Prepare the soil of the soul…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans
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From John 3:

22After this, Yeshua (Jesus) and his talmidim (disciples) went out into the countryside of Y’hudah,(Judah) where he stayed awhile with them and immersed people. 23Yochanan too was immersing at Einayim,(Aenon) near Shalem (Salim), because there was plenty of water there; and people kept coming to be immersed. 24(This was before Yochanan’s (John)imprisonment.)

From <https://www.bible.com/bible/1275/jhn.3>

*words in parentheses are English for the Hebrew placed by author.

Preparing the soil of the soul and hearts of the people.

Turning the dirt,                                        man-hoeing-vegetable-garden-soil-organic-farm-preparing-ground-new-sowing-season-69612774

taking out the stones,

digging deep

to ready the heart and mind for the seed of heaven.

The harvest comes later and what a harvest it was and still is.  Souls continue to be prepared to receive, continue to receive, continue to bear fruit and it begins again, generation to generation.  All glory to God.

Pray – I acknowledge for some the soil is very rocky; for others more pliable.  Some have weeds and thorns to pull; others are a field of grass.  May I ever be faithful to whatever the job is; pulling weeds, picking up stones or digging deep.

Repent – I repent for missed opportunities to be active for your kingdom.

Ask – Adonai, I have heard the report about you, Adonai.  I am awed by your deeds, bring your work to life in our own age, make it known in our own time; but in anger, remember compassion.

Yes – I will rejoice in the God of my salvation.  Elohim Adonai is my strength!  He makes me swift and sure-footed as a deer and enables me to stride over my high places.  – Habbakuk

 

Source:  John and Habbakuk; image from Dreamstine: https://www.dreamstime.com/stock-video-footage-man-hoeing-vegetable-garden-soil-organic-farm-preparing-ground-new-sowing-season-video69612641

 

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Occupy the kingdom…

Luke 13:18-21

Then Jesus said, “What is the Kingdom of God like? How can I illustrate it? It is like a tiny mustard seed that a man planted in a garden; it grows and becomes a tree, and the birds make nests in its branches.”

He also asked, “What else is the Kingdom of God like?  It is like the yeast a woman used in making bread. Even though she put only a little yeast in three measures of flour, it permeated every part of the dough.”

 A small seed that grows to the point where it provides shelter.  A yeast that grows until it provides food. The kingdom of God is seed and yeast; knowledge of which is given to us in the Word of God. It provides shelter from the predator who would destroy.  It provides food to sustain health and growth.  What is a kingdom?  A unit of government, a social unit, a geographical unit?  It has leadership; king.  It is spoken of and used in reference to a group.  In this illustration it provides shelter, for birds, and food, dough.

 Definition for our use of the term kingdom, today, is: 1.  a country, state or territory ruled by a king or queen  2.  a realm associated with or regarded as being under the control of a particular person or thing.  What is meant by realm?  1.  a kingdom, 2.  a field or domain of activity or interest.  What is domain?  1.  An area of territory owned by or controlled by a ruler or government, 2.  An estate or territory held in legal possession by a person or persons.

 Put it all together; kingdom of God is an area held by Him over which He has ownership and control.  It has no boundaries or limitations as anyone who has worked with yeast and flour can tell you, it grows and grows.  It provides shelter from predators, be it of the mind, body or soul.  It provides food to allow its occupants to grow in health.  Are we occupants of the kingdom of God?  Do we continue to cast the seed of His Word and eat of His spiritual food found in the Word?  Let the kingdom of God grow!