HOW DEEP IS DEEP?

Digging deepAs a gardener, when cultivating seeds, bulbs or trees, you must know how deep to plant each item into the soil. If the correct depth is not achieved, birds, animals or other elements may destroy your foliage.

Did you know the same concept applies to the Word of God? Remember a seed is a source of development or growth. How deep is the Word of God planted in your heart?

God’s Words are seeds, waiting to be planted in your mind and heart.

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

Have you read the Word, but don’t quite understand. Do you ask God to help you to comprehend? Or, do you allow the doctrines of men or the world’s philosophy to take it away?

 Those beside the road are the people who have heard; then the devil comes and takes the message [of God] away from their hearts, so that they will not believe [in Me as the Messiah] and be saved. Luke 8:12 AMP

Do you hear the Word of God, but when challenges, issues and trials occur, you begin to doubt, worry and disbelieve. Your faith melts into fear.

Those on the rocky soil are the people who, when they hear, receive and welcome the word with joy; but these have no firmly grounded root. They believe for a while, and in time of trial and temptation they fall away [from Me and abandon their faith]. Luke 8:13 AMP

You hear about the Word, but you are too involved in getting rich, climbing the corporate ladder, at any cost. Are you too busy keeping up with the Jones or your desires and pleasures take precedent over God’s Word.

The seed, which fell among the thorns, these are the ones who have heard, but as they go on their way they are suffocated with the anxieties and riches and pleasures of this life, and they bring no fruit to maturity. Luke 8:14 AMP

Lastly, do you hear the Word, understand and perceive it in your heart. When trials and challenges come your way, you realize God is there to protect, guide and lead you. Knowing you will prosper, progress and climb the corporate ladder, with God’s grace, way and time.

But as for that seed in the good soil, these are the ones who have heard the word with a good and noble heart, and hold on to it tightly, and bear fruit with patience. Luke 8:15 AMP

Now, ask yourself, how deep is the Word in your heart?

THE THIRD MONTH

March, the month of spring, is the time of sowing all types of seeds. Grass seeds SOWING SEEDSare sprinkled for lush lawns. Flowers are planted for colorful bouquets. And, all other types of seeds are cultivated to bring forth a harvest.

The interesting concept, whatever seeds are sown that particular fruit will bloom. In other words, if you plant Marigold seeds don’t expect Pansies to bloom. What you sow is what you reap.

Let’s dig deeper. What are seeds? Seeds are a source of development or growth. They are little containers waiting to be planted and take root.

Your words are seeds. Your words are sources of development and growth. Your words are planted in your mind and heart. Your words are small containers waiting to take bloom. Expressing positive words will bring forth a positive harvest. The same concept applies with speaking negative words, the end results will be negative.

 For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned. Matthew 12:37 (KJV)

Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. Proverbs 18:21 (KJV)

I will never get a job. I am fat. No one loves me. I am alone. These seeds will produce an unemployed, obese, unloving, lonely person. Negative words are expressed from your lips, changing your behaviors and outcomes. Unfavorable words give place for the devil. He loves to play on negativity. He will continue to whisper those unproductive thoughts in your mind, waiting for them to take root in your heart.

The best way to change your behaviors and outcome is to change how you think and what you say. Speak positive words. A new job is coming my way. With God’s grace I will lose weight. God loves me.  I am never alone with God. And, in God’s time, you will receive a job, a weight reduction, a loved one and your future days will never be alone.

You may think what you say has little to do with the conclusions. And, words are just words. This is not true. Do you know people who are negative, always having some adverse words to say and their lives reflect their words? Now think about the people who speak upbeat, uplifting and positive words and their lives follow the sequence.

Stop planting weeds expecting flowers to grow.

10 Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.

 11 Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter?

12 Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? So can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh. James 3:10-12 (KJV)

When negative words form in your mouth, swallow them. Allow something positive to flow out. If you continue this habit, after a while, positive words will trump the negative ones. Feed your seeds with God’s seeds. Nourish them with the waters of faith. Use the fertilizer of prayer and plant the good seeds in your spiritual pot—your heart. Reap a positive harvest.

THE SEASON OF GROWTH

SPRINGSpring is the season of growth and a time of new beginnings. During spring, temperatures are rising and life is sprouting. Spring is sandwiched between winter the coldest season and summer being the hottest season. Also, in many areas, spring is the rainy season.

Spring is considered a time of transformation. To transform means to change something completely or to change in character of a condition.

What do you want to transform this season? Let’s make this a time to transform your mind totally to God. Right now your mind is being sandwiched between the world’s way of thing and your way of thinking. During this season all the rain waters of the Word of God to flow in your mind, allowing the blessings to take bloom in your life.

 And do not be conformed to this world [any longer with its superficial values and customs], but be transformed and progressively changed [as you mature spiritually] by the renewing of your mind [focusing on godly values and ethical attitudes… Romans 12:2 (AMP)

Renewing your mind reflects replacing your thoughts, your words and behaviors with God’s thoughts, Words and behaviors. To strip away your old way of thinking and cloth yourself with the power of the Word.

That, regarding your previous way of life, you put off your old self [completely discard your former nature], which is being corrupted through deceitful desires, 23 and be continually renewed in the spirit of your mind [having a fresh, untarnished mental and spiritual attitude], Ephesians 4:22-23Amplified Bible (AMP)

Why do you think it is important to renew your mind with God? You will discover what God’s purpose is for your life. Isn’t that the ultimate question? What is your purpose in life?

… So that you may prove [for yourselves] what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His plan and purpose for you]. Romans 12:2 (AMP)

Also, renewing your mind allows you to realize God’s power for us and His mighty power in us.

And [so that you will begin to know] what the immeasurable and unlimited and surpassing greatness of His [active, spiritual] power is in us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of His mighty strength. Ephesians 1:19 (AMP)

To know your purpose and to realize God’s power, you must read, study and hear God’s Word. This is the key. Anything you want to restore, convert, refurbish or renovate, you must learn how by reading, studying and hearing. God’s Word is no different. There is not a shortcut, an app or link to download or click. You must do the work to reap the benefits.

Ready! Study! Live the Word!