Seeds of Spring: A Woman’s 40 Day Devotional

Day 15,
Planting and Tending Your Garden
SEED OF TRUTH
Read Ephesians 3:1-6.
Who does Paul say he is? According to verse 2, what has he been given? And for whom? What does Paul say about us in verse 6?
PLANT THE SEED
Quietly recite today’s focus verse to yourself. Hide it in your heart and meditate on it throughout the day.
Ephesians 3:1
“For this reason I, Paul, a prisoner for Christ Jesus on behalf of you Gentiles.”
WATER THE SEED
First Corinthians 6:19-20 tells us that we, too, have been chosen for a purpose: “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.” We may not be in prison literally, but we are bondservants of Christ Jesus (Romans 6:15-23). As you go about your day today meditating on the scripture above, continue to keep your “flesh” in chains and the Spirit free to do its will. Remember the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23).
BEAR THE FRUIT
Bondservant of Jesus Christ.
CLOSE IN PRAYER
Ask the Lord to bring to life all that has been planted in your heart today.

For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles, If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward: How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words, Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ) Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit; That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel:
Ephesians 3:1‭-‬6 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/eph.3.1-6.KJV

What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid. Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness. I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness. For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness. What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death. But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Romans 6:15‭-‬23 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/rom.6.15-23.KJV

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.
Galatians 5:22‭-‬26 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/gal.5.22-26.KJV

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Walking through the Bible 365

A Good Worker
How can we be a testimony to Jesus in our work place? Even before we start sharing Christ with others in the work place, we need to be seen to be ‘good workers’ – those who take responsibility, meet deadlines, produce high quality work, maintain good relationships with others. The testimony about Jesus was that he does all things well – let us follow our master in this.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, let us follow your example even in our work situations and work places where people will say that we do all things well – let us be conscientious, hardworking, maintaining good relationships with others and producing good quality work. Just as no fault was found in Daniel in his work; help us to work to a high standard. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

That which defiles

The Pharisees and some of the teachers of the law who had come from Jerusalem gathered around Jesus and saw some of his disciples eating food with hands that were defiled, that is, unwashed. (The Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they give their hands a ceremonial washing, holding to the tradition of the elders. When they come from the marketplace they do not eat unless they wash. And they observe many other traditions, such as the washing of cups, pitchers and kettles. ) So the Pharisees and teachers of the law asked Jesus, “Why donʼt your disciples live according to the tradition of the elders instead of eating their food with defiled hands?” He replied, “Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you hypocrites; as it is written: “ ‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. They worship me in vain; their teachings are merely human rules.’ You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to human traditions.” And he continued, “You have a fine way of setting aside the commands of God in order to observe your own traditions! For Moses said, ‘Honor your father and mother,’ and, ‘Anyone who curses their father or mother is to be put to death.’ But you say that if anyone declares that what might have been used to help their father or mother is Corban (that is, devoted to God)— then you no longer let them do anything for their father or mother. Thus you nullify the word of God by your tradition that you have handed down. And you do many things like that.” Again Jesus called the crowd to him and said, “Listen to me, everyone, and understand this. Nothing outside a person can defile them by going into them. Rather, it is what comes out of a person that defiles them.” After he had left the crowd and entered the house, his disciples asked him about this parable. “Are you so dull?” he asked. “Donʼt you see that nothing that enters a person from the outside can defile them? For it doesnʼt go into their heart but into their stomach, and then out of the body.” (In saying this, Jesus declared all foods clean.) He went on: “What comes out of a person is what defiles them. For it is from within, out of a personʼs heart, that evil thoughts come—sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. All these evils come from inside and defile a person.”
Mark 7:1‭-‬15‭, ‬17‭-‬23 NIV
https://bible.com/bible/111/mrk.7.1-23.NIV

Jesus Honors a Syrophoenician Woman’s Faith

Jesus left that place and went to the vicinity of Tyre. He entered a house and did not want anyone to know it; yet he could not keep his presence secret. In fact, as soon as she heard about him, a woman whose little daughter was possessed by an impure spirit came and fell at his feet. The woman was a Greek, born in Syrian Phoenicia. She begged Jesus to drive the demon out of her daughter. “First let the children eat all they want,” he told her, “for it is not right to take the childrenʼs bread and toss it to the dogs.” “Lord,” she replied, “even the dogs under the table eat the childrenʼs crumbs.” Then he told her, “For such a reply, you may go; the demon has left your daughter.” She went home and found her child lying on the bed, and the demon gone.
Mark 7:24‭-‬30 NIV
https://bible.com/bible/111/mrk.7.24-30.NIV

Jesus heals a deaf and mute man

Then Jesus left the vicinity of Tyre and went through Sidon, down to the Sea of Galilee and into the region of the Decapolis. There some people brought to him a man who was deaf and could hardly talk, and they begged Jesus to place his hand on him. After he took him aside, away from the crowd, Jesus put his fingers into the manʼs ears. Then he spit and touched the manʼs tongue. He looked up to heaven and with a deep sigh said to him, “Ephphatha!” (which means “Be opened!” ). At this, the manʼs ears were opened, his tongue was loosened and he began to speak plainly. Jesus commanded them not to tell anyone. But the more he did so, the more they kept talking about it. People were overwhelmed with amazement. “He has done everything well,” they said. “He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.”
Mark 7:31‭-‬37 NIV
https://bible.com/bible/111/mrk.7.31-37.NIV

Not Willing to Settle Week 2

Luke 11:1-13

The Lord teaches you how to pray, seek Christ Jesus in prayer. Do not settle how someone pray, ask God how you should pray and what to pray for. He knows what your needs are before you pray, however still ask, as he wants to hear from you as he leads you.

If you have missed last weeks sermon Not Willing to Settle this is part one

When you go to him go humbly and with abundance of faith that your prayers will be answered, but remember it will be in his time not our time. For our time is not his time, but He is always on time.