Fundamental Building Blocks For Spiritual Growth Part 3

Christians attempt to gain results in their spiritual walk without first planting the seed of God’s Word in their hearts. There are no shortcuts. Spiritual growth requires time. The seed must be cultivated and given time to grow.

14 The sower soweth the word.
Mark 4:14

Jesus told His disciples that the Word of God was “seed”.

We are the “sower” who sows the “Word” seed in our hearts.

It helps me to think of the Bible as a bag of seeds. It contains prosperity seeds, healing seeds, and even deliverance seeds. Christians struggle with receiving from God because they are not planting the right seed in their hearts.

20 He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.
Psalms 107:20

The primary vehicle used by God to heal people is His Word. The author of Psalms did not say that He sent prayer, spiritual gifts, or anointed ministers to heal them. Most will plead and beg with God to heal them without first finding a single Scripture to stand on. They are like the farmer who waters his field hoping for a harvest who has not planted any seed!

20 My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings.
21 Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart.
22 For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.
Proverbs 4:20-22

Christians plead with God to heal their bodies which is contrary to His instructions here in Proverbs. He tells us to “attend” to His words because they are “life” and “health” to our flesh. If we commit to meditating in the Word of God, it will produce life and health in our physical bodies. Most of us will turn to a doctor or pharmacist at the first site of symptoms because our faith is more developed in them than in the Word of God.

17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
Romans 10:17

It is not enough to have desires for the blessings of God. We will have to become passionate about the Word of God if we are going to grow spiritually.

It is not enough to just knowledge about Scripture”. Some men and women have interpreted entire books of the Bible with little “revelation” of the truths contained in them. Most of us will never experience the power of God as a result of interpreting Scripture through the lens of religious tradition.

Some people speak against the blessings of God. They may have believed to receive healing for specific conditions and not received from God. Our lack of receiving is not proof it is not God’s will for everyone to receive. There are reasons why things do not always work. It is God’s will for every person to receive healing for their sicknesses and diseases. Receiving this from Him will require us to become passionate about the Word of God.

Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye.
Mark 7:13

Christians have a paradigm of God formed through a misinterpretation of Scripture. I have heard ministers tell people God needed their loved ones more than they did. Many people struggle with accepting God’s will for all to receive healing because they know someone “who was a good person” and are still unable to receive healing.

Spiritual growth requires moving from “knowledge” of God’s Word to “revelation” of it. Many Christians have developed a familiarity with Scripture that religious beliefs have twisted. It is possible to quote verses and still not walk in the power of the Spirit.

Walking in the blessings of God requires us to develop a correct interpretation of Scripture. We must commit to spending time spent meditating on its truth followed by periods of fellowshipping with the Holy Spirit to allow Him to impart revelation knowledge.

For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee.
Proverbs 23:7

Our lives are a manifestation of our dominant thoughts. People contest this truth. An honest examination of our thought lives will usually identify where we opened a door for the enemy to work in our lives.

Christians have become comfortable and do their “own thing”. Few will give any serious thought to God or His Word in their day-to-day lives. Most of us view Him as an emergency service that we only look to when things are not going right.

Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
John 16:13

The Holy Spirit will guide us and show us how to prepare for situations we face if we look to Him. We will all have trials to overcome and will always do so if we are following the Spirit.

I believe many Christians are suffering in their physical bodies due to “sick” thinking. It is not that they wanted to have these symptoms. We spend much more time feeding on worldly information. God’s Word is not the foundation of our thoughts, and this is what I call “sick” thinking.

John G. Lake served as a missionary in South Africa from 1908 – 1913. The bubonic plague struck the nation during his tenure, and so he cared for the sick and assisted with burying the dead. Britain sent a shipload of medical supplies with a team of doctors to help. Lake was asked by the doctors how he protected himself from the plague. He answered, “I believe the ‘law of the Spirit of life has set me from the law of sin and death (Romans 8:2)’. As long as I walk in the light of that law, no germ will attach itself to me. At Lake’s urging, the doctors took bubonic plague foam from the lungs of a dead person and examined it under a microscope. The plague germs died when they came into contact with Lake’s hand!

The Bible tells us that “no plague shall come near our dwelling” (Psalm 91:10). The verse is not talking just about our physical house, and John G. Lake knew this. God is not a respecter of persons. Any Christian with a revelation of their authority in Christ can do the same thing Lake did! Doing so requires that we believe at the same level he did.

I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.
Psalms 91:2

Faith is voice activated. John G. Lake told the doctors that he was free from the law of sin and death. The promises of God are voice activated. We release faith with our words!

God said, “Let there be light (Genesis 1:1).”

The author of Hebrews says that the worlds were “framed” by the Word of God (Hebrews 11:3). God spoke everything into existence. He released His faith using words, and creation came into being. Faith will not work in the absence of words. We can gauge a person’s faith level by what they say. If we ask how they are doing and their response is the doctor’s report, we know their faith is in the doctor. Christians often talk about their problems, symptoms, and failures more than the promises of God, and this is why we do not see greater levels of victory!

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