- Religion and Philosophy
Eternal Heart Gardens
Many are familiar with the story of Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden in the beginning of truth found in the book of Genesis. The garden was glorious and blessed by heaven but the beauty was defiled by disobedience. There are some sad lessons we ought to take heed to in the account of the first son, Adam. But God knew the end from the beginning and his eternal plan for blessings of grace through Jesus is displayed in the new covenant.
If you study scripture much you will find the beautiful truths about the garden of the Lord in the Song of Solomon. There are the revealings of the love of the Lord for those who love him sincerely. Saints who are saved and sanctified by his grace wonders. After Father God has peeled the layers off our natural mindsets through the indwelling Jesus we see from a heavenly perspective. We become beautiful flowers in God's garden. We have graduated into a higher level of truth and beauty is all around us. I think it safe to say that one layer of truth is powerful and accurate but there is always deeper truth to be seen. Therefore, we seek deeper and deeper. In the Song Of Solomon we see the lover of our souls who draws us to himself with endearing love and lessons.
In kingdom life, seeds of truth are planted in hearts and through constant loving care they will grow into maturity. The plantings begin in the hearts of men. God tells us throughout his word that the heart of the man is always the issue. It is as when one would plant a healthy plant, but weeds, such as Johnson grass might begin to wrap themselves around the plant and stunt it's growth. We can learn deep truth from a nursery rhyme. Mary, Mary, who was quite contrary, did not raise a healthy garden. In kingdom life, unforgiveness will plant unhealthy seeds that will cause hearts to be sick. It's a weed that must be dealt with wisely.
The good news is all about the healing and transformational love of Jesus shared by voices of truth. Through many vessels mercy and goodness keeps chasing us down and calling us to a higher way. We can draw nearer and through a devoted prayer life we can forgive and grow in grace. As we do this new hope is born.
God loves and tends his garden and when there is a need he will send loving intercessors to work to soften the soil around hard hearts. Unhealthy plants can be redeemed and renewed with some special one-on-one tender care. The tender loving intensive care for troubled hearts is especially important for all who are called to lead others. Some who have served God for long periods of time may still suffer some deep root issues of the heart that must be dealt with. A weary heart might give opportunity for weeds of hurt and woundings near the root to begin to choke out the effective work of the word of God. There might be several causes for the weeds, God knows, and knows how to heal!
From my own life experience I have seen that very thing. His tender loving care and that of loving intercessors has done great good and strengthened my walk with him immensely. I'm grateful for every messenger he has used to speak mercy and correction. My hope is that I might light a spark of new hope in you to seek a little deeper for his life renewals. He says that by returning and resting in him we will be saved.
The victory is sweet as we overcome our weaker selves. A new passion for the Lord will open up new layers of truth and minister a deeper walk with the Lord and more effective ministry. Those who choose to go on with the Lord become mature and equipped to be about their Father's business. The love of the Beloved in the covenant of Christ is the good news of the gospel. A happy ending. Praise the Lord, because we all love happy endings!
Likewise the Spirit also helps our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
First priority....giving the Father all the room he needs in our own heart and life. When the heart flow is pure the ministry of pure living waters flow out for the healing of others..
Song of Solomon 4:16
Awake, O north wind; and come, thou south; blow upon my garden, that the spices thereof may flow out. Let my beloved come into his garden, and eat his pleasant fruits.