We all want to see a spiritual awakening, a breakthough, a maturing, growth, development and spiritual fruit in our lives. We only get to the harvest of what we desire from God by doing the FIRST THINGS. The FIRST THING today for the believer is personal spiritual growth.
Only through walking with the Lord, repentance (true repentance) consecration and a lifestyle of worship and prayer will be BEGIN to see the seeds of righteousness planted so that we reap a harvest of Godliness in our lives (1 Tim 6:11, Col 1:10). Repent today. Set your minds on things above (Col 3:1,2). Moritfy the deeds of the flesh (Rom 8:13 Col 3:5). Be crucified daily. Put down your desires and allow the Lord's heart, desire, and character to be formed in you.
There must be an ADMISSION OF NEED. If we are going to see God move in our life it will not just happen because I am a Christian. It happens because I apply God's principles in my life, I do my part and God will do His. Almost All of God's promises are CONDITIONAL. If my people...Then I will (2 Chr 7:14); I call them The IF-THEN statements of the Bible (IF-THEN statements are used often in computer programming for setting conditions for input and output)
IF – THEN CONDITIONS OF THE BIBLE
The promises of God, truths and Commands are almost always CONDITIONAL. God's promises are conditional ? they are only "free" if you obey certain conditions. Around 1,500 verses in the Bible contain the word "if", and there are lots of other promises in Scripture that do not use the word "if" but contain conditions (like John 3:16 example).
For your information, the word "if" is used 1,784 times in 1,589 verses within the NIV. In the KJV (post 1820 version), the word "if" is used 1,595 times in 1,420 verses. Either way, it is a well used word in the Bible and it places conditions on God's promises.
Deuteronomy 7:12 NIV
"If you pay attention to these laws and are careful to follow them, then the LORD your God will keep his covenant of love with you, as he swore to your forefathers."
IF – THEN TRUTHS
Jesus said: "If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer." Matthew 21:22
Jesus said: "You are my friends if you do what I command." John 15:14
Romans 11:6 NKJ
"And if by grace, then it is no longer of works; otherwise grace is no longer grace. But if it is of works, it is no longer grace; otherwise work is no longer work."
Galatians 3:29 NKJ
"And if you are Christ's, then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise."
Galatians 4:7 NKJ
"Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ."
Hebrews 12:8 NKJ
"But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons."
IF you want to see the fruit from your life in Christ THEN you must walk this thing out. Spiritual growth begins with learning to apply the basics of God's word. IF-THEN statements in the Word of God are the "easy to obey" principles in the Bible. When God spells it out with an "IF YOU DO" and "THEN I WILL" we should be quick to obey and activate that promise in our lives. Do the FIRST THINGS first and you will see spiritual growth and God will bless you even more today than ever before. Walk with the Lord today, in repentance (true repentance) consecration and a lifestyle of worship and pray like never before!