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A parable is a simple story used to illustrate a l truth.

He told many stories in the form of parables, such as this one: “Listen! A farmer went out to plant some seeds.

 -Matthew 13:3

Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand. His disciples came and asked him, “Why do you use parables when you talk to the people?” Jesus answered them, "To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been granted.

-Matthew 13:9-11

1.  All insight I have into spiritual truths is a to me by the Holy Spirit.

 Jesus asked Peter, “But what about you?  Who do you say that I am?”   Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” Jesus replied, “You are blessed, Simon son of John, because my Father in heaven has revealed this to you. You did not learn this
from any human being.

-Matthew 16:15-17

No one can say, "Jesus is Lord," except by the Holy Spirit.

-1 Corinthians 12:3

God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God.

-Ephesians 2:8

To those who listen to my teaching, more understanding will be given, and they will have an abundance of knowledge. But for those who are not listening, even what little understanding they have will be taken away from them.  That is why I use these parables, For they look, but they don’t really see. They hear, but they don’t really listen or understand.

-Matthew 13:12-13

2.  My insight into spiritual truths has way more to do with the condition of my than it does with how I am in my .

How My Heart May Get Hardened

a. If I’m unwilling to .

Anyone who chooses to do the will of God will find out whether my teaching comes from God or whether I speak on my own.

-John 7:17

b. If I sin in my heart

If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened; but I did, and He paid attention to my prayer.

-Psalm 66:18-19

c. If I fail to Him

You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

-Jeremiah 29:13

d. If I others.

If anyone says, “I love God,” but hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen.

-1 John 4:20

e. If I value the of others more than I do God’s.

No wonder you can’t believe! For you gladly honor each other, but you don’t care about the honor that comes from the one who alone is God.

-John 5:44

Insight into truth is as much a matter of the   as it is of the .

LIFE APPLICATION
To discuss during the week with your family or Life Group

1.  What’s your favorite story that helps to illustrate a point? Why are stories so powerful?

2. How has God given you spiritual insight into His Word in the past?

3. In what way(s) have you seen your heart hardened? How did it happen?

4. What is your next step as a result of this message?