Today God has given me the word about life of practice. During last Sunday’s worship, ‘New life’ church pastor visited our church and preached a sermon about the Parable of the Sower. In the preaching, there is a seed sown in a rocky ground and the interpretation was the people who listened to the words with joy but were ruined when the sun shines because there is no root. I wondered what this means in concrete. And realized this word’s interpretation is shown in another sentence in Bible. The parable of sewer is described in Matthew ch.13 and the same meaning words are shown in Matthew ch.7 of wise architecture who is building a house on the rock. The results of both words are the same which are ruined when adversity strikes. The reason for the result is described in more detail in the parable of architecture.
The reason for ruin is not doing a practice of the words. They listen to the words with joy but they don’t practice. So they don’t get the root from practice which causes their ruin when adversity strikes in their life. In the church there are many people who have weak faith even though they don’t have an assurance of salvation, they don’t have certainty of God’s existence and they don’t have assurance of heaven and eternal life. When pastors ask about their belief in salvation they answer yes without assurance. Sometimes they answer yes being conscious of potential judgment or condemnation from others. The more serious issue is that one may end up losing their faith by living without the joy and emotion of salvation.
Then what shall I do to live a joyful, peaceful, and righteous life with the assurance of salvation, God’s existence, and eternal life in heaven? The answer is to live in Practice. I have to practice according to the words of the Bible and realize what it is of the words for ourselves. Then I can find out God’s existence and the actual power of God’s Word that exists. “Faith leads to faith”. This means when I do practice in life with small faith then I can be led to the realization of God and I can get more big faith through this experience.
“The way to the big faith is to live of practice according to the Words.” The people of Berea in the Book of Acts received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true. Many of the Jews believed, as did also a number of prominent Greek women and many Greek men. I realized today I have to get the attitude of the Berea people. I have to receive the words of God with great eagerness and do practice every day to see if what the Bible says is true. Then I am sure to get unwavering faith. Hallelujah.