Tag: surrender

Then He told this parable: “A man had a fig tree growing in his vineyard, and he went to look for fruit on it but did not find any. So he said to the man who took care of the vineyard, ‘For three years now I’ve been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree and haven’t found any. Cut it down! Why should it use up the soil?’ “ ‘Sir,’ the man replied, ‘leave it alone for one more year, and I’ll dig around it and fertilize it. If it bears fruit next year, fine! If not, then cut it down.’ ”
Luke 13:6‭-‬9 NIV

In the passage just before telling this parable, Jesus was speaking to a group of people about repentance of sins. He used this parable to illustrate the importance of repenting of our sins, as sin separates us from God and prevents us from bearing fruit in our lives.

This really got me thinking how we, as humans, tend to hold things off until the pressure is on. We hold off dealing with our sin, we hold off on following our calling, we hold off on spending enough time with God, or really putting effort into reading our Bibles. We become so in tune with getting through each day that we miss out on hearing His whispers, while the enemy shouts his way through our lives. We are so busy doing life that by the time we look again we realise that we’re still stuck in the same motion, the same rhythm.

For a tree to bear fruit, it’s needs to be nourished, cared for, fertilized, it needs food. So do we. We need to invest in spending time in God’s word, spending time with Him, hearing His words over our lives and with Him guiding our steps.

I love that we serve a God of second chances. He may watch us for years bearing no fruit in our lives, but He still loves us unconditionally and will forgive us if we just turn to Him and repent. This is illustrated in this parable when the man kept coming to check for fruit, until one day after 3 years, He puts pressure but still gives him a second chance of another year to fertilize and allow the tree to bear fruit. His grace is sufficient for us, for His power is made perfect in weakness.

As we step out of 2019 and into 2020 let’s choose to fertilize, nourish and care for ourselves so much that we bear healthy fruit in our lives. I pray that in 2020 we make it a commitment to spending more time in God’s Word and in His presence. Let’s spend some time digging and repenting of our sin, getting rid of all that which is too heavy for us to carry. Let’s realize the beauty of God’s forgiveness and soak in the depth of His love for us. Let’s sow His righteousness in our lives. This is how we fertilize, nourish and care for ourselves. This is what brings us every step closer to the very best that God has in store for us.

I want to leave you with this verse as we head into the New Year:

“Sow righteousness for yourselves, reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your unplowed ground; for it is time to seek the Lord , until he comes and showers his righteousness on you.”
Hosea 10:12 NIV

I pray the very best for you and your families in 2020, May God’s will be done and may He place His desires in your heart.

Much love
Di

Is this you?
You are overloaded with work, you can’t keep up. Theres some family drama going on, separating each other and there’s an uncomfortable silence that tears you apart.
You’re battling to meet your monthly commitments, financial stresses are just too much.
You and your husband aren’t getting along as well as you used to, or perhaps life is so busy you hardly have time for each other.
You battle to sleep because all these worries keep you up at night.
You feel tired but you have to keep going.
You feel consumed by all your troubles and you feel like you’re in the middle of a hurricane and you’re just going deeper and deeper, feeling like the storm will never be over.

This really does sound like a lot going on at one time, and anyone who is human would naturally feel consumed by this. It’s absolute turmoil, and you do have a right to feel however you’re feeling because it’s your life and your battle. However, what we’re consumed by is not actually our problems, but rather our emotions. When we’re going through stuff, our emotions take over and control and lead the way for us. This leads to burnout, tiredness, lack of motivation, which in turn causes so much more stress.

I randomly came across this verse the other day while preparing my new blog site. It totally captivated me, I love it.

Lamentations 3:22-23 (NIV)
Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

It’s beautiful isn’t it.

God’s love for us is so great, He gave us His Holy Spirit to Iive within us and bring us a peace that passes all understanding. So when we face the trouble of this world, we can know that He has overcome the world. So that we know we may be in it but we are not of it. His peace guards our hearts and minds and fills us with comfort.

Philippians 4:7(ESV)
And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Colossians 1:27 (NIV)
… Christ in you, the hope of glory.

John 16:33 (NIV)
33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

It is very clear then that Christ lives within us through His Holy Spirit right? So we also know then that He is all powerful and has supernatural strength. Why then, do we continue to live in our emotions and feel consumed by the troubles we face? We are human, we are made up of body, soul and spirit. Body and soul go hand in hand as we take on and act in our natural human form. But then there’s Spirit, which is the Spirit of God in us. We just need to make a choice on where we are channeling our energy through, spirit or our human form.

When we first ended up in the homeless shelter, I was filled with worry, grief, shame and anger. I let each and every one of this emotions consume me to the point where I nearly went off the rails. With the right people around me and God’s Holy Spirit nudging me to draw nearer to Him, I made peace and chose to spend more time with God. It’s through this that I found new hope and new strength to fight through it all and rebuild our lives. I opened myself up to learning what God wanted to teach me and He used this terrible time to bring me to another chapter in His plan for my life. When we we got there, I was living in soul and body, consumed by my emotions which in turn lead my body to be tired and worn out. As soon as I turned to God though and decided to live more with His spirit guiding me, suddenly through His comfort, His love and His peace, I had the energy and strength to fight.

You see, when we shift our focus off of our problems and onto God, that’s when things become clear and we are not consumed by all the noise drowning out His voice. A stillness enters our world and with His peace, hope and strength, we are able to bring order to our lives again. We are not consumed, we are mislead, which is exactly where the enemy wants us.

I love the rest of the passage from Lamentations, and the Message translation puts its across sometimes just the way we need to hear it.

Lamentations 3:25-30 MSG
God proves to be good to the man who passionately waits, to the woman who diligently seeks. It’s a good thing to quietly hope, quietly hope for help from God . It’s a good thing when you’re young to stick it out through the hard times. When life is heavy and hard to take, go off by yourself. Enter the silence. Bow in prayer. Don’t ask questions: Wait for hope to appear. Don’t run from trouble. Take it full-face. The “worst” is never the worst.

We may think that what we are going through is the worst situation, but there is always worse. God doesn’t promise us that we won’t have trouble but He does promise us that He will be there for us through it. Sometimes he allows things to happen in our lives because He knows He can use it towards His plans for our lives. Sometimes He allows it so He can catch our attention because He can see we’re making a wrong turn. His plans are always good and we can take comfort in that.

What may initially seem like a setback, could end up being your success, or your hopes and dreams falling into place. Trusting God and His process is worth it in every way. Let’s rather consume ourselves with His word and His truth, with that we can move any mountain and calm any storm.

Much love
Di