We have all heard sermons on purging. This new growth post is not about those verses but a different angle the Holy Spirit showed me to share.
Matthew 7:18 Amplified Bible (AMP) 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit.
Matthew 7:18 is the verse God gave to me first when I was pondering the idea of new growth in a Christian's life. It made me really think. We should do all we can to be a healthy tree because we want to bare healthy fruit. We want good new growth. We do not want the new growth to be bad and unhealthy! So I ask what kind of tree am I? What does my fruit look like? What am I doing to make me healthy? What am I doing to prepare for new growth?
Philippians 4:7Amplified Bible (AMP)7 And the peace of God [that peace which reassures the heart, that peace] which transcends all understanding, [that peace which] stands guard over your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus [is yours].
Philippians 4:7 was the next verse the Holy Spirit gave me. Really one of the ways to make sure we are healthy is to walk in the peace of God. Do we cooperate with him in this? Really people pray for peace all the time but it is already there if you are a follower of Jesus. We are the ones that walk away from it or allow the worries of this world to drown it out. But the word promises it is there. Living IN that peace He has for us is one sure way to guard ourselves and bare some good new growth!
Zephaniah 3:7Amplified Bible (AMP)7
“I said, ‘Most certainly you will [reverently] fear Me;
So Jerusalem’s dwelling will not be cut off
In accordance with all that I have appointed concerning her [punishment],
But they were eager [even rising early] to make all their deeds corrupt.
Zephaniah 3:7 was the next and we all know whom it is referring to yet it also applies to us today. If we want new healthy growth are we willing to accept correction? Are you? And we know that the good Father corrects those he loves!
Deuteronomy 24:7Amplified Bible (AMP)7 “If a man is caught kidnapping any of his countrymen from the sons of Israel, and he treats him violently or sells him [as a slave], then that thief shall die. So you shall remove the evil from among you.
Next was Deuteronomy 24:7 What I am getting from this is, if you want new healthy growth do not fill your environment with evil things, evil people, evil thoughts, evil deeds and so forth! Remove the evil from among you to prepare for your new growth. Ya gotta remove the junk so new growth can emerge! You don't want to squish it out & smother it!
What about you? What are your thoughts on new growth in one's life from a Biblical stand point?