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Applying The Water To Our Own Grass
9/24/2014

Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death. James 1:13-15 (NKJV)

There is an old popular saying, The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.  This popular phrase isn’t necessarily declaring that other people have it better, but it generally means other places or situations tend to look better than where we are presently at.  Truth be told, when we get to where we thought it is greener we’ll usually find it to be no greener. Why is this often the case?

I believe it’s because we tend to want what we don’t have.  I think we find ourselves trying to find contentment and happiness in the things of this world.  When something isn’t making us happy, we tend to want to replace it.  Unfortunately this isn’t just confined to a pair of shoes, car, or a house, but can be true with a relationship.

The truth is this—If we want to find greener grass, then we’ll usually find it where it is being well-watered—this is because water brings abundant life.  This is so true in our Christian walk as well.  When we are well-watered with God’s Word we will flourish like the greenest grass.  We are told this very truth in the very first Psalm. 

Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful; But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper. Psalms 1:1-3 (NKJV)

God’s counsel will keep us healthy, and it will direct our path, regardless of the temptations and tests we are facing.  The only thing limiting its effectiveness is whether or not we abide in it.  The best counsel in the world will do us no good if we refuse to accept and apply it—or worse yet, we say amen and then go back to doing what we were doing before.   It has been rightly said, "Information is powerful, but how we use it will define us."

I want to encourage you today to think about these things—think about whether you are being tempted to be discontent.  I want to encourage you to begin to apply the water of God’s Word to everything you do—to your job, your marriage, and every aspect of your life.  Simply begin by doing your part—regardless of what others may or may not do.  Always do what is right as if you were doing it for the Lord (Col. 3:17, 23; 1 Cor. 10:31).  Keep your mind fixed upon God and trust Him regardless of what you may see.  As you do you will find you have perfect peace (Isa. 26:3).

STUDY QUESTION: What promises are we given in Psalm 1:1-3 with respect to our reading God’s Word?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you willing to seek and apply the water of God’s Word daily to make sure everything stays green in your side of the fence?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Read your Bible each and every day.  Make it a priority to spend time with God and allow Him to minister to you and to provide His wisdom for your life.

MAKE THIS YOUR PRAYER TODAY: Father, thank You for Your Word and for Your counsel within it.  Thank You for giving me what I need to be refreshed and to grow in my Christian walk.  Help me to understand what I read today and to apply it to my life.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 


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