Your Spiritual Growth Is Like A Tree- From Seedling To Mature Tree. This Means The More You Hear God and Do What He says, The Better at Hearing God You Will Become!
This is why the Word of God often refers to us as trees.
For Example: He shall be like a tree planted by rivers of water bearing fruit in his season (Psalm1).
And Isaiah 61 refers to us as Oaks of Righteousness.
Why is this important? It’s important because God wants you to be the germinated Word of God! Get that in your spirit.
God doesn’t intend for you to just accept the word, but He wants you to receive the word, and grow up into the Word- Jesus Christ. This is why we go from faith to faith and from glory to glory. The Faith to faith and the glory to glory happens in the Word in you!
Faith comes from hearing the Word or accepting or accommodating the word(i.e. sowing the word) but Faith without works is dead so you must now abide in the Word, and jut your roots further into the only Foundation- Jesus Christ- as you grow up into Him, being conformed into the image of Christ- the Word of God who was made flesh.
Here’s what all of this means. The word that God has given you is in you, but if you don’t abide in Jesus as His words abide in you, the fruit of that word will never come to pass. For without Jesus you can do nothing. You’ve got to walk out with the full understanding, that the Lord is in you and the Lord Jesus wants you to be in Him.
“7If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you.” (John15:7)
Get your pens and paper pads out.
Here’s what GROWING in Hearing God and Discerning When He Speaks To You all Boil Down To:
•Keep going where the Lord leads you.
•Keep doing the word. ( To do that word, the word must be in you and then you have to be in the word.) There can be no double-mindedness.
James 1 says, “If any of you lack wisdom let him ask the Lord who gives liberally, but let him who asks ask in faith. Let him not be double-minded, for the double-minded should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.”
•The growth stage eliminates the double-mindedness that you have with regards to a particular word that the Lord has given to you.
•And the driving factor of growing is working Faith in Love.
Here’s How the Stages all come together to give you the final result the Lord has promised you!(This you’ll enjoy)
Do you remember the story of the little boy that the Lord healed when He led me to pray for him? Good. Now let’s build on what I shared with you about that and outline the process of sowing and reaping the word for you.
Take-Away: Sowing: You’ve got to truly receive the word, and not just accept (as in take) the word. In other words, this word has to come to the place in you where you’re geared to partake and benefit from the word.
Take-Away: Growing: You’ve got to abide in Jesus as His word abides in you. (i.e. do what Jesus would do as He leads you by the Holy Spirit to be a doer of the word. This means what Mary Jane says, is irrelevant if it isn’t the Word of God. This may take some time to develop, but you will get there in Jesus’ name.)
Take-Away: Reaping is the result of following up on the word sown! It is the following through step or steps that gives the yield of the increase of the word.
Let’s put this into perspective with regards to hearing God and getting answers to your prayers.
Think about this:
When you were saved, you first had to go through the tilling and planting stage where the Holy Spirit had to be planted in you forever. Then came the watering stage where you developed a roughly, decent understanding of who you are in Christ, and who you’re meant to be in Him. Then came the stage where the Lord allowed some things in order to help you grow- that’s when your Faith was tested.
After this stage comes the point in your life where you are ready to bear fruit for the Kingdom. This is the point where the Lord talks about you and brags on you. “Look at my son/daughter, my oak of righteousness that has already begun to bear fruit. I’m going to water him/her some more in My Word.”
This is the point where the devil tries to take you out, because you’re not just a hearer of the word but a doer of the word.
But no weapon formed against you shall prosper, and you know it! The Living Waters of His Holy Spirit sustains you! Praise Jesus!
And Finally, the reaping stage is where you achieve in and through Christ that which the Lord has promised you. And to get to this stage, the wind must first blow. Things seem to get messed up. But, The Lord does a finishing work in you, through the Holy Spirit.
Developing Confidence In Hearing God Speak Is A Process
This is the way it is with your God-given destiny in Christ. You have to go through the stages. God wants you to be fully equipped and fruitful. All you have to do is Abide in Jesus Christ as His words abide in you.
Are you ready to be fruitful in hearing the voice of God and in every area of spiritual walk and development?
Here’s the solution to that: Be faithful, for He is Faithful.
His Word shall prosper that for which it was sent! (Isaiah 55:11)