Becoming a Gardener of the Word

It is quite obvious that it has been a couple of weeks since our last post on this blog. I will like to apologize greatly to all our followers for all inconveniences caused, we are greatly sorry.

However, today, I will like us to discuss one topic that is of great importance to building the spiritual mindset if an Extraordinary Gentleman, i.e. the Word of God. Developing the spiritual mindset of an Extraordinary Gentleman involves consciously nurturing the mindset through reading and meditation on the word of God written in the bible or as revealed by His Spirit. And therefore our title “Becoming a Gardner of the Word”. The word gardener is chosen to present the painstaking care and love the seed of the word of God needs to be nurtured with so as to ensure maximum fruitfulness. In this post I will like us to discuss a few steps that can be employed to nature the word of God.

1. Clear the weeds: Therefore put away all filthiness and rank growth of wickedness …(Jas 1:21a, RSV): firstly, like every good gardner, prepare the land of your heart and mind for the word of God . This can be achieved by clearing weeds of sin or weights that easily besets you and can limit the growth of the word of God in you. as Jesus said, when the seed of the word is sown among thorns, the seed is choked and becomes unfruitful (Matt 4: 18-19)..A good and complete session of self-reflection is an important starting point in clearing these weeds out of your heart and mind.

2. Cultivate the land and receive the seed:…and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls (Jas 1:21b, RSV): a meek heart and a humble mind is like a tilled land; it is loose and well aerated and permits germination and taking of roots, a good condition for the growth of seeds. cultivate your land by adopting the heart and mind of Jesus Christ towards the word of God. Jesus was meek at heart (Matt 11: 29) and humble in the mind (Php 2:5-8). Recognize the word of God’s ability to save you and accept the entirety of the word presented to you, not doubting, but ready to obey it to the later. When you obey the you will be saved.Gardner of the word

3. Apply fertilizer: …but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it (Heb, 4:2, NKJV): after the word has been received on a cultivated soil and has germinated, there is a need to supply the word with nutrients needed for growth and for bearing of fruits. The fertilizer for the word is faith and the active ingredients of the faith fertilizer is works. For without works faith is dead (Jas 2:17) and becomes ineffectual for the complete growth and bearing of fruits of the word.

The bible says, “For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror: for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was” (Jas 1:23-24, NKJV). When we are concious to what the word says and accept it with a willing and working faith, we do not forget what the word said about us and to us. Working with what the word says about us and to us is , taking step as revealed by the word of God and the witness of His spirit in us, is what leads to the growth and fruiting of the word in us. Know this, that you can only do these by the help of God (Heb, 13: 20-21, Php 2: 13) .

4. Undertake good husbandry practices to promote and preserve fruiting: You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain… (Joh 15:16) to promote successful fruiting and maintenance of the fruits, there is the need to undertake good husbandry practices. To do this, the bible advises, “…add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Pe 5: 1-8, NKJV).

5. Persevere to harvest the fruit of righteousness: Now all discipline seems painful at the time, not joyful. But later it produces the fruit of peace and righteousness (or peaceful fruit of righteousness) for those trained by it(Heb 12:11, NET). The painstaking process and activities needed in the “gardening” of the word of God is not always joyous but when the word is fruitful in us we become fruitful. At maturity, though there usually is a time of waiting, we harvest holiness and happiness in all aspects of our lives.

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On My Own Now

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I can speak in every language known to heaven and earth, but if I don’t have love, it’s just a bunch of noise. And I can have prophetic powers, understand every mystery and know all there is to know; I can have faith that will actually move mountains, but if I don’t have love, I’m still a nobody. I can give away everything I own and even offer my body as a martyr, but if I don’t have love, it would be a total loss.

Love is patient and kind; it doesn’t brag or get jealous; it isn’t arrogant or rude. Love doesn’t insist on getting its way; it is not irritable or resentful; it doesn’t enjoy seeing things go wrong for others, but rejoices when things go right. Love puts up with everything; it always believes the best is possible, and hopes for it, and holds out for it.

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