And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into His image with ever increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. 2 Corinthians 3:18
- God transforms us so that we can become instruments of honour, some clay, gold, wood, glass. 2 Timothy 2:20-21
- He transforms us so that we can transform others.
This year 2022, our quarterly focus will be as follows;
- Breaking the fallow ground
- Chosen for great honour
- Break camp and move on
- From glory to glory
QUARTER 1 – Breaking the fallow ground
For thus says the LORD to the men of Judah and Jerusalem: ” Break up your fallow ground, and do not sow among thorns. Circumcise yourselves to the LORD, and take away the foreskins of your hearts, You men of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem, Lest My fury come forth like fire, and burn so that no one can quench [it,] Because of the evil of your doings.” Declare in Judah and proclaim in Jerusalem and say: ” Blow the trumpet in the land; Cry, ‘Gather together,’ And say, ‘Assemble yourselves, And let us go into the fortified cities.’ Set up the standard toward Zion. Take refuge! Do not delay! For I will bring disaster from the north, And great destruction. – Jeremiah 4:3-6
Key words: Break up, Fallow ground, Thorns
- Fallow ground is ground which has not been used for a long time or has never been used at all. There are grounds, territories, and areas in our lives which we may not have touched yet.
- Jeremiah 4:3-6 implies that we all have fallow ground
- We break fallow ground because we want the land needs to be used – Hosea 10:12 says. “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”. This implies that we break up the fallow ground so that we can sow in righteousness.
- Seeking God is the first step in breaking fallow ground.
- In breaking up fallow ground we cut the “thorns”, and “bushes” in our lives gather them up and burn them.
- Thorns are the worries, of life that choke the word of God Matthew 13:22 says, “The seed sown among the thorns is the one who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.” See also Mark 4:19
- When one’s life is full of thorns and bushes, the word of God cannot thrive. It is chocked and therefore cannot bear fruit in one’s life. The thorns must be cut, gathered, and burnt
- Removing the thorns also has to do with removing the stamps/roots of the thorns and bushes – these are the things which grow deep in our lives. We need to dig deep and uproot them, not just deal with them on the surface.
- These roots include the lust of flesh, greed, bitterness, pride, hardness of heart. Hebrews 12:15
- You cannot remove the stumps haphazardly; you need to be deliberate. We need a spiritual GPS to break the fallow ground.
- While dealing with these stamps/roots, some of them might be visible, other aren’t.
Some reflections/examples of breaking fallow ground
Matthew 9:20-22 Just then a woman who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak. She said to herself, “If I only touch his cloak, I will be healed.” Jesus turned and saw her. “Take heart, daughter,” he said, “your faith has healed you.” And the woman was healed at that moment.
- The fallow issues of our lives may have been looking bad for a long time – like this lady. Inevitably, they will get better
Joshua 6:1-6 Now Jericho was securely shut up because of the children of Israel; none went out, and none came in. And the LORD said to Joshua: “See! I have given Jericho into your hand, its king, [and] the mighty men of valour. You shall march around the city, all [you] men of war; you shall go all around the city once. This you shall do six days. And seven priests shall bear seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark. But the seventh day you shall march around the city seven times, and the priests shall blow the trumpets. It shall come to pass, when they make a long [blast] with the ram’s horn, [and] when you hear the sound of the trumpet, that all the people shall shout with a great shout; then the wall of the city will fall down flat. And the people shall go up every man straight before him.” Then Joshua the son of Nun called the priests and said to them, “Take up the ark of the covenant, and let seven priests bear seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark of the LORD.”
- Whatever your wall (fallow ground) is, whether high or thick, it’s coming down in Jesus’s name
may get worse before it gets better
Joshua 7:2-5 Now Joshua sent men from Jericho to Ai, which is near Beth Aven to the east of Bethel, and told them, “Go up and spy out the region.” So the men went up and spied out Ai. When they returned to Joshua, they said, “Not all the army will have to go up against Ai. Send two or three thousand men to take it and do not weary the whole army, for only a few people live there.” So about three thousand went up; but they were routed by the men of Ai, who killed about thirty-six of them. They chased the Israelites from the city gate as far as the stone quarries and struck them down on the slopes. At this the hearts of the people melted in fear and became like water
- Some of the fallow areas we are dealing with are not physical things, they are spiritual like the sin that was committed at Ai, and subsequently how Israel lost the battle to this small city.
- As we seek the Lord, He reveals these hidden fallow areas so that we can overcome them.
What can you expect this quarter as you breakup the fallow ground?
- Your story must change.
- Its going to be a good year for you
- A higher level of God’s anointing both corporately as a local church but also in your individual life that breaks the yoke of the enemy.
- For the church DC – Entebbe? Development of the land is Lugonjo, at least 10 weddings, removal of everything that forbids us from reaching out to God, a higher access in the realms in God.