Preparing Your Garden – Planting & Tending – Part 3

Another day, another root being dug out in preparation for our new seeds!

Hello, again! Today is Day 9 of this 40 day journey. I don’t know about you but it feels like it’s been a lot longer than 9 days. That’s probably because of the growth that’s taken place and also all the warfare that’s come into play. Well, the enemy can try and play all he wants but I see his attempts. I actually wrote about his possible strategies yesterday or the day before and he has started to try and take me off of God’s path. He doesn’t want me to continue growing and especially not telling other people about God or helping them. What we need to keep doing is pressing forward. As he tries to push us back, we laugh first and then push back 10 times harder. So let’s keep Tending Our Garden, shall we? Fearlessly and courageously.

SEED OF TRUTH: Paul Prays for the Spirit of Wisdom and Revelation

15. Because of this, since I first heard about your strong faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and your tender love toward all His devoted ones, 16. my heart is always full and overflowing with thanks to God for you as I constantly remember you in my prayers. 17. I pray that the Father of glory, the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, would impart to you the riches of the Spirit of wisdom and the Spirit of revelation to know Him through your deepening intimacy with Him.

18. I pray that the light of God will illuminate the eyes of your imagination, flooding you with light, until you experience the full revelation of the hope of His calling – that is, the wealth of God’s glorious inheritances that He finds in us, His holy ones!

19. I pray that you will continually experience the immeasurable greatness of God’s power made available to you through faith. Then your lives will be an advertisement of this immense power as it works through you! This is the mighty power 20. that was released when God raised Christ from the dead and exalted Him to the place of highest honor and supreme authority in the heavenly realm! 21. And now he is exalted as first above every ruler, authority, government, and realm of power in existence! He is gloriously enthroned over every name that is ever praised, not only in this age, but in the age that is coming!

22. And he alone is the leader and source of everything needed in the church. God has put everything beneath the authority of Jesus Christ and has given him the highest rank above all others. 23. And now we, His church, are His body on the earth and that which fills Him who is being filled by it!

Ephesians 1:15-23 TPT (The Passion Translation)

What does Paul pray for the church and for Christians everywhere? Go back and read His prayer knowing that, as one of God’s adopted “sons,” Jesus prays for you each day. Can you imagine Jesus praying this prayer for you?! Try replacing the word “you” with your name and quietly recite this passage to yourself but say it aloud. It is incredible! Believe this as true, brothers and sisters, because it is!

PLANT THE SEED

By now you should know the drill. Let’s take a moment to recite today’s focus verse (below) to ourselves. Don’t forget to change the “You’s” to your name. He is praying for YOU. Hide it in your heart and meditate on it throughout the night and tomorrow. 

18. I pray that the light of God will illuminate the eyes of *name*’s imagination, flooding *name* with light, until *name* experiences the full revelation of the hope of His calling – that is, the wealth of God’s glorious inheritances that He finds in *name*, His holy one!

19. I pray that *name* will continually experience the immeasurable greatness of God’s power made available to *name* through faith. Then *name*’s life will be an advertisement of this immense power as it works through *name*! This is the mighty power…

Ephesians 1:18-19 TPT (The Passion Translation

How did that feel? My heart rate has increased a bit. Have you been able to accept that YOU are THAT IMPORTANT to Him? Your value and identity is in Christ! Jesus shed His blood on the cross so you are not held by responsibilities and expectations that lead you to shame and guilt because they are unreachable. We are living under Grace and Mercy.

Responsibilities and expectations are the bases of guilt and shame and judgment, and they proved the essential framework that promotes performance as the basis for identity and value.

The Shack, pg 206

WATER THE SEED

Let’s take it a step further and pray Paul’s prayer for our family members and for close friends. Pray it for a friend you see seeking after the Lord with all of their heart, soul, mind, and strength. Now, pray it for yourself. Just as Paul prayed for the Ephesians and the church, remember that Jesus prays each day, each hour, and each moment for YOU! Come again? This is so wild. Jesus prays for you and I! Ask Him to help you see things through His eyes. Remember to “water this seed” throughout your day. Grow truth in your heart until you have a full garden of faith and righteousness!

Faith does not grow in the house of certainty.

The Shack, pg 189

BEAR THE FRUIT: Pray that you will know Him fully.

CLOSE IN PRAYER

Ask the Lord to bring to life all that has been planted in your heart today. Every day I will tell you to pray this. Bring it to life, Lord! We are thirsty. We have a desire to know you better! We want to walk in the Will that you have for our lives. We want to be your vessels, Father. Listen to this prayer below for your Identity and Inheritance in Christ.

A Prayer for Identity and Inheritance by Graham Cooke

If you feel the Spirit moving in your life and feel led to share this amazing journey, please take a moment to share this with the friend/s or family members you prayed the focus verse for. Now, you don’t have to tell them that you prayed for them. If you want to, tell them all! Help me keep this outreach going. Our fellowship and growth is so amazing and necessary. If you would like to reach out to me, you can do so by sending me an email to youhimandher@gmail.com or by messaging me through the You Him and Her Facebook page. I cannot thank you enough for your continued prayerful support through this season.

Turning Wounds Into Wisdom,

You Him and Her

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Preparing Your Garden – Planting & Tending – Part 2

Well, it’s Monday. I hope you haven’t had the Monday blues. Did you come across a time to put into action the spiritual blessing you prayed about yesterday?

Our SEED OF TRUTH this evening will begin by reading Ephesians.

11. In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things after the counsel of his own will: 12. That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. 13. In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit promise, 14. Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

Ephesians 1:11-14 KJ

Here it is again in The Passions Translation:

11. Through our union with Christ we too have been claimed by God as his own inheritance. Before we were even born, he gave us our destiny; that we would fulfill the plan of God who always accomplishes every purpose and plan in his heart. 12. God’s purpose was that we Jews, who were the first to long for the messianic hope, would be the first to believe in the Anointed One and bring great praise and glory to God! 13. And because of Him, when you who are not Jews heard the revelation of truth, you believed in the wonderful news of salvation. Now we have been stamped with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit. 14. He is given to us like an engagement ring is given to a bride, as the first installment of what’s coming! He is our hope-promise of a future inheritance which seals us until we have all of redemption’s promises and experience complete freedom-all for the supreme glory and honor of God!

Ephesians 1:11-14 TPT

What have you been given in Christ? What did you or have you learned about your purpose? Whose plan is always accomplished or whose will is done? Is it your way or is it His way?

As we PLANT THE SEED tonight, quietly recite today’s focus verse, located below, to yourself. Remember to hide it in your heart and meditate on it throughout the day tomorrow.

“In Him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will.”

Ephesians 1:11 KJV

WATER THE SEED by knowing that you have been given spiritual blessings that CANNOT be taken away from you. You can rest and feel safe always, knowing God is good. He works everything – ALL THINGS – according to His plan. You can take deep breaths, relax, and not worry because you are His. You are in Christ and He is in YOU! The Almighty is in US! I am still left speechless sometimes thinking about all that He has placed in us; HIM.

There is a reason why you have continued to read and put into work this 40 day challenge of Preparing Our Gardens. Think for a moment about God’s work in your life and how He has brought you to Himself, taught you in His word, and drawn you to my blog today. There is no such thing as a coincidence when God is in control of your life. I honestly cannot believe that I have stuck this out for as long as I have. I used to give up or lose interest in things very easily. But with the inspiration He has given me through the garden in The Shack, I just cannot stop praising, thanking, and working with Him. What if you were to think on the “SEED OF TRUTH” all throughout the day? You could copy and paste it in a text or e-mail to yourself, better yet, write it on a piece of paper or stick it to the home screen of your cell phone. Reflection is key and you need to reflect on this SEED OF TRUTH instead of worrying or dwelling on earthly things. Water it and help it grow. You don’t have to be a professional gardener to sprout this seed; God is doing that for you.

BEAR THE FRUIT – He works ALL things according to His plan. As long as we are doing all of the above, we will always BEAR THE FRUIT according to His plan. We have to have faith in Him. We have to TRUST Him. Do you?

“…if anything matters then everything matters. Because you are important, everything you do is important. Every time you forgive, the universe changes; every time you reach out and touch a heart or a life, the world changes; with every kindness and service, seen or unseen, my purposes are accomplished and nothing will be the same again.”

The Shack

Let us CLOSE IN PRAYER. Ask the Lord to bring to life all that has planted in your heart today. Give thanks to Him for the work He is doing in and around you so that you can BEAR THE FRUIT He has planned for you.

Are you going through spiritual warfare? If so, pray about that also. We have his power indwelling in us. Do not give in to that sudden temptation. Do not freak out and let your emotions take over, instead, pray to have His thoughts. Have you had something financial come up that you feel is destructive in your life? Don’t let the enemy take your eyes off of what God’s plan is for you. The more you focus on Him and pray, the more faith you gain in Him and the more pleased He is with the trust you have in Him. Satan and his minions do not like that you are doing this work in your garden today. Keep His armor on. If you need a prayer to read directly from, I highly suggest you read the one from Charles Stanley. I have website added to my home page on my phone and also printed out at my desk at work. Here is the link: https://www.libertyfellowship.com/ARMOROFGOD.HTML It will open in a new tab.

Before ending your reading, Beloveds, take 7 minutes to listen to this video by Graham Cooke, one of my favorites.

Graham Cooke -The Inheritance

Turning Wounds Into Wisdom,

You Him and Her