Preaching, Teaching, and Notes

The Garden of our Souls

Genesis 2:8 “And the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden,  and there He put the man whom He had formed.”

At the beginning of man’s history, we see a garden that was made especially for us.

Man was placed there to keep it.   When Adam sinned,  he was thrown out of Eden, into a world where, instead of beauty,  thorns and briers grew.

But man was then given another garden:  the garden of our souls, to keep for God.

And it is by the keeping of this garden for the Lord,  that we give Him joy.  

Have we kept our “garden” for Him?  Have we fruit to offer Him?

Song of Solomon 4:12-13 “A garden enclosed is my sister my spouse;  a spring shut up,  and fountain sealed.

                                              Thy plants are an orchard of pomegranates,  with pleasant fruits;  camphire with spikenard,”

A garden is planted.   It is for cultivated plants.  Whether for food or beauty.

Our garden is for the enjoyment of our Lord.

There is a spring there,  bubbling up: a picture of the Holy Spirit’s living waters within us.  

There is a fountain there:  a picture of the effectual cleansing blood of Christ.(Zechariah 13:1)

We are to be “enclosed” or walled about,  so we will be separated from the world outside, unto the Lord. 

(2 Corinthians 6:17 “Wherefore come out from among them,  and be ye separate, saith the Lord,  and touch not the unclean thing;  and I will receive you.”   The separate here is “to set off by a boundary”)

Song of Solomon 4:16 “Awake, O north wind;  and come, thou south wind;  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 is chilly,  frost is in it.

The south wind is mild, gentle and warming.

These are the circumstances which come upon “gardens”, our souls, for each and every one of us.

They are adverse circumstances (whether persecution, slander, or trials) which seek to destroy our fruit bearing.

And there are encouraging circumstances which seek to increase fruit bearing. 

They are both part of God’s Plan, to help us let go of circumstances;  good or bad.

We need to get to the place in our experience with God, that we are so enclosed to Him, that whether circumstances are favorable or not;   we will not be troubled about them.   We will not let go of our peace in Jesus.

Paul said,  

Philippians 4:11-12 “Not that I speak in respect of want:  for I have learned,  in whatsoever state I am,  therewith to be content.

                                    I know both how to be abased,  and I know how to abound:  everywhere and in all things I am both to be full and to be hungry,  both to abound and to suffer need.”

We, too, can come to the place of confidence in Christ Jesus, and know the fullness of the provision for our “garden”:   the spring of the Holy Spirit is there, and the fountain of Christ’s cleansing blood is there.

So that there will not be much difficulty in adjusting to the circumstances which come to us.

Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”

Wow! What a statement.   We would think he would be walking around with a halo shining brightly.  

But no,  Paul was very conscious of his weakness.  And of his need.

He had simply learned his lessons of dependency on his God.

He had learned, not to lean upon his own resources:  

Strength (he was relatively a young man when he began his ministry Acts 7:58)

Intelligence (he was brilliant,  speaking in many languages, having education)

Eloquence (he was a great speaker)

But he had learned to lean wholly upon God,  and to do all the things He sent him to do.

He was looking to the Holy Spirit to accomplish His Work, within him and through every good and bad circumstance.

Song of Solomon 4:16 “Awake O north wind;  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.”

Here, “my garden” is changed to “His garden”.   It is a unconditional dedication of our life to Jesus Christ.

We are to keep the garden of our souls for Him.   Giving Him joy in all we become, and do.

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