Once again we are in preparation of God doing something in our hearts. Though each step is important, it is a must to follow step 3. So many times we attend church or services and enjoy the meeting yet never see results from the Word of God that was preached. Why? Biblically if the Word isn’t received then it never has the ability to reveal life changing power. Therefore our hearts must in a condition to allow the seed (Word of God) to set roots immediately.
To get us in this state it can be a painful process for the flesh. Sometimes God has to break us and other times we have to deny physical desires for a spiritual gain, which is called fasting.
Look at how we made the connection once again between preparing a garden and our hearts.
Step 3 – Prepare Your Soil……Ideal soil should be loose, deep and crumbly.
For the Garden: Soil supplies plants with water, nutrients, and mechanical support. It may be tempting to postpone some steps but it will be much harder to correct poor soil problems with plants already growing in the ground.
Option 1: Cover it – You can kill the grass by covering it with sections of newspaper and then covering. You can then turn the soil or plant seeds and transplants directly into the compost. This approach is sometimes referred to as sheet composting.
Option 2: Slice it – Push a garden spade (flat, rectangular blade) through the top 2 inches of sod and soil, parallel with the ground. Sod contains valuable topsoil and organic matter and should not be thrown out. Instead, turn it over to dry and kill the roots. After the sod turns completely brown it should be be mixed back into the soil.
Option 3: Dig it – Cut through the sod 8 inches down into your soil with a shovel or mattock. Lift the soil with sod attached and turn it on its side. Repeat until all of the soil is turned. Cut the sod into small pieces to accelerate decomposition or turn the large sod pieces so that the roots are facing up. You can use a garden fork to loosen compacted subsoil. Insert the fork and rock it gently back and forth to aerate the subsoil.
Translation for US: A prepared heart is what reveals life after receiving the Word of God. As the soil..”it may be tempting to postpone some steps but it will be much harder to correct…’ the heart when busy from life.
Option 1: Fast – Fasting is when you practice abstinence of the physical to gain the spiritual. During a fast you spend time strengthening the inner man instead of the outer man. This takes time and breaks the will of the flesh.
Option 2: God Breaking – All throughout the Bible we see people faced opposition so that God could teach a lesson. Many of the things that God allows is intended to break up the soil.
In closing I want to remind you of the difficulty procrastination may cause. As the soil..”it may be tempting to postpone some steps but it will be much harder to correct…”!