Preparing Your Garden – Ready The Soil – Part 2

Preparing Your Garden – Ready The Soil – Part 2

I hope everyone has had an amazing day and has meditated on yesterdays reading. I know I have!

It is Day 4! We can not stop the momentum now, can we? We are just getting started.

Let us begin by reading Luke 8:9-15 – The Purpose of the Parables

And when his disciples asked him what this parable meant, he said, “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of God, but for others they are in parables, so that ‘seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand.’ Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. The ones along the path are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved. And the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear the word, receive it with joy. But these have no root; they believe for a while, and in time of testing fall away. And as for what fell among the thorns, they are those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by the cares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not mature. As for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patience.

So Jesus continued on through the villages, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God. People from town after town came to Him. When he saw the large crowd He told them a parable. Many were following Jesus. Out of those who would listen, Jesus described how the seed, His word, would fall on four different kind of hearts: Some fell along the path. And some fell on the rock. And some fell among thorns. And some fell unto good soil and grew and yielded (do you remember from yesterdays reading?) A HUNDREDFOLD

I have definitely lived in Rocky Faith before. I was raised knowing that God existed, Jesus died for our sins, and of the Holy Spirit. There were quite a few years that I consciously made the decision to disregard Gods word. I was living a life full of sin. I did not want to change; maybe I did but I just did not know God could possibly change the person I was. I felt I was too far gone.

Jesus then called out to all of them saying: “He who has ears to hear let him hear.”

Only those with one type of heart could truly hear. Clearly there are those who do not listen at all. I am sure that we have all been those people at some point in our lives. But of those who would listen, FEW would truly hear. Think of it this way, as explained by J.C. Ryle: It is a parable of universal application. The things it relates to are continually going on in every congregation wherever the gospel is preached. The four kinds of hearts that it describes are to be found in every assembly that hears the word. These factors should make us read the parable very carefully. We should say to ourselves, as we read it, “This concerns me. My heart is seen in this parable. I, too, am here.”

“Growth means change and change involves risk, stepping from the known to the unknown.

The Shack – Chapter 8

I am there! You are there! We all are. What makes the difference is which heart we hold. Take a moment to do some self reflection. Which heart do you desire to hold and which heart do you currently hold? Be honest with yourself because that is there VERY first step in healing and growing. You have to take ownership and responsibility of your hearts condition. Again, God already knows your heart. You can not hide it from Him. You can hide it from your friends, family, co-workers, spouse, and your fellowship community, but never from Him.

Our hearts are represented in one of these parables. Ask the Lord this week to help you see the condition of your heart.

Praise God for bringing His word to you.

Confess your need for His Spirit to reveal the true condition of your heart; no matter how ugly and painful it may be.

I remember when I first asked Him to reveal what I needed to heal. Within no time at all, it was one thing after another. As I started to meditate on His word and walk with Him, the spiritual warfare became very, very strong and overwhelming. I did not know how to defeat satan and his minions. That is when I began learning how to. I tell you this because when you start walking with Christ, the enemy will do anything, and I mean ANYTHING, to take you off that path with Christ and in the direction of destruction. He will use your past, the sins you love and enjoy, other people, literally anything. He knows you, too. So put on your armor. Be prepared for the spiritual warfare to be stronger than you have ever felt before but stand strong, Beloveds. You have the all POWERFUL living inside you!

Thank God for drawing you close to Him. Thank Him for never leaving your side and for giving you the strength and courage you need to Ready Your Soil for the seeds He wants to plant in you.

“For now I just want you to be with me and discover that our relationship is not about performance or you having to please me. I am not a bully. Not some self centered demanding little deity insisting on my own way. I am good, and I desire only what is best for you. You cannot find that through guilt or condemnation or coercion, only through a relationship of love. And I do love you.

The Shack – Page 127

Ask God to help your heart be humble and ready to receive His truth. I felt I needed to share this song with you all. I believe someone needs to hear it and really listen and meditate on it’s words. I have been listening to this song a lot lately. I pray His will be done through it.

Sinking Deep – Hillsong Worship

Until tomorrow, courageous ones. Please like, comment, and share with others through the upper arrow. I greatly appreciate the outreach.

Turning Wounds Into Wisdom,

You Him and Her

Preparing Your Garden – Ready The Soil – Part 1

Preparing Your Garden – Ready The Soil – Part 1

Here we are – Day 3. How are you feeling today? Anxious, excited? Nervous about how God is going to Ready Your Soil? It can make you feel a little uneasy and uncomfortable but guess what? That is normal. Especially if you are trying to strengthen your relationship with Christ from a not-so-close relationship. Perhaps you have a steady relationship with Him already but you know you have some sins in your life that are keeping Him from being able to do all of the work He wants to do in you and in your life. Do not be scared or timid, my friends. You are safe in His hands, I promise. I know how it feels, though, to be SO ready to let Him dig out all of the crud in your life, but to also be nervous because of the unknown ‘You’ that you will become. You will not miss the old you! Believe that!

Also, since I am writing and publishing these articles in the evenings, think about them throughout the next day and implement what you read tonight, tomorrow.

Let us begin Day -3 by reading Luke 8:4-8.

While a large crowd was gathering and people were coming to Jesus from town after town, He told this parable: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path; it was trampled on, and the birds ate it up. Some fell on rocky ground, and when it came up, the plants withered because they had no moisture. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up with it and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up and yielded a crop, a hundred times more than was sown.”

Do you see why our soil is so important? No matter how great the seed is, if we plant it on rocky ground and among thorns, it will not flourish into what we thought it would be. The seed of God that is sown into the good soil is the only seed that bears fruit. What does the “good and honest” heart look like? What kind of hearer is this? This is the one that upon hearing the word of God takes it to heart, listens, repents, believes, and obeys. This is the heart in which the seed takes root, grows, and produces fruit that matures.

Take note to this, Beloveds: When He says ‘repent’, he means to actually turn away from that sin; to stop doing it! Some believers live their lives knowing that by the blood shed of Jesus we are forgiven and that it must mean that no matter what we do, what sin we commit, we are just forgiven and there is no need for repentance. Well, let me tell you that there is and it is a big need! If you have questions about repentance, message me. If I have enough questions, I will write about repentance specifically.

How do you receive Gods word?

Jesus tells us this parable to help us examine ourselves: Do I have ears to hear? Do I have a heart that is able to respond to the word of God in repentance, belief, and obedience?

That is a great question, Lord. Do we? Do I? As I look back on my life as a Christian, I realized that during the first 11 -12 years the weeds (sin) of the world and within myself choked out the word of God. I loved the things of the world. I loved the high of using my drug of choice but not the drug addict I became. I loved myself and ONLY myself. “Real life” was too important. Gods word had fallen onto the ground of my heart and began to grow, but the worries, sins, lusts, anger, resentments, and concerns of this world and of my heart far outweighed the importance of God and His kingdom. Thankfully God didn’t leave me there nodding out in an apartment alone just wanting to die and He didn’t leave me in my abusive, drug driven relationship; He rescued me. It was as if He took a rototiller to my heart. But that wouldn’t have been enough. He completely replaced my heart with a new one. That was scary, His Beloveds. Who was I going to be if I wasn’t a drug addict? (I’ve been clean for 6 years) What does a new heart feel like? Will I like myself? What He did with the seed He sowed into my new heart was nurture it so it took root and grew. Since that day this new heart responds so differently to His word. It delights in the law of the Lord!

Psalm 1: Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whole leaf does not wither-whatever they do prospers.

Not so the wicked! They are like chaff that the wind blows away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgement, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous, but the way of the wicked leads to destruction.

“If you know about DESTRUCTION, raise your hand!” Yes, sing it just like If You’re Happy and You Know it. If your heart delights in God and His word, praise and thank Him! Thank Him for the great and immeasurable gift that He has given to you and nurture that gift! If your heart does not delight in the law of the Lord, do not despair, do not give up, and do not walk away. Confess it to the Lord. He is so understanding. No one has the power to make the soil of their good. Ask god to forgive you and cleanse you of all unrighteousness. “Lord, let your living words penetrate our hearts and produce a full harvest of righteousness!”

Over the next several weeks, take Gods word to your heart and ask Him to help you receive it by faith and then bring it to life through obedience. Ask Him to help you bear a full harvest of righteousness. Don’t be shy, He is right next to you just waiting. If you don’t know how to pray or feel uncomfortable – tell Him that! He knows you! None of those thoughts or feelings are hidden. Just lay yourself out to Him as an open book; more like a scattered puzzle and tell Him you are ready to hand yourself over and let Him put you back together.

Turning Wounds Into Wisdom,

You Him and Her

The Holy Spirit Produces Fruit: MEEKNESS

The Holy Spirit Produces Fruit: MEEKNESS

Meekness (Galatians 5:22-23), also translated “gentleness,” is primarily a response to God. It is a state of heart that not only acknowledges God’s sovereign rule, but embraces His sovereign rule as good. A person with meekness does not blame God for undesirable circumstances, nor does he become angry with God when he does not get his way. Meekness must come from the power of the Holy Spirit. Contrary to meekness are despair, anger, wrath, impatience, anxiety, fear, and envy.

Do you feel despair, anger, fear, or envy in your heart today? Let the Holy Spirit work inside of you, letting you forgive in order to be more gentle.

Turning Wounds Into Wisdom,

You Him and Her 💜