That Incorrigible, Incorruptible Seed

Have you ever come to a dry place in your walk with the Lord? Has it ever seemed that the heavens were brass? I’ve experienced this, with the sick realization that I once loved the Lord much more than I did now and I couldn’t remember the last time I’d known joy, or any other fruit of the Spirit, for that matter.

Before looking at spiritual answers to this dilemma, we should address one common sense remedy.

1) Rest
Oftentimes the spiritual dryness I feel is closely related to physical exhaustion. Our society moves at a frenetic pace, and sometimes I have to step back, reprioritize and simply rest.

There is an amazing practicality in keeping a rule of 8, eight hours to sleep, eight hours to work, eight hours to play (create, workout, spend time with loved ones, practice spiritual disciplines). Also, there is a reason for the command of the Sabbath. I think that, especially as a mother, I need to recognize my human frailty and need to rest.

I think this often also goes for times of sickness, grief, trial or great crisis. Sometimes it is hard for us to experience the Presence of God in our lives simply because, though he is Good and surely at work through it all, our whole being is focused on healing some ill.

Now as for spiritual concerns:

2)Repentance
Our Heavenly Father never changes

He is and always was our Abba, father, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing. He has laid out the banqueting table, but we must come. Too often, we stand like poor Olivers begging another tin of porridge when he has laid a lavish feast before us, if we would but come!
Isaiah 55 says

Come, all you who are thirsty,

come to the waters;

and you who have no money,

come, buy and eat!

Come, buy wine and milk

without money and without cost.

2Why spend money on what is not bread,

and your labor on what does not satisfy?

Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good,

and you will delight in the richest of fare.

3Give ear and come to me;

listen, that you may live.

I will make an everlasting covenant with you,

my faithful love promised to David.

4See, I have made him a witness to the peoples,

a ruler and commander of the peoples.

5Surely you will summon nations you know not,

and nations you do not know will come running to you,

because of the Lord your God,

the Holy One of Israel,

for he has endowed you with splendor.”

6Seek the Lord while he may be found;

call on him while he is near.

7Let the wicked forsake their ways

and the unrighteous their thoughts.

Let them turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on them,

and to our God, for he will freely pardon.

God is gracious. He pardons, heals, and saves to the uttermost, if we will but lift our eyes to Him.

3. Rebirth
We Need to walk in Communion with the Holy Spirit
Dear Christian, have you received the Holy Spirit? Have you been baptized both with water and with fire? You must be born again! At our baptism, we are given an incorruptible seed, the seal of the Holy Spirit. God comes and dwells with us. This is what is meant by “Jesus living in our hearts”, though that is a misnomer. Jesus is seated in heavenly places at the right hand of the Father. The Holy Spirit is the person of the trinity that dwells with men and women on earth. We can live a life of communion with God, because we have been given the mind of Christ in the person of the Holy Spirit.

It is not enough for us to know or believe the right things about God, we MUST be born from above, through a power that is outside of our own. God must take our hearts of stone and replace them with tender hearts of flesh. If you are unsure if God has done this work in your heart, do not despair. Cry out to God, right now, that He will send His Spirit and do what ONLY He can. In the gospel of Luke, Jesus explains:

“So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 10For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

11“Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? 12Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? 13If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”

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