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May 26, 2009

"Triple Soil Nutrients"
Part 6

We are almost ready to plant the seeds of “contentment!” The “soil” (of our natural self and very human reactions) – need to be amended. We need some “manure, blood meal and top soil.” These are the ingredients:

Manure: “I confess my ________ (my reaction) as sin.”
Blood Meal: “I repent. Please cleanse me with Your blood.”
Top Soil: “I forgive _______ (name of person) for _______.”

When we have done that we are ready to plant those seeds! There are three steps to the planting.

FIRST: We dig the holes, allowing the seeds to “die” in the ground.

Today there are many voices (even in Christendom) that tell us that the root source of our problems is a lack of self-love and self-esteem.  It sounds good. It even sounds plausible.

To know the truth about man we must run the plumb line of God’s truth.

Who knows us? Who made us? Who knows what makes us react? Who knows what we need?

The Word of God tells us that our problem from the very beginning in the Garden of Eden was unbelief and rebellion. This sin cuts us off from God, and God is love. Jesus said, “If you don’t forgive your brother, neither will your Heavenly Father forgive you.” When we cut ourselves off from His love then we begin to search for a substitute. What we identify as self-love and self-esteem is not far from self-pity and it feels good.

Self-love is a poor, deluding, SUBSTITUTE for God’s love that deceptively puts man at the center instead of God. Self-love and self-esteem will teach you that you have worth and value APART from God. That is the devil’s lie.

SECONDLY:  We cover the seeds with a “dressing” of mulch called “blessing.”

“I Bless (name of person).” (After, of course I have forgiven them)

When we do this every time the person comes to mind, God cleanses and heals our soul.

THIRDLY:  We water the seeds with regular prayer for that person.

“I pray that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ...that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church ....forever and ever! Amen!” Ephesians 4:16-21

“Freely you have received, freely give.”
Matthew 10:8


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