Plant A Seed

Mustard Seeds

It’s funny, the mustard seed is the smallest seed there is and with something that small you wonder what can its impact be? However, the mustard seed when planted grows to be a dark and hearty green with a powerful, flavorful impact.

Jesus talks about mustard seeds in the Bible.

31It is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest of allseeds sown upon the earth. 32But after it is planted, it grows to be larger than all garden plants and puts forth great branches, so that the birds of the air nest in its shade.”…

So now that we have had our mustard seed lesson let’s get to my point.

In life, we often get ourselves into situations where we only want to help. We offer our homes, our resources and mostly we offer ourselves. We meant to do good, we want to do good whether it is for a stranger, family or simply someone we love.

So, we do what we believe is right. We help in whatever form the situation calls for.

Helping in a bad situation often means sacrificing our privacy, our finances, our hearts. We know that going in, in most cases, but we do it anyway. We offer the best we have.

But what happens when it all goes wrong. What happens when the recipient is not grateful and in fact takes advantage of the situation in every way possible? What happens when relationships are torn apart, what happens when finances are strained, what happens when all we meant for good has not turned out like we hoped it would?

Let me tell you what happens. You planted a seed. Satan may try to snatch that seed, or the seed may lay dormant for days, months or years, the seed may lay in the weeds of life for a time while worries of life, deceitfulness of life and our carnal desires take precedence over the tiny seed.

But in the end, you still planted a seed.

Growth can only happen when a seed is planted. That tiny seed can become a giant plant that has flavorful impact! Sometimes all it takes is the small act of planting the tiniest of seeds to have huge impact. Have patience, pray for God to keep that seed alive, even if it is currently dormant. Take joy in the fact that God can take that tiny seed and make it into something that flavors all it is mixed with.

Sow your seeds and even if you perceive what you did for good has turned out disastrous, trust what our God can do with that seed!

I commend you for having the faith to plant the seed in the first place!

 

Dottie

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Fake News

Fake news, we have all heard the term. It is everywhere.The trouble is that when you hear something often enough, it becomes gospel truth. I love the quote “A lie can fly half way around the world while the truth is still putting on its boots.”Lies certainly do fly quickly in the modern world of the internet and social media. The trouble is that fake news spreads like a contagious illness regardless of the truthfulness of the content.

I think that Christians are just a susceptible to fake news as anyone else. There are many false doctrines out there that are taken as gospel truth. This can get dangerous very quickly as it is a proven fact that we tend to pay attention to beliefs that we already hold. We seek people who hold like minded beliefs. Even when new information is presented that contradicts the beliefs that we are holding, we resist that information and double down on proving we are right instead of searching for the real truth.

This should concern us for a couple of reasons. People usually practice resistance to anything that goes against what they currently believe are much less likely to listen to what we have to share. Realize that those we are to share with are often taking in what we are sharing with a doubting heart.

 Second, we have to make darn sure that the news we are sharing is not fake news.

When it comes to fake news versus the truth of God, we have an enemy that is a master deceiver. Satan is the ultimate liar and the father of all lies. Make no mistake, every false religion, every cult, every misguided philosophy and every thought that is opposed to God, is authored by Satan himself.

 Satan has but one goal, to destroy that which is of God..

 

Our message should be about the faith and hope we have in Jesus Christ. Our message should proclaim the great love our Savior has for us.

Just as we are working to share the good news of what Jesus did for us, Satan is working to spread fake news.

We must become unstoppable crusaders for the truth. God is the source of all truth. God is our foundation in a world run afoul with the lies of Satan.

This means we go the extra mile and we must spent as much time communing with God and in the Word of God as it takes to make sure we know the news we are championing is based on true Godly foundations.

The real truth, the absolute truth of God must be boldly proclaimed and preached by us, His crusaders.

 Lets get out there and spread some Good News!


Dottie