Welcome back, His Beloveds, to Preparing Your Garden. Today is Introduction Part 2.
Yesterday we read Ephesians 3:14-19. If you forgot the message in this scripture, lets read it again. You can never read this scripture too many times.
“When I think of all this, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father, the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth. I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.”
Did the Holy Spirit speak to you while you read this word of truth? I would love to hear from you. Leave a comment or send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. I would be more than thrilled to discuss things as we go through this. Right now, lets get back to Him.
Have you ever heard of The Imperishable Seed? In 1 Peter 1:23 and Luke 8:11 tells us that The Imperishable Seed is the word of God. Years ago archeologists found a wheat seed in a pyramid that was date around 2500 BC. They took the wheat and planted it in fertile soil. After 4500 years, this old wheat seed sprouted and grew! They were stunned. Can you imagine? The Holy Spirit compared the Bible (the word of God) to an imperishable seed in 1 Peter 1:23-25, “You have been born again not of seed which is perishable but IMPERISHABLE, that is, through the living and abiding word of God. For, ‘All flesh is like grass, and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls off, but the word of the Lord abides forever.’ And this is the word which was preached to you”
In The Shack, p. 178, Jesus says this, “I’ve been talking to you for a long time, but today was the first time you could hear it, and all those other times weren’t a waste either. Like little cracks in the wall, one at a tie but woven together, they prepared you for today. You have to PREPARE the SOIL if you want it to embrace the SEED.”
God compared the Bible to incorruptible seed. That means that it is impossible to destroy. Paul wrote a letter to the church in Ephesus. He tried to help believers comprehend the incomprehensible inheritance they have been given when they were adopted into the family of God! We all have been given so much more than we know what to do with, and unfortunately much of what we have remains locked up in a towering, rusted silo because we do not understand what it means to be “in Him.” If we do not access our abundant inheritance by faith, it will lie there dormant and asleep, producing no life and no fruit. This is why our Preparing Our Garden is so important.
If you are ready, which I know you are or you wouldn’t be reading this Introduction Part 2, lets raid the silo, take those seeds, plant them in fertile soil and reap an extravagant ETERNAL harvest! We must ask God to plant His word into our hearts, and then live it out by faith. We can not be lukewarm, brothers and sisters. The Bible declares in Romans 10:17 that faith is a gift, obtained “through hearing and hearing through the word of God!” We must put ourselves in the position to “hear” Gods word by spending time in His word, studying His word, and meditating on it. When I say to meditate on His word, I mean to read a single verse and let it soak in to your heart. Think about it all day. Learn to be still and to let His truth soak into you before reading another scripture. If you keep reading and reading, what do you actually retain? That is why meditating on His word is crucial. It is a must. Upon hearing the word by the power of the Holy Spirit, we must apprehend that word by choosing to believe it and live according to it in the power of the Holy Spirit. His power is the ONLY – for the people in the back – THE ONLY way we will be able to live according to His word and in His power! When we do, we are planting seeds of RIGHTEOUSNESS in our hearts that will bring forth a harvest of righteousness.
CLOSE IN PRAYER. Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal his presence to you as you go through Preparing Your Garden for the next 38 days with us. If you do not know what to see, just get on your knees and let the Holy Spirit speak to your heart and from your heart for you. Give praise to God for the work He is doing in you from the inside out whether you feel it yet or not; He is there.
Until tomorrow, beginning gardeners.
Turning Wounds Into Wisdom,
You Him and Her