been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through
the word of God which lives and abides forever,
1 Corinthians 15:42-43, NKJV
"So also is the resurrection of the dead.
The body is sown in corruption, it is raised in incorruption. It is sown in
dishonor, it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness, it is raised in
Ephesians 1:13-14 "In Him you also
trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in
whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise,
who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased
possession, to the praise of His glory."
My Comments: I happen to be one of the seeds that took a
long time to germinate and grow. True I was planted in the soil of a church
that was deficient in good soil (truth) and like the seed that is blown
around by different winds I did the same thing. When I finally heard the
truth of the word and accepted Jesus I was like the seed that thirsted and finally been given a drink of
fresh water. I was reborn in Christ Jesus and became a Child of God.
Though after I received that drink of fresh water (Born
Again) I did not find nourishment or the sunshine only the Lord can provide.
Well, I guess I did yet not in abundance because I was not reading from a good
version of the word of God (the Bible) and I did not have solid teaching (I
was not in a good solid Bible believing/teaching Church that believed in the
whole work of God) for many years after I accepted the Lords righteousness.
Then the Lord took things in hand and showed me the error of my way and
transplanted me to richer soil. Yet at the time it did not seem like that is
what was happening. Yet like the Followers of the Way in the beginning of the
Church times what happened to us caused us to get closer to the Lord and dig
deeper into His word.
My husband lost his job, we lost our home, car and kept
trying to grow in the unhealthy soil. After two years we finally gave up and
eventually went bankrupt (if we had trusted the Lord we would not have had to
do go bankrupt). The transplanting came when we went to a home we had
purchased for retirement, out at the ocean. It was full of black mold, the
roof fell off and we had to do the repairs in hurricane storm wind, while
living there yet we were on the right road. We went to school and I received
the right training for two or more hours a day to and from town.
The soil became an enriching one and as I started to grow
stronger I convinced my hubby to listen to the true word of God and
eventually we were both strong transplants though he had not accepted Jesus
yet. He did later though he understood the truth sooner but he took longer to
understand the church he had been brought up in was not truly teaching the
word of God and had changed the word and had traditions that went
against the word of God.
Now I am (my hubby has since gone home to be with the
Lord) following God and being refreshed by the river of life and fed on
the word of God and fellowship with the Lord who is the Son of God and one
with God. Now I am a strong plant and because I am nourished by and strengthened
by God through His Word, I spread His seeds so others may grow, be nourished,
watered and enriched by the Word of God, by the Son of God, with the rivers
of living water.
Abba Father, Thank You for Your nourishment and for
planting us in good soil. Steep us in Your truth, the truth of Your Word.
Thank You for blessing us with rivers of living water and You shining Your
light on us with love and grace. Keep us in the palm of Your hand and tend
the garden of our souls so we become straight and strong and growing only in
the light of Your Son Jesus Christ. Grow our roots deep into Your Word of
truth and plant our feet solidly on the Rock of our Salvation (Jesus). Thank
You for bringing us the Word and filling us with the Holy Spirit, the Spirit
of truth, so we may do the work You have planned for us to do from the
beginning of time. Keep us from all evil and help us to spread the seed that
brings others to the truth of Your Word. In Jesus' Name in union with the
Holy Spirit. Amen