Your Garden of Grace will Bloom and Boom ( by C.H. Spurgeon)

Your Garden of Grace will Bloom and Boom

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Sing, O barren.”
Isaiah 54:1

Though we have brought forth some fruit unto Christ, and have a joyful hope that we are “plants of his own right hand planting,” yet there are times when we feel very barren. Prayer is lifeless, love is cold, faith is weak, each grace in the garden of our heart languishes and droops. We are like flowers in the hot sun, requiring the refreshing shower. In such a condition what are we to do? The text is addressed to us in just such a state. “Sing, O barren, break forth and cry aloud.” But what can I sing about? I cannot talk about the present, and even the past looks full of barrenness. Ah! I can sing of Jesus Christ. I can talk of visits which the Redeemer has aforetimes paid to me; or if not of these, I can magnify the great love wherewith he loved his people when he came from the heights of heaven for their redemption. I will go to the cross again. Come, my soul, heavy laden thou wast once, and thou didst lose thy burden there. Go to Calvary again. Perhaps that very cross which gave thee life may give thee fruitfulness. What is my barrenness? It is the platform for his fruit-creating power. What is my desolation? It is the black setting for the sapphire of his everlasting love. I will go in poverty, I will go in helplessness, I will go in all my shame and backsliding, I will tell him that I am still his child, and in confidence in his faithful heart, even I, the barren one, will sing and cry aloud.

Sing, believer, for it will cheer thine own heart, and the hearts of other desolate ones. Sing on, for now that thou art really ashamed of being barren, thou wilt be fruitful soon; now that God makes thee loath to be without fruit he will soon cover thee with clusters. The experience of our barrenness is painful, but the Lord’s visitations are delightful. A sense of our own poverty drives us to Christ, and that is where we need to be, for in him is our fruit found.

This Tree ( by Fenny West)

This Tree

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This tree is a tree of righteousness ;

A tree for the manifestation of His brightness;

Tree for the display of His goodness;

A tree for the unveiling of His fullness.

 

This tree is destined to be a forest;

Because in it God has a great interest;

A stark warning to all pests.

The zeal of the Lord will perform it with zest.

 

This tree is a tree of fruitfulness

Enamoured with God’s graciousness;

Imbued with the seal of holiness;

Undergirded by His loving-kindness.

 

This tree is planted in the house of God

And nourished in the courts of our Lord.

It feeds on the unadulterated word of God;

Is established and built up with the Word.

 

This tree will be known for its usefulness.

It will be renowned for its adroitness.

This tree will be courted for its peacefulness.

Yes, this tree will reign in the Land of Good Success.

1     Blessed is the man

     Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,

       Nor stands in the path of sinners,

       Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;

2     But his delight is in the law of the LORD,

       And in His law he meditates day and night.

3     He shall be like a tree

       Planted by the rivers of water,

       That brings forth its fruit in its season,

       Whose leaf also shall not wither;

     And whatever he does shall prosper.

Ps1:1-3

7       ” Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD,

       And whose hope is the LORD.

8       For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters,

       Which spreads out its roots by the river,

       And will not fear when heat comes;

       But its leaf will be green,

       And will not be anxious in the year of drought,

       Nor will cease from yielding fruit.

Jer17:7-8

15     Until the Spirit is poured upon us from on high,

       And the wilderness becomes a fruitful field,

       And the fruitful field is counted as a forest.

Isa32:15

Lord, In This Month of Aperio…

Lord, in this month of opening- aperio

When buds and blossoms abound, bloom,

May I see a great harvest- open heaven.

Mighty God, exceed my all expectations.

Let there be the turning of my table for good.

Let this long-running famine come to an end, O Lord.

 May the years the locust has eaten be restored-

Manifold, superabundantly- a hundred-fold.

May my heart pant for the Living God,

As the deer pants after water,

As the dry land is yearning for water.

 

Open my eyes, O Lord, as never before,

 In this month of openings,

To see beyond the seen.

Pour out Your anointing, O God

To break every yoke of bondage,

Barricade, stagnation and retrogression,

For your matchless Name’s sake.

 You opened the eyes of Abraham to see

The vastness of blessings in store for him.

You opened the eyes of Hagar to see

 The well within her reach, to which she was blind.

You opened the eyes of Abraham

to see the ram caught in the thicket.

You opened the eyes of blind Bartimaeus

and the man who was born blind.

You opened the eyes of Balaam to see the angel

barricading the way when he was disobedient.

 

Lord, You opened the eyes of the servant of Elisha

To see the heavenly hosts standing guard

in protection of your prophet.

Affirming ‘There are more with us than are against us’

 

Jolt me from slumber, O Lord, to work while it is day.

May I redeem the time, leaving no stone unturned

And live with eternity in view.

 

Keep me, O Lord, from chasing the wind.

Help me to set my face like a flint like Ezekiel and Jeremiah

 and Paul  in pursuance of vision,

saying,

‘That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection

and the fellowship  of His suffering…

Forgetting those things which are behind

and reach forth to those things

which are ahead, I press for the mark

of the high calling which is in Christ Jesus.’

 

O that will I be tenacious, consistent and persevering

like Nehemiah in the face of opposition

and blackmail and ridicule and distraction

to stand strong in You and your mighty power,

putting on the whole armour of God, to stand in the evil day.

 

Teach me, O Lord, to wait upon You

to renew my strength as to mount up with wings

 as an eagle, run and not be weary,

walk and not faint.

 

Help me, Lord, to make veryValleyofBaccaI face

a place of spring, to spring forth to your glory,

and come forth like gold after going through the crucible, the valley of the shadow of death.

 

 

And when I come to myGardenofGethsemane,

 Lord, may I not buckle under the pressure

but trust in Your faithfulness,

knowing that Your grace is sufficient for me,

and in weakness, Your strength shall be made perfect.

 

Mighty God. I pray that like my Lord

I will say whole-heartedly,

‘Not my will but yours be done.

 

Thank you, O Lord, for strength

for today and bright hope for tomorrow.

 

Great is thy faithfulness!

©Fenny West2012

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https://inspiration4generations.wordpress.com/2011/12/24/journey-of-jesus/