Thorn-bushes heart soil is a picture of Christians who have heard the Word for years, but Word cannot grow in him, because there are thorn-bushes that chock him. This is also a picture of someone who wants to be the servant of God, but on the other side is still bound with Mammon and become servants of Mammon.
“Other people are like the seeds sofmmown among the thorn bushes. These are the ones who hear the message, but the worries about this life, the love for riches, and all other kinds of desires crowd in and choke the message, and they don’t bear fruit” (Mark 4:18-19).
Thorn bushes are talking about three things:
1. Worries of this world.
Financial problems have made them worry, and those worries choke the Word that has begun to grow. In the end, they lose confidence in the Word that they have initially believed.
How to overcome:
a. Have a firm thought concept that worries are not God’s will.
In Matthew 6:25, Jesus said:
“This is why I tell you: do not be worried about the food and drink you need in order to stay alive, or about clothes for your body. After all, isn’t life worth more than food? And isn’t the body worth more than clothes?”
But before He said “Do not be worried” (verse 25), in verse 24 He said,
“No one can be a slave of two masters; he will hate one and love the other; he will be loyal to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”
In other words, worries show that we are still devoted to Mammon (money) and not to God. People who serve God believe in the power of God. People who serve Mammon believe in the power of money.
There are people who say, “We can worry, but do not overdo it. Jesus also worried.” That’s a lie from hell. Jesus said firmly, “Do not be worried about your life!” Worrying is not the will of God and never comes from God. So do not worry!
b. Learning to rely on God.
Servants of the Lord live by relying on God, servants of Mammon live by relying on money. Jeremiah 17:7-8 says,
“But I will bless the person who puts his trust in me. He is like a tree growing near a stream and sending out roots to the water. It is not afraid when hot weather comes, because its leaves stay green; it has no worries when there is no rain; it keeps on bearing fruit.”
If we rely on God, even if we have to pass through dry years, we still will not worry, because we believe God can be relied upon in all things.
2. Deceitfulness of riches.
Deceitfulness of riches is a thought concept we had already believed that we can only do something if there is money, and can not do anything if there is no money.
This wrong thought concept often chokes the Word so it cannot grow in us.
To overcome them, we need to replace the wrong thought concept with the right thought concept, that is: We can only do something if we are with God, and cannot do anything if we are not with God.
“I am the vine, and you are the branches. Whoever remains in me, and I in him, will bear much fruit; for you can do nothing without me” (John 15:5).
3. Other kinds of desires.
Thorn-Bushes heart soil also means there are a lot of desires in our hearts, and those desires often drag us into temptation, James 1:13-14 says:
“If a person is tempted by such trials, he must not say, “This temptation comes from God.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, and he himself tempts no one. But a person is tempted when he is drawn away and trapped by his own evil desire.”
These desires often conflict with the desires of God that are in His Word so that they choke the Word.
To overcome them, we need to bring all of our desires in the Divine light in prayer, so that ultimately our desire will experience adjustment and exchange with His will.
“Don’t worry about anything, but in all your prayers ask God for what you need, always asking him with a thankful heart. And God’s peace, which is far beyond human understanding, will keep your hearts and minds safe in union with Christ Jesus. In conclusion, my brothers, fill your minds with those things that are good and that deserve praise: things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, and honorable” (Phil. 4: 6-8).
Instead of worrying, we better bring all our desires into His presence, then the peace of God which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds, and after that, we will begin experiencing an exchange in our minds.
We will begin to think of the things that come from God, so that eventually we will begin to have the same desire with Him.
If we can overcome ‘trident of Mammon’ above completely, then the thorn-bushes heart soil will soon turn into a good heart soil.
Also read: Stony Heart Soil.