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How to Abide in the Word.

The apple farmer

When an apple farmer plants an apple tree in his orchard, he does so for one reason, to produce apples. The apple farmer did not want a harvest of pears or oranges or peaches; the apple farmer wanted a crop of apples. Therefore, if the apple farmer expects to have a crop of apples, he must first plant an apple seed or plant an apple tree in the ground.

God’s word produces fruit

In (Luke.8:11), Jesus said to His Disciples, the seed is the word of God. And in the book of Matthew, the author writes, He who sows the good seed is Jesus; the Son of Man (Matt.13:37). Like the apple farmer, Jesus said, if a Christian will abide, dwell, read, and meditate on His word, it too would also produce a harvest of fruit (Jn.15:1-10). However, before the word of God can create the type of spiritual fruit Jesus is speaking of, the Christian must first do the following four things listed.

Read the Bible daily

A) The Christian must read the Bible daily, if he expects the Word of God to dwell in him richly (Col.3:16).

B) When a believer reads the Bile, he should pray first and ask the Lord to open his understanding as Jesus often did for His Disciples (Lk.24:44-45).

C) The Christian who wish to bear fruit must apply the Scriptures to their daily life. James said, in order to have a successful walk with the Lord, the Christian must also be a doer of the word (James 1:22).

D) The fourth thing a Christian needs is faith that God exists and is a rewarded of those who diligently seek Him (Heb.11:6).

Saturate yourself with God’s word

Before a farmer can plant an apple tree, he must first go through the process of digging a hole in the ground, and then he can plant the apple tree in the hole that he had just dug for the tree. Like the farmer, before a Christian can plant God’s word deep within his or her heart, they too must first go through the process of reading what God had written to them in His word. Every farmer knows the more seeds they plant, the more apple trees it will produce. Likewise, like the farmer, the more a Christian will read the Bible, the more the heart becomes saturated with the word of God.

Jesus is the vine

Jesus compares a Christian to that of a branch, and Himself as the vine, and His heavenly Father as the vinedresser (Jn.15:1). Like the apple farmer who prunes his apple trees to encourage fuller growth, likewise, God prunes the Christian that they too might bear more fruit during their lifetime (Jn.15:2).

Plant God’s word in your heart

Before a farmer plants a seed in the ground, he or she must have a good understanding of the soil which they intend to use for planting. Every apple farmer knows if they expect to have a healthy crop of apples they must plant their seeds in well-draining soil, and also the farmer needs to water and fertilize their crops according to the recommendations on the back of the packaged seeds. Like the fertilizer, farmers use to cause growth within a plant. Likewise, God’s word is nourishment to the Christians heart and it causes the faith of believers to grow (1-Pet.2:2) (2-Th.1:3).

Conduct yourself in a Godly manner

If a farmer hopes to have a successful harvest at the end of the apple season, he must follow the instructions which the manufacturer had placed on the back of the packaged seeds. Like the Seed Company who gives instructions to the user on how to care for their seeds, likewise, In the Bible, God has written instructions on how Christians are to conduct themselves in this life (Rom.6:4) (Gal.5:24-26).

Grow in knowledge

A friend of mine told me about a young man who wanted to be a farmer, so, he attended several different Schools, colleges, and universities so he could study and learn everything he could about farming. My friend said after several years of Schooling this man that wanted to be a farmer had earned all types of degrees relating to agriculture; it had been reported by professional farmers, that with all this man's degrees and knowledge in farming, his farm would be one of the best farms in the world.

My buddy said with all this man's knowledge relating to agriculture, yet this guy never "owned" a farm, he never dug a hole, and never planted a seed and he never produced a harvest. My friend said there was one thing wrong with this man who wanted to be a farmer he never put into practice all the knowledge he had learned about farming.

Put on the new man

The problem with education is, if it is not applied, it will never produce a crop. Likewise, this is how it is with God’s word if a Christian does not apply God’s word to their situation it too will never produce the desired results promised by the Lord. Do not be like this man, who was full of knowledge but failed to produce a crop because he did not apply his knowledge to farming. If a Christian hears God’s word but fails to apply God’s word to their everyday life, there will be no results, or, no change, in the Christians character or conduct, they will continue to do bad habits (James 1:1:23).

Be doers of the word

In the book of James, Christians are told to be doers of the word. God’s word reminds us That we have put on the new man which was created in Christ Jesus for good works(James 1:22). The apostle Paul said, it is the doer of the law that will be justified (Rom.2:13). A Christian that is a doer of the word does those things that are pleasing to God (Col.3:1-25).

There are two types of Christians

In the Bible, James describes two types of Christians, the first type of Christian hears the word understands it but does not apply it to his life. And the second type of Christian hears the same word knows what he has heard, goes away and does what the word had instructed (James 1:22-25). Jesus said this Christian God will bless in whatever they do (Rev.22:14). Jesus said it is not the hearer of the word but the doer of the word which will inherit eternal life. Jesus said; blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life.

How to lay hold of eternal life

In the Bible, James describes two types of Christians, the first type of Christian hears the word understands it but does not apply it to their life. And another Christian hears the same word knows what he has heard, goes away and does what the word had instructed (James 1:22-25). Jesus said this Christian God will bless in whatever they do (Rev.22:14). Jesus said it is not the hearer of the word but the doer of the word which will inherit eternal life. Jesus said, blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life.

© 2016 Rev Dennis L Johnson