Shift of Season (Step 3)

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…”!

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Shift of Season (Step 2)

Last week we began to discuss going deeper into our relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. Many of us struggle day to day, Week to week, and year-to-year by maintaining A consistent relationship with God, However never growing any deeper. Many times the problem that we have is we hear what the word of God says but soon after we forget to apply it. These steps given are to help us to prepare our heart and receive the word of God.  (Again, The illustration that we are using is that of preparing garden. This would be your second step)

For the Garden: Beginning to garden always requires a choice of place and size.

  • Your garden should be on level ground in a spot that gets at least 6 hours of full sun a day
  • Avoid sites that border trees and shrubs. They may block sunlight and their root systems will interfere with your new vegetable garden.
  • Make sure you have access to every part of your garden
  • Easy access to water is essential.
  • Know your local animal population and fence as needed.

 

Translation for us: We all must identify its our choice to see us as God Does!

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Shift of Season (Step 1 for our part)

So many of us have remained the same in our spiritual walk for a long time.  At times it may seem very comfortable which leads us to make no effort for change. However God desires to be so much closer to us. Where is your walk? How is your life? What has God done lately in your life that was a result of you seeking him? When was the last time a scripture gave you a steppingstone you needed to move forward? When’s the last time that you gave something up because you wanted to be closer to the Lord? Does it matter?

The next four weeks I will be laying out steps that we can all follow to grow closer to the Lord.  Someone said,” if you’re going to see something you’ve never seen, You must do something you never done”!  God desires more than spectators and fans sitting in our congregations on Sundays and Wednesdays.

(With our “Sowing revival” just ahead, all the steps are liken to preparing a garden)

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Devotion “Why God is selective” #3

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So many choices and decisions are made daily that bring the fear of failure. At times we may even feel like a permanent loser in certain areas! Lets be real……. as a Man, Woman, Teen, Husband, Wife, teacher, servant, child, parent……… WE ALL STRUGGLE SOMEWHERE!

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Devotion “Why God is Selective” #2

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So many choices and decisions are made daily that bring the fear of failure. At times we may even feel like a permanent loser in certain areas! Lets be real……. as a Man, Woman, Teen, Husband, Wife, teacher, servant, child, parent……… WE ALL STRUGGLE SOMEWHERE!

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Devotion “Why God is selective” #1

So many choices and decisions are made daily that bring the fear of failure.  At times we may even feel like a permanent loser in certain areas!  Lets be real…….  as a Man, Woman, Teen, Husband, Wife, teacher, servant, child, parent………  WE ALL STRUGGLE SOMEWHERE!

However with HOPE we can go a long way.  As a Christian we should be most hopeful knowing that when Christ shows up…..things change.   In John 5 we see a man who needs help, yet so many others get what he longs for……. A CHANGE!!!

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Devotion “Dried up” #3

#3  (You may skip to bottom if read Earlier this week)

So many of us are settling in a season that is existing yet not encountering. We long for a breath of life and talk about what God done yesterday. Sadly, we have got here by routines, obligations and even disobedience. This was the case of the Children of Israel in the Bible.

(Ezekiel 37:2 And caused me to pass by them round about: and, behold, there were very many in the open valley; and, lo, they were very dry.)

Ezekiel was told to go to a valley that had no life to prophesy. They had disobeyed God and now were suffering from dryness and spiritual stagnation. IS THIS YOU? Notice in verse 2 where it states ..”they were very dry”. This shows the normal state they were in for a long time. Not just dry, but very dry. How many of us have been dry (not as close to God as we use to be) because of us drifting while filling the void with activities to cover it. God intended for us to live, not just labor.

One lady said….“First I was dying to finish high school and start college, then I was dying to finish college and start working; then I was dying to marry and have children; then I was dying for my children to get old enough for school so I could return to work; and then I was dying to retire. Now I am dying and suddenly I realize I forgot to live.” LET US BE REAL, MANY OF US ARE LOOKING FOR THE NEXT THING TO GIVE US LIFE!

We seen…. They Failed!

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Devotions “Dried up” #2

(You may skip to second point if read yesterday)

So many of us are settling in a season that is existing yet not encountering. We long for a breath of life and talk about what God done yesterday. Sadly, we have got here by routines, obligations and even disobedience. This was the case of the Children of Israel in the Bible.

(Ezekiel 37:2 And caused me to pass by them round about: and, behold, there were very many in the open valley; and, lo, they were very dry.)

Ezekiel was told to go to a valley that had no life to prophesy. They had disobeyed God and now were suffering from dryness and spiritual stagnation. IS THIS YOU? Notice in verse 2 where it states ..”they were very dry”. This shows the normal state they were in for a long time. Not just dry, but very dry. How many of us have been dry (not as close to God as we use to be) because of us drifting while filling the void with activities to cover it. God intended for us to live, not just labor.

One lady said….“First I was dying to finish high school and start college, then I was dying to finish college and start working; then I was dying to marry and have children; then I was dying for my children to get old enough for school so I could return to work; and then I was dying to retire. Now I am dying and suddenly I realize I forgot to live.” LET US BE REAL, MANY OF US ARE LOOKING FOR THE NEXT THING TO GIVE US LIFE!

Yesterday we seen…. They Failed!

Immediately we notice they were hopeless. (Ezekiel 37:11 Then he said unto me, Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel: behold, they say, Our bones are dried, and our hope is lost: we are cut off for our parts.) This was caused by their distance from God. They worshiped idols in their own land and after being exiled they continued to do the same thing. The lack of hope was from the distance, and the distance was due to their disobedience. Or we could agree that…. Disobedience created Distance, and Distance created Dryness!!

Today we notice …. The Function to get it back!

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Devotions “Dried up” #1

So many of us are settling in a season that is existing yet not encountering.  We long for a breath of life and talk about what God done yesterday.  Sadly, we have got here by routines, obligations and even disobedience.  This was the case of the Children of Israel in the Bible.

(Ezekiel 37:2 And caused me to pass by them round about: and, behold, there were very many in the open valley; and, lo, they were very dry.)

Ezekiel was told to go to a valley that had no life to prophesy.  They had disobeyed God and now were suffering from dryness and spiritual stagnation.  IS THIS YOU?  Notice in verse 2 where it states ..”they were very dry”.  This shows the normal state they were in for a long time.  Not just dry, but very dry.  How many of us have been dry (not as close to God as we use to be) because of us drifting while filling the void with activities to cover it.  God intended for us to live, not just labor.

One lady said….“First I was dying to finish high school and start college, then I was dying to finish college and start working; then I was dying to marry and have children; then I was dying for my children to get old enough for school so I could return to work; and then I was dying to retire. Now I am dying and suddenly I realize I forgot to live.”  LET US BE REAL, MANY OF US ARE LOOKING FOR THE NEXT THING TO GIVE US LIFE!

The first thing is….  They Failed!

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Devotion “Treasures from Trials” #3

So many times we wonder how to find strength during the tough and dark times of our lives. God makes it plain by telling us that the hard times is what draws us closer to Him. Unfortunately we only discover the treasure after we get broken. Similar to a “piggy bank”, to get what is of value, the outer layer must be put through an opposing attack.

The Bible says:

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Devotion “Treasures from Trails” #2

So many times we wonder how to find strength during the tough and dark times of our lives. God makes it plain by telling us that the hard times is what draws us closer to Him. Unfortunately we only discover the treasure after we get broken. Similar to a “piggy bank”, to get what is of value, the outer layer must be put through an opposing attack.

The Bible says:

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Devotion “Treasure from Trials” #1

So many times we wonder how to find strength during the tough and dark times of our lives.  God makes it plain by telling us that the hard times is what draws us closer to Him.  Unfortunately we only discover the treasure after we get broken.  Similar to a “piggy bank”, to get what is of value, the outer layer must be put through an opposing attack.

The Bible says:

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