A highlight from The Importance of God's Word in the Believer's Life: Keeping God's Word

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Father talking with his daughter and her five year old friend. Kristen about birthdays and it turns out that the father of the little girl and her friend. Kristen both had a birthdays in the same month. And he said you know kristen. Our birthdays are only three days apart. She looked at him and said yovich. You grew much faster than i did. You know why is that that some people seem to grow more spiritually than others. Is it just the luck of the draw. Is it just a random thing. We have anything to say about it. Or how about this. Why is it that some move forward and accomplish great things for god's glory and then others just follow away from the faith. Do we have anything to say about that. Is there anything that we can do to ensure that we will have a faith that will last for a lifetime you know. Sometimes people will say something along the lines up. Will i try christianity. And it didn't work for me but this is ridiculous statement because we're not talking about a product we're talking about. The creator of the universe will work in any live. That is truly dedicated to him. It really comes down to this. Do you want to grow spiritually so there are things that we can do to help. That take place. There are certain disciplines in the christian life. The must be in play for spiritual growth to happen. I know we don't like the word discipline. i know. We don't like the idea of doing something even if we're not in the mood to do it but there are disciplines that must be in play in other words. You don't outgrow these things you don't come to a certain point in your life spiritually. We say i no longer need to do that. Thing for instance it. You're gonna come to a point in life where you're going to say. Yeah you know. I'm not really into eating anymore. I used to be into the old eating thing with the best of them three times a day. Sometimes even some snacks. But i've given up eating. I just don't eat food. Well you're going to be dead very soon. Okay of over the whole breathing thing. I think it's overrated really know you need to breed you need to eat. You need to drink and so forth and in the same way in the spiritual life. You can't say well. I don't really read the bible as much as i used to. I've kind of moved beyond that. I don't really think. I need to pray like i did. When i was a young christian or well i used to be very involved in the church but have sort of pull back a little bit. No no if you want to be a growing christian if you want to be a christian. That's progressing you need to constantly be in the word of god. You need to have a strong prayer life and you need to be a vital functioning part of the church. Eunuch-like these things. I'm telling you it's only a matter of time until you're going to start spiritually on raveling. You see growing spiritually as a combination of doing the right thing and not doing the wrong thing. Let's say you wanted to get into shape physically. Well it's probably a combination of exercise working out in some capacity and eating the right foods and not eating the wrong foods none of which we go to the gym and eat fried food all day long. Maybe one's going to work against the other. So have these things worked together in your life. There are certain things we must stay away from certain things must be embraced our told over and second timothy to run from anything that stimulates youthful us to pursue righteous living faith and love and peace with those calling the lord out of a pure heart run from the things that pull you down run toward the things that will build you up. One little chapter of the bible that puts it together beautifully. A someone it says. Blessed are happy is the man or the woman who walks none on the council of the in godly or stands in the way of centers are sits in the seat of the scornful but his delight is in the law or the word of the lord in india does. He met a date day and night. He'll be like a tree planted by the rivers of water that will bring forth fruit in season. His leaves shawna with her and whatsoever. He does show prosper. Blessed or happy. Is that matt now. Did you notice that. The happy man spiritually blessed person. Avoid certain things he doesn't walk in the counsel of the godly or stand in the way of centers or sit in the seat of the scornful but instead his delight his delight is in the word of the lord in it. He meditates day and night in if this man or this woman does this what happens. They'll be like a tree planted by the rivers and bring forth lasting fruit. This is what jesus wants from us lasting fruit so let brings me to point number one and this is really the topic. We're going to explore in here. It is if you wanna be a growing christian you must read study and love the word of god. Let me say that again. If you're taking what you might want to write it down if you wanna be a growing christian you must read study and love. The word of god a fruitful believer will always be a lover of god's word someone one thousand nine hundred verse one fifty nine. see who. I love your commandments. Thomas writes lord gave back my life. Because if you're unfeeling love all your words are true. I love your commandments number. Two you need to read the bible is if your life depended on it because it does you need to read. The bible is if your life depended upon it because it does jesus and the conclusion of the sermon on the mount said in matthew seven whoever hears these words of mine and does them or put them into practice. He's got wise to build this house on the rock and the rain comes and the streams rise and the winds blow and they beat against the house but it does not fall because its foundation is on the rock whose that person the one who hears the word and does it now. Jesus has over. Here's my word and does not do it. Here's what he's like. He's like a foolish man who builds his house on the sand and the rain came down and the streams rose nfl with a great crash. One is like a guy building beautiful edifice on a firm foundation and the other guys person building sandcastles. You know. sometimes they have these sand castle contests and people come in and do these amazing elaborate send castle structures and i just look at those in think men. They're going to be gone so quickly. I mean i think it is the role of every small boy to destroy every send castle ever made. I watch my grandkids. Play and the girls are so careful to build their little sand castles and dig a little tunnels and they've got their little turrets in the shells it so adorable and then migrants and christopher just comes over. He just can't wait to stop it out. That's what it's like to hear. God's word not apply it in your life your building on sand. So here's why this is important because one of the things. A young believer is going to face is doubt not that you don't face it. There's an older christian because you do but when you're a young christian that's

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