Planting and Tending Your Garden
SEED OF TRUTH
Read Ephesians 5:11-14.
What are the warnings in this passage?
PLANT THE SEED
Quietly recite today’s focus verse to yourself. Hide it in your heart and meditate on it throughout the day.
“Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”
WATER THE SEED
As the Lord has revealed areas in your life and heart that need to be changed, how can you awake the sleeper in you? What are some things that might help wake you up? One example is making sure that you are in the word and meditating upon it every day and throughout each day.
There are times when we are reading or watching TV that we know we are sleepy and almost expect ourselves to fall asleep. There are other times when we are completely unaware and we just drift off. The deception of spiritual sleep is similar. We can be lulled to sleep by the enemy, who is very subtle. We seem wide-awake one moment and asleep the next. The letter of James can be very helpful to those of us who want to be sure we aren’t being deceived. James 1:22 says, “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.” (If you have time now or later today, read James 1:19-27). Ask the Lord to help you really hear these words.
In Romans 10:17, Paul explains, “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.” One of the most important places to dispel the darkness is in our own hearts. We can bring that darkness out into the light by shining the light of God’s word upon it throughout the day – by meditating on His word (Psalm 119:11). Even if you have had a hard time until now memorizing and meditating upon your scripture, begin again today; it is never too late to try again to walk in the path of righteousness.
BEAR THE FRUIT
Awake and rise from the dead.
CLOSE IN PRAYER
Ask the Lord to bring to life all that has been planted in your heart today.
And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret. But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light. Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.
Ephesians 5:11-14 KJV
Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God. Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls. But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed. If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain. Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.
James 1:19-27 KJV