Word of the Day Devotional
Pause here and read Luke 8:4-15 and Galatians 5:16-24 for important context!
As for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patience.
Have you ever heard someone say that they just want to grow and be better? I know I have. Maybe you’ve even said that you want to grow. You’re tired of being the same. You’re frustrated with your life because it just seems to be filled with so much negativity. The truth is, we’ve all been there before.
Sometimes life happens to us and it sucks. But other times, life happens because of us and it sucks. In other words, some of the things that happen in life are a direct result of our own decisions. Because the reality is, what we do (i.e. our works) has consequences.
For example, sexual immorality can lead to STDs, unwanted pregnancies, broken hearts, and confusion. Fits of anger can lead to physical fights, depression, broken relationships, and even death. And drunkenness can lead to unwanted sexual encounters, fights, sickness, and also death.
What you do can have major consequences!
But how do you position yourself to “be better?” How do you position yourself to grow? Well, one good way is the Word of God! Cliche Christian solution right? I know…but it’s the truth!
The very fact that you want to be better, that you want to grow and get away from the negativity of life, reveals the reality that there is an internal conflict. Galatians 5:16-17 tells us that your flesh and the Spirit are at war within you! They actually have the same goal! Verse 17 says,
For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, TO KEEP YOU FROM DOING THE THINGS YOU WANT TO DO.
In other words, the flesh doesn’t want you to do the good you want to do and the Spirit doesn’t want you to do the evil you want to do. This is why when you want to do good, you’re always confronted with the very temptations you’ve been trying to get away from (see Romans 7:18-20).
So then how do we reposition ourselves? Well, before we jump back into Luke, let’s look more at Galatians 5. Like I said before, what we do (our works) have consequences. But on the flip side, there are benefits to walking by the Spirit. While the flesh has works, the Spirit bears fruit! And in order to bear fruit, something that is growing, there has to be seeds that are planted. Hence why you cannot expect an apple tree to grow in your backyard without first planting apple seeds!
Now, let’s get back to Luke 8. Verse 11 tells us something key to this. And that is that the seed is the word of God. And in order to bear the fruit talked about in verse 15, the seed, or the word of God, must be planted first! I want you to get this in your heart…
It is Impossible to grow and bear fruit without the Word of God!
Moral of the story? If you really want to grow and be better, read your Bible. Go to a Bible teaching and preaching church. Find Christian friends with the same desire to grow who will challenge you to be transformed by the renewing of your mind (Romans 12:2) through Gods word!
Word of the Day: The word of God will make you a better person! Read your Bible!