Zephaniah 3:17 reminds us that God is musical and He rejoices and sings over you. - -
The LORD your God in the midst of you is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over you with joy; he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.
Sunday, September 6, 2015
Good Ground Produces a Harvest
4:3For thus says the LORD to the men of
Judah and Jerusalem, Break up your fallow ground, and
sow not among thorns.
The chatter in a restaurant
often will over power conversation.The
voice of the Holy Spirit is not fabricated, and we must be attentive to what
God desires to say.If our thoughts are
cluttered with distraction it is difficult to hear God speak.
The enemy is at work to interrupt and sidetrack,
but you have the ability to pin him down, because we wrestle not against flesh
and blood but against principalities of darkness.
Notice those who are not here
today and pray for them, as they may be under attack.
Matthew 13:3-9 Then
He spoke many things to them in parables, saying: “Behold, a sower went out to sow.And as he sowed, some seed fell by
the wayside; and the birds came and devoured them.Some fell on stony places, where they did
not have much earth; and they immediately sprang up because they had no depth
of earth.But when the sun was up they were scorched,
and because they had no root they withered away.And some fell among thorns, and the thorns
sprang up and choked them.But others fell on good ground and yielded a crop: some a
hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”
Jesus spoke of four types of soil where seed was planted.Three areas were fallow ground; hard, stony,
thorns and weeds.The wayside was hard
and the seed was snatched away by the enemy. The stony place had little soil, but it too
was hard, and the plant had no roots and was scorched by the heat of the day. The thorns and weeds choked the tender plants
with the cares of the world.Only one
ground was good and there was a joyful harvest.
I asked the Lord, “How can we
break up the fallow ground and prepare these difficult areas to receive the
seed?”The Holy Spirit replied, “I will
break the ground.”
The fallow ground is a heart
condition.We must allow the Holy Spirit
to cultivate and remove the stones, pull up the thistles.The seed needs water, but you must not water
We come into the church with
good intentions to receive from God.Then we wonder why there are so many struggles.The fact is we are stubborn and
rebellious.We grieve the Holy Spirit by
not allowing Him to cultivate our Spirit.Continued rebellion creates a habit of stubbornness and our heart turns
to hard soil.
Let it effect you when the
Holy Spirit reveals something that must be removed from your heart.You ask “Why?”Because we are living in the last days and time
There are problems with
anger.When I was first saved, it was
easier to hit someone then to work it out.That fallow ground is getting plowed up and now I pray for those who once
angered me.With the help of the Holy
Spirit, you can change the soil.
Forgiving and meaning it,
will remove the thorns and weeds of unforgiveness.Harboring resentment and bitterness is
allowing murder to be in your heart.Forgiveness brings cultivation to the fallow ground.The truth is; each of us has a certain amount
of fallow ground, some less than others, but it needs to be broken up
regardless.Do you wonder why you are
always angry?It is because your heart
is full of unforgiveness.
It is time to forgive the
Police, the Judge, your parents, the person who violated and abused you.Yes, you can forgive by allowing Jesus to
forgive through you.
James told us to confess our
faults one to another for that brings accountability.Let us know how to pray for you.You are not in this walk alone for we are a
You may wonder why you do
certain things when you know better.Our
self-willed hearts have an abscess and surgery is needed to remove it.
Love God enough to allow His Holy Spirit
to pull out those things that prevent the Word from taking effect in your
Be tired of the rocks, thistles
and junk and be willing to allow the Holy Spirit to do the surgery.