Preparing Your Garden – Planting & Tending – Part 4

Welcome to Day 10!! We are 1/4 of the way through! We need to get a roll call going. How is everyone doing? How are you feeling? What kind of things have you seen change on the inside of you? What spiritual warfare do you have going on? What prayers do you need? Are you feeling God’s love?

SEED OF TRUTH: God’s Power Raised Us From the Dead

Here we find ourselves in Ephesians chapter 2. I have listed the KJV and TPT versions for you to read. I know some can understand the TPT version better than the KJV.

And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; 2. Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: 3. Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.

Ephesians 2:1-3 KJV (King James Version

1. And His fullness fills you, even though you were once like corpses, dead in your sins and offenses. 2. It wasn’t that long ago that you lived in the religion, customs, and values of this world, obeying the dark ruler of the earthly realm who fills the atmosphere with his authority, and works diligently in the hearts of those who are disobedient to the truth of God. 3. The corruption that was in us from birth was expressed through the deeds and desires of our self – life. We lived by whatever natural cravings and thoughts our minds dictated, living as rebellious children subject to God’s wrath like everyone else.

Ephesians 2:1-3 TPT (The Passion Translation)

After reading this, what do you think Paul says about our position before Christ? How does the first verse describe our welfare? What are we able to do in that element? Who were we following in verse 2? What indignation controlled us? In Christ, we are now His adopted sons, but what does Paul say we were in verse 3? Yikes! Rebellious children. Children of wrath!

PLANT THE SEED


Quietly recite today’s focus verse (below) to yourself. Hide it in your heart and meditate on it throughout the rest of this day and tomorrow.

Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.

Ephesians 2:3 KJV

WATER THE SEED


The more we recognize the depth of our wickedness, the more we will truly love the Gospel. We still live with the presence of sin. We were born in sin, but in Christ we have been given the power over sin. Sin’s power has been broken, and we are no longer enslaved to it. We have been set free because the cost for sin has been paid. We are now in Christ.

Today pay attention to your thoughts and actions. What earthly passions rise up within you that you have combated? What earthly desires have you said “no” to? What thoughts have you learned to just put out of your head. Write these down and give thanks to the Lord if you have seen growth. If you are not denying yourself in areas you know you should be, ask the Lord for His forgiveness and His help. We once lived in the passions of our flesh. But not today!

BEAR THE FRUIT: No longer a child of wrath and worldly passions.

CLOSE IN PRAYER: Ask the Lord to bring to life all that has been planted in your heart today.

Ephesians Chapter 2 – Joyce Meyer

Turning Wounds Into Wisdom,

You Him and Her

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