P L A N T E D

Grow your faith
"THE HIDDEN PLACES GOD DEVELOPS YOU"

THE START

"Do not despise the day of small beginnings."  (Zech. 4:10)

I remember writing my first draft of a book at 12 years old feeling confident and ready to become a best seller and conquer the world but that's not exactly how things unfolded...

 

I still had years of development to undergo before I could reach some of my goals that God placed on my heart from a young age. 

You probably have dreams and goals hidden inside your heart as well put there by God. He wants to see those ambitions come to fruition in your life but in order for you to reach a place of maturity and ability to bear fruit God will take you on a journey of getting "planted" 

Anything of value is going to take a process and any process is going to take patience.

- Michael Todd, Transformation Church

PLANTED PT 1

THE START

Everything starts as a seed, seemingly small and insignificant with the potentional to blossom into what it was designed (created) to become. 

In order for the seed to develop it has to first be buried. When God's preparing us to reach our potential it may feel like we are being hidden and under. Undervalued, under appreciated, underestimated, and under pressure. This is the seed stage. The very first step of getting planted and reaching purpose.

 

What may feel like death is actually the perfect place for destiny to unfold. so don't lose hope when you're walking through a dark and lonely season of life. Because those are the perfect conditions God uses to develop our character so we can become all we were created to be. It's in this place we grow our roots and form the intimacy with God that we need to sustain the results we want to see happen in our lives. 

 

Buried doesn't mean getting beaten down, it means you're getting built up to do what you were born to. 

We can only find fulfillment when we allow God to set the foundation for our future. "Do not despise the day of small beginnings."  (Zech. 4:10)

Avi (brother) working in garden

"In order for the seed to develop it has to first be buried."

The second thing God showed me as we worked on our garden was that getting 'planted' and 'buried' look very similar. Either way the subject is put underground and covered with dirt. 

When God's preparing us to reach our potential it may feel like we are being hidden and UNDER Undervalued, under appreciated, underestimated, and under pressure.

What may feel like death is actually the perfect place for destiny to unfold.

So don't lose hope when you're walking through a dark and lonely season of life. Because those are the perfect conditions God uses to develop our character so we can become all we were created to be.

 

It's in this place we grow our roots and form the intimacy with God that we need to sustain the results we want to see happen in our lives. 

 

Buried doesn't mean getting beaten down, it means you're getting built up to do what you were born to. 

We can only find fulfillment when we allow God to set the foundation for our future.

When I first began writing the content for the first stage of PLANTED I didn't realize that God would be taking me through that exact same season in my life. 

But I've heard once that "if you preach from your weakness you'll never lack material" and so I'm writing this from an honest, personal point of view. 

Being buried sucks. It really does. I'm not going to sugarcoat it. It feels suffocating, lonely, dark, and burdensome. Going through this season of being planted spiritually made me feel like I was completely dying to my self. There was no room for my flesh to flare up or for the fruit of everything I'd been working so hard on to be seen. 

I wasn't where I wanted to be and my instinct was to fight it. But the only way for me to flourish into all God's created me to be is to embrace it. 

Out of all the different spiritual growth stages God's shown me through this Planted series it's this one that I've struggled with the most that God keeps bringing me back to. 

I didn't understand why I felt so alone, why I felt like my air supply was cut off, why I felt like all I could see around me was death when in my heart I knew that I was called for so much more. 

When I realized that God wasn't causing me pain for the heck of it, he hadn't abandoned me and broke his promises, he was preparing me for all he has in store.

 

I was in a season of refinement and testing and I kept failing. But God always lets us do a make-up test. He is the best teacher out there and invites us to learn from him out of a place of rest. His voice is never condemning or cruel he is always kind and gracious towards us. 

I just want you to know that I'm not writing this from a far off, in my perfect bubble of contentment and joy. I'm writing this as one of you. As someone who's natural response to getting planted is to struggle. But by the grace of God he's put it on my heart to encourage you with this message. 

No matter how alone, frustrated, unseen, under pressure, under appreciated and unfruitful you feel. This is the beginning of your journey to reaching your full potential and blossom into all you were created to be. 

Remain in good soil and trust God to do the work in you he wants to bring to pass. 

I met up with an old friend to shoot some film around the city and I walked away after a few hours feeling so discouraged and disappointed. That "friend" treated me like I was the lowest thing possible on their list of priorities and merely met up with me out of obligation.  I prayed in frustration "God, why is everyone letting me down lately?" I was craving authentic friendships and was left empty. 

 

I turned on my phone and searched for some music to listen to as I gazed outside the dingy bus window numbly scrolling through my screen. 

Instead of music a podcast streamed through my headphones titled "Don't Rely on People." 

With every word spoken I felt God injecting healing truth into my heart. 

God was taking me through a season of loneliness to strip me of my dependance on others people.

UNDER GROUND

When we're underground as a seed it's dark and lonely. We need the space around us in order to grow. 

David pleaded with God during a dark time in his life saying "Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted." (Psalm 25:16) David was saying "God I know you're there but you seem so far away, come close to me, do you see what I'm going through right now?" He was acknowledging the lack in his life. 

Maybe you're struggling with loneliness because of your efforts to follow God's leading on your life and it's left you excluded from the crowd.

Whatever you're walking through right now in this "seed stage" of life just know that you aren't alone no matter how lonely you feel. You are not forsaken no matter how much lack you're currently facing in your life. 

David ends the chapter by declaring "I put my trust in you... For I wait for you." 

In Hebrew the word used for wait is tikva which means hope, intention & direction. 

Waiting is not a passive state of being it is choosing every day to actively trust God with what we can't control and being faithful to move forward with the last thing he's asked us to do. 

"Wait on the Lord, Be of good courage, 

And He shall strengthen your heart;

Wait, I say, on the Lord!" (Psalms 27:14)

"Anything of value is going to take a process & any process is going to take patience. 

 

The only thing harder than waiting is wishes you would have."

- Banning Leibscher, Rooted

 

WHERE YOU'RE HEADED YOU CAN'T TAKE EVERYONE WITH YOU.

 

DO NOT ALLOW A SEASON OF LONELINESS TO BECOME A LIFESTYLE OF DESPAIR

- Steven Furtick, Elevation Church

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Created by: Liat Nesher