Matthew 7:24-27 ( NKJV )
“Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. “But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.”
Well-grounded refers to the parable of the wise and foolish builders. In this parable Jesus is contrasting those who have built their lives upon the rock-solid foundation of God’s word and those who do not.
We need to be well rooted to withstand anything that circumstances may throw at us. No matter what may come our way; we will be well prepared, for we will be standing on the rock. Satan will always be around to try and remove any blessings that God may have for you. Stand firm on the promises of Jesus and God will always see you through any situation; all you need to do is believed and have faith that whatever situation may come your way, Jesus has control of it.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 ( NKJV )
All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.
The only way for us to grow in Christ is to grow in the word of God. The word of God strengthens the inner man or the spirit. the inner being is the human spirit. It is here that God begins the work of recovery.
2 Corinthians 4:16 (NKJV)
Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day.
We have to keep feeding our inner man constantly with God’s word.
1. Spirit: The inner man that possesses the nature of God.
2. Soul: Our mind, will and emotions
3. Body: Our outer man (flesh).
Ephesians 3:16 (NKJV)
that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man,
Romans 8:10 (NKJV)
And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.
What is the inner man? It’s our born again Spirit and who we are in Christ?
1. The Spirit of wisdom
2. The Spirit of power
3. The Spirit of understanding
4. The Spirit of fear of the Lord.
5. The Spirit of rigorousness.
Are we growing in Christ? Or are we stagnant? Are we just floating along with the stream of life or are we struggling because we are doing the will of God?
Our inner man must progress if we are to keep growing in Christ. And not become stagnant
How do we keep on progressing?
1. We have to walk according to the Spirit; this way we will not fulfill the lust of the flesh.
2. We have to learn to let the spirit dominate us.
3. We have to keep feeding our inner man constantly with God’s word.
4. We must read the scriptures on a daily basis.
5. Listen to your inner man when God speaks and do as God says. Remember greed is not our God give when and what God tells you to give.
6. Make your Spirit strong with God’s word and you will keep the doors close to the enemy.
So I want to ask you these questions this morning:
Are you rooted and grounded in the Word? And Why must you be grounded in the word?
You must become "rooted and grounded" in the Word of God so that no "wind of doctrine" from sin or Satan can ever take you off the path of serving the Lord Jesus Christ.
How important is it to be grounded in the Word of God?
Without the grounding of the Word we are completely lost, no direction, with no knowledge of the free gift of salvation. If we don't know the absolute truth, then how will we know the lie, or UN-truths of this world? Without the truth we have no direction Simply put, without being grounded in the Word of God, we are on a road to destruction. We must read the Scripture daily, apply the doctrines, and grow daily in Christ
Ephesians 4:14 ( NKJV )
that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting,
After salvation comes sanctification. The goal of the Christian life is to let the Holy Spirit make you more like Jesus each day after accepting Christ. Sanctification is the work of the indwelling Holy Spirit. As you yield to the Holy Spirit and pray for His daily filling, you will become more like Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:23 (NKJV)
Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Colossians 2:6-7 ( NKJV )
As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him,
rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.
What does it mean to be grounded? Being grounded is simply learning God's principles, as given to us in the bible, and applying them in our lives. Because persecutions and trials will come because of the gospel.
Some ways to stay grounded in the Word of God;
1. Read the bible, or listen on Audio CD's, watch and listen on DVD's
2. Listen to Christian music, and men of God delivering powerful messages on the radio
3. Get involved in a weekly or daily devotional.
4. Learn the importance of prayer, and practice it
2 Corinthians 5:17 (NKJV)
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.