Hello everyone…and a very happy and blessed Thursday to you all! Oh how I praise God this morning for His loving care for me! Just think…He not only blesses us with His presence; but He also blesses us through His word…a word that can encourage and uplift us throughout the difficult times of life. You know…He never promised that life would be easy; but through His precious word, He is able to inspire us…heart to heart, while giving us the hope we need to keep pressing on…praise Him!!
As we begin our time together today, I pray that we would see God’s word in a new way…one that can help us to survive and overcome the challenges of this life; that we may find a place to begin again…a place where God can make all things brand new…Amen!
As I look back on my life, I remember a time when God began to work deeply with me, as I came through what seemed to be an insurmountable amount of problems. At the time, I seemed to be more caught up in what was affecting my life; that I completely bypassed God’s word…and how it could actually become tools to cultivate my heart and produce new growth.
It was during one of those difficult times in my life, when God began to give me a good look at my heart. In my mind’s eye…my heart seemed to appear dormant, while the painful moments of the past had now become like weeds…gradually overtaking the heart. From there, God began to show me that I needed to let Him cultivate the heart through His word, while allowing each fallen tear to water the seeds that was now being planted, through each verse I had read.
As I began to take the Bible apart for the first time, I no longer saw His word as words to be memorized or read as a novel; but rather, I began to see His word as a survival manual, with tools that could truly till up the weeds of the past; that had attempted to overtake my life.
While searching God’s word this morning, for a verse that could truly inspire us all; He led me to 2 Timothy 3:16 and we read… “All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.”
Just imagine for a moment…that there is this big garden space standing before you. The only problem is that it must be prepared for planting. As you look to the side…there seems to be a variety of tools leaning against a tree…tools that could make it easier for you to cultivate the ground. Even though these tools are there to make this time easier on you…you choose to get down on your hands and knees and cultivate the ground with your hands. You know what…I think that you would come to see within a short time; that this is a difficult way of cultivating the ground…I know I would. This is a great example though, of what happens when we turn away from the help that is being given to us freely…to try and muddle through on our own, while choosing to do it on our own.
One thing we must remember with God’s word; is that it’s not a book to be read and put on a shelf like a novel; but rather, it’s a manual to live by. Within its pages, we can find stories to inspire us…and words of hope and encouragement that will help us to keep pressing on, during the hard and difficult times of life; but first, we must have our hearts prepared…and let God remove the weeds of adversity that have taken root over time. Once this has been done; then we can dive deep within God’s word and let the tools of God’s word cultivate our hearts; that God may continue to work with each seed that has been planted deep within the heart.
No matter what you may be facing right now…and no matter how hopeless it may seem; there is a whole set of tools awaiting you…tools that can cultivate these moments and rid you of the infestation that has attempted to overtake your life…and all you have to do is seek deep within God’s word…and as you do; God will give you the tools that can prepare the soil of the heart, for the seeds that have fallen through His word…seeds that can truly produce new and lasting growth within the heart…Amen!!
As we close…my prayer is that you will find the hope that you truly need at this time through God’s word…that your heart may be cultivated and made into something beautiful and brand new…Amen!
Have a very blessed day…and I will see ya soon! God bless!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
Diane K Hiltz Chamberlain