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Your Life- Garden
Will you be planting a garden this year? It will take a lot of work to prepare the soil, plant the seed, and to maintain it all season. Someone said that gardening requires lots of water – most of it in the form of perspiration! Successful gardens take personal sacrifice.
There are many references to gardens in the Bible. Genesis begins in a garden and Revelation ends in a garden. Jesus prayed in a garden and was buried in a garden. In fact, many writers have used the garden as an illustration for the life each person creates. This thought will be the basis of this article. Alfred Austin said, “Show me your garden and I shall tell you what you are.”
Gardens are the cradle of life. They are filled with growing things, some good and some not. Usually, a garden has a diversity of growing plants. One variety may provide fragrance or beauty, while others produce fruit. This is what the Christian life is all about. Every Christin has a life-garden that reflects our stewardship, devotion, and personal sacrifice.
So, how is your life-garden? Perhaps this is a good time to look at the life you are producing. 1 Corinthians 11:28 requires us to “examine yourself” in light of God’s Word. Is your life-garden developing as something that pleases God?
In Proverbs 24:30-34, King Solomon goes on a walk through his massive kingdom. As he views the homes of his subjects, he comes across a house with an overgrown garden. It is full of weeds and thorns and is in total disarray. Even worse, the wall that was supposed to surround and protect the garden was broken down and in ruins.
Solomon becomes unhappy and says that the gardener is lazy and sleeps too much. Further, this obvious negligence has made his household vulnerable to thieves and bandits. When Solomon saw a messy garden, he made assumptions about the character of the gardener.
The story in Proverbs 24 reminds us that casual neglect can lead to catastrophic loss. The truth of this story applies to rows of tomatoes, raising a family, growing a business, or developing a personal life, otherwise known as a life-garden.
In this story, the thorns and weeds represent sins that the gardener tolerated in their life-garden. The disarray of the garden reveals their lack of dedicated stewardship. And the broken-down wall exposed the gardeners complete moral failure, lack of standards, and senseless disregard for proper protection.
The Scripture is warning us to maintain our life-garden. We can blame others for disturbing our life-garden, but only you can care for it. You are the one who decides to pull the weeds, remove the thorns, and to rebuild the wall of protection. Why not start today?
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Texas History & God
Thursday - March 4, 2021
Psalm 97:7-12 NLT - Let all be put to shame who serve carved images, Who boast of idols. Worship Him, all you gods. Zion hears and is glad, And the daughters of Judah rejoice Because of Your judgments, O Lord. For You, Lord, are most high above all the earth; You are exalted far above all gods. You who love the Lord, hate evil! He preserves the souls of His saints; He delivers them out of the hand of the wicked. Light is sown for the righteous, And gladness for the upright in heart. Rejoice in the Lord, you righteous, And give thanks at the remembrance of His holy name.
Prayer: Dear Lord - With gratitude I come before you today. You are my proven source of hope and peace. The light of your Word brings revelation and awe. Help me to stay true to you in my daily walk. In the name of Jesus I pray.
David G. Rose
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Dave Rose has been a credentialed minister for over 50 years in Wisconsin and Texas. He is available to serve as a pulpit guest, Bible teacher, wedding or funeral officiant, or hospital visitor. He is also active in reconciliation ministries. If you need to speak with a pastor, please contact the office at: click here
Therefore, comfort each other and edify one another.
1 Thessalonians 5:11
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Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.
Romans 8:26 ESV
The Apostle John refers to his previous writings when he states in 1 John 5:13 KJV – “These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.”
When John says “the name,” he is speaking of Jesus the Christ. In “the name” we have eternal life. The internal evidence of eternal life will be revealed to you through self-examination in light of God’s Word.
As we study the Bible, we discover the promise of eternal life, that eternal life is only found in Jesus Christ, that Believers have a right to obtain eternal life, that eternal life is obtained only by faith, and that eternal life is a free gift by the grace of God. Further, Believers have the authority and commission to communicate, cultivate, and increase the knowledge of eternal life among their friends and acquaintances on earth.
The key is to believe. He who believes has Christ in his heart, who is the one and only Hope of Glory. The Believer who has Christ in his heart will love, obey, and be a person of prayer. Are you a Believer?
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