God’s Word contains all you need for a successful Christian life. But it won’t work for you just because you place it on your coffee table. It will never produce for you until you plant it in your heart and cultivate it.
I (Paul) have planted. Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. So then neither is he that planteth anything, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase. Now he that planteth and he that watereth are One: and every man shall receive his own Reward according to his own labor. For we are labourers together with God: Ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building. 1 Corinthians 3:6-9
Praise the Lord Precious Saints of the Living God. How are you? I know you are blessed and Highly Favored of the Lord. We are living in exciting times. We are seeing the Word of God demonstrated daily in our midst. And Praise God, this is the year of the “Open Door!”
As I closed part III of this series, I was discussing Romans 10:17. Lets go ahead and read that Scripture again.
17 “So then faith cometh by HEARING, and HEARING by the Word of God.” (Rom. 10:17)
Romans 10:17 doesn’t say, “So then faith comes from having heard.” NO. It says that faith comes by hearing. Then you have to take heed how you hear.
From time to time, I tell people what I did every day Monday through Friday at 9:15 a.m. for 20 years. I would set my portable battery operated radio in my car, and record Brother Hagin’s daily radio broadcast. Then I would take those tapes home, and listen to them over and over. They would look at me as if I had lost it.
I was very careful how I heard the Word. I would listen to them in my bathroom, in my kitchen, in my car. To this day, I still do listen to those faith building messages. As you can tell God has richly rewarded me. I took heed how I Heard, and it produced great results.
Now here is what I wanted to get over to you: Take heed how you hear, because faith comes by hearing and hearing, not from having heard!
Often, when a minister begins to teach on the subject of faith – or any other Bible subject – some folks would say it mentally, “Oh, I’ve heard that before,” and just sort of turn it off. But dearly beloved, please remember this life changing principle, “a seed that has been planted needs to be watered.”
Paul and Apollos were both teachers (Acts 13:1; 18:24, 25). And in 1 Corinthians chapter 3, Paul told us that teaching is watering the seed of the Word.
1 CORINTHIANS 3:6
6 I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.
Saints, I am out of time for today, but I will continue this article next week.
Many people desire promotion, but few are willing to step up and do, what needs to be done. Those few that do usually rise to positions of leadership, and the truth is, influence flows to those who are willing to shoulder responsibility. It is an immutable law woven into the very fabric of the universe. Malcolm Forbes once wrote, “Those who enjoy responsibility, usually get it. Those who merely like exercising authority usually lose it.” As we read in the Book of Proverbs, “The hand of the diligent will rule.” My question for the day for you is, “Are you known as a person willing to take on New Challenges?”