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Chuck Smith :: Sermon Notes for Song of Solomon 4:16

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"HIS GARDEN"
I. AS A CHRISTIAN, MY LIFE IS "GOD'S GARDEN."
A. His work within my life has one general purpose - fruit.
1. God first broke the soil to prepare it for the seed.
2. He watched the developing plant.
a. Cultivating, weeding.
b. Watering.
3. Blossom time is always beautiful.
a. Beautiful to see young Christians begin to blossom in His love.
b. Purpose not yet fulfilled.
c. Blossoms presage the fruit.
4. The fruit itself takes time to develop and ripen.
a. Days of interest and anticipation.
b. Cheryl and my walks through garden.
5. What glorious days when you can come into the garden and eat its fruits.
a. Days of fulfilled purpose.
b. Days of reward as you partake of the fruit of your labor.
B. How disappointing when a fruit tree does not bear fruit.
1. It cannot abide.
a. Jesus and fig tree.
b. "Every branch that bears not fruit He takes away."
II. "LET MY BELOVED COME INTO HIS GARDEN AND EAT HIS PLEASANT FRUITS."
A. Our lives exist primarily for God. "His garden."
1. The fruit of our lives for His enjoyment.
2. "The husbandman must first be partaker."
a. "My Father is the Husbandman."
3. Try to alter this fact and you are destined to disappointment and emptiness.
a. If you put yourself first.
1. Life totally wasted.
b. Put others first (superior).
1. You will become disappointed.
2. Some who will take and take till you have no more to give, then curse you for not giving more.
a. Why the proverb, "don't bite the hand that is feeding you."
c. Put God first. Full, rich, rewarding.
1. What is done for others is done in His name. He will reward you.
B. How beautiful when God can come into the garden of your life to eat His pleasant fruits.
1. When you can share in that rich fellowship and communion of love.
a. Oh, what joys, how full the peace.
b. What bliss, glory.
2. Have you invited your beloved into His garden lately?
Sermon Notes for Song of Solomon 1 ← Prior Section
Sermon Notes for Song of Solomon 6:10 Next Section →
Sermon Notes for Ecclesiastes 1:1-3 ← Prior Book
Sermon Notes for Isaiah 1:18 Next Book →
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