Experiencing Stunted Growth?

Jesus says,
“…be perfect
[growing into complete maturity
of godliness in mind and character,
having reached …virtue and integrity],
as your heavenly Father is perfect.
In a word, what I’m saying is, Grow up.
You’re kingdom subjects.
Now live like it.
Live out your God-created identity.
Live generously and graciously toward others,
the way God lives toward you.”
–Mt.5:48, AMP; MSG
 ~ ♥ ~
IF we are not different (as in better) than we were, it means we are experiencing “stunted growth”. Stunted growth is a primary manifestation of malnutrition. When born of God at “new birth”, we become alive spiritual creatures who need spiritual food. The only way to get spiritual nutrition is through HIS WORD.

“You have been Christians a long time now, and you ought to be teaching others. Instead, you need someone to teach you again the basic things a beginner must learn about the Scriptures. You are like babies who drink only milk and cannot eat solid food…. For the Word that God speaks is alive and full of power [making it active, operative, energizing, and effective]; it is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating to the dividing line of the breath of life (soul) and [the immortal] spirit, and of joints and marrow [of the deepest parts of our nature], exposing {and} sifting {and} analyzing {and} judging the very thoughts and purposes of the heart. “ ~Heb.5:12, NLT; 4:12, AMP 

Of course, our “very thoughts and purposes of the heart” should be like His~ all about Kingdom Business. Again, the only way is through His Word! Jesus tells us in His ‘The Sower Sows The Word’ parable that how much we grow depends on how we receive The Word; it depends upon the condition of our souls~ our soil. During the era Jesus taught this lesson, it was customary for the farmers to scatter their seed in winter because it was the region’s rainy season. They sowed during winter in hope that the crops would come up in time for the sunny season during May or June. For this reason, the condition of the ground and soil were directly relational to the crop produced from the sowing. Farmers care for the plants; they want the best return on their efforts of toiling the soil. So does Father-God; He is The Gardner (John 15); we are the soil. Let us do our part in producing a crop worthy of Him! 

Luke 8:15
…the good soil represents honest, good-hearted people.
They listen to God’s words and cling to them
and steadily spread them to others who also soon believe.”


"...seize the Word and hold on no matter what, sticking with it until there’s a harvest."
“…seize the Word and hold on no matter what, sticking with it until there’s a harvest.”

MSG~ “…the seed in the good earth—
these are the good-hearts who seize the Word and hold on no matter what, sticking with it until there’s a harvest.”


Like my pastor always says, “It is never just about you!”  

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Pro. 11: 30
AMP~ The fruit of the [uncompromisingly] righteous
is a tree of life, and
he who is wise captures human lives
[for God, as a fisher of men
–he gathers and receives them for eternity].

NLT~ “The godly are like trees that bear life–giving fruit…”

 ~ ♥ ~


Parable of the Sower~AMP, VOICE, MSG, TLB -Bible Gateway

“In the Corn Field” photo credits: By Lars Plougmann (originally posted to Flickr as In the corn field) [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons  http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3AIn_the_corn_field.jpg


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