Day 2 of 40
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
The Bible often uses seasons to illustrate God's work in us. This 40-day women's devotional from Thistlebend Ministries uses a garden as a metaphor for growing in Christ. Each day you will receive a "Seed of Truth" (Scripture) and directions on how to "Plant the Seed" (take it to heart) and "Water the Seed" (apply). Be excited! The Lord will grow a beautiful garden of His character in your heart, overflowing with the fullness of the Lord. Ideal for busy moms, single women, and college students.
We would like to thank Thistlebend Ministries and author Laurie Aker for providing this plan. For more information, please visit: www.thistlebendcottage.org
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