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Saturday, January 17, 2015

Saturday Morning Sermonette - Seeds, Part 3

For as the earth brings forth its bud, As the garden causes the things that are sown in it to spring forth, So the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations. Isaiah 61:11, NKJV

Seeds of hope. Sometimes it seems like all hope is dead--but take a lesson from the seed. All it needs is a little water, a little dirt, and a little sunshine. Seeds patiently wait until the conditions are right to begin their growth.

Water. The liquid soaks the hard shell and begins to encourage the inside to start growing. Water's essential--but by itself, water can't do it all.

Dirt. By itself, also not enough. It has to have organics in it to nourish the promise of a full-fledged plant. Fertile soil and water alone can cause a seed to sprout and sent up long shoots. But what are those shoots searching for?

Sunshine. The warmth and light tell the new plant the time is right to produce. Joyfully, it springs heavenward (okay, so I sped up the film a bunch), flings out branches, flowers, fruit--and more seeds.

We're the same. We need that Living Water (the words of Jesus) to soften our hard, unbelieving shells. We need that deep, rich soil of the Father's love to begin our growth. And we need the enlightening of the Holy Spirit to bring understanding and maturation to our souls.

Hope is born and nourished by Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. If you pay attention, you too can experience hope where there appears to be none.

Father God, Lord Jesus, and Holy Spirit, help me when it seems hope has gone to be awakened by the Living Water; nourished by the eternal, all-powerful Father; and blessed by the understanding the Holy Spirit gives to us. Thank You, Lord!
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