Take Heed How You Hear Part 5

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 “The Lord Will Do Great Things!” 

As I closed Part IV of this series I was discussing that  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. 

Now let’s pick it up from here and go on a little further along this same line.  If people haven’t heard the Word, then teaching for them represents planting the seed.  But on the other hand, if people have heard the Word before, the seed is in their hearts, and in this case, teaching for them represents watering of the seed.  It doesn’t matter how good the ground is or how good the seed is, if there is no water, then there’s not going to be an increase.  Believers need to be taught.  That’s the reason God sets teachers in the Church.  Teachers are the ministry gifts (Eph. 4:11 –13). 

Five years ago when I was praying about the Healing School Ministry, the Lord spoke to me very clearly that Monday evening, that I should teach the Basics about Faith.  Right away I knew what He meant when He said, “teach the Basics about Faith.”  He was talking about what faith is, how faith comes, and how to turn your faith loose.  Those are the Basics of Faith. 

For the next several weeks, I taught the basics of faith.  But each time, I would take it in a slightly different direction, because a spiritual meal is like a natural meal.  For example, you might have baked potatoes with your meal.  The next time you might have fried or boiled potatoes.  Then the next time you might just have potato salad.  But it’s all still potatoes! 

Well, I would take the same truth of the Word of God and present it in a slightly different manner.  I’d fix it up a little differently, so to speak.  But when you get right down to it, it’s still the Word of God. 

Here is a point I would like to make to everyone.  Some people are of the opinion that each time the preacher gets up to preach he or she should have something new to say. But when it comes to their favorite song, they don’t mind hearing it repeatedly. Do the  same with the Word of God.  God bless you!                     

 

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Word for Today: Make learning a Life-Long Quest

Some people think the educational process ended the day they graduated from school.  Others make learning a “Life-Long Quest.”  Guess which group experiences more happiness and success on the job?  Proverbs 1: 5 says, “A wise man will increase learning.”  If you want to be happier in your present job and increase your chances of getting a better one, make a commitment to learn everything you can about it.  People who are chronically unhappy on the job tend to be those who want to do the bare minimum to get by.  They never try to learn more about their field.  If you want happiness and promotion on the job, follow the Bible’s advice.