Are we easily shaken? Name that one thing that has really gotten under your skin this week or even today. Can we afford to just let go off the worry and give it to God? Absolutely.
James 1 is one of my favorite chapters because it reminds us why we are being tried, and thus place life obstacles, challenges and trials into a better perspective for us whose hope is in Christ Jesus.
James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting.
2 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;
3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
4 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
6 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.
7 For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.
8 A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.
Will we allow patience to have her perfect work? Are we ready to accept the next big trial with confidence knowing that the trying of our faith is being tested.
The depth of our love for God, our patience in trials, and our trust in His Word will determine how easily we are toppled over by our storms. I urge you to face life’s challenges with confidence and ride out your storm knowing that you will one day come forth as pure gold.
Anchor your roots securely in His Word and anticipate your tree to bear fruit. In Mark 4, Jesus explained the parable about the sower who planted on different soil types. Are you planting on good ground?
2 And he taught them many things by parables, and said unto them in his doctrine,
3 Hearken; Behold, there went out a sower to sow:
4 And it came to pass, as he sowed, some fell by the way side, and the fowls of the air came and devoured it up.
5 And some fell on stony ground, where it had not much earth; and immediately it sprang up, because it had no depth of earth:
6 But when the sun was up, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away.
7 And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up, and choked it, and it yielded no fruit.
8 And other fell on good ground, and did yield fruit that sprang up and increased; and brought forth, some thirty, and some sixty, and some an hundred.
You can view the entire chapter of Mark 4 here .
Jesus went on further to explain each of the these seeds that fell on different soil types. The one that fell on the good ground was explained in Mark 4:20.
In Mark 4: 20,
20 And these are they which are sown on good ground; such as hear the word, and receive it, and bring forth fruit, some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some an hundred.
Here, Jesus showed us that the seeds that fell on good ground are those people who hear the Word, Receive the Word and also Bring forth fruits.
Remember your fruit bears as a result of being sown into good ground. So in order for us to start bearing fruit, we must start hearing and receiving His Word.
HOW CAN I BEAR FRUIT IN THE KINGDOM?
- Spend time in the Word of God. Allocate some time every day just to read, understand and meditate on His Word.
- By faith, accept and receive the Word. Understand that this Word does apply to you. Speak the Word over your life, and believe it with your whole heart.
- Pray, pray and pray. There is a reason God’s word urged us to pray without ceasing. It is important that we keep that constant line of communication open with our Father. He cares and He is listening.
- A seed that is planted on good ground IS NOT: ~ Stolen immediately by Satan after it is sown in our hearts (Sown amongst the way side), ~Temporary excitement (Stony ground), or ~Choked by the cares of life and become unfruitful (Thorns).
~Strengthen your Heart and Look to Him~