But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
Galatians 5:22 ESV
Cultivate means to improve and prepare . Usually for planting .
Let’s dive in
In our world today there is no short supply of bad news, evil, stress, drama, woes, or nonsense. However, we as blood bought believers have to make sure we don’t like, comment, share, and subscribe ourselves into a tumbleweed rapidly descending into all the worries and fears that currently present themselves as necessary news updates. This message was written in preparation to record a podcast version four times prior to the late release due to my blessing of a preschooler accidentally deleting it. This on top of our dryer dying, our stove 3/4th of the way dead , and our washing machine half working I was afforded many opportunities to trying to find joy in it all.
I was listening the most recent sermon from G Craige Lewis and I realized that I had truly been made new literally in Jesus. In every way, but for the sake of my point I’ll use this example. Before, I was saved I was a rude, smart mouth, venomous, and a despairing type of young lady. “Life” happened to me quite early, and I was not amused by the endless hardships.
After salvation I am optimistic, believing the best of people, and an avid encourager of women. From venom to virtuous all to the Glory of God. That might have to be another name of a blog or podcast.
We have to focus on the Lord and what He’s doing to prepare us for His return. The Word of God says-
Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. Col.3:2
It continues with saying
For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. On account of these the wrath of God is coming. In these you too once walked, when you were living in them. But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. Colossians 3:2-10 ESV
We are to be joyful. I know as a mom of three ranging from fourteen to three some days get dicey.
Some days feel like putting out fires, some days are like racing to the finish line or naptime, and others are like standing onto of the head of Goliath yelling out in victory over the devil’s attempts.
We are to cultivate our hearts for the planting of the pure unadulterated Word of God to take root and govern our lives.
We can’t plant truth and water it with the toxic things of this world.
He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. Psalm 1:3 ESV
Then I’m reminded also of this scripture. That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the sea. And great crowds gathered about him, so that he got into a boat and sat down. And the whole crowd stood on the beach. And he told them many things in parables, saying: “A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seeds fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured them. Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and immediately they sprang up, since they had no depth of soil, but when the sun rose they were scorched. And since they had no root, they withered away. Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. Other seeds fell on good soil and produced grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. He who has ears, let him hear.” Then the disciples came and said to him, “Why do you speak to them in parables?” And he answered them, “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given. For to the one who has, more will be given, and he will have an abundance, but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. This is why I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. Indeed, in their case the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled that says: “You will indeed hear but never understand, and you will indeed see but never perceive.” For this people’s heart has grown dull, and with their ears they can barely hear, and their eyes they have closed, lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears and understand with their heart and turn, and I would heal them.’ But blessed are your eyes, for they see, and your ears, for they hear. For truly, I say to you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it. “Hear then the parable of the sower: When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is what was sown along the path. As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is the one who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy, yet he has no root in himself, but endures for a while, and when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately he falls away. As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and it proves unfruitful. As for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it. He indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty.” Matthew 13:1-23 ESV
Which kind of soil are you?
God is faithful ladies and bigger than anything will ever face so let submit to Christ as we trust God to lead us through the darkness of this present age.
Remember to Trust God as you Cry and Repeat. God Bless you.