Genesis 2:8-10, "And the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed. And out of the ground made the Lord God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil. And a river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from thence it was parted, and became into four heads."
In prayer this morning, the Lord brought someone to my spirit which led me to ask, "Why is this person always discouraged?" I couldn't;t help but notice that this person battled with constant discouragement and was often see with their head hung down. The Lord responded, "(He) sows the seed of discouragement in the lives of others!" WOW!
I began searching the scriptures which led me to ask the Lord again about seed. This time He spoke, "Marry science to faith and study garden systems." Needless to say, you are about to hear the fruit of those instructions.
The entire Bible has 52 references to gardens specifically mentioned from Genesis to John, the last of the Four Gospels. Go figure. This message will enlighten you in many areas concerning why sowing seed is necessary and what happens when we aren't diligent over it. You will be blessed by the word.
Exodus 18:17, "And Moses' father in law said unto him, The thing that thou doest is not good."
Who wants to be challenged? Everyone wants to believe that they are doing the right thing, the right way. At least, I know I do. But what happens, when someone calls you to the carpet? Moses, one of the most prolific leaders in the Bible, had just that experience to happen to him. Jethro, a man he admired and who was most instrumental in facilitating his rehabilitation process in the wilderness, challenged his style of leadership. It takes a great deal of humility to listen to someone as they list the areas where you have missed it, but it also a sign of self-confidence when you can listen without being offended.
This message is going to help you understand the difference between types of challenges you may be confronted with. As sure as there are good challenges, there are not-so-good challenges. Trust me, there are people, even in leadership potions, whose method of challenging you is unhealthy. Their motives are selfish or evil, at worst, so be discerning to not accept what can become a hindrance to you. You will also learn what a good challenge looks like. You will hear me share Biblical examples of what a good challenge is made of. You won’t miss it the next time you encounter one.
"The Lord our God spake unto us in Horeb, saying, Ye have dwelt long enough in this mount." DEUTERONOMY 1:6
There are some of us who have taken entirely too long to do what God has called us to. We have procrastinated, made excuses, became complacent, and did everything else except what was required. Those are cases where we had frustrated the grace of a season when God destined for a thing to be done. You may never know whose lives are affected by your decision to NOT conform to God’s word. You may never know whose lives may never improve; they may never reach heights in their spiritual, physical, financial, or personal walk if we were the ones slated to help them get there and we resisted the timing of the Lord.
Moses reminded Israel that their wilderness season should have only lasted eleven days, not forty years. People died, battles were fought, and family relationships were destroyed because Israel took an eleven-day promise and made it into a forty-year problem. Do not let that be your portion. Agree with God, cooperate with Him, and partner with Him to bring His will into the earth without Him having to fight you along the way. Let this word bless you!
"And also all that generation were gathered unto their fathers: and there arose another generation after them, which knew not the Lord, nor yet the works which he had done for Israel." Judges 2:10
I love to rise early and spend time in the presence of my Father. As I rose before Him this morning seeking for direction and clarity for a very demanding day, I settled myself down and watched a news broadcast. Upon viewing a certain segment, I heard the Lord say, “They’re (referring to something I had just seen) are the nation that forgot God.” I was like, “WOW!” I sort of sat back in amazement at what I heard and started pouring through scripture to see what the Word of God says in detail about it. From that brief study, I birthed this morning’s talk. As I began sharing on the podcast, it became apparent that what needed to be shared had to be divided into two segments so a part two is forthcoming. Nevertheless, the Spirit of God moved expressly in the message and I pray you can hear what He is saying to you. Be blessed as you listen.