8.5.20 – Daily Dose of Worship. A study on the Holy Spirit. Part 25. Seeds.

PRAYER: Please pray today for healing. Healing of our land from this pandemic. Cry out to God today for mercy.

DEVOTION: “And now abide faith, hope and love, these three; but the greatest of these is love. Pursue love, and desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy. For he who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God, for no one understands him; however, in the spirit he speaks mysteries. But he who prophesies speaks edification and exhortation and comfort to men.” – 1 Corinthians 13:13 – 14:3

Smith speaks in the paragraph following this verse about how it’s easy to have a structure built if the foundation is solid. The same applies to our spiritual rise. If we have a firm foundation, we are set up for success. For many of us, we have not grown in our relationship with Jesus because we haven’t had a firm foundation in our relationship with Him. We won’t be able to stand when the winds blow. When the trials come. We need to be able to stand firmly fixed in the Word of God.

There must be three things in our lives if we wish to go all the way with God in the fullness of Pentecost. First we must be grounded and settled in love, we must have a real knowledge of what love is. Secondly, we must have a clear understanding of the Word, for love must manifest the Word. Thirdly, we must clearly understand our own ground, because it is our own ground that needs to be looked after the most.

So, this paragraph above by Smith clearly states and lays out a foundation plan for a walk with Jesus. Grounded in love, grounded in the Word and grounded in ourselves and our surroundings. He goes on to mention the stories from Matthew 13:8 and Mark 4:8 about the good ground where the seed was thrown. Still very relevant to this day. Even in the good ground, the seed yielded different portions of fruit.

So, our charge, if we so desire, is to put ourselves, our abilities, desires, thoughts, hopes, dreams…all of it, into the hands of the Lord so that He can then spread the seeds where they go and we can act on all of those talents and abilities that He’s given us in the worlds that we live in. So that we can be a reflection of Jesus with the gifts that He’s given to us and the gifts that He grows within us.

So today, maybe the ground is a little hard. Maybe it needs some watering, some nurturing. Maybe it needs a complete overhaul. Not quite sure where you’re at but take a minute today and talk to God about it.

Be open to the change that He may bring in your landscape.

4 Comments

  1. Peggy F on August 5, 2020 at 11:14 am

    Amen Psalm 138: 23 ” Search me O God , and know my heart…………….Hosea 12: 4 He wept, and sought favor from Him, He found Him in Bethel, ………………………… Continued prayers for all who are hurting and in need, and for mercy on our Nation.

  2. NELA E on August 5, 2020 at 2:41 pm

    My foundation, once solid, is showing signs of deterioration! I MUST repair this foundation and build it stronger than before. Lives may depend on it…including mine!

  3. Carol B on August 5, 2020 at 3:49 pm

    Makes me think of 2 Timothy 19 God’s firm foundation stands, bearing this seal: “The Lord knows those who are His,” and, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord must turn away from iniquity.” 20A large house contains not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay. Some indeed are for honorable use, but others are for common use.…
    Reflecting on our Bible study from last night too. (which was excellent)
    As I feel like God has been calling me during this time to put my house in order since we have moved. So this is so on target for me today.
    Would love to hear from all of you on how you spread the love during these times. Always looking for new ideas to put in the tool box so to speak.
    Love how Dave has given us so many things for our tool box to share with other during this time too.

  4. Suzanne on August 5, 2020 at 4:36 pm

    My sons bought pumpkin seeds to plant. My younger son and I prepared the soil…he used his Tonka Trucks. My older son dug the hole…planted the seed…covered and watered. They poured in such love and excitement…all summer long…they watered and waited. The vines grew and grew. They climbed along the ladder we had left laying behind the shed…the vines grew up the chain link fence, through the privacy slats and into the neighbor’s yard. The boys continued to care for their garden…bringing extra water when the August sun was beating down. It was so hot but the boys were persistent. We had strong healthy vines…everywhere! Finally, there was a pumpkin…on the vine that had climbed along the forgotten ladder …hidden behind the shed. The boys worked even harder now. Then, they discovered a second pumpkin…in the neighbor’s garden. The vines had taken over but all we got was two pumpkins…one was not even ours…hmm…but…the boys were even happier now. The neighbor built a platform to hold the pumpkin as it grew on the fence, 4 feet above the ground. Eventually the pumpkins grew into vibrant orange perfectly shaped pumpkins. Each one became the center of the fall decorations in front of our homes. My boys felt…accomplished. I cleaned up the vines…the never ending vine that yielded only two pumpkins, one that was not even ours….but…they were perfect…and…the boys got so much joy from their pumpkin and from sharing with the neighbor. I got so much joy from their joy…maybe it isn’t the quantity of fruit yielded but the quality…maybe…it was all about the love poured in, the patience in waiting, the faithfulness in continued care taking, the self-control by not ripping out the invasive vine…maybe it was about the goodness and kindness our neighbor showed by embracing the efforts of the boys…maybe it was all for the joy.

    When I look back, God has always been there …when I look around, God is in everything…maybe my foundation is stronger than I think it is…maybe I just need to change my perspective.

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