DEVELOP A FOUNDATION OF JESUS CHRIST FOR SUCCESS IN LIFE
Build Your Life Upon A Foundation Of Jesus Christ
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If you’ve been born again in Christ, spiritual growth is a part of that process. So if you haven’t seen the changes in your life that you had expected, it could be because you are still a “baby in Christ” only able to partake in the “milk” of the word instead of the “adult spiritual food” for mature Christians.
Christian Growth To Develop A foundation
Of Jesus Christ
Jesus spoke about what He called “the three kinds of Christians” in Mark 4:13-20, using the analogy of sowing seeds. This was because most of the people he was addressing were farmers, therefore they could more easily relate to His message. However even in modern day, we can still relate to the idea of sowing and reaping, and for this particular parable, it is a brilliant means of teaching us what kind of Christians we need to be if we want to live our salvation successfully.
Once a Christian has been born again in Christ, they feel excited at first, but as time goes by and life appears to be no different than before salvation, many fall away from the Word and look to their experience or the wisdom of the world to live their lives. Doing this results in only one conclusion, they continue in the same lifestyle with the same results because no change has transpired in their lives–no Christian growth has taken place.
The question many Christians have when they begin studying the Word is how can they pick up where they left off at salvation and begin to live the life they should be experiencing as a result of their being born again in Christ.
Jesus’ answer to that questions is a clear picture of why Christians are living far below their rights, their blessings, and their calling in life. So lets go right to where Jesus was teaching a large gathering of people and listen to His Words (Mark 4:10). Picture yourself by the lake where He was speaking with the cool air on your face, and the excitement of being in His presence flowing through the crowd.
13. Then Jesus said to them, “Don’t you understand this parable? How then will you understand any parable?
14. The farmer sows the word.
15. Some people are like seed along the path, where the word is sown. As soon as they hear it, Satan comes and takes away the word that was sown in them.
16. Others, like seed sown on rocky places, hear the word and at once receive it with joy.
17. But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away.
18. Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word;
19. but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful.
20. Others, like seed sown on good soil, hear the word, accept it, and produce a crop of “thirty, sixty or even a hundred times what was sown.”
SOW THE WORD INTO YOUR HEART FOR A STRONG FOUNDATION OF JESUS CHRIST
No. 1 – The Word is sown within the Christian’s heart, but Satan steals it immediately before it can take root. In this experience the Word never reaches the heart. It goes into one ear and out the other.
No. 2 – The Word is sown within the believer’s heart joyfully, but their foundation is rocky and shallow. It has no root.
When hard times come because of the Word to test them, they quickly reject God by rejecting His Word. These are the people shaking their heads in agreement with their pastor’s sermon on Sundays, but the rest of the week, they turn away from the very truth they heard. They are not bad people, they are just afraid to trust God. In this state absolutely no wealthy living spiritual growth from a Biblical standpoint is achieved.
No. 3 – The Word comes to this believer but it is unfruitful due to the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches and desire for things. Greed and pride caused by a severely insecure nature must be overcome to move forward here. If this doesn’t happen, there is little or no opportunity for wealthy living spiritual growth.
Do you see how we must be careful what we listen to and what programs we adhere to? Wealthy living spiritual growth cannot be attained under any of these three circumstances.
No. 3 is happening to many Christians because they are rooting themselves in programs which do not have a foundation of God’s Word. That double-mindedness will actually cause them failure with whatever they tried to do because they are not committed fully to anything. They combine a little information here with a little information from somewhere else instead of sticking with the Word and trusting it. There is no “rock” or “foundation of Christ to give them victory.”
It’s like using a recipe for an amazing chicken dish, but only using part of the ingredients or combining it with another recipe. It’s not going to taste as it’s supposed to, and it will probably be quite a disappointment.
No. 4 Mark 4:20. “Others, like seed sown on good soil, hear the word, accept it, and produce a crop of “thirty, sixty or even a hundred times what was sown.”
What more is there to say about the fourth standard? Not much other than to proclaim it as the perfect instruction on how to accept God’s Word in a way that will produce a crop of fruit that is pleasing to God and that will provide the many blessings that belong to you as a result of being born again in Christ. This is how every Christian can create a strong foundation of Jesus Christ within their heart.
After The Word Has Been Sown
Jesus describes the fourth standard of Christianity in a manner so simple you can’t help but get the truth of it. It should make clear how to receive from God with an inner sincerity to abide by the Word no matter what we’re going through by trusting God. This is what brings spiritual growth.
- 1. hear the Word (most effective method: personal affirmations)
- 2. accept it (believe/trust God)
- 3. produce a crop (receive!)
That matches what Mark 11: 23-24 says. Speak what you want (hear it to build faith), believe you have it, and receive it. Our desires being met will actually bring us closer To God by having good soil (a mature spirit) for the Word of God to be sown.
FOUNDATION OF JESUS CHRIST PRAYER
If you’ve gone astray from God’s Word, you can always begin again with a fresh start. Today you can begin to build a strong foundation of God’s Word within your heart to empower your life. Here is a prayer to help you begin.
As we act upon God’s Word with a deep determination to rest In Christ no matter what our circumstances, our hearts or spirits will grow. This growth determines our spiritual ability to rely upon God’s Word rather than backing down in fear and doubt that we will be delivered.
Here is a prayer I’ve paraphrased from Mark 4:20:
Dear Heavenly Father, I come to you in all sincerity. I commit to building my life upon a strong foundation of Jesus Christ. I haven’t always lived according to your Word, so I ask for your forgiveness. I thank you Heavenly Father, I receive your forgiveness now and I will now live by faith in your Word, allowing it to guide my steps in all that I do. In Jesus Name, AMEN.
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