Jeremiah 4:3 For thus saith the LORD to the men of Judah and Jerusalem, Break up your fallow ground, and sow not among thorns.
Hosea 10:12 Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the LORD, till he come and rain righteousness upon you.
The above Scriptures are the basis which I will focus on in this article.
Yes, Beloved, the time has come to break up the fallow ground of our heart. It is long past the time when this should have been accomplished within our lives afresh and anew, as it bespeaks a maturing in our walk with the Lord God Almighty. Itís time to grow up.
Jamieson, Fausset, Brown has defined a portion of the Hosea reference this way:
Break up your fallow ground -- Remove your superstitions and vices, and be renewed.
The definition given by Strongís Concordance for fallow ground is:
05215 niyr neer or nir neer
from 05214; TWOT-1360a; n m
AV-fallow ground 2, tillage 1, plowing 1; 4
tillable or untilled or fallow ground [Emphasis by Author]
To add clarity, this means that we are to break up, and continue to keep the ground of our heart freshly plowed or tilled. It is an ongoing process, and needs to be done as a regular, ongoing course of action.
Charles Finney has given great clarity and definition to this Scripture by saying:
What It Means To Break Up The Fallow Ground
To break up the fallow ground, is to break up your hearts, to prepare your minds to bring forth fruit unto God. The mind of man is often compared to the ground in the bible. The word of God is the seed sown there, the fruit representing the actions and emotions of those who receive it. To break up the fallow ground therefore, is to bring the mind into such a state that it is fitted to receive the Word of God. Sometimes your hearts get matted down, hard and dry, until there is no such thing as getting fruit from them until they are broken up, and mellowed down, and fitted to the Word. It is this softening of the heart, so as to make it feel the truth, which the prophet calls break up your fallow ground.
Weíve been told on numerous occasions by Rodney Howard-Browne, the false prophet, that we should "Drink, drink, drink" Ė but, God has told us to quit drinking and sipping, and allow all that He has given us to flow out from our innermost being. Godís desire is to have us be servers, not sippers. We should be producing more than we consume. I choose to follow Godís instructions, how about you?
As an example of this perception, consider the following Scripture:
John 7:38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.
These rivers of living water flow into and through the believer who not only quenches in Christ his own thirst, but also becomes a source of new streams for others.
A prime example of this would be the Dead Sea and the Sea of Galilee. The Dead Sea is precisely what it says Ė dead! There is no life in it, and it is stagnant. The exact opposite of the Dead Sea is the Sea of Galilee, which contains fresh and living water. The irony of these two seas is that they BOTH have the same "source" although the properties of the two of them are entirely opposite to each other! They are both supplied by the Jordon River, as their source. As a matter of fact, the Sea of Galilee is both fed by the Jordan, and it feeds the Jordan - the Jordan comes into it in the north, and out of it in the south, and it is alive and self-renewing. Is this beginning to create a picture, or a midrash, within your mind? It should!
Our Source is El Gibbor [Mighty God], yet you can see believers and non-believers both appearing to have the same end result; there is no chai [life] flowing out from them. The chai [life] has been removed from the believer, and we have become a stagnant group of people, not living in an abundant extreme that should be the opposite of the unbelieving community! I write this with a heavy heart, as I know itís a "hard word" that is not easily accepted. I do not mean to paint all believers with the same broad brush stroke, but I certainly feel it is time to address this issue within the Body of Messiah.
This life that is made available by our Source should be a comfort and a refreshing to all of those that we encounter on a daily basis, whether they are believers or non-believers. As we plow up the fallow ground of our heart, in preparation for the Ruach haKodesh [Spirit of the Holy One] to bring refreshing to us by way of His Word, we will have a treasure of living water to enliven another soul in this journey through a pilgrim land. Itís a pilgrimage that we travel, as it is not our eternal destiny, merely temporal.
Dear Reader, donít be satisfied with just a slight furrow in your heart to receive the living waters, but rather take intricate action to make it into a deep furrow, as it aches to be plowed once again from the fallow condition that it is in. The heart may have become fallow due to sin, rebellion, lethargy, lack of studying Godís Word, boredom, "battle" fatigue, or a plethora of other circumstances. In the unbeliever, it is straightforwardly due to the need for saving chesed [grace], which God will give in all haste, to those who have a repentant heart.
Hosea has declared it so succinctly when stating that it is "time to seek the Lord." The days are coming, and are even now upon us, when itís time to grow up in the things of the Lord, in righteousness. Almighty God is requiring that we walk in the way of righteous behavior, that we may be seen and known of all people, to demonstrate openly the manifest work of Calvary! Itís time for fruit-bearing in our life, that others may pluck the fruit of our tree, and partake of the life that is resident within the fruit. If we will sow in righteousness, God has promised us that we will reap in chesed [mercy], and He will come and rain righteousness upon you, me -- whomsoever will! Dear Ones, keep in mind that this refers NOT to the merit of works, but we are to sow to spiritual things in righteousness. What a wonderful portrait this paints!
The Bedouins understand (to this day) the clear portrait of this righteousness raining down upon us, and even overtaking us. They regularly set up camp in the Jordan Valley, with its many furrows and gullies, and as they sit there, everyone will quite suddenly (and without actually speaking one word to each other about it) begin to pick up and pack up the camp, and make a speedy exit out of the Valley, knowing that there is an approaching storm [much like a sixth sense, or intuition], and the Valley is soon going to be flooded by the waters rushing down off the hills. This is a type of the righteousness that God will rain down upon us! It will be a quick work, and time is short. Think about it, Beloved! He has come and rained down righteousness upon us, but He is awaiting our decision to plow up our fallow ground, that He may rain His righteousness down upon us once again! God is not slack concerning His promises, and as often as we are willing to keep our hearts in a condition of plowed, fallow furrows that can be filled with His rain of righteousness, He will be faithful to not just trickle upon us, but to POUR upon us!
Get ready for it, Saints Ė itís beginning to rain, rain, rain; hear the voice of the Father! Break up your fallow ground, for it is only then that He can cultivate your life.
Humbly submitted for the edification of the Saints,
by Anna L. Schwery -- © Yad bíYad Ministries
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