Spiritual Rain

Deuteronomy 32:2, “Let my teaching fall like rain and my words descend like dew, like showers on new grass, like abundant rain on tender plants” (NIV).

Proverbs 15:2, “The tongue of the wise makes knowledge appealing, but the mouth of a fool belches out foolishness” (NLT).

Heavenly Rain

Tending to our Spiritual garden we must be aware of the process of Pulling Weeds, Planting Seeds to ensure that as Ambassadors for Jesus Christ, we monitor our Spiritual garden in accordance to our Lord’s will. Effectively following the Christian Discipleship process as specified in Matthew 28:18-20, the Great Commission, one should embrace God’s purpose for us on earth and fulfill our task. As we engage in making disciples, we must keep God first and be faithful to Him as He is to us. Removing prejudices, biases, and upholding His Word all for His glory allows our Lord to bless us with heavenly showers according to His will.

One of the ways we can show gratitude to our heavenly Father is to cultivate, nurture, and replenish our garden with the Fruits of the Spirit which are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control as cited in Galatians 5:22-23. Those Fruits of the Spirit are key ingredients we should grow in our Spiritual garden. Possessing these Spiritual fruits and showcasing them every day in daily activities and behavior is pleasing to the Lord. We should take care of our Spiritual garden with pride! The same way one may keep their car clean or buy all the sharp clothes to be seen by humans, we need to clean our Spiritual garden so God can appreciate it.

Spiritual Watch

God is above humans and definitely watching us! God sees all and hears all. In taking care of God’s property we have to seek His permission on the best manner to proceed with the project. Building and tending to our Spiritual garden will occur with many trials and tribulations. Believing that God’s plan and will is going to prevail, we can confidently continue to grow those fruits that He commanded us to. As our Lord is on our side, He is watchful of our enemies. “Rejoice with him, O heavens; bow down to him, all gods, for he avenges the blood of his children and takes vengeance on his adversaries. He repays those who hate him and cleanses his people’s land (Deuteronomy 32: 43, ESV). Focusing on doing God’s will, trusting in Him, prostrating ourselves at His feet, He will take care of us. Under His watchful guidance and protection, we can continue to grow the Spiritual fruits that are pleasing to His eyes. He will avenge His children and clean our gardens as long as we allow Him to.

Spiritual Warfare

Whenever one is tending to their Spiritual garden, trying to do nice things, or be obedient in the Lord, dark forces rise up don’t they? Things come out of the woodwork to stop your progress or situations just appear to derail you. It does not have to be strangers, it could be loved ones. Just know that our Father is greater than all those things, situations, negative comments, and we can use His word to polish things back into perspective. In my book ¿Uncertainties? And Reasoning (2011), I offer the following “The same concept applies to taking care of your spiritual garden. You may encounter someone spewing contradictory beliefs, or spitting vile thoughts on your prized property. Regardless of who the individual is, protection of your garden deserves your immediate attention, mental, and spiritual reaction” (p. 25).  According to Proverbs 15:2, “The tongue of the wise uses knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools pours out foolishness” (KJV). One has to be ready to protect their Spiritual garden properly. In taking care of the Spiritual garden, cultivating the Fruits of the Spirit, one also has to wear the protective Armor of God as discussed in the book of Ephesians 6:10-18 to ward off all types of attacks. God knows what we need even before we ask for anything. Through our prayers and spending time with Him, we can receive discernment and the knowledge to protect our spiritual garden to glorify His Name!

Spiritual Nurture

Ensuring our garden receives the proper nutrition is important so that we can grow with it. Keeping our Spiritual garden filled with the proper Fruits of the Spirit, we can accomplish anything with the Lord on our side. To tend to our Spiritual garden what do you need? I think patience is one because things may not grow or mature at our pace. We may abandon projects before we even give it enough time to sprout. You need to feed the garden, like you feed yourself and loved ones. We are not only speaking bread alone, as Jesus is the bread of life (John 6:35) and we must be fed spiritually. Spiritual fulfillment is necessary to remain in alignment with God. “The Lord stated, ‘my doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distil as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass” (Deuteronomy 32:2, KJV). Standing on God’s doctrine, the Bible, absorbing His speech, His Word, will sprinkle on us and nurture our Spiritual gardens with food and knowledge to stand upright and just as He.

Spiritual Insight

Reflecting upon our Spiritual garden, opposing forces will arise and try to damage the good fruits you are sewing. Standing still on the word of God, we know that victory is ours and He will protect our actions and bring others to justice. Seek God’s face, do His will, and protect your Spiritual garden. Give Him thanks and sing Songs of Praises while you are attending to His garden. When you awake in the morning thank God and continue throughout the day. We should all appreciate God’s Goodness and Mercy! God is Good and we are all under His eternal grace and mercy. God’s goodness and mercy are blessings. We should consider the meaning of Pulling Weeds, Planting Seeds to glorify our Lord in pursuing His will. How does that apply to our Spiritual garden? Just think if we take care of God’s Spiritual garden, God, Who is our Rock, follow Him, and not worry about distractors, we can claim the land, property, and everything that He has in store for us. Praise the Lord’s glorious grace!

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