Thursday, August 25, 2011

The Seed

Within the man, God had placed a divine seed. A seed of his self. The God of might had created earth's mightiest. The Creator had created, not a creature, but another creator. And the One who had chosen to love had created one who could love in return... Max Lucado (In the Eye of the Storm)

     Every true Christian is impregnated with eternal life.. When you ask God to come into your life, and you believe with all your heart, then you are impregnated with the seed of God. People ask me all the time; How will I know that I have the Holy Spirit living in me? I heard someone explain it this way. It is like becoming pregnant. You take a pregnancy test, and it is positive. That is one of the most exciting times in your life. In the beginning, no one can tell you are pregnant except you know a baby is growing inside of you. You tell family and friends and everyone seems to be looking at your belly but the baby is only a tiny seed. No one can look at you and tell that there is a baby inside of you. It takes nine months for this miracle to happen. As the months march on your belly starts to show signs of the miracle inside of you. Then people around you start to notice that you are pregnant! It is the same with God, when you ask him into your heart he takes up residency in you. You are full of excitement and you start to see things differently. But no one can look at you and see that you have the seed of the Holy Spirit implanted in you. It takes time for that seed to grow and bear fruit. It is within us an ever-growing, ever-expanding process that develops over the rest of your life. It will eventually grow from a tiny seed to a new form of life. The old self dies.
Philippians 1:21, To die is to gain!
     Your desires will change, your interests will be different. I will warn you that sometimes it is a very lonely place. Even your friends start to change. God will prune you and burn things off until he is able to see his reflection in you. This process is painful. I once heard a pastor say if we don't appear weird to the general public then we are not living our life for God! How hard is it for us to be different? I am a people pleaser so this is very hard for me to not want to please everyone around me. To give up our fleshly lives for the King who died for us is a life long process. The good news is that God knew this was the hardest thing we would ever have to face and He knew we could not do it on our own. That is why He sent Jesus!

     The acts of sin-ful nature will start to leave a bad taste in your mouth. The music you usually listen to will no longer sound good to you anymore. TV shows that you usually watch, something inside of you tells you that you can't watch that show anymore. The friends who curse with every word you no longer want to hang with. You will want to turn from your sinful nature willingly. This will be a desire you have that you will want to do FREELY, it is called free will.

     You will start to show signs of the Fruit of the Spirit: Galatians 5:22, But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy,peace,patience,kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 5:23, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
The fruit of the spirit is the spontaneous work of the Holy Spirit in us. The spirit produces these character traits change within us. We can't get them on our own. We have to have the awesome help from the Holy Spirit. If you want this seed implanted by God himself to grow and bear good fruit then you have to join your life with His. Ask Him into your heart. We must know Him and love Him; and imitate Him in all we do.
     This doesn't mean however that, that we will never see traces of evil desires again. As Christians we still have the ability to sin, but we have been set free from sin's power over us. We no longer have to give in to it. We must commit daily our sinful tendencies to God's control, daily crucify them, and moment by moment draw on the spirit's power to overcome them.
If you believe in Jesus Christ, your chains have been broken, you are set free! Don't go back into the same pit over and over again like I do. Use your freedom to live for Christ and serve him as he desires...

Galatians 6:17-18, Let no one cause me trouble, for I bear on my body the marks of Jesus. 18,The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, amen...

praying my seed is growing,