The Lord has been speaking recently to our fellowship about it being the time to break up our fallow ground. There has been a sense in my spirit that this is a time to take action, not to delay in our response but to act. This may be a word just for our fellowship but I am sharing it as it may be an inspiration or challenge to others.
Fallow ground is ground that has been left unplanted for a time so that it can regenerate. If we apply this principle to our Christian lives, we can recognise there are times when we need a period of regeneration/refreshing, but if we are not careful we can slide into apathy or fear can take hold and before we know it, we are not growing in Christ and Christlikeness or doing anything productive for God’s kingdom. It can be easier to do nothing at all and let things lie, particularly the difficult areas in our lives which we don’t want to tackle and have a “do not disturb” sign. The fallow ground becomes hard through lack of ploughing and weeds sprout up. What was once fallow ground is now more like waste ground. It’s become a veritable wilderness.
Fallow ground is also ground that has not been planted before but has the potential for producing a crop. These may be new areas that God is calling us to prepare for planting . Ground that previously would have been unproductive may now have the capacity to produce. The land needs breaking up though so that it is ready for sowing. Stones and weeds need to be removed – in the spiritual sense this is a necessary time of preparation through prayer and believing and praying God’s word to break up the ground ready to receive the spiritual seed.
The words of Hosea 10:12 say “Sow for yourselves righteousness; Reap in mercy; Break up your fallow ground, For it is time to seek the Lord, Till He comes and rains righteousness on you”.
Sowing righteousness and godliness into our own lives and the lives of those around us is completely contrary to current culture. May God show us by the power of His Holy Spirit what ground is lying fallow and requires breaking up ready for sowing. If the soil of our own hearts is hard or has become hardened, then I pray the Holy Spirit will soften our hearts and reveal the reason for the hardness. Unbelief & disappointment will cause our hearts to grow hard and weeds of bitterness & unforgiveness will choke any seed. May we have ears to hear God and obey His calling and that the word of God will be like a plough turning over the soil of our hearts.
If our gifts and talents in God are not being used or we have let ministries drift, then let this be the season to ask God for new opportunities to serve Him and to breathe new life into hopes, dreams and visions. Now is not the time to hold back but to get active for God’s kingdom.
The bible teaches us that there is a time for everything. If we plant good seed in good soil as God shows us then we will receive a harvest. I pray that we will produce a good harvest so that when we stand before Jesus to give an account we will hear the words “well done, good and faithful servant”.
2 Corinthians 9:10 “Now may He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness”.