How Yielded are You?

By Jamie Tennant

“Sow for yourselves righteousness; Reap in mercy;

Break up your fallow ground,

For it is time to seek the LORD,

Till He comes and rains righteousness on you.”

Hosea 10:12

Fallow ground is ground that has become dormant or inactive. It’s ground that has been left untilled or unsown after plowing. In Matthew 13 the condition of our heart is compared to the ground/soil.

“We must break up our fallow ground. The fallow ground is the hard soil that was useful in a previous season, but through weathering and time, it has become hard, immovable, weedy and stony. The only way to make that ground useful again is to release the tiller and break it up, pulling up the soft soil below the surface and replacing the hard topsoil that won’t allow any new seeds to be sown into it.” The Gift of Tears, Corey Russell

“Plow your uncultivated ground [for a season], And do not sow among thorns. Circumcise (dedicate, sanctify) yourselves to the LORD And remove the foreskin [sins] of your heart…”

Jeremiah 4:3-4 AMP

Uncultivated means it’s not useful for growing crops. What worked in the previous season is not going to work in the next season. We need to clear those things out to prepare for what’s next.  Maybe there’s disappointment and pain from the last season that needs to be dug out in order for this next season to be fruitful.

“Don’t mistake his tolerance for acceptance. Do you realize that all the wealth of his extravagant kindness is meant to melt your heart and lead you into repentance?”

But because of your calloused heart and refusal to change direction, you are piling up wrath for yourself in the day of wrath, when God’s righteous judgment is revealed.”

Romans 2:4-5 TPT

 

So how do we break up the fallow ground?

 

  1. Ask God to reveal the hard places in our hearts:

“God, I invite your searching gaze into my heart. Examine me through and through; find out everything that may be hidden within me. Put me to the test and sift through all my anxious cares. See if there is any path of pain I’m walking on, and lead me back to your glorious, everlasting way— the path that brings me back to you.”

Psalms 139:23-24

 

  1. Saturate those hard, calloused places with the Word. For example, if God reveals that unforgiveness has hardened your heart, repent and then find Scripture to soften your heart:

“Tolerate the weaknesses of those in the family of faith, forgiving one another in the same way you have been graciously forgiven by Jesus Christ. If you find fault with someone, release this same gift of forgiveness to them.”

Colossians 3:13 TPT

 

  1. Keep your heart watered.

“Then on the most important day of the feast, the last day, Jesus stood and shouted out to the crowds— “All you thirsty ones, come to me! Come to me and drink! Believe in me so that rivers of living water will burst out from within you, flowing from your innermost being, just like the Scripture says!””

John 7:37-38 TPT

 

“…just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word,”

Ephesians 5:25-26

The Word sanctifies (sets apart/declares holy) and cleanses us! The Word will keep our hearts from getting hard with weeds, stones and thorns.

“The sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit. You will not reject a broken and repentant heart, O God.”

Psalms 51:17 NLT

It feels like the church is in a season of breaking up the fallow ground. The women are breaking up the rocks of difficult emotions in their hearts to make room for healing and connection. Pastor is leading us and encouraging us to break up the hardness in our hearts to make room for God’s mercy to grow. It will require us to humble ourselves and look at our hearts and see the sins, wrong beliefs, and missteps for what they are – fallow ground holding us back from what God has in the next season.  Once we acknowledge those things, we can repent, dig those things up and bring up the soft soil that is underneath all the junk. The soft soil is able to receive God’s rain of righteousness.

If you feel like you’re in a season of ugly, hard things in your life being uncovered and revealed then know that maybe this breaking up of the fallow ground has begun. Don’t run from it. Don’t fight it. Recognize it and invite God into the process. It’s uncomfortable to see the calloused and hard places in your heart surface. It’s painful to dig those places out. But, in the end: “Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.”

Ezekiel 36:25-26

God wants us to prepare our hearts because He’s coming with rain. The rain WILL come. It will fall on the uncultivated hearts AND the cultivated hearts, but only the hearts that have done the work of preparing for the seed will receive it and be fruitful. Hosea tells US to sow righteousness, he tells US to break up our fallow ground, he tells US to seek the Lord. And then God will come and rain righteousness on us. We have a part and God has a part.

In my studying I read this commentary of Matthew 13: “The greatest amount of fruit produced was not determined by how rich the soil was, but how yielded to the plow it was. The soil in each condition received seed, but not all produced quality fruit. Everyone receives seed, the Word of God. Everyone has potential for the harvest, living a fruitful life, but the ones who will produce the most fruit will be the ones most yielded to cultivation.”

How yielded to the plow are you?

Pastor’s Blog 3.31.21

Matthew 26:36-41
36 Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and said to the disciples, “Sit here while I go and pray over there.” 37 And He took with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and He began to be sorrowful and deeply distressed. 38 Then He said to them, “My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch with Me.” 39 He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.” 40 Then He came to the disciples and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, “What! Could you not watch with Me one hour? 41 Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” NKJV

How hard is it to stay consistent in prayer? If it was this hard for the disciples, when only a few feet from the present “in the flesh” Jesus, it will be real hard 2000 years later! It is not easy to pray consistently. But, we have been given the mandate to “pray without ceasing”. I try to stay in an attitude of prayer at all times, but it is so easy to be distracted. I believe Jesus is still saying to the church today, “Could you not watch with me one hour?” It seems crazy to me that Muslims will pray several times a day, and their prayers do not get answered! That is the irony of religion versus grace. They pray to work for their salvation, whereas we have been given the gift of salvation and don’t want to work!

However, we must always remember and consider faith without works is dead. A great part of our works is to continually be praying for God’s Kingdom to come and His will to be done on Earth as it is in Heaven. Faith is believing He hears us, and the work is doing the actual praying by speaking it out loud. We are not Biblically taught to think a prayer, we need to speak our prayers. There is no doctrine in scripture for the practice of silent or thinking prayers. Even Science, through the knowledge of Quantum Physics, has shown that subatomic particles respond to the sound of a voice.

We are not Biblically taught to think a prayer, we need to speak our prayers.

I remember how intimidating it was to try to pray for more than just a few minutes at a time when I first got saved. But, as I learned the pattern of the Lord’s prayer, my prayer life took on structure and meaning. Remember, you cannot improve on the methods of Jesus! He is “the way, the truth, and the life” If we continue in His pattern, we will find a great fulfillment in our prayer times, as well as doing our part to change the world.

Acts 3:1
3:1 Now Peter and John went up together to the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour. NKJV

Eastern culture to this day, has a greater discipline of prayer than western culture. Again, I understand that the motive to pray is works for righteousness, but we should want to pray out of gratitude for the gift of righteousness we have been given. As I have been teaching these last several weeks on aspects of prayer and the unseen realm, I have reinforced the principles of the power of the praying church, and I believe we will see great outcomes as we persevere and overcome in prayer.

 

We should want to pray out of gratitude for the gift of righteousness we have been given.

 

Psalm 55:16-18
16 As for me, I will call upon God, And the LORD shall save me. 17 Evening and morning and at noon I will pray , and cry aloud, And He shall hear my voice. 18 He has redeemed my soul in peace from the battle that was against me, For there were many against me. NKJV

It was customary to pray 3 times a day in Israel, why isn’t it in the Church?

Psalm 118:24-29
24 This is the day the LORD has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it. 25 Save now, I pray , O LORD; O LORD, I pray , send now prosperity.
26 Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD! We have blessed you from the house of the LORD. 27 God is the LORD, And He has given us light; Bind the sacrifice with cords to the horns of the altar. 28 You are my God, and I will praise You; You are my God, I will exalt You.
29 Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. NKJV

We need to bind our souls to the altar to pray and not relent!

Tonight, I am going to be teaching and giving an example of praying in the pattern of Jesus. I know it will help motivate us to pray when we have an understanding and practical exercise of doing it. We will make a soundtrack that can be followed and learned to help get you into a routine of prayer.

Come and let’s pray together!

Power in the Blood of Jesus…

I participated in a murder…I was guilty, but now I am free! What murder? The crucifixion of Jesus. I was born guilty of His death, but now I have been reborn of His blood and now I am FREE! Guilt and shame gone! Let me explain….

This morning before work, I took communion.  I love partaking of the covenant meal and reminding the enemy that I am covered by the blood of Jesus and I include my family and others I love as well! 

It’s so wonderful to partake of the same meal that Jesus did with His disciples.  I love the benefits of communion and if you have never studied those, I encourage you to do so.

As I was going to work and praying and talking to the Lord, these words came out of my mouth…..I participated in a murder and therefore, I am covered in blood.  (WOW)

See, it was MY sins that nailed Jesus to the cross.  It was MY dis-ease that caused Him to be beaten and bruised.  It was my anxiety that caused Him to be chastised.  I wasn’t physically there, but my sins were.

I’d like to believe that had I been there, I would have been on the right side of history – however, I am thankful that I AM on the right side today!

But, let’s think about this – if a person participates in a brutal murder, they leave covered in blood.  Everywhere they go, the blood goes with them until they wash it off.  If they get in their car, go to the store, go home, that blood goes with them and gets on things….

As I walked into the Post Office today, I thought, the blood of Jesus is going with me…..the blood of Jesus is now on the PO Box.  It is everywhere I go today.  Today, I applied the blood of Jesus to my life afresh and anew and the good news is, I did not have to participate in a murder to do so because the blood of Jesus was a sacrifice, is eternal and now covers the mercy seat in the throne room of heaven! 

Therefore, as believers, we can apply the blood daily and receive the benefits!  Because His blood was and is redemptive, we are not held responsible for His death but we participate in the  power of His death, burial and resurrection! We benefit from the ultimate sacrifice!  Glory to God!  As a matter of fact, whenever we confess our sin and He forgives according to 1 John 1:9, We know that His blood cries out for us!  Forgive!  Restored!  Free!

The Lord said to me one time, if Abel’s blood cried out for for revenge, how much more does My blood cry out for mercy and forgiveness!  WOW!  Our King could have condemned us, but instead, He chose to die for us and redeem us!  What a Savior!

Only God could take an act so vile, so inhumane as the crucifixion and turn it around for the redemption of humanity.  Only a perfect God could love us enough to die for us and take our punishment and death!

As I took communion today, and I applied the breaking of His body, to the broken places in mine, I believe I am healed. I believe my family are covered today as they are part of my heritage and covenant with God. As I sealed this act with the power of His shed blood, I ratified the covenant of the New Testament.  Hebrews 12:24 says His blood speaks a better word! 

Today, I reminded the devil that I, and all that belongs to me, is covered by and protected by the blood of Jesus.  The very thing that is his ultimate defeat. We remind him of his final destiny every time we partake of this act!

A few years back I wrote a song and the words are so powerful, I want to share them with you today.

The Blood speaks, it cries holy, the blood speaks it cries aloud. The blood speaks to cover many, the blood speaks, can you hear it now?

It cries sanctify, justify, I’ve covered all your sins, it cries purify cause Jesus Christ has made you whole again! It cries sanctify, justify I’ve covered all your sins, it cries purify cause Jesus Christ has made you whole again!

The blood speaks, as our defender, the blood speaks, against our foe. The blood speaks to those who listen, it says I’ve washed you white as snow!

The lamb was slain, the price was paid for sinner and the slave. Redemption came, salvation’s trade took all my guilt and shame.

It cries Sanctify! Justify! I’ve covered all your sins, it cries Purify for Jesus Christ has made you whole again.

THE BLOOD SPEAKS! AND IT SPEAKS FOR YOU AND ME!

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