A time to be planted out

"But his delight is in the law of the Lord 
and on his law he meditates day and night 
He is like a tree 
planted by streams of water 
and whose leaf does not wither 
Whatever he does prospers."

                                  Psalm 1:2-3

I felt these pots had significance and the Lord highlighted this scripture. It's time for God's people to no longer feel pot bound, but be planted out.  I read recently, “This is the most exciting time to be alive since the dawn of creation.  It is time to live in boldness, faith and confidence. Daniel 11:32 says,  ‘…those who know their God shall do mighty exploits’. To truly know God, to spend time in His presence is to be changed and empowered, so we can be those “who have turned the world upside down.”

I’d like to turn the world upside down by my novels their aim to romance the soul soul and spirit. of those who don’t know how much God loves them. I feel I’ve been planted out, I can straighten and stretch my roots, I sense they're growing and I am prospering in a place of peace and preparation. I’m working in rest, and delight in the simplest of things.

We are entering the greatest time in history, the evidence is daily before us. Biblical prophecy is becoming reality.  Matt 24 tells us to watch for the signs.  When God dropped His seed of salvation into our hearts it was because we have a part to play.  He's carefully potted and plotted our lives.  I started in a safe environment with boundaries so I could be nurtured and grow.  But He didn't want us to stay potted, watered and fed by others, but planted out so we could grow in His Word and Spirit to be  the person we were called and created to be.

Young or old, our lives have mindsets, behaviours and attitudes that come from man, not God.  Whatever our age, we need the Holy Spirit to nourish and renew our minds so we have the ability to view life from His positive perspective enabling us to think, speak, write and declare His love to all peoples.

Retirement today is not a pot in which to shrivel and die, but a release from earning a living and know refirement with fresh goals and visions that will prosper us in old age.  The Lord can, and will use us beyond our expectations and imaginations for He desires us to be oak trees of righteousness, a planting of the Lord, for the display of his splendour’. (Isa.61).

I live in Bristol which recently was named as the drug capital of our land. I asked the Lord how could that happen?  For forty years His people here have been calling upon Him for our city and our land’s revival.  I wrestled with that until I was able to speak with His revelation.  Darkness calls to darkness, light calls to light.  Darkness appears to be succeeding, but light will instantly counteract darkness.  Many Christians in our city have grown over years into ‘power’ plants, unseen and unknown.  The day is coming when they will be released as transformers, bringing light to others so powerful it will wipe out the darkness in much the same way as Paul experienced on the Damascus Road. Why?  Because who could be better empowered and change the face of our nation than those who have come out of great darkness into His marvellous light?

Wherever God has planted us, let’s prepare to talk, write and sing of His amazing love to change atmospheres and release the light of His love, peace, hope and the joy which is our strength. 

                                                                        Ruth Johnson