith to the Word you are carrying in your heart. May you have the patience and endurance to keep standing in faith; in hopeful expectation that due time is coming.
Today, I hear the Father say: “My Wise One. Protect the Word that I have planted in you. Do not allow the cares of the world to destroy the Life that is growing in your heart. Take care to uproot thoughts of worry and fear. Shut the door to resentment, offence and unforgiveness. They will rob you of every promise that is your rightful inheritance. Stand strong in the mighty power of my Word. Do not let go. You will see your miracle.” ❤