4 Questions That Could Transform Your Walk with God

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1. What changes would we make to our lives if we sought the Lord with all of our hearts? 

“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.” Matthew 6:29-30

God provides for His children. Jesus tells us what we should be focused on:

But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Matthew 6:33

When we seek the Lord with all our hearts, we will find Him, and He will supply all our needs.

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2. How would our lives change if we prayed to behold the beauty of the Lord each morning, each afternoon, each evening?  

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3 principles I’ve learned from my roses about my walk with Jesus

rose unpruned 2He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. John 15:2

I have 36 rose bushes. Roses are beautiful, and they take work. From spring to late fall, I’m pruning, feeding, and talking to my roses. My floribunda roses take more meticulous time; they grow in clusters. This bush develops three buds together. The middle bud always blooms first. Once it begins to wilt, the two on either side bloom. If I leave the middle dying rose, it ruins the bouquet, and attention is drawn to the dead bloom.

rose unprunedMore importantly, if I were to neglect cutting out the dead flowers, my rose bush would quit producing blooms.

Isn’t that the way our Christian walk is? We walk along praising the Lord and doing work for His kingdom. If we’re not careful, our praise turns to grumbling, and our works turn to frustration.

From over a decade of loving, feeding, and pruning my roses, I’ve learned three things that are also essential to my Christian walk.

  1. Loving. Roses take a lot of time. If I did not like spending time with my roses, I would not have them. That’s the way it is with my relationship to Jesus. I need to spend time with Him … quality time. “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me.” John 15:4
  2. Feeding. Roses need to be fertilized regularly. I need to spend time in the Word of God, praying, and listening as the Holy  Spirit feeds my spirit and guides my walk. “Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path.Psalm 119:105
  3. Pruning. Roses spill out their fragrance, color, and beauty for all to enjoy. Slowly, the petals wilt, turn brown, and fall off, leaving only the base of the bud. If the deadness is not cut out, the bush will not to continue to produce flowers. As I walk with the Lord, fruit will develop for others to enjoy. Jesus prunes the branches of my life that are producing fruit, and cuts off the branches that don’t produce fruit. Sometimes, I feel pain because of the pruning and need to ask for forgiveness for straying. “bear fruit in keeping with repentance;” Matthew 3:8

rose prunedThe promise?

A focus on beauty, on fragrance, on the fresh blossoms and fruit.

“For their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they themselves also may be sanctified in truth.” John 17:19

My prayer for you

Father of all that is beautiful, may we walk with You in holiness. Quicken our spirits to recognize how You are loving us, feeding us, and pruning us. Enable us to see You at work in us and yield to your sanctification. Empower us to be a fragrance to You and all who come into our paths.

What are you learning from your walk with Jesus?

The Lord satisfies YOU!

Bless the LORD, O my soul, And all that is within me, bless His holy name. Bless the LORD, O my soul, And forget none of His benefits; Who pardons all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases; Who redeems your life from the pit, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion; Who satisfies your years with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle.  Psalm 103:1-5

Five promises within five verses; these promises require nothing on my part, but everything on the part of our Great God.

I have 26 rose bushes. Most weekends, you will find me tending to my roses. Some of the bushes have long, prickly thorns, and many times, as I reach to prune a dead rose, the thorns lunge at me and scratch me, or lodge in my arm. The resulting bright red blood plops on the stones surrounding the roses. No worries. I love my roses. I cherish my roses. I feed them, I weed around them, and I adorn my house with roses. They bring me pleasure and satisfy me.

Isn’t that the way the Lord is? We sin, and He pardons that sin. He nourishes us and heals us from our diseases. Our sin had to be dealt with just as the thorn had to be plucked from my arm. Blood resulted. Not only did Jesus redeem us from the pit with His blood, but He has also crowned us with lovingkindness and compassion.

Think of what a crown of lovingkindness and compassion might look like. Would it be a gold crown encrusted with jewels? Would it be a laurel wreath? I imagine my crown as a wreath of fragrant red roses.

Walk with the crown you have imagined on your head. Won’t that satisfy you and give you a smile?