If you know anything about farming or gardening there is a lot of work to be done to have it produce the results you want. You have to spend time in the field cultivating the soil, making sure that the weeds are sprayed or pulled so they don’t take the moisture away from the good crop. You have to plant the seeds and you have to apply the fertilizer. The more you spend on your crop determines the fruitfulness/yield of the crop.
The same goes with our fruitfulness in Christ. Our fruitfulness is determined on the time we spend laboring in prayer. Prayer is where we receive the grace of God by faith. Prayer is the workshop of God to cultivate the heart of the believer to bring it in line with the will of God the Father through the power of the Spirit. Prayer is the place where we put off the natural man and put on the new creation life, the life of Christ. It is where we come with our heart cry to our Abba, “not my will, but yours”. It is the power of the resurrected life that transforms us into the likeness of Christ. He is the image of God that is manifested through the body and life of the believer. Our roots need to go into Christ, going deeper and deeper into his love.
Let us look at a beautiful verse in Hebrews 11:6- “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”
By faith we are transformed. God works through faith. Faith is divine. Faith is from God.
Read this verse in 1 Corinthians 15:50- “I tell you this, brothers: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable put on the imperishable.”
The natural man can never inherit the kingdom of God, he is double-minded, wicked in all his ways. God wants to so transform the man of God that he has no thoughts of wickedness that flow from his own heart, but only the thoughts of God. Do you believe it? He wants to take all addictions and hidden sins out of the heart of man and place within him a pure heart that will see God. (Matt. 5:8)
How do we do this we ask? We go into the Word to train us in the righteousness of God and to give the Spirit of Christ control to illuminate our entire being through the light of the Word (2 Tim. 3:16) The Spirit wants to inhabit our entire bodies, filling us with the fullness of God. God wants to manifest his fruits of his glorious righteousness through the believer (2 Cor. 5:21)
Child of God, this is why the Holy Spirit gave us the Word. Hebrews 4:12- “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any double-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joint and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”
The Word of God for the believer is his food, all of his nutrients (Deut. 8:3). It’s what he lives by. It’s what he moves by, through, and in. It is what he becomes (Matt. 7:24-25). We become the visible image of God through the cleansing of the word and the leading of the spirit through the word (John 1:14 & Eph. 5:26). The word is a sword, it pierces us, it brings us to surrender and to death. It brings the believer to the place of no strength and answer in his own soul that he may be filled with the life of the Spirit in his own body and live by the power of God (Heb. 4:12 & Rom. 8:11). You see if you live by the flesh you will die, but if you by the Spirit put to death the deeds of the flesh, you will live (Rom. 8:13). As we live and walk in the Spirit, the perishable dies, but only to be raised to life by the resurrection power of God. (1 Cor. 15:42)
When we enter into the word and come to a passage that our flesh gets caught on and screams “I don’t like that” that is exactly where you stay and let the piercing word of Christ divide and cut off the flesh, so that you may live by way of the Spirit. There is a picture I would like you to see when you come to the Word, picture the Lord with a sword to your chest, and He says to you “Come closer”. When you come to the word, you come to die, that you will be raised by the power of God (1 Cor. 6:14). It’s a place of surrender, a place of trust, a place of getting torn down to be rebuilt by the hands of God. It’s a place of rest, a place of knowing that when we seize to clothe ourselves, God clothes us (Matt. 6:25-34).
It is in our time alone with Father that we are formed by the potter’s hands to reveal the Son in us. The Gospel is the power of God for salvation from our fallen nature to put on the imperishable which is Christ in us (Rom. 1:16). You will see the people that complain the most about no results in their Christian walk are the ones who do not know how to spend intimate time with God in conversation, they mistaken the gospel as a genie in a bottle type of God and eventually get burnt out. They are looking for a self-improvement gospel, which many churches preach. The true gospel is an invitation to die to yourself, to put off your will, and to put on the Fathers will.
The will of God is your sanctification, which comes only through the Spirit/Word (1 Thes. 4:3). If we never allow the Spirit to have Lordship in our lives’ we will never have the perfect work of Christ applied to the fullness Jesus paid for us to have (Heb. 10:14). Only the Spirit can wash our minds clean of an evil conscience through the blood of Christ (Heb. 10:22).
In James, Holy Spirit tells us to draw near to God and he will draw near to us (Jam. 4:8). When we come to God, presenting ourselves as his instrument of righteous, alive to God as a living sacrifice, his fire falls (Rom. 6:13-14 & Rom. 12:1). This fire is the Spirit that purifies and melts the works of the heart of man (Psalm 147:18). If you want his fire to fall, its simple, stay on the alter.
Purify yourself beloved, just come to God, He does the gardening. It is just up to you to take the time. Pull yourself out of the storms of life that mess with the fields harvest and come to the place of relationship and rest with Christ. You are Gods field (1 Cor. 3:9). His workmanship (Ephesians 2:10). Father says to humble yourself and He will exalt you/build you up (1 Pet. 5:6 & Jam. 4:10).
The works of the Christian that toils with his own hands produces wood, straw, & clay which will all burn up. But the works of God in the believer are gold, silver, and precious stones which will last the test of time. (2 Tim. 2:20 & 1 Cor. 3:12)
Beloved, go be with your Father and let him Father you, discipline you, and build you up in love. He who started a good work in you will complete it (Phil. 1:6)
2 Timothy 2:21- “Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel of honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work.”
Through prayer, we are cleansed by the washing of the word and the sanctifying work of the Spirit, made us holy through prayer and thanksgiving (1 Tim. 4:5 & Eph. 5:26). The word says to study to show yourself approved (2 Tim. 2:15). First, we must come to the word knowing it is our food and we will be fed. Secondly, we must believe God rewards us when we seek him. (Matt. 6:6 & Heb. 11:6). It’s the word that is the seed of life, but it’s your prayers which the holy spirit takes and pours out water on the seed causing it to grow and produce life in you (Rom. 8:26). The word is the seed. Your prayers are the water. God is the gardener. Trust him, he will make it grow.
When you come to God, it’s because the Spirit of Jesus has quickened your heart to come. He will always help you. Start with your understanding. Put on the word with me in prayer this morning, "Father I thank you that when I draw near to you I am accepted by you (Jam. 4:8) Lord I thank you for making me your workmanship that you will not stop working on until I am complete (Eph. 2:10 & Phil. 1:6). You are cleansing and purifying me to walk in obedience to you and that is what my heart desires (Eph. 5:26 & Heb. 10:22). As I continue to spend time with you I am so excited to learn your voice and truly know you as my Father and Savior in Jesus. Holy Spirit thank you for being my friend always revealing Jesus to me, leading me to follow your ways, and filling me with your presence so that others can encounter you through me (John 14:26). Your ways are so perfect Jesus, thank you for building me up and making me an instrument of righteousness, light into this world so that you may be gloried Father by making the Word become flesh in me manifesting your image and fragrance wherever I go (Rom. 6:13 & Rom. 12:1 & Matt. 5:14 & John 1:14). Thank you for your constant fellowship with me Papa. You love me so perfectly. In Jesus name, Amen.