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GROWING IN CHRIST

"Tilling the Soil"

Date published: 06/29/2015

Isaiah 32:16 “Justice will dwell in the desert and righteousness live in the fertile field.” (NIV) 

  

   Our God is not a pushy God, but one who desires to be your All. Everything in your life will flow out of your relationship in Christ. As you grow in relationship with Christ, you will be confronted with opportunities that if taken will fill your life with more of Christ. Yielding these areas to Christ will result in a greater filling and work of the Holy Spirit. Psalm 85:10 describes stepping into God, “Love and faithfulness meet together; righteousness and peace kiss each other.” (NIV) Continuing in ways that are contrary to God will lead you to missing God’s presence, work, and blessing. Psalm 66:18 describes going your own way, “If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened.” (NIV) When you step into God by yielding to Him, you release righteousness; when you go your own way, you reap the natural consequences of living apart from God. Psalm 30:7 summarizes the two decisions you can make, “O LORD, when You favored me, You made my mountain stand firm; but when You hid Your face, I was dismayed.” (NIV)

 

   Most Christians desire to live in God’s favor, but do little to allow God into their lives. This is where today’s verse is instructive. Envision your life as God’s field. You want to harvest all that God has for you.  So what needs to be done to make your field fertile for God? Spiritual disciplines are a great way to make your field available for God to make the soil of your life more fertile for His fruitfulness: 1) A quiet time (Bible reading and prayer) in the morning; 2)  Journaling applications from your quiet time; 3) Memorizing Scriptures and truths that God impresses on your heart; 4) Recording and reviewing God’s applications for your life; 5) Meditating on the Word; 6) Deeper Bible study; 7) A discipling/accountability relationship, 8) Extended prayer times, etc. The question is how are you going to seek God in a way that exposes more of your life to His work and presence? What are you willing to do to allow God to till the soil of your life? Your desire should be to allow God time and opportunity in the field of your life to produce His righteousness in you. Righteousness is the source of a successful Christian life, satisfaction, and abundant living. Not the righteousness that made you right before God, but the righteousness that makes you more Christ-like, which is the source of all God wants to do and be in your life.

 

Matthew 13:23 “But the one who received the seed that fell on good soil is the man who hears the Word and understands it. He produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown." (NIV)

 

 

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Here are some Bible studies from Growing in Christ to help your transformative experience: “God’s Purpose For You” and “Knowing God’s Will.”

 

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