LIFE LESSONS FROM HE BOOK OF MARK 4:17 (NIV)
"But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away."
10 VITAL KEYS THAT WILL GIVE YOU AN INSIGHT INTO THE WORD TAKING ROOT IN YOUR SPIRIT.
1. Despise the shame , if not you will always hinder the word from taking root in your spirit . just simply ignore the mockery/hate/despise and allow the word to do its work in your spirit man . Heb 12:2 (ESV)"looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God."
2.We live by faith not by sight . your sight (physical senses ) will never encourage you. why? Is never in agreement with GOD'S will for your life. Avoid the offence and let the word take root .Roms 8:7 (Amp)"the mind of the flesh [with its sinful pursuits] is actively hostile to God. It does not submit itself to God’s law, since it cannot,."
3.Increase your knowledge in the word . Why? What you know is what will protect you ,when affliction and persecution comes as a result of the word. Prov 24:7 (ESV)"If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small." meaning what you know is "small".
4.Pray without ceasing - prayer helps our spirit to remain fresh and rooted in God' word .When we pray we receive strength to overcome our challenges and hold on to God in the midst of our storms . Remember Luke 18:1 (NLT)"One day Jesus told his disciples a story to show that they should always pray and never give up."
5.Anytime you are offended . you stop the word from taking root in your life. The key to avoiding the offence is simple . count your self blessed!! anytime you refuse to be offended by reason of the word . Amen. Luke 7:23 "And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me."
6.Be the first to forgive .forgiveness is a powerful tool , when it comes to letting His word take root in our lives. Key - you don't have that time to be keeping grudges . get your miracle and move on , let it be paramount in your mind . Matt 6:12 (GWT)"Forgive us as we forgive others." Do your part without delay . Amen.
7.Show more kindness still , it breaks the power over your flesh and increases your level of grace to even do more . Amen. 1 Peter 5:5"Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble."
8.Avoid murmuring and complaining . Key it does more harm than good .James 5:9 "Grudge not one against another, brethren, lest ye be condemned: behold, the judge standeth before the door.". Once in a while we fall for it though , but we try as much as possible to avoid it and just be a blessing . Amen.
9.Turn the offence , worries , complaining all into prayer and lay your petition before the Judge of the whole world . let Him handle it and not you . Amen. phil 4:6 "Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God."
10.Appreciating God always . It helps you to live in peace and allows the word to take deep roots in our spirit . Amen. John 16:33(ESV)"I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
Prayer : Father help me , let your word begin to take root in my life ,so I can receive all the blessings you have in store for me in Jesus name , Amen.
you are blessed!!
NB: WHEN YOU ALLOW THE WORD TO TAKE ROOT IN YOUR SPIRIT , BELIEVE ME YOU WILL SEE THE REALITY OF MARK 11:23 IN YOUR LIFE !!