John 15:1-2 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.”
There is destruction coming, but the Comforter will take care of it. There must be things rooted out of your life, but the Comforter is with you and will care for you. He is completely in control. His Spirit is in control.
Worship God and He will show up. God is greater than depression, cancer, whatever situation you find yourself.
There are two types of ‘Word’ in Scripture. One is the ‘Logos,’ which is every thought, every word, every promise God had for us. The Word became flesh and came to be in the midst of us. Jesus is in the middle of us—literally in our hearts. When we bring together our collective relationship with God, He is there in the midst of us. His love and power can circulate.
The ‘Rhema’ Word is what we have to do, applying the Word, right now, today. Rules are one thing, but a relationship is necessary for us to learn to walk in His Spirit. You need a Rhema Word every day. It is for everyone.
A plant needs attention. It doesn’t start big and healthy. It starts as a simple seed.
There are many seeds sown in our lives. Some seeds are sown very intentionally. Others are not so intentional. We have a wonderful foundation, but it needs to go the next step. We need to take that same Spirit we find in our church home with us. We’ve got to have our homes mirror the church in love and faith and power. Take someOne home with us and experience God at home, not just a couple of times a week in a service.
We’ve got to surrender every part of our lives to the Lord, without holding back. Give Him complete control.
‘Conceived’ is another way to say ‘sow’.
Psalm 7:14 “Behold, he travaileth with iniquity, and hath conceived mischief, and brought forth falsehood.”
This ‘conceived’ means to become pregnant, in this case in a spiritual way. Certain thoughts bring forth certain fruits in our lives. This is intentional.
Jer 49:30 “Flee, get you far off, dwell deep, O ye inhabitants of Hazor, saith the LORD; for Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon hath taken counsel against you, and hath conceived a purpose against you.”
In this case, ‘conceived’ means woven together, a thought developed. These are all ways people think, how you think and how others think toward you.
Acts 5:4 “Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God.”
This ‘conceived’ is halfway between fully committed and passive commitment. Ananias wasn’t fully committed. He was trying to think two different ways at the same time. Tossed about, double minded.
Eve wasn’t really fully committed, she was somewhere in between. But, why was she hanging out at the tree in the first place? ‘Bad company corrupts good morals.’
Prov 13:20 “He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.”
James 1:15 “Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.”
If you have some little seed that you’ve sown or someone else spoke over you, that has roots down and grown up, God can help you get rid of it.
God is the Husbandman. He takes care of the vineyard. Let Him uproot those things in your life that need to go. Let Him do His perfect work in you. God sees your problems as small and easily taken care of.
Our church has grown to the point where it needs to expand both in number and in maturity. We need a new foundation built. In order for that new foundation to be built, God must break up some ground and get rid of the trees that are in our way. The ground must be broken up.
In the Parable of the Sower, there are things that keep the seed from growing.
What kind of plants are already in your life? What is rooted in you? ‘I’m just not that way.’ God’s ways are not your ways. You can’t stay the same. You must be transformed according to God’s design.
James 3:8 “But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.”
God is greater than your tongue. God is greater than every bad habit, every hurt done to you and by you, every stronghold. He is greater. God uses a process and roots out all of those things. Just as silver tried seven times, so we must submit to God’s process and see Him change us to the praise of His glory.
Think about the seeds you intentionally or unintentionally sow in your own life. Do you sow the Word of God? Or your own habits? What do you allow?
Sometimes it is necessary to dig out rocks in order for seeds to grow. The seed gets stuck and can’t grow up because it can’t grow down. Sometimes, good things need to be transplanted and bad things completely uprooted.
Prov 6:19 “A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.”
Prov 11:18 “The wicked worketh a deceitful work: but to him that soweth righteousness shall be a sure reward.”
Amos 9:13 “Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that the plowman shall overtake the reaper, and the treader of grapes him that soweth seed; and the mountains shall drop sweet wine, and all the hills shall melt.”
In this case, ‘soweth’ means trailing behind. We have the privilege of being connected to the Body of Christ. We can sow words of good news, power, sound mind, love, joy, and peace.
What is your legacy?
What kind of trail are you leaving behind?
What are you doing intentionally to impact the souls around you?
Are you sowing seeds of discord? Or are you sowing life and love and hope?
There are a lot of entities and people sowing in this world today. What will you allow to grow in your life?
2 Cor 9:6 “But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.”
Sow bountifully faith, mercy, love, and grace, and His thoughts. Be transformed.
Gal 6:8 “For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.”
Excerpted from a sermon preached by Charles Li.
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