Monday, October 13, 2008

"Grounds" Breaking

Do you ever buy whole bean coffee? I do occasionally, and enjoy the smell and taste of freshly ground coffee. The problem is my coffee grinder is very noisy, and scares Halle half to death!

Regardless of which form you purchase your coffee in, it must be ground before you can actually make coffee with it. Coffee beans, in their natural state, are not able to realize their full potential. Unless the only way you enjoy coffee beans is when they're dipped in chocolate, they must be ground to be used.

Once we are saved, God desires to use us for His glory and honor. But in our natural state, our "old man" will never reach the potential God desires for us. We must allow God to break the ground of our hearts and lives and make us into something He can use.

In Jeremiah 4:3 the Lord says, "Break up your fallow ground...". In Hosea 10:12 the Bible says, "Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the LORD, till he come and rain righteousness upon you."

As we allow God to break the soil of our heart, we become "good ground", and we can become fruitful for the Lord (Mt. 13:8, 23).

God tells us that "The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise." (Ps. 51:17). Also, "The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit." (Ps. 34:18)

Have we made ourselves available to the Lord? Have we allowed Him to break us in such a way that we can reach our full potential for Him? If not, let's allow God to do some "ground breaking" in our hearts.

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