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Hosea 10:12 “Sow with a view to righteousness, reap in accordance with kindness; break up your fallow ground, for it is time to seek the Lord until He comes to rain righteousness on you.”

THE RIGHT CROPS

I just love this verse.  Righteousness and kindness are the crops we bring in if we seek the Lord.  He will allow those who seek Him to benefit from His blessings, but they must break up their fallow grounds.  Have you ever done that?  Have you ever broken up your fallow ground?  What is that?

Fallow ground is ground that has been allowed to be unplanted for a period of time.  Sometimes that is necessary, but as this relates to us, we tend to just not plant the good stuff.  We get complacent.  We just allow our hearts to get hard.  We have to break it up and allow the Lord to sow the right things.

TEACHING MOMENT

How do we teach this to our kids?  Righteousness only comes from the Lord.  Your children cannot understand righteousness apart from God.  He is the only source.  And true kindness is only lived out through Christ.  Sure, you can be kind to people if you aren’t a believer.  But there will be that person who pops up who will challenge you.  For those people, you need Christ.

So, we teach this to them by making sure they know Jesus and His Word.  As they yield to Him the fallow ground is broken up.  God can plant!  They can reap!  They can live in righteousness and kindness.

I don’t know about you, but I want that.  I prefer to be kind, but sometimes I just can’t do it.  When I begin to struggle, it always comes back to my hard, rocky heart.  Will you join me today in plowing the ground of your heart?  Will you allow the Lord to sow His Spirit in you?  Oh, He wants to do so much in and through you.

My God and Father, help me to keep my heart broken and receptive to your Spirit.  Thank You for rescuing me from my own self.

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