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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Inspired by . . . Preparing the Soil

For this reason I bow my knees before the Father,  from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of His glory He may grant you to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth,  and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.  Ephesians 3:14-19

 

If the warm weather and sunny days haven't done it for you, then certainly the date on the calendar should have you thinking Spring! If you're like me then you've spent the last several months planning and dreaming about your spring garden – it's finally time to prepare the soil! Every gardener knows that good soil preparation is key to how the seed (or plants) will grow, thrive and produce a harvest.

In the Parable of the Sower in Matthew 13, Jesus compares God's word to a seed.

 “A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seeds fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured them. Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and immediately they sprang up, since they had no depth of soil, but when the sun rose they were scorched. And since they had no root, they withered away. Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. Other seeds fell on good soil and produced grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. He who has ears, let him hear.”

So how do we prepare the soil of our hearts to receive God's word, so that it will grow, produce fruit and ultimately a bountiful harvest?

 

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Just as an organic fertilizer will prepare the soil to receive the seed, Christ's love, the indwelling of His Holy Spirit, prepares our hearts to received God's word.

"The seed looks very sharp," she said shrinkingly. "Won't it hurt if you put it into my heart?"

He answered gently, "It is so sharp that it slips in very quickly. But, Much-Afraid, I have already warned you that Love and Pain go together, for a time at least. If you would know Love, you must know pain too." ~ Hinds Feet on High Places by Hannah Hurnard

 

It is a painful process, as the Shepherd warned little Much-Afraid. It involves change, repentance. A transformation from death to LIFE! We come to God as we are, but He does not allow us stay that way.

 

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It is only by allowing Christ to dwell in our hearts that we can receive the seed, the word of God. For spiritual things must be spiritually discerned.

 

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In Ephesians Paul prays for us to be "rooted and grounded in love" so that we might come to understand the fullness of Christ's love for us. This is a blessing indeed, for it is the love of Christ that waters the seed, the word of God, within us.

 

Is the soil of your heart prepared to receive the seed of God's word today?

 

Blessings,

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19 comments:

  1. Love this: We come to God as we are, but He does not allow us stay that way. Thankful that He doesn't allow us to stay the way we are and that His power and word transform us. Thanks for linking up to Testimony Tuesday! So glad to have you, June!

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  2. This is a beautiful post. In the last few years I've come to realize I was asking God for all the wrong things. Not that they were bad things, but they were not the best for a healthy spirit. Now I ask him to infuse me with his spirit, to love others the way he loves them, to see others the way he sees them, to be kinder, to love more, etc. I'm happier this way.

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  3. Good morning my friend! This is a nice way to start the day...reading your blog. I posted some of my shells today if you get a chance to stop by! Sweet hugs, Diane

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  4. I had a wonderful time with God today- He spoke mightily to me through His Word.
    Psalm 37 and Jer 28-29 blessed my soul.

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  5. Good Word, sister. To truly love is to know pain. How can we see a dying world and not be grieved. I'm convicted of this. My heart needs tilling.

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  6. HE certainly doesn't allow us to stay that way. HE has a way of making all things new!

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  7. I love this post and dito texture work. Thank you for your kind comment on my blog.

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  8. A lovely, heartfelt post June -- always striving to be better and better. xo

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  9. Lovely post, June, beautifully written !
    Enjoy spring ...
    Nice week,
    Sylvia

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  10. Spring always reminds how crinkly, dried-up and downright ugly some seeds can be (just like me). Thank you for the reminder that I need to prepare the soil so that God can make me grow into something beautiful :).

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  11. Such a timely message for me, June. Just last night I fertilized and tilled my raised beds in preparation for this season's plantings! I love thinking of tilling the soil of my heart to prepare it for God's word. A wonderful metaphor!

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  12. Such a lovely post! I'm hopping over from Holley Gerth's site. Our hearts cry out at all the tilling and raking and weed-pulling and fertilizer, don't they? But there is such a great harvest in all those seeds tucked away in that Seed Packet. So glad I dropped in. Blessings to you!

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  13. What a beautiful post. I am so thankful that God grows the seeds planted into my heart and that He doesn't desire to keep me where I am, even today. He's so faithful to prepare us for the Good work He's called us to. Thanks for linking with The Weekend Brew!

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  14. This is truly a needed message today, June. So glad I stopped in. Loved this ~> "We come to God as we are, but He does not allow us stay that way." Your words always inspire and encourage. Thank you! Blessings to you.

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  15. Love this, June. A timely reminder for me!
    So glad you linked up with Thought-Provoking Thursday. :)

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  16. Hinds feet on high places is one of my most favorite of all time books. I read it when I was in a deep 'mindset' and it took me to a 'deeper level' of love, understanding and desire to journey with the father. great little blog you have here. visiting from someone else's blog.

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  17. "We come to God as we are, but He does not allow us to stay that way." Oh, praise God! I am so thankful for God's work in our lives. Thank you, June, for this encouraging message. Blessings to you.

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  18. What a beautiful post my dear June, how wonderful your words are !
    Have a Blessed day my friend, thank you so much !
    xxx
    Dany

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  19. What a beautiful post my dear June, how wonderful your words are !
    Have a Blessed day my friend, thank you so much !
    xxx
    Dany

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