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Planting !

Discussion in 'Spiritual Formation & Disciplines' started by SANTOSO, Apr 23, 2021.


    SANTOSO Well-Known Member

    break up your fallow ground, for it is the time to seek the LORD, that He may come and rain righteousness upon you. -Hosea 10:12

    Don’t we consider FALLOW GROUND, as ground that are UNUSED and UNUSABLE ?

    Don’t the Son of Man sow seed on the ground of our hearts?

    Are the ground of our hearts unused ? Shouldn’t the ground be used for planting ? Or are the ground of our hearts READY to be planted with the word of the kingdom?

    When ground are declared to be UNUSABLE? Do farmers only plow the ground, that is UNUSED ? or Do they also plow the UNUSABLE ground ? They do !

    Why break up the ground? Why plowed ? Why tilled ? Is it not because the ground is HARDENED and filled with thorns and weeds ?

    Are hearts hardened? Because of those who hurt, wrong, offend, scorn, humiliate, reject, abandon, sinned against us ?
    Is it unbelief ? Because of unanswered prayers.
    Or is it because the worries of this life, wealth and other pleasures ?
    Are hearts hardened that it become insensitive to the needs of others ?

    Can these hardened hearts be plowed or tilled ? Yes, they can be plowed or tilled.

    Are the unused and unusable ground OFFERED to be plowed or tilled ? So, have we offered the grounds of hearts to be plowed by God ? So, have we OFFERED our hearts daily to God ?

    Yes, we have ‘sin’, but we no longer want our hearts hardened by deceitfulness of sin. For we have confessed our sins, and our Lord who is faithful and just have shown us grace by forgiving our sins and cleanse our unrighteous thoughts. Yes, we have sinned , and we don’t make our Lord a liar, and that His word is in us. And we are clean because of His word, that is in us.

    So we offer ourselves to His words of truth. Putting hope in His words— for with the Lord is steadfast love and plentiful redemption. When He redeem our iniquities ! We are no longer separated from God.

    When He forgives our sins ! God don’t hide His face from us. He makes us alive by the Spirit of His words. When we live by His Spirit, we have His strength to put to death the practices of the body.

    When we set our mind on the things of the Spirit! His Spirit strengthen our mind to make all thoughts captive to obey Christ.

    Just as the fallow ground, that is unused and unusable, being OFFERED to be broken up, plowed and tilled by farmers.
    So we OFFER the ground of our hearts to God.

    Just as the fallow ground is CLEARED from thorns and weeds.
    So the ground of our hearts is CLEARED from sins.

    When we offer ourselves to God ! or when we submit ourselves to God !

    The ground of our hearts will be plowed or tilled ! And ready for planting ! Ready to receive the word of the kingdom.
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    SANTOSO Well-Known Member

    Do we have the strength to seek the Lord, that He may come and rain righteousness upon us ?

    When I remembered then that I had no strength to meditate, or even read His words!
    I didn’t like what await me in the future then — for I knew my sins were many.

    Yes, I believed God exists that He can draw near to Christ but I didn’t have the strength to be diligent and to be faithful towards Him.

    My mind ( soul ) thirsts for God but I have no strength to seek with my mind. My body faints for Him ; I was as if in a dry and weary land, where there is no water.

    Couldn’t this dry and weary land be planted with the word of God ?

    This is what I have heard:
    The LORD is good to those who wait for Him, to the soul who seeks Him. -Lamentations 3:25

    For I knew I cannot save myself. Neither being angry with the world and myself would help nor trusting in my abilities. So I wait on the Lord, as I wait for a doctor. Eventually, I realized that He loves me and that I can wait for His steadfast love.

    The Lord gives me His strength. The strength to pray and the strength to seek Him and come to Him.

    From then on, I seek to understand how I might apply His words for my daily living.

    I pray daily that the Lord gives me the strength to forgive those who offended me, hurts me, distorted what I have said, wronged me, and rejected me. And the Lord have forgiven the guilt of my sins. Also, come to understand how the Lord have been faithful to the Father, giving me grace through the cross.

    I am glad that the Lord works mightily in me to cleanse me from hidden faults and strengthened to live in His ways, that is, to be merciful and show compassion to others, to be slow to anger, and to be enriched with the His grace and truth, that are found in the Spirit of His words.

    That is how He rains righteousness upon me. For His Holy Spirit strengthen my inner person so that Christ Jesus may dwell in my heart and I believe that the Father will strengthen me to be rooted and grounded in love for His Son.

    For a I believe what is written in 1 Corinthians 1:30 ; that says:

    It is because of God that I am in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God–that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption.

    So dear one,
    Let us seek the Lord and come to Him, that He may rain righteousness upon us, as written in Hosea 10:12

    Didn’t we hear our Lord say:
    It is written in the Prophets, 'And they will all be taught by God.' Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to me' -John 6:45

    So dear one, heed what the Father has said through the prophet Hosea and we all will be taught by God. And we heard and learned from the Father, shall all come to Christ.