When a seed is sown in rocky soil, it can’t take root. Furthermore, it withers quickly away because it can’t access water. Similarly, when a person is swept away in a moment filled with new life in a relationship with Christ, sometimes the message is confronted by underlying resistance or lack of understanding and doesn’t take root deep in their heart. When a moment of temptation greets them, many will give into their old ways. So what can we do to prevent ourselves and encourage others from going back to these ways?
There are those who are attracted to the provisions of Christianity but they are not willing to dig deep and build their roots. They don’t take any steps to grow themselves in Christ after accepting Him into their lives because sometimes this step hurts; and it always takes effort.
Imagine the vulnerable new seed with little or no roots. The enemy promotes distractions to keep the roots from emerging from the new, little seed. This is why only a small percentage of people end up growing in God. Being a Christian does not begin and end with getting saved. In order to develop enduring Christ-like principles, we must continue to desire and rely on Him. When we consistently come to God with sincerity, He will unfailingly come to us. Christ’s life is infused into us when we ruminate upon His word. Tumultuous storms and evil tactics will inevitably come, but they are no threat to one with solid roots. Go for the depth in God to fulfill the great purpose that came with the seed His word has planted in your life.
There’s more to a tree than what we see. Under the tree is a root system which nourishes and provides its strength. It also gives it the ability to bear fruit during times of chaos while an ungrounded tree would wither away or be blown over. Like a tree, building our relationship with Christ will help us grow sturdy roots, firmly anchored in the principle foundations of God’s Word, so we will prosper, even during the most challenging times.
In the end times, there will be people who are increasingly wicked. Highly influential people will lead us down paths that we should not go, knowing it’s wrong but taking pleasure in doing it anyway. The Godless will promote things which sound good in the moment but bring about disastrous results. Wickedness cannot give us a lasting hold for our roots. When we are not rooted and grounded in God we become like a tumbleweed. We begin blowing from one doctrine or belief to another, never being fully stable or satisfied.
The true Christian should have a strong root system that is firmly anchored in Christ allowing them to be proactive and not reactive. The Bible says that everything that can be shaken, will be shaken, so only what cannot be shaken will remain. It is God’s plan for us to bear fruit even in the most barren times. He has called us to produce something great so we must stay rooted in Him and in what he asks of us. When we have His principals, we can have a prepared action when chaos enters our lives. When we are rooted in Christ, we will hold steadfast and produce abundantly.
A team of men from Huntington, WV will go August 15, 2015 to fulfill the vision of installing plumbing and electric at the Light the World Clinic in Zambia, Africa.
While the team is there, they will build quarters for a doctor with the governments promise to supply a Christian doctor on the premises for the sake of the community in the Gwembe Valley.
You can partner with us today. Please be a part of the solution for the Gwembe Valley both spiritually and medically by joining us in completing the Light the World Clinic in Zambia.
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Get Real – This is the last day! You can do it! Scents probably have been far more intensified, some hard to deal with. Weakness probably remains prevalent. Your weight loss is noticeable, about 15+lbs (not to worry, you’ll gain it back! That is, unless you cut way back on your calorie intake for the next 21 days and eating real food).
Real Help – Spend as much time as possible in worship and in prayer today. Make sure that what has been accomplished is for His glory and that His will will be done in your life. Do not prepare a big meal of all your favorites upon ending your fast. You will get sick. You need to wake up the system with some softer fruits and vegetables, maybe a little broth. Ease back into other foods for the next two days. Keep the water intake steady (even though by now you are loathing its taste).
Real Growth – Endurance is not a bad word. It is the process that committed people adhere to until they see what they know is to be. Jesus said that, “the good soil are the people who hear the word but also hold on to it with good and honest hearts, producing a crop through endurance.” Luke8:15 (ISV) Notice the seed is abounding with potential however the crop comes because of endurance, a tenacious grip that won’t relent even under difficult circumstances. The Apostle Paul writes, “let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. Galatians 6:9 (KJV) Endurance is the opposite of fainting; loosening of our grip. The only way to victory is to stay the course. Endure in the Greek is to “stay under”, not allowing the pressure to push you away from the prize but rather using it to gain vigor by keeping your sights on the inevitable victory at the end of this great adventure. James says, “Happy are those who remain faithful under trials, because when they succeed in passing such a test, they will receive as their reward the life which God has promised to those who love him.” James 1:12 (GNT) So live your life in a way that failure is not an option.
Pastor Chuck Lawrence
Get Real – I trust the mental alertness has been noticeable today as well. If your sleep has been intermittent you may feel more exhausted. Hunger pangs should have subsided by now.
Real Help – Brushing your teeth and tongue should be done at least three times a day. Massaging your body and/or taking a calm walk can keep you from becoming stiff and lift your spirits. Moisturizing cream can help as well right after a shower or bath. You might be careful about rings just falling off your fingers as the swelling has diminished.
Real Growth – God’s plan for you is to bring all the richness of His glory into your life. He desires to make these deposits in you to promote His purposes. The Apostle Paul wrote that “from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit.” Ephesians 3:16 (NLT) the word for strength is dunamis; God’s miraculous power. You are meant to be so full of the riches of His glory that it overflows. “And God can give you more blessings than you need, and you will always have plenty of everything. You will have enough to give to every good work.” 2Co 9:8 (ERV) Every good work has to do with fulfilling all of God’s intention for you. Your needs should be created by your God given desire to do His will. And then “God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19(KJV)
Pastor Chuck Lawrence
Get Real – Some may still be feeling some weakness, headaches and chills. That’s what I am experiencing. But by today most of you should feel a better level of alertness and just an overall feeling of mental well-being. At this point in the fast higher levels of certain hormones, like endorphins appear in the blood stream.
Real Help – Most unintentionally start drinking less water as the fast goes on, however you need to remain hydrated and help flush out the toxins that are being released from your fat stores. Stay away from the smell of food and conversations about food as much as possible. You can get hungry just thinking about food.
Real Growth – God is desiring full surrender. He wants you to have no greater craving than for Him. Surrender with a personal benefit in mind is not full surrender. When we are real enough with Him to concede to our weaknesses He then can display His strength. God says, “Only when you are weak can everything be done completely by My power.”2 Corinthians 12:9 (ERV) We will only see the true manifestation of the power of the Spirit by resigning all rights and authority to Him. The Apostle Paul wrote to the church at Corinth, “You surely know that your body is a temple where the Holy Spirit lives. The Spirit is in you and is a gift from God. You are no longer your own.” 1 Corinthians 6:19(CEV) If you will ever do anything eternally meaningful it will be because you have relinquished every facet of your being to God. “Give yourselves to God, as those who have been brought from death to life, and surrender your whole being to him to be used for righteous purposes. Romans 6:13(GNT)
Pastor Chuck Lawrence