Seeds of Spring: A Woman’s 40 Day Devotional

Day 26
Planting and Tending Your Garden
SEED OF TRUTH
Read Ephesians 5:3-5.
Coveting and idolatry? What does this passage say about these sins? What is the warning? Coveting is desiring what another has. Idolatry is putting something in the place of God. Is there anything you need to do?
PLANT THE SEED
Quietly recite today’s focus verse to yourself. Hide it in your heart and meditate on it throughout the day.
Ephesians 5:5
“For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.”
WATER THE SEED
God has commanded us to love Him with all of our heart, all of our soul, all of our mind, and all our strength (Mark 12:30). How can we tell when we have put something in the place reserved only for God? We can tell by where our minds wander, what things we dwell upon, where we spend our money, how we spend our time, the words that come from our lips, where we make the most effort, or what causes us the greatest discomfort. For example, what do you worry about? What do you pray about or talk about the most? You can be very practical and proactive.
Observe yourself today in light of this scripture. What is your focus? Who is your focus? What do you desire? Who do you serve? Confess your covetousness or your idolatry when you see it and repent. What do these things reveal about who or what you love? Whatever is taking God’s place, remove it, and don’t return to it. Return to the Lord, your Maker (Revelation 2:4-5).
BEAR THE FRUIT
Put nothing in the place reserved for God.
CLOSE IN PRAYER
Ask the Lord to bring to life all that has been planted in your heart today.

But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks. For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.
Ephesians 5:3‭-‬5 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/eph.5.3-5.KJV

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Walking through the Bible 365

Grow Strong In Spirit
Today, many see education as a cure-all for society’s problems such as poverty, human right, sicknesses, family problem. We are living in high competition world, everyone compete with each other in order to be success. Good Education become first priority to their children. In fact, knowledge, apart from fear of God, leads to pride. King Solomon said fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge. It means grow strong in spirit, then you will find the knowledge of God.
Prayer: Father God, help us to grow strong in your spirit, to understand the fear of You, and grow our character to be like you. you will give wisdom and successful like the Lord gave Joseph.In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

where she entered Zechariahʼs home and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Maryʼs greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. In a loud voice she exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!” And Mary said: “My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed, for the Mighty One has done great things for me— holy is his name. His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation. He has performed mighty deeds with his arm; he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts. He has brought down rulers from their thrones but has lifted up the humble. He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty. He has helped his servant Israel, remembering to be merciful to Abraham and his descendants forever, just as he promised our ancestors.” Mary stayed with Elizabeth for about three months and then returned home. When it was time for Elizabeth to have her baby, she gave birth to a son. Her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown her great mercy, and they shared her joy. On the eighth day they came to circumcise the child, and they were going to name him after his father Zechariah, but his mother spoke up and said, “No! He is to be called John.” They said to her, “There is no one among your relatives who has that name.” Then they made signs to his father, to find out what he would like to name the child. He asked for a writing tablet, and to everyoneʼs astonishment he wrote, “His name is John.” Immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue set free, and he began to speak, praising God. All the neighbors were filled with awe, and throughout the hill country of Judea people were talking about all these things. Everyone who heard this wondered about it, asking, “What then is this child going to be?” For the Lordʼs hand was with him. His father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied: “Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has come to his people and redeemed them. He has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David (as he said through his holy prophets of long ago), salvation from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us— to show mercy to our ancestors and to remember his holy covenant, the oath he swore to our father Abraham: to rescue us from the hand of our enemies, and to enable us to serve him without fear in holiness and righteousness before him all our days. And you, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High; for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him, to give his people the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins, because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace.” And the child grew and became strong in spirit ; and he lived in the wilderness until he appeared publicly to Israel.
Luke 1:40‭-‬80 NIV
https://bible.com/bible/111/luk.1.40-80.NIV

I waited patiently for the Lord ; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the Lord and put their trust in him. Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord , who does not look to the proud, to those who turn aside to false gods. Many, Lord my God, are the wonders you have done, the things you planned for us. None can compare with you; were I to speak and tell of your deeds, they would be too many to declare. Sacrifice and offering you did not desire— but my ears you have opened — burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not require. Then I said, “Here I am, I have come— it is written about me in the scroll. I desire to do your will, my God; your law is within my heart.” I proclaim your saving acts in the great assembly; I do not seal my lips, Lord , as you know. I do not hide your righteousness in my heart; I speak of your faithfulness and your saving help. I do not conceal your love and your faithfulness from the great assembly.
Psalm 40:1‭-‬10 NIV
https://bible.com/bible/111/psa.40.1-10.NIV

Psalm of David

Who is your King of Glory? Have you come to him with clean and clean heart? We all have sin, not one is clean. We seek repentance for our sin whether we know it or not. Ask God today for forgiveness of your sins. Don’t wait, now is the time for tomorrow will be to late.

The earth is the Lord’s , and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein. For he hath founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the floods. Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord ? or who shall stand in his holy place? He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive the blessing from the Lord , and righteousness from the God of his salvation. This is the generation of them that seek him, that seek thy face, O Jacob. Selah. Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle. Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts, he is the King of glory. Selah.
Psalms 24:1‭-‬10 KJV
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Walk Through The Bible 365

God Is Our Healer
When people sinned against God, they repented and asked God for forgiveness. The Psalmist is teaching us that it is not enough, we should also ask for healing. Not only forgiveness, but God will also heal and deliver you from the power of sins, negative thoughts, habitual sins, all this when you ask and believe.
Prayer: Father Lord, heal our hearts and deliver us from temptations to do things our way. Help us to stand firm and make quick decisions to run away when we are facing temptation.In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Now in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate being governor of Judaea, and Herod being tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of Ituraea and of the region of Trachonitis, and Lysanias the tetrarch of Abilene, Annas and Caiaphas being the high priests, the word of God came unto John the son of Zacharias in the wilderness. And he came into all the country about Jordan, preaching the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins; As it is written in the book of the words of Esaias the prophet, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be brought low; and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways shall be made smooth; And all flesh shall see the salvation of God. Then said he to the multitude that came forth to be baptized of him, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance, and begin not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, That God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham. And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: every tree therefore which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. And the people asked him, saying, What shall we do then? He answereth and saith unto them, He that hath two coats, let him impart to him that hath none; and he that hath meat, let him do likewise. Then came also publicans to be baptized, and said unto him, Master, what shall we do? And he said unto them, Exact no more than that which is appointed you. And the soldiers likewise demanded of him, saying, And what shall we do? And he said unto them, Do violence to no man, neither accuse any falsely; and be content with your wages. And as the people were in expectation, and all men mused in their hearts of John, whether he were the Christ, or not; John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire: Whose fan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly purge his floor, and will gather the wheat into his garner; but the chaff he will burn with fire unquenchable. And many other things in his exhortation preached he unto the people. But Herod the tetrarch, being reproved by him for Herodias his brother Philip’s wife, and for all the evils which Herod had done, Added yet this above all, that he shut up John in prison. Now when all the people were baptized, it came to pass, that Jesus also being baptized, and praying, the heaven was opened, And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased. And Jesus himself began to be about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph, which was the son of Heli, Which was the son of Matthat, which was the son of Levi, which was the son of Melchi, which was the son of Janna, which was the son of Joseph, Which was the son of Mattathias, which was the son of Amos, which was the son of Naum, which was the son of Esli, which was the son of Nagge, Which was the son of Maath, which was the son of Mattathias, which was the son of Semei, which was the son of Joseph, which was the son of Juda, Which was the son of Joanna, which was the son of Rhesa, which was the son of Zorobabel, which was the son of Salathiel, which was the son of Neri, Which was the son of Melchi, which was the son of Addi, which was the son of Cosam, which was the son of Elmodam, which was the son of Er, Which was the son of Jose, which was the son of Eliezer, which was the son of Jorim, which was the son of Matthat, which was the son of Levi, Which was the son of Simeon, which was the son of Juda, which was the son of Joseph, which was the son of Jonan, which was the son of Eliakim, Which was the son of Melea, which was the son of Menan, which was the son of Mattatha, which was the son of Nathan, which was the son of David, Which was the son of Jesse, which was the son of Obed, which was the son of Booz, which was the son of Salmon, which was the son of Naasson, Which was the son of Aminadab, which was the son of Aram, which was the son of Esrom, which was the son of Phares, which was the son of Judah, Which was the son of Jacob, which was the son of Isaac, which was the son of Abraham, which was the son of Thara, which was the son of Nachor, Which was the son of Saruch, which was the son of Ragau, which was the son of Phalec, which was the son of Heber, which was the son of Sala, Which was the son of Cainan, which was the son of Arphaxad, which was the son of Sem, which was the son of Noah, which was the son of Lamech, Which was the son of Mathusala, which was the son of Enoch, which was the son of Jared, which was the son of Maleleel, which was the son of Cainan, Which was the son of Enos, which was the son of Seth, which was the son of Adam, which was the son of God.
Luke 3:1‭-‬38 KJV
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Blessed is he that considereth the poor: the Lord will deliver him in time of trouble. The Lord will preserve him, and keep him alive; and he shall be blessed upon the earth: and thou wilt not deliver him unto the will of his enemies. The Lord will strengthen him upon the bed of languishing: thou wilt make all his bed in his sickness. I said, Lord , be merciful unto me: heal my soul; for I have sinned against thee. Mine enemies speak evil of me, When shall he die, and his name perish? And if he come to see me, he speaketh vanity: his heart gathereth iniquity to itself; when he goeth abroad, he telleth it. All that hate me whisper together against me: against me do they devise my hurt. An evil disease, say they, cleaveth fast unto him: and now that he lieth he shall rise up no more. Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, hath lifted up his heel against me. But thou, O Lord , be merciful unto me, and raise me up, that I may requite them. By this I know that thou favourest me, because mine enemy doth not triumph over me. And as for me, thou upholdest me in mine integrity, and settest me before thy face for ever. Blessed be the Lord God of Israel from everlasting, and to everlasting. Amen, and Amen.
Psalms 41:1‭-‬13 KJV
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Seeds of Spring: A Woman’s 40 Day Devotional

Day 12
Planting and Tending Your Garden
SEED OF TRUTH
Read Ephesians 2:8-10.
This passage of scripture tells us that our salvation is a gift of God. Have you fully and gratefully received this gift? There may be times when you feel unworthy of it, or you may even take it for granted. Read verse 8, slowly, one word at a time. How did you come to receive this gift of salvation?
It is by grace – unmerited, undeserved, unearned favor. You have been given this grace because of God’s great love and rich mercy. It is given for a purpose, one that God has planned.
PLANT THE SEED
Quietly recite today’s focus verse to yourself. Hide it in your heart and meditate on it throughout the day.
Ephesians 2:10
“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”
WATER THE SEED
Consider what it means to be His workmanship. Everything – your life circumstances, your personality, your talents, your strengths, and your weaknesses – has contributed to who you are and who you have been chosen to be in Christ. Take time today to thank God for His workmanship in you! Ask Him to help you see how He has gifted you to bless the body of Christ. Listen and observe. Ask Him to give you wisdom and understanding. Follow Him as He leads you in the path of righteousness and patiently allow Him to lead. May you be encouraged!
BEAR THE FRUIT
Created for good works.
CLOSE IN PRAYER
Ask the Lord to bring to life all that has been planted in your heart today.

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
Ephesians 2:8‭-‬10 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/eph.2.8-10.KJV

Seeds of Spring: A Woman’s 40 Day Devotional

Day 8
Planting and Tending Your Garden
SEED OF TRUTH
Read Ephesians 1:11-14.
What have you been given in Christ? What do you learn about your purpose? Whose plan is always accomplished or whose will is done?
PLANT THE SEED
Quietly recite today’s focus verse to yourself. Hide it in your heart and meditate on it throughout the day.
Ephesians 1:11
“In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will.”
WATER THE SEED
You have been given what cannot be taken away. You can rest and feel safe always, knowing God is good. He works everything – all things – according to His plan. You can take a deep breath, relax, and not worry because you are His. You are in Christ and He is in you.
Think for a moment about God’s work in your life and how He has brought you to Himself, taught you in His word, and drawn you to this devotional study. If you are in Christ, He has given you everything you need to grow in the understanding of His word and in His righteousness. He has given you Himself!
What one thing can you do during the rest of this study to make the most of what He has given to you? What if you were to think on the “seed of truth” all throughout the day? You could copy and paste it in a text or e-mail to yourself. Reflect on this seed of truth instead of worrying or dwelling on earthly things. Water it and help it grow.
BEAR THE FRUIT
He works all things according to His plan.
CLOSE IN PRAYER.
Ask the Lord to bring to life all that has been planted in your heart today.

In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, in order that we, who were the first to put our hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory. And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are Godʼs possession—to the praise of his glory.
Ephesians 1:11‭-‬14 NIV
https://bible.com/bible/111/eph.1.11-14.NIV

Seeds of Spring:A Woman’s 40 Day Devotional

Day 7
Planting and Tending Your Garden
SEED OF TRUTH
Read Ephesians 1:1-10.
Look back through the passage and make a mental list of your spiritual blessings in Christ. Is there one blessing that really touches you today? As you see all of these, speak them to your heart and make them personal. For example: “I was chosen before the foundation of the world.”
PLANT THE SEED
Quietly recite today’s focus verse to yourself. Hide it in your heart and meditate on it throughout the day.
Ephesians 1:3
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places.”
WATER THE SEED
Consider what it means to be blessed in Christ with every spiritual blessing. Take 2-3 minutes to prayerfully think about how you could approach your day today with this in mind. When you have a moment of decision or a crisis today, recite your verse quietly to yourself. Then go forward in faith, believing “God has blessed me in Christ with every spiritual blessing.” Trust in His strength and remember His love for you.
BEAR THE FRUIT
Blessed with every spiritual blessing.
CLOSE IN PRAYER
Ask the Lord to bring to life all that has been planted in your heart today.

Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus: Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence; Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:
Ephesians 1:1‭-‬10 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/eph.1.1-10.KJV

Seeds of Spring:A Woman’s 40 Day Devotional

Day 6
PREPARE THE SOIL
Read Luke 8:19-21.
Listen to what Jesus is saying once again. Jesus is reiterating the same point. Something repeated is important.
Today, quietly, tenderly, but fearlessly ask yourself, “How am I responding to God’s word? “Do I merely agree with it or do I really obey it as well?”
Recently, I have witnessed dear old friends come to the realization that they had been hearing God’s word and believing God’s word but not really doing it.
They thought that they were following Jesus. Everyone around them thought the same, but upon closer examination, they discovered that really wasn’t the case. They wept in deep sorrow for all the years that had past, for all the opportunities missed, and for the impact their disobedience had upon their children and family members. They realized that they had been trying to follow Jesus without completely dying to self. No one has the ability to follow Jesus if they don’t follow Him in absolute surrender.
“My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and do it.” There is an inseparable connection between love and obedience. You may be distracted, lulled to sleep, or so challenged by your circumstances that you aren’t able to focus on God’s word and take it seriously. You may be giving yourself excuses. But Jesus’ words are clear:
Luke 14:26
“If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple.”
Luke 14:33
“So therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple.”
As painful as it might be, ask yourself this question: “Do I merely agree with God’s word or do I obey it as well?”
It is better to weep now rather than later. Ask the Lord for His help, for His mercy on you, a sinner. Confess your apathy, your fear, and your unbelief. Ask Him for His grace to surrender all. What might it mean? Loss of control? Possible failure? Loss of self? Admitting that things aren’t as they seem?
“O Lord, help me see that you don’t want to take anything away from me, but that you want to give me abundant life! You want to give me yourself!”

Then came to him his mother and his brethren, and could not come at him for the press. And it was told him by certain which said, Thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to see thee. And he answered and said unto them, My mother and my brethren are these which hear the word of God, and do it.
Luke 8:19‭-‬21 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/luk.8.19-21.KJV

Seeds of Spring : A Woman’s 40 Day Devotional

Day 2
INTRODUCTION: Planting Your Garden For a Fruitful Harvest
The imperishable seed – the word of God! (1 Peter 1:23, Luke 8:11). Several years ago archeologists found a wheat seed in a pyramid. The seed was thousands of years old dated to around 2500 BC. When planted in fertile soil, the 4500-year-old wheat seed sprouted and grew! “You have been born again not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and abiding word of God. For, ‘All flesh is like grass, and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls off, but the word of the Lord abides forever.’ And this is the word which was preached to you” (1 Peter 1:23-25).
In his letter to the church in Ephesus, Paul tries to help believers comprehend the incomprehensible inheritance they have been given when they were adopted into the family of God! We all have been given so much more than we know what to do with, and unfortunately much of what we have remains locked up in towering silos because we don’t understand what it means to be “in Him.” Until we access our abundant inheritance by faith, it will lie there dormant and asleep, producing no life and no fruit.
Let’s raid those silos, take those seeds, plant them in fertile soil and reap an extravagant eternal harvest! We must ask God to plant His word into our hearts, and then live it out by faith. The Bible declares that faith is a gift, obtained “through hearing and hearing through the word of God!” (Romans 10:17). We must put ourselves in the position to “hear” God’s word by spending time in God’s word, studying His word, and meditating on it. Upon hearing the word by the power of the Holy Spirit, we must apprehend that word by choosing to believe it and live according to it in the power of the Holy Spirit. When we do, we are planting seeds of righteousness in our hearts that will bring forth a harvest of righteousness.
CLOSE IN PRAYER

Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.
1 Peter 1:23 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/1pe.1.23.KJV

Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.
Luke 8:11 KJV
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