Preparing Your Garden – Planting & Tending – Part 8

Preparing Your Garden – Planting & Tending – Part 8

SEED OF TRUTH


Read this passage through a few times and ask the Lord to increase your understanding of your position in Him and in His church.


PLANT THE SEED
Quietly recite today’s focus verse to yourself. Hide it in your heart and meditate on it throughout the day.
Ephesians 2:19-20

19 Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, 20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone.“You are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone.”

WATER THE SEED
When did He begin to draw you to Himself? Think back for a moment about when and how the Lord opened your eyes to see Him as your Savior and Lord. How have you grown? Do you love Him more today? Do you love His word more than ever? We think of ourselves as a part of a family, a church, a neighborhood, a group, or an office, but how often do we think of ourselves as a member of the household of God? 1 Peter 2:5 tells us “you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” Please bow before the Lord, and offer Him a sacrifice of praise. Enter His gates with thanksgiving and into His courts with praise. Think on this powerful truth in each step you take tonight.
BEAR THE FRUIT
Member of the household of God.
CLOSE IN PRAYER
Ask the Lord to bring to life all that has been planted in your heart today.

Turning Wounds Into Wisdom,

You Him and Her 💜

Preparing Your Garden – Planting & Tending – Part 7

Preparing Your Garden – Planting & Tending – Part 7

I haven’t been feeling in the writing mood the last couple days. I know the enemy is trying to take away my desire and fire. However, I still have that desire and the fire of the Holy Spirit. So let’s continue…

SEED OF TRUTH: Jew and Gentile Reconciled Through Christ

What words does Paul use to describe our position before Christ in verse 12? We were seperate from Him. But what does Paul say that has changed all that? That we’ve been brought near by the Blood of Christ!

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 today and tomorrow.

“But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.”

Ephesians 2:13

WATER THE SEED

In 1 Peter 2:10 we are told, “Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.” So often we find ourselves feeling as though we are unable to draw as near to the Lord as we would like. There seems to be a wall. As you meditate on your scripture today, focus on the truth that the Lord has brought you near, the wall has been busted down, and you are able to enter into His room at anytime. Make the most of your day today by reciting this scripture over and over and choosing to believe what it says instead of how you feel.

BEAR THE FRUIT

Brought near by the blood of Christ.

CLOSE IN PRAYER

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

Turning Wounds Into Wisdom,

You Him and Her

Preparing Your Garden – Planting & Tending – Part 6

Preparing Your Garden – Planting & Tending – Part 6

It’s Friday! Usuaually, I’d be stoked. Today, however, had me in a funk. I just felt…. Blah. Do you know what I mean? So I’m continuing to ask for prayers. I need to be obedient to Father and stay consistent.

SEED OF TRUTH

8. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God– 9. not by works, so that no one can boast. 10. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

Ephesians 2:8-10 New International Version (NIV)

This passage of scripture tells us that our salvation is a gift of God. Have we fully and gratefully received this gift? There may be times when we feel unworthy of it, ( a lot of the time) or we may even take it for granted. Read verse 8, slowly, one. word. at. a. time. How did you come to receive this gift of salvation? Forgiveness? Love?

It is by grace – unmerited, undeserved, unearned favor. You have been given this grace because of God’s great love and rich mercy. It is given for a purpose, one that God has planned.

PLANT THE SEED
Quietly recite today’s focus verse (below) to yourself. Hide it in your heart and meditate on it throughout the night and tomorrow. I need to meditate on this really bad. I’ve been going through some down, negative thinking, which I’m positive is the enemy.

WATER THE SEED

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

Have you ever thought about what it means to be His workmanship? Everything – your life circumstances, your personality, your talents, your strengths, and your weaknesses – has contributed to who you are and who you have been chosen to be in Christ. Take time today to thank God for His workmanship in you! Ask Him to help you see how He has gifted you to bless the body of Christ. Listen and observe. Ask Him to give you wisdom and understanding. Follow Him as He leads you in the path of righteousness and patiently allow Him to lead. May you be encouraged!


All I want from you is to trust me with what little you can, and grow in loving people around you with the same love I share with you. It’s not your job to change them, or to convince them. You are free to love without an agenda.” – William Paul Young, The Shack


I’ve seen myself and others feel as if their workmanship is to convince other people of God’s love. That’s not how workmanship works. We just show Christ living in us and people will want the joy and peace we have without us having to shove the word down their throats. We teach by how we live, Beloveds.

BEAR THE FRUIT: We are created for good works.

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

Does your heart feel different? Have you taken a bold move that you normally wouldn’t have? I’d love to pray you personally. Send me an email to youhimandher@gmail.com and let’s chat. Let’s encourage each other and keep our spirits lifted as we experience an uproar of spiritual warfare against us while we plant new seeds.

Here is a short sermon on His Workmanship, Ephesians 2:10. Just click the link when you are ready. Pastor Chuck Smith

Turning Wounds Into Wisdom,

You Him and Her 💜