A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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 So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow.  – 1 Corinthians 3:7

I’m the first to admit that winter is not my favorite season.  Some of my friends think it’s the bees knees, but no – not me.  I’m simply tickled to see spring peeking around the corner, although here in Kansas we had a remarkably mild winter.  I’m not complaining! 

There’s nothing like that first time in the garden in spring!  Gardening just makes one feel so close to nature and more alive somehow, doesn’t it?  This portion of Scripture is not talking about literal gardening though – it’s talking about spiritual gardening.

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Who’s doing the planting?  All of us, as God’s children, need to be scattering “seed” – that is, sharing our faith, at every given opportunity.  It seems when I hear the word WITNESSING, my knees begin to buckle – but if I’m told to share my faith – that’s really more natural and makes me more comfortable.  Just tell your story – that’s about it.  I was blind – but now I see.  That is scattering seed.  It’s not complicated – but so often we make it so.

Once seed is planted…  who waters them?  Well, God sends the right people along to do that.  It could be any of us, really.  Again, watering seed is like sowing it – you just keep sharing your faith and be there to answer questions, read Scripture, and pray with folks.  Sometimes you share and get a door slammed in your face.  That’s okay because you did what you’re supposed to do.  If someone’s not ready, you’ve still planted a seed.  I might add, this is a big reason we should do our best to avoid being a stumbling block to those who are still on the fence.  We have to be so careful – we don’t want anything we say or do to be the reason someone does not come to a saving knowledge of Christ Jesus.  I don’t have to remind you what God said about those who are stumbling blocks, do I?  No – that’s for another blog post.grow

Do we make the seeds grow?  NO WAY!  I can’t save anyone – this blog can’t save anyone.  Belief on the Lord Jesus Christ…  that can save everyone!!!  I pray it does.  How different our interactions with one another would be if we were all more kind, gracious, and sweet.  It would be so beautiful if every seed would flourish.  🙂

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A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave their testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will.  – Acts 13:22

God brought David from a shepherd boy to a great king, and called him a man after His own heart.  As we explore the heart of man, we need to ask a few questions:

  • How do I know I’m truly converted?
  • If the Holy Spirit was withdrawn from my life, how long would it take me to notice?
  • How much alone time do I spend with God?
  • Do I practice obedience in the small things God gives me to do?

Every person who has a heart after God’s heart must walk with the assurance that they are truly converted.  Going to church every week and following the rules put forth by the church does not necessarily mean a person’s heart is converted.  Jesus must be your personal Savior and not your religion – those are two separate and distinct things.  ❤

When Christ was ready to ascend to Heaven, He left us the most precious gift of all…  His precious Holy Spirit!  Would you notice if He went away?  He will never leave you unless you tell Him to (who would do that?) – but seriously, how self-sufficient are we?  Scripture tells us to lean on Him and not on our own understanding.  The world would call Him a “crutch”, but I have a different take on it.  God’s Holy Spirit knows the future – I can’t think of a single “crutch” in this world that has that knowledge – I know some that claim to, but none that really do.  ❤

Devotions are not just about opening your Bible and reading two verses, marking your place and checking it off.  That’s certainly a start, but there’s really more to it.  There’s nothing wrong with following a prescribed outline such as Through the Bible in a Year, but if you’re anything like me, you’ll fall behind and feel guilty about it.  It’s better for me to let God’s Holy Spirit lead me to the things I need to see, read, and possibly write about.  ❤

When the Lord leads you to it, He most certainly will lead you through it.  Do you balk or do you obey?  Or, like me, do you sorta balk and stall, then obey?  Some changes are so scary, but if we will be obedient in the small things, God will trust us with the bigger things.  I mean, David started as a shepherd boy…  and what if he had not been obedient – first in the small things – then…  well, he ended up being a king!  ❤

I don’t necessarily want to be a king – but I sure do want to have a heart after God’s own heart.  One day I want Him to say, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.”  ❤

 

THANKS LIVING DAY 37

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PRAYER OF THANKS FOR SAFETY

How important is safety these days? When I was a kid we didn’t have to wear a helmet to ride a bike and we had bench seats in our car with a lap seatbelt. That was “safety” back then. I remember when mom or dad had to slam on the brakes, their right arm would automatically smack across me, bracing me! Some of you remember that too, don’t you?

We are so safety conscious these days. I can’t imagine using those car seats for kids! They look so complicated! No wonder I have to wait about ten minutes for that mom in the Wal-Mart parking lot to get her child strapped in before I can get to my car door to leave.

Have you ever been out-of-town and lost? My daddy used to tell me I could get lost in my own back yard because I am so directionally impaired – but I digress. Being lost is the most helpless feeling in the world, especially in unfamiliar territory. No one likes to be lost.

I’m not perfect – there, I said it. I won’t say it again – I didn’t stutter. Perfection is not something that will be everyone’s lasting memory of me. I’m bold and I jump in and sometimes I make a great big mess of things! I can’t tell you how many times I have “rushed” God’s timing. I do rush in – but I’m a work in progress. God is working on me and teaching me that it is always best to seek His advice before just moving on with something.

When you rush God there are consequences. God forgives the root sin when you ask Him to – but there are still consequences for the actions – and sometimes those consequences are long-term. Trust me when I tell you sin will take you further than you ever wanted to go – in the wrong direction. An old hymn comes to mind:

But I have good news. God is patient and He is waiting to help you. He knows you are not perfect but He wants to help you learn how to trust His timing instead of acting and then saying, “Okay God – now bless what I’ve already done.” It doesn’t work out so good that way. Wait on Him. Wait on His timing.

Today – I’m thankful that God always allows U-turns on His road. If you are traveling the wrong direction, just make a U-turn and start relying on God and His perfect timing. ❤