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Lord, Make Me Good Soil! (Day 8)

31 Days of Supernatural Encounters | by Jamie Rohrbaugh | free devotional series on FromHisPresence.comDo you want to be moldable and pliable in the Lord’s hands? If so, pray this: “Lord, make me good soil!”

Day 8 of our 31 Days of Supernatural Encounters (series index here):

Read: Matthew 13:1-23

Know:

I want to bear good fruit for Jesus, but I sure mess up a lot. Can anybody identify?

For example, the day I wrote this article, I got really upset at our server at a restaurant when they refused to make one adjustment to a dish–an adjustment they’ve been making for me for many years.

Then, Holy Spirit convicted me, because man’s anger does not produce the righteousness God requires. So I had to apologize to the server and to the manager, whom I had also talked to about the problem. I was wrong.

(And it’s not that my point was wrong. It’s my attitude that was totally wrong, and I should never have allowed the anger in my heart.)

Sigh.

I felt really bad about it afterward, and I made it right with God.

But it sure would have been better if I had been Christ-like enough during the episode to just take it all in stride. There are some things worth getting upset over, like abortion, murder, and injustice.

But the restaurant’s refusal to make my food isn’t one of those things. I made Holy Spirit sad, and I know I did.

So I repented, thought about it a lot, and prayed through it, and all I could think was:

(other than being thankful for God’s forgiveness, of course) …

I need God to keep working in my heart. I need Him to make me good soil that bears good fruit.

Can you identify?

Pray this for your spiritual growth: Lord, Make Me Good Soil! | by Jamie Rohrbaugh | FromHisPresence.com

And on this quest to bear good fruit, we can’t get bogged down in today.

We can’t stall out or beat ourselves up about how we messed up today. If we do, we’ll never move forward.

Instead, we have to keep our eyes on Jesus, repent, change our minds, and ask Him to change us too. After all, HE is the One who takes away the sin of the world. He’s the one who even removes our desire to sin, as well as all our fleshly impulses.

When we get angry in traffic, and Holy Spirit convicts us …

When we chew out the server at the restaurant …

When we get upset at our spouse …

There’s really only one course of action. We have to repent right away, ask the Lord to change our heart, and make things right with Him and with the people we wronged. It’s only when we let Him keep us on a short leash that we can keep clean accounts with Him.

This is where today’s Scripture passage comes in.

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Jesus taught the disciples that the state of our heart dictates how much fruit we can produce. If you have a stony heart, you will not produce fruit. The devil will steal away the seed the Lord sows into you.

And on the other end of the spectrum, if you are willing to hear God’s Word, understand, and obey, you will produce good fruit. Not just a little bit of good fruit, either; you can actually produce thirty, sixty, and even a hundred times more fruit than was sown.

I don’t know about you, but I want to be that good soil. I want to produce good fruit, a hundredfold more than was sown into me.

And I don’t want Holy Spirit’s efforts in me to ever be wasted.

I want to be moldable, humble, and pliable in His hand. I want Him to flow through me with absolutely no hindrances. I want to be a superconductor for Him, His work, and His glory.

Don’t you?

So we need to be that good soil. And fortunately, Holy Spirit will help us become good soil.

First John 2:27 says:

But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him.”

The only way we can become good soil is to receive God’s Word and ask Him for His help to understand and obey it. Holy Spirit is our Teacher, and He’ll help us if we ask.

Pray:

“Heavenly Father, I really want to be like You. Please change my heart and make me good soil.

I want to hear Your Word, receive it, understand it, and bear good fruit, Lord. I want to bear a hundred times more than You sowed into me! But I know I can’t do this by myself.

So Father God, I submit to You and to Your Holy Spirit. Holy Spirit, please give me a new heart and a new spirit. Make me moldable, humble, and pliable in Your hands, and make me like Jesus.

Thank You, Father. In Jesus’ name, amen.”

Listen:

Listen to Jon Thurlow sing his powerful song “Have the Glory,” and ask the Lord to make you good soil and have all the glory in your life!

Does this message speak to your heart today? If so, please leave a comment below. I’d love to hear from you!

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12 Comments

  1. Emmi Micheal says:

    I love every bit of this encouraging words of God and i pray God will forgive me for all my sins and touch the heart of anyone i have wronged in anyway known and unknown , also I want to be that good soil. I want to produce good fruit, a hundredfold more than was sown into me in Jesus name Amen .
    Thanks

  2. Thank you so much for today’s word. God bless!!!

  3. Rebecca L Jones says:

    And I don’t want Holy Spirit’s efforts in me to ever be wasted. Me either. I appreciated prayers in that regard.

  4. Jamie may our good ABBA father water you even as you keep watering us,in Jesus Christ name I pray Amen.thank you for sharing,I pray I get to the point where I can share and reach people for Christ just as u r doing.God bless your heart

  5. This is how Ive been feeling lately. 35 years, wasted. Thank you for this.

  6. Lord Jesus forgive for my sins, I know I gossip, please Lord cleanse me and not to gossip again. I want to be a good soil that will bear fruits that will be shared to my kids and other people. I love you Lord Jesus Christ stay and dwell in me.
    Thanks Jamie for being a good soil and bearing fruits that we all eat.

  7. Jamie, what a timely word for me! I had let negativity set in recently with stuff at my job… like processes and numbers. I wasn’t my joyful positive self. In fact someone I hold in high regard brought it to my attention. Wow! It hurt but it was the truth! Right then the Holy Spirit convicted me. I had to make things right. I’ve had to eat crow as some would say. I’ve gone to both supervisors and both team leads to apologize for my negative demeanor. That’s so not me! Why did it happen? Because I let it! No one to fault except me. Sure I could say well this person said or did and I agreed. Or I could say it began elsewhere but you know what? I have control of me and my actions. I take responsibility for me. What I did was wrong and I have repented to my Daddy God for speaking and acting negatively. Next I apologized as well as ask for forgiveness from leadership team. And you know what? It feels great! It’s actually quite liberating! Thanks Jamie for being relatable. Blessings to you in abundance! And thank you for pouring your heart and soul into readers.

  8. And oh, I agree with you. Lord help me to be good soil is my prayer!

  9. Tamie Tyra says:

    I want to be the good soil, to bear good fruit thirty, sixty and one hundred fold. Daily I must die to self. Let my manner of living be a witness that you’re alive. To God be the glory.
    Thank you Jamie for a perfect word in perfect timing.
    Love you’re sister in Christ
    Tamie

  10. George modise says:

    Jamie I need to be a good soil for God…i pray for his favour and grace.Amen

  11. Just started a week or so ago…so many of your words…Gods words…really spoke to me…Thankyou so much….thankyou…continued Blessings

  12. Leunida Ambalu says:

    I than k God for his perfect word through you. Lord forgive me . Now I know that the tough situation I am experiencing right now is not in your making. But your plans for me was to make me have a hope and a future. I will not give up, I will not not be bought but will be still to know that my God reigns.

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