August 13, 2018: SOAP #3175    Jeremiah 13-15; John 15 Scripture:  John (NIV) 15:1 I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. Observation:    And what a Gardener He is!!!   He planted the first garden and prepared it for Adam and Eve.   He prepared it for their arrival by filling it with plants and […]

August 13, 2018: SOAP #3175    Jeremiah 13-15; John 15

Scripture:  John (NIV) 15:1 I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener.

Observation:    And what a Gardener He is!!!   He planted the first garden and prepared it for Adam and Eve.   He prepared it for their arrival by filling it with plants and animals.   When they arrived on the scene, it was perfect!   An all-wise Creator had perfectly prepared it for His crowning creation"man!

For five days God prepared the garden and at the close of each day He saw 'it was good.'   On the sixth day, after creating man, male and female, and in looking over the completed garden, He saw that 'it was very good.'   Yes, the Heavenly Father has a good history as a gardener!

Application:   The life of the vine flows into each ingrafted branch.   The Gardener, my Heavenly Father, has ingrafted me into the True Vine, Jesus His Son.   He carefully and lovingly, skillfully and wisely, tends this special relationship I have with His Son.   His goal is that the life of His Son flows through me to bring much fruit.   What the Gardener is doing in me is “very good!'

Prayer:      Heavenly Father, there are times when I do not enjoy your pruning work, but I know You are working for my good and Your glory.   I surrender to Your care.        Amen

Pastor Leon
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