Good morning, fellow humans, and happy Sunday to each of you. Today, we’re going to delve into a challenging subject for some. However, please allow me to shine the light of the Holy Spirit and provide insight on a few things to ease the discomfort of the process.
Today, we discuss the fragile groundwork it takes to grow, prosper, and birth a bountiful harvest in Christ. Like a seed needing fertile soil to germinate and grow, God’s planting has a purpose, and the life and planting of a Christian are no different.
Similar to the germination of a natural seed, the soil condition must be dense and well-watered. That said, the seed is often planted in an area that looks dark and scarce outwardly, but what has occurred beneath the ground is supernaturally astonishing.
Take a look at three of countless scripture verses that validate the concept of being planted by God:
- Psalm 1:3 – “They are like trees planted by streams of water, which yield their fruit in its season, and their leaves do not wither. In all that they do, they prosper.”
- Isaiah 61:3 – “They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor.”
- Jeremiah 17:8 – “They are like trees planted by water, that send out their roots by the stream. They do not fear when heat comes; their leaves are always green. They have no worries in a year of drought and never fail to bear fruit.”
Notice the similarities in all of the scriptures. They use metaphorical language, comparing natural elements to help us better understand what it means to be planted and to reap healthy character and heart. The places where spiritual fruit grows—the areas where we place our trust in Jesus Christ.
—When I say “place their faith in Jesus Christ,” I mean not just placing faith in men, buildings, meetings, organizations, or circles of influence. It’s about placing our total trust in the Lord. Through my own experience and having done it myself, I can assure you that this involves giving up everything of this world and being isolated in preparation, which is only possible through the filling of the Lord.
We see this same principle in the ministries of Jesus, when He spent time in the desert, and when Paul went away for three years. It applies to anyone who has a high calling for the kingdom of God, whether in the Old Testament, New Testament, or even today.
Nonetheless, how many who have said yes to the process feel tired and weak, knowing that it’s time to bloom yet they’re out of energy? Somewhat lethargic and while hope in Christ is alive, you still feel that you are not good enough to do what God has asked of you.
In short, longing to emerge from the soil of God’s new creation but feeling exhausted and as if God’s presence isn’t as strong as before? How many are feeling changed but weary, blessed but too beautifully broken to move?
Notice, I mention too beautifully broken – individuals who are feeling unable to move. It is in this brokenness that the power of the Lord falls upon the humble. Therefore there is nothing shameful about being exhausted and depleted of all flesh in order to be filled with God spiritually. Furthermore, for those of you who have gone through this process, it can be painful yet exhilarating. At the same time It is something to be honored, and today, I praise the Living God and honor your obedience to sacrifice in my teaching.
You’re doing better than you think, please, “Don’t Give up.” remember, it’s not by your might but by GOD’s Spirit that we progress in Faith.
That said, It’s okay to feel unsure or certain in times of planting, blooming, and transition.
Think of it this way: just like a plant needs the ground to grow deep roots, there comes a time when the stem has to break forth out of the soil that has been impacted for many seasons.
—While it may have been frozen above ground, it takes great force to push that stem through the surface into the Earth. Similarly, for some of us, we are feeling what seems like debilitating pain as we transition out into the world to feed others with the fruit of the growth of Christ. It’s difficult, but it is a necessary process.
God has not left you, nor forsaken you. He understands you’re feeling a little lazy, but it’s time to pull from the reservoir of the Holy Spirit within you and finish what you started.
God knows you love Him, but are you feeling a little shaky? No problem. He will help you pull through, but you have to make an effort. Indeed, you’re not alone. Difficulties are behind you, and it’s time to emerge from obscurity. God sees the enemies firing from all sides, but God goes before you, so don’t sweat the small stuff. The enemy has already lost, so he tries to steal your peace—don’t allow him to.
Colossians 2:7 states, “Rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.” This verse declares that our strength is in Christ, and showing gratitude and worship is essential when living out our faith to completeness.
When was the last time you thanked God for what is already done to inspire His supernatural force to push you above ground? What if, instead of complaining, you put time and effort into solemnly worshiping and praising while exclaiming, “How great is our God?”
That said, it’s not easy to birth anything, including a spiritual baby, but like the birth of a human, you have to push. If not, the suffering and pain are prolonged and linger. As a woman and a mother myself, you never want to do that. I encourage you to push out the baby to see the fruit of your hard labor and persistence.
I encourage every Christian to stop sitting idly by while the spiritual baby is crowning—bear down and push!
Do your best to be kind and patient—love, forgive, forget, and walk away when you have to. Who cares who gets hell-bent because you chose to separate from trouble? God will handle His people on His terms. We were never meant to save the world but to seek Christ to save the world. Do the work you were called to accomplish; it’s enough.
The Holy Spirit said, “Don’t become lackadaisical in your studies, but finish what you started while you dance for Me. Child, get yourself ready,” says the Lord.
May we all dance for Jesus while birthing God’s promises. Yes, and Amen. At the same time, you are not stuck; you’re planted. And just like a container gets empty, please don’t forget to fill the watering can. How can you stay nourished and nurture others if you don’t drink?
Furthermore, a temporary place can feel like forever if and when you fall back on your studies. Don’t allow the atmosphere to become stagnant by feeling sterile. It’s critical to move, loosen the root, and rise from the ashes. It takes effort! It’s not a time to feel a sense of entitlement but to rejoice in the Lord and be glad.
“Today is the day to be pulled from among the weeds so that the world may see what I have grown,” says the Lord.
And while some of us wait for the provisions of the Lord to unfold and move forward with the master plan of God. We need to stop worrying and continue to trust, work hard with integrity and a clean heart. It is important to love others, pour out His goodness, forgive often, pray a lot, fast, and spend as much alone time with the Lord as possible. Writing things down and making a plan can be helpful. We should pray to the Lord and ask Him for the provisions needed to move forward. Those who have done the work will receive a blessing.
Together, yet, He did it.
God bless you,
C. Beach ©️