Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Day 17: {X}pecting Good Fruit from Bad Soil

I want my life to be pleasing to God, however, sometimes I go my own way and fail miserably. The desire to have the abundant life that Christ promised me is something I'm always reaching for, but I don't always have. Why is this? Sometimes believing God for radical provision has less to do with our desires and/or belief and more to do with the soil our faith is planted in. When we give our hearts to Christ, He changes us and the Holy Spirit indwells us. We can want to do God's will, and believe He can do it, and still live in defeat. We remain powerless and still expect God to supernaturally intervene, when in actuality He is waiting on us to re-plant in good soil. God has called us to "come out and be separate" from the world. Your environment, the foundation in which your faith rests, may be the reason you never experience breakthrough in your life.

{We cannot expect good fruit from bad soil}.

Last year my mom was insistent that my dad plant her a garden. And he put it off. She told him that the place where he wanted to plant the garden did not have good soil. She asked him to get new dirt. Fresh dirt. Then, one day, she came home and the garden had been the old, deficient, nutrient poor dirt. And you can only guess what happened - the garden was never a garden. It never produced. 

Sometimes we get frustrated with ourselves because of our doubt, our lack of belief, or our questions about a circumstance we face. The answers are not always easy, but sometimes God is trying to get us to re-plant our faith in good soil. What can that mean for you?

You have questions about Christianity. New soil might mean...reading the Bible first-hand.

You feel disconnected from God, though you know you're a Christian. New soil might get involved in a Bible study.

You might have an addiction to drugs & alcohol, and you want freedom. New soil might friends that aren't tempting you.

You might be sick and want wholeness. New soil might mean...eating food God's way.

You might have a broken marriage. New soil might mean...turning the television off and devoting one hour of attention each night to your spouse.

Today, I want you to test your soil. Think about it. What does your environment look like? Have you planted your faith by the streams of living water? Can you grow where you're planted?

{And he will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in its season, and its' leaf does not wither; and in whatever he does, he prospers}. 
Psalm 1:3
Listen to the parable of the sower and ask God to show you what to do next. 

{When anyone hears the word of the kingdom, and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is the one on whom seed was sown beside the road}.
Matthew 13:19

{And the one on whom seed was sown on the rocky places this is the man who hears the word, and immediately receives it with joy; yet he has no firm root in himself, but is only temporary, and when affliction or persecution arises  because of the word, immediately he falls way}.
Matthew 13:20 & 21

{And the one on whom seed was sown among the thorns, this is the man who hears the word, and the worry of the world, and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful}.
Matthew 13:22

{And the one on whom seed was sown on the good soil, this is the man who hears the word and understands it; who indeed bears fruit, and brings forth, some a hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty}. 
Matthew 13:23


Miss Janet @ HOME said...

That was a GOOD one!



Small Kucing said...

thanks for the wisdom :)

Just the other day i went to Logos Hope(A ship that carry christian books to all over the world). They have this "lane". As I walk down the lane it tells the story of The Son That Went AWay. It was a very moving story.