Preaching, Teaching, and Notes

The Garden of our Souls

Song of Solomon 4:12 “A garden enclosed is my sister, my spouse; a spring shut up, a fountain sealed.”

It is in the garden of our souls, that we have the personal relationship to Jesus. He considers us:
“My sister”, Because in Him, we are of the family of God.
“My spouse”, Because He wants that love relationship with us.

In the beginning, after being born again, a believer is like a piece of undeveloped land;  formerly hard and unyielding; which has now been dedicated to the Lord.

We begin to allow Him to transform us into a beautiful garden.
This is something that is the same for each believer, as to the final results; but very different for each as to the means God uses.

In a garden, you do not plant things at random. There is order, although the order may differ in your garden, then in mine.

For some gardens, the beautiful flowers, and bushes may take center stage; whereas in another, berries, or trees of nuts and fruits. In another, vegetables are top priority.

But each is a garden producing fruit for the Gardener.

This is to come to the place where we are willing, whole heartedly working for the pleasure and Will of God.
When we have determined this (it is the will, willing with the Holy Spirit within), we begin to see Him build a “wall” around us; for we are become a “garden enclosed”, which includes in it a spring shut up, a fountain sealed for use in the garden.

The “spring shut up”, is the Holy Spirit within.
(Isaiah 58:11 “And the Lord shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.”)
He is not given to us, so we can “show off” to others. But He is “shut up” to us, so we can experience His power in our lives, to bring us into subjection to Christ; and so we can have His peace in the world we walk in.

The “fountain sealed”, is the precious blood of Christ, whereby we are forgiven and cleansed. (Zechariah 13:1 “In that day there shall be a fountain opened to the house of David and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem for sin and for uncleanliness.”
1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”)

We are for the Lord’s pleasure. Our beauty of character, and faithful works, are for His joy.

Song of Solomon 4:16 “Awake, O north wind; and come, thou south; blow upon my garden, that the spices thereof may flow out. Let my beloved come into his garden, and eat his pleasant fruits.”

The north wind can be chilling, and frosty.
The south wind is mild, and warm.

We can come to see, in our learning with Christ, that He has worked in us the fruit of the Spirit; and taught us to use His grace.

So, no matter the circumstances: favorable or not, we will learn that we do not have to be influenced by them.
Instead, we can simply use them to the Lord’s advantage.

We can come to the place, where real prosperity, Spiritual Prosperity, does not rest upon external circumstances.
No, it rests upon the internal life of Christ within us. The inner man of the heart; the relationship with Christ.

We can grow in any situation, when we come to this.
We are totally dependent upon God, and being filled with His grace in each situation.
We are looking, in a special way, to the Holy Spirit, to accomplish His purpose in everything.

There is no difficulty in adjusting to any circumstance. This is pretty amazing, since most of us do not like change. (Some say they do, IF they make the change. But if it is thrust upon them, that is different.)

Philippians 4:11-13 “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.
I know how to be abased, (very hard, without the Holy Spirit’s help) and I know how to abound (not if we let it go to our heads): every where in all things I am instructed (not just told, but empowered so we can learn) both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.
I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”

It is “through Christ”. He saves, He makes me His own, He teaches by the Holy Spirit, He furnishes all the grace, and holds me up in His own hand.

We are His garden. We are “in Christ”, and it is “through Christ” that we live.

The Christian life is not easy; not so much because of the circumstances we are in; but because we do not have in our experience the lessons we need.

Is it because we will not go through them?
Or is it because you do not know all that Christ has for you?

Christ’s invitation to “learn of Me” still holds true.
Matthew 11:28-30 “Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me, for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls:
For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”



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