Topic: Your Heart And Your Faith [Monday August 28, 2017]
Scripture: And other fell on good ground, and sprang up, and bare fruit an hundredfold. And when he had said these things, he cried, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear… But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience. Luke 8:8,15
Thought For The Day: The guilt of sin chokes the Word of God; it chokes faith.
Faith is a living seed that grows. It has life and that life has the ability to grow (Matthew 17:20). It has been confirmed that a good seed in the wrong environment cannot survive, it does not matter how good the seed is, and that includes the seed of faith.
So, faith grows and the growth of faith is determined by its environment.
It is important to note that the heart is the centre for faith; it is the soil of faith (Mark 16:14 and Luke 8:15).
There are people whose lives are producing no fruit from the Word of God and their faith is not growing because their hearts are not good soils for the growth of faith.
So, we shall look at two departments of a good heart that support the growth of faith.
a) A good heart is a guilt-free heart. It is a heart that is not defiled by sin, a heart that is not hardened by sin because sin hardens the heart.
If you want your faith to grow, you must keep your heart free of sin. You must refuse to live in the realm of unconfessed sin. The guilt of sin chokes the Word of God; it chokes faith.
b) A good heart is a teachable, humble and a receptive heart.
A person who is arrogant, closed in, and claims to know everything, not opened to God, and not opened to instructions, such a person will never grow in faith (James 1:21). Faith belongs to those who are permanently hungry for the truth.
Remember this: The guilt of sin chokes the Word of God; it chokes faith.
1. Guard your heart with all diligence.
2. Live a sin-free life.
3. Acknowledge that God can instruct you through the most ‘insignificant’ thing on earth.
FOR FURTHER UNDERSTANDING, GET THIS MESSAGE: GROWING YOUR FAITH (THE RIGHT ENVIRONMENT)
Prayer: LORD, I receive the grace to live a guilt-free life. Give me a teachable heart and cause Your Word to grow in me, LORD, in Jesus’ Name.
Daily Reading: Job 28:1 to 30:31, 2 Corinthians 2:12 to 17, Psalm 42:1 to 11, Proverbs 22:7
Quote: Integrity compels audacity and iniquity invites calamity. Culled from 15 KINGDOM STRATEGIES FOR SURVIVAL by Dr Paul Enenche.
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Today In History: 28/8/1937 – Toyota Motors became an independent company.
Dunamis International Gospel Centre (DIGC), is a powerfully anointed church, headquartered at Abuja, Nigeria, with Dr Paul and Dr Becky Enenche, as the Senior Pastors. It is a power-packed arena where God’s Presence, Principles and Power are at work for the salvation, healing and restoration of human destinies and dignities.