Cultivating The Uncultivated Ground

Hosea 10:12 says,”…break up your fallow ground, for it is time to seek the Lord, till He comes and rains righteousness on you.” Fallow ground loves weed seeds. We need to ask: What weed seeds are growing in the soil of my heart? 

We give glory to the Lord when we confess our sins to Him. Achan defied God’s command to abstain from all the spoils in Jericho. In Joshua 7:11 we read that his sin was accounted against all of Israel.

Verse 11 says, “Israel has sinned, and they have also transgressed My covenant…” In verse 19 Joshua confronted Achan. It says, “…give glory to the Lord God of Israel, and make confession to Him, and tell me what you have done; do not hide it from me.”

Achan buried his stolen articles under his tent. Any unresolved issues, such as resentments, offenses, or unforgiveness that we bury negatively affect everyone around us. Achan, his family, and all his belongings (including what he hid) were stoned and then burned with fire.

The Gadarene demoniac ran and worshiped Jesus. This man had been bound with chains and shackles, yet with demonic strength he had pulled them apart. He cried out day and night and cut himself with stones.

His bondage did not stop him from worshiping. Mark 5:6 says, “When he saw Jesus from afar, he ran and worshiped Him.” We can worship the Lord no matter how bound we are, how sick, or infirm. Worship comes from the heart.

All sin begins as a thought before it becomes a sinful action that sows weed seeds in our heart. Weeds will grow in any kind of soil. At my former house, there was a back field that never got watered. Yet the weeds grew in abundance. Their seeds blew into my garden and flower beds and defiled the soil.

Uncultivated soil can be cultivated. We are never without hope. We have One Who redeems all things. Hosea 4:6 says, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge…” Our knowledge comes through observing His word and applying it to our lives. It is for everyone without exception.

However we must be diligent to tend to the garden of our heart. We are called to bear fruit that will glorify the Lord. Let us confess our sins to Him and forsake them. I encourage you to get my book or ebook on Amazon called “Cultivating Our Heart: repurposing fallow ground.”


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