Thursday, July 28, 2016

Growth Spurt and Cleaning our Garden

Have you ever wondered what growing in the faith is like? I know I asked this question before but let me get to the point of view here: we need to be pruned, watered, hoed, and weeded.

Take a look at the Devotional below:
1. I came into God's family through coming forward and accepting Jesus as my Lord and Savior. 
2. Honestly I have grown in this way through church and many trials and tribulations and errors. I look like Him through how I talk about Him to others. 
3. I would like to model to my faith children, the fact that God loves us unconditionally and is slow to speak quick to listen and slow to become angry. 



2 Chronicles 17:3-6 NIV
[3] The Lord was with Jehoshaphat because he followed the ways of his father David before him. He did not consult the Baals [4] but sought the God of his father and followed his commands rather than the practices of Israel. [5] The Lord established the kingdom under his control; and all Judah brought gifts to Jehoshaphat, so that he had great wealth and honor. [6] His heart was devoted to the ways of the Lord; furthermore, he removed the high places and the Asherah poles from Judah.
2 Chronicles 22:7-9 NIV
[7] Through Ahaziah's visit to Joram, God brought about Ahaziah's downfall. When Ahaziah arrived, he went out with Joram to meet Jehu son of Nimshi, whom the Lord had anointed to destroy the house of Ahab. [8] While Jehu was executing judgment on the house of Ahab, he found the officials of Judah and the sons of Ahaziah's relatives, who had been attending Ahaziah, and he killed them. [9] He then went in search of Ahaziah, and his men captured him while he was hiding in Samaria. He was brought to Jehu and put to death. They buried him, for they said, “He was a son of Jehoshaphat, who sought the Lord with all his heart.” So there was no one in the house of Ahaziah powerful enough to retain the kingdom.
1 Kings 15:11-15 NIV
[11] Asa did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, as his father David had done. [12] He expelled the male shrine prostitutes from the land and got rid of all the idols his ancestors had made. [13] He even deposed his grandmother Maakah from her position as queen mother, because she had made a repulsive image for the worship of Asherah. Asa cut it down and burned it in the Kidron Valley. [14] Although he did not remove the high places, Asa's heart was fully committed to the Lord all his life. [15] He brought into the temple of the Lord the silver and gold and the articles that he and his father had dedicated.
2 Chronicles 22:9 NIV
[9] He then went in search of Ahaziah, and his men captured him while he was hiding in Samaria. He was brought to Jehu and put to death. They buried him, for they said, “He was a son of Jehoshaphat, who sought the Lord with all his heart.” So there was no one in the house of Ahaziah powerful enough to retain the kingdom.
2 Timothy 1:5 NIV
[5] I am reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also.

The truth of the matter is when we are growing by being hoed, watered, weeded and pruned, we grow very nicely and God uses us and blesses us more! 

What I mean is for example that to be pruned means to be cleaned deeply. The idea to clean means to scrub good and hard until something is clean (spik and span) to the Lord's satisfaction. 



Hope you got something out of my post to share with friends and family members. 

Blessings!

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