In a recent devotional we discussed how we learn about faith from others, and today we will learn to grow our faith by the study of God’s Word.
Jesus shares with us a parable in Luke 8:14-15 about how faith grows in different types of spiritual soil. Let’s look to these Scriptures to learn how to grow our faith. “The seed that fell among thorns stands for those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by life’s worries, riches and pleasures, and they do not mature. But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop.”
Obviously, when we read this portion of Scripture we sense a pricking in our spirit and we do not want to be found among those with thorny spiritual soil. But how do we prevent this from happening in our faith walk with Jesus? What measures can we take to prevent thorns from producing in our spiritual soil? Firstly, we need to examine our own hearts, judge our thoughts, words, and actions against the Word of God. Ask ourselves, “Have I allowed life’s worries to overrun my mind and emotions?” “Are the riches and pleasures of this world controlling me?” “Am I in the same condition, spiritually speaking as I was last year in this area of life?” If when we judge our hearts and find that our faith seeds have been chocked out by the weeds of this world we need to pull the weed seeds out of our spiritual gardens and change out the soil, and replant our gardens. How do we do this?
- Admit to God that we are not where we should be in our faith walk.
- Ask Him to forgive us for allowing the things of this world to choke out our faith.
- Ask the Holy Spirit to lead and guide you into all truth.
- Open up your Bible and read it, study it, speak it, and this time live it.
Or after reading this portion of Scripture from Luke 8: 14-15 you can honestly say to yourself that you have overcome these weaknesses and temptations in your life, and are stronger in the faith then you were last year? You will know that you are growing in the faith as you can look at the fruit being produced in your life. Healthy vegetation produces from good soil, that that is filled with the necessary nutrients to produce good fruit. But even still, just because you have a strong crop now in your life, you still must maintain a lifestyle in the Word of God. For even strong and healthy soil if not tended to properly will get depleted and only be able to produce thorns, those spiritual weed seeds that are not healthy for us and hurt us in our physical lives.
In Joshua 1:8 God shares the secret to growing our faith and living it out successfully, “Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.“
Let’s pray this simple, but heartfelt prayer together.
In the name of Jesus’ as I examine my faith walk I see things that I know are displeasing to you, and are preventing me from being where I should be with You, spiritually speaking. Forgive me for allowing the cares of this world to surpress my faith and prevent it from growing strong. Holy Spirit, I ask You to lead me and guide me into all truths in Your ways as I make a quality decision and open up my Bible and read, study, speak and live out Your Word today. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.
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