“Sow for yourselves according to righteousness (uprightness and right standing with God); reap according to mercy and loving-kindness. Break up your uncultivated ground, for it is time to seek the Lord, to inquire for and of Him, and to require His favor, till He comes and teaches you righteousness and rains His righteous gift of salvation upon you.” -Hosea 10:12 (AMP)
We have to do the same things with our hearts. Just imagine a tiller digging up hard dirt to make it soft. (YouTube this if you need to- the illustration really hits home). How much work needs to be done to break up my own heart to where it’s acceptable for nourishment?
The Lord promises that once our fallow ground has been broken up that He will send down the rain! His righteous rain with the right nutrients and moisture that will seep through the newly soft ground.
What do we reap from this? Steadfast love. Love that goes on and on and on and on and is never in short supply.
"The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? I the Lord search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings." -Jeremiah 17:9-10 (KJV)
"For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it for you on the altar to make atonement for your souls, for it is the blood that makes atonement by the life." -Leviticus 17:11
You could almost equate the Devil with a vampire.... the blood is considered our life source- that’s why Jesus died on the cross, shed His own blood to save our souls. Satan doesn’t really seek to destroy us quickly but rather slowly, methodically, and enough to leave us drained. He wants to suck the life out of us!
Wear your righteous armor people! Everyday is Halloween for him!
I didn’t do a process video for this and I wish I had because the background turned out really good. I’ll try to replicate it sometime soon. I even used a heat gun to melt the vinyl letters.