Day 14, Planting and Tending Your Garden SEED OF TRUTH Read Ephesians 2:17-22. Read this passage through a few times and ask the Lord to increase your understanding of your position in Him and in His church (Ephesians 1:3-14). PLANT THE SEED Quietly recite today’s focus verse to yourself. Hide it in your heart and meditate on it throughout the day. Ephesians 2:19-20 “You are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone.” WATER THE SEED When did He begin to draw you to Himself? Think back for a moment about when and how the Lord opened your eyes to see Him as your Savior and Lord. How have you grown? Do you love Him more today? Do you love His word more than ever? We think of ourselves as a part of a family, a church, a neighborhood, a group, or an office, but how often do we think of ourselves as a member of the household of God? 1 Peter 2:5 tells us “you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” Please bow before the Lord, and offer Him a sacrifice of praise. Enter His gates with thanksgiving and into His courts with praise. Think on this powerful truth in each step you take today. BEAR THE FRUIT Member of the household of God. CLOSE IN PRAYER Ask the Lord to bring to life all that has been planted in your heart today.
And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh. For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.
Ephesians 2:17-22 KJV https://bible.com/bible/1/eph.2.17-22.KJV
Day 11 Planting and Tending Your Garden SEED OF TRUTH Read Ephesians 2:4-7. Why does God save us according to verse 4? We were dead, but now where are we seated according to 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 2:4-5 “But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ.” WATER THE SEED The enemy, the devil, works so hard to make us feel rejected, unacceptable, and outcast because he is! We are God’s, chosen before time to be His, positioned in Christ, hidden in Him, never to be cast out or forsaken, and seated at the best table. No matter who shuns or rejects us in this world, we are forever in Christ. Pause for a moment and consider the mercy that God has showered upon you. Really plant this seed of truth in your heart and believe it. Wherever you are right now, bow your head and heart and recite these words, quietly meditating upon them: “God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which you loved me, even when I was dead in my trespasses, you made me alive together with Christ.” Close your eyes and envision the Lord’s mercy pouring over you like spring rain. BEAR THE FRUIT Given mercy and loved with God’s great love. CLOSE IN PRAYER Ask the Lord to bring to life all that has been planted in your heart today.
But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.
Ephesians 2:4-7 KJV https://bible.com/bible/1/eph.2.4-7.KJV
Day 3 PREPARE THE SOIL Read Luke 8:4-8. The seed of God that is sown into the good soil is the only seed that bears fruit. What does the “good and honest” heart look like? What kind of hearer is this? This is the one that upon hearing the word of God takes it to heart, listens, repents, believes, and obeys. This is the heart in which the seed takes root, grows, and produces fruit that matures. How do you receive God’s word? Jesus tells us this parable to help us examine ourselves: Do I have ears to hear? Do I have a heart that is able to respond to the word of God in repentance, belief, and obedience? As I look back on my life as a professing Christian, I realize that during the first ten years the weeds of the world choked out the word of God. I loved the things of the world. “Real life” was too important. God’s word had fallen onto the ground of my heart and began to grow, but the worries and concerns of this world far outweighed the importance of God and His kingdom. Thankfully God didn’t leave me there; He rescued me. It was as if He took a rototiller to my heart. But that wouldn’t have been enough. He completely replaced my heart with a new one. The seed He sowed into my new heart took root and grew. Since that day this new heart responds so differently to His word. It delights in the law of the Lord! Read Psalm 1. If your heart delights in God and His word, praise and thank Him! Thank Him for the great and immeasurable gift that He has given to you and nurture that gift! If your heart does not delight in the law of the Lord, do not despair, do not give up, and do not walk away. Confess it to the Lord. No one has the power to make the soil of their heart good. Ask God to forgive you and cleanse you of all unrighteousness. “Lord, let your living words penetrate our hearts and produce a full harvest of righteousness!” Over the next several weeks, take God’s word to your heart and ask Him to help you receive it by faith and then bring it to life through obedience. Ask Him to help you bear a full harvest of righteousness.
And when much people were gathered together, and were come to him out of every city, he spake by a parable: A sower went out to sow his seed: and as he sowed, some fell by the way side; and it was trodden down, and the fowls of the air devoured it. And some fell upon a rock; and as soon as it was sprung up, it withered away, because it lacked moisture. And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprang up with it, and choked it. And other fell on good ground, and sprang up, and bare fruit an hundredfold. And when he had said these things, he cried, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
Luke 8:4-8 KJV https://bible.com/bible/1/luk.8.4-8.KJV
Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord ; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away. Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.
Psalms 1:1-6 KJV https://bible.com/bible/1/psa.1.1-6.KJV