We all desire to reap the fruit of our labours.
We prepare the soil, plant the seeds, water the garden, and wait patiently.
We set up a fence, weed the garden, and then expect to receive the results — the fruit of our labours. We expect to receive the seed’s promise of fruitfulness.
In our spiritual garden of life, we also desire to receive the promise of fruitfulness, and to inherit God’s promises.
But just as Abraham and Joshua had to walk or ‘tread’ through the land of promise, one step at a time, we too must do the same (Hebrews 11:8-9; Joshua 1:3).
We must walk, or tread, through our journey with Messiah, patiently, one little step at a time, in order to be fruitful. As the Scriptures teach us, we need faith and patience to inherit what God has already promised:
“And we desire that every one of you do show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end: That you be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises” (Hebrews 6:11-12).
Our faith and our patience are two inseparable keys to inheriting the promises of God. We must cultivate a patient heart along with our faith, as we journey through this life with Messiah. And remember, our faith is truly an amazing part of our walk:
“…for verily I say unto you, If you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, you shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you” (Matthew 17:20b).
It is our little mustard seed of faith (which is really our genuine faith-FULL-ness), that moves Father to show Himself strong on our behalf. When we truly commit ourselves to be devoted to Father God, then He strengthens us to maintain our walk with Him, day by day, as we see in this next verse:
“For the eyes of Yahuwah [the LORD] run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect [fully committed] toward Him” (2Chronicles 16:9a).
If we desire Yahuwah’s [the LORD’s] strength, we must remain fully committed to Him.
But how can we maintain a ‘fully-committed’ heart?
Here are six little things that will help.
Being tenderhearted makes us a favorable and likely candidate for Yahuwah to HEAR and answer our prayers! Making the simple decision to be tenderhearted [humble] can make the difference between the strength to follow Yahuwah, honouring Him in all we do, or the lack of strength to follow Him, as these verses teach us:
Because your heart [King Josiah] was tender, and you did humble yourself before God, when you heard His [God’s] Words … I have even HEARD you also, says Yahuwah [the LORD]. (2Chronicles 34:27)
And if we know that He HEAR us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of Him. (1John 5:15)
Be clothed with humility: for God resists the proud, but God gives grace [His enablement] to the humble. (1Peter 5:5b)
Talking to Father, and seeking His guidance each day, and in every circumstance, makes it possible for Yahuwah to direct our path, and makes us more open to receive His guidance and His peace! Seeking Father by simple, sincere prayers can make the difference between knowing God’s guidance, or fumbling around ‘in the dark’ for direction, as these verses teach us:
In ALL your ways acknowledge Him – Yahuwah Elohim [the LORD God] – and He shall DIRECT your paths. (Proverbs 3:6)
Then [King] David enquired [asked] of Yahuwah [the LORD] …. And Yahuwah answered him …. (1Samuel 23:4a)
… in every thing by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Messiah Yahushua [Christ Jesus]. (Philippians 4:6-7)
3) Study of God’s Word
Studying God’s written Word every day increases our ability to avoid sin! Studying God’s Word [the Holy Bible], orderly and carefully, and doing what it says, makes us more able to receive Father’s insight and direction. It is Father’s insight and wisdom that can make the difference between a certainty of action that results in blessings, or being hesitant and indecisive, as these verses teach us:
Your Word have I hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You [Yahuwah]. (Psalms 119:11)
The entrance of Your Words gives light [truth and wisdom]; Your Word gives understanding unto the simple [the meek and humble]. (Psalms 119:130)
Obeying what the Scriptures say purifies our soul, and keeps us on Father’s pathway to the goal of inheriting eternal life! We discover a verse or a passage that we need to begin to obey, and then we begin to walk in it.
We adjust our lifestyle so that we can live according to Father’s desires [His Torah], because we understand that His written Word is our supreme authority. Obedience to God’s Word can make the difference between walking confidently in Father’s pathway, or missing Father’s very best for us, as these verses teach us:
Seeing you have PURIFIED your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit (1Peter 1:22a)
… by patient continuance in well doing, seek for glory and honour and immortality, and He will give eternal life (Romans 2:7)
Be faithful unto death, and I [Yahushua] will give you the crown of life. (Revelation 2:10b)
5) Crying Out
Crying out to Yahuwah in our troubles has the promise of being delivered and rescued out of our distresses! When we cry out to Father in the midst of our troubles, concerns, or questions, asking for His help, it can make the difference between a divine intervention on our behalf, or a situation that could sadly become worse, as these verses teach us:
Then they cried unto Yahuwah [the LORD] in their trouble, and He delivered them, He saved them, and He brought them out of their distresses. (Psalms 107:6, 13, 19, 28)
For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon You. In the day of my trouble I will call upon You: for You will answer me. (Psalms 86:5, 7; see also: Psalms 30:2; 34:6; 120:1; 138:3)
6) Loving and Serving
Loving those in our midst by serving them, makes us qualified to receive rewards from King Yahushua Messiah, when He returns in His glory! Loving and serving others in the name of our Saviour can make the difference between receiving Father’s favor, or being separated from Him, as these verses teach us:
Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ . . . the King will answer them and say unto them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’ (Matthew 25:34-40).
For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which you have showed toward His name, in that you have ministered to [served] the saints, and do minister [continue to serve them]. (Hebrews 6:10)
When our heart is devoted to Yahuwah Elohim [the Hebrew name for the LORD God], and we desire to love and honour Messiah in every way, then, with Father’s grace, it will become easy for us to do these six simple things.
These six things will help us to maintain a fully-committed heart to Yahuwah. These little actions are simple practices for watering our spiritual garden, and then reaping the benefits!
Though small and simple, these six little things can make a big difference in our own life, and in the lives of those around us.
► For tips on being tenderhearted, see:
- Acquiring a Teachable Heart
► For tips on prayer, see:
► For tips on studying the Bible, see:
- Biblical Guidelines for Studying the Bible
► For tips on being obedient, see:
- Learning to Hear Father’s Voice: Removing the Obstacles
► For tips on crying out to God, see:
► For tips on loving and serving others, see: