Last night, my church had an awesome Bible Study. We read 1 Corinthians 3:1-7. Paul was speaking to the Corinthian church. But what my Pastor wanted us to focus on was this:
Are you a planter or a waterer?
A planter plants the seed. So they introduce people to Christ. The planter “gets the sinner saved”.
The waterer gives the person the necessary tools to grow. The waterer helps to mature the seed. It feeds the person.
So my Pastor asked this question so we would know our role in ministry. We can’t be both because the church is a body. We all need one another to function. The body can’t find function with a bunch of hands or a bunch of arms. (1 Corinthians 12)
So I ask you, which are you… A planter or a waterer? I tell you what, I prayed about my position and God let me know that I am a planter. Once I found this out, I was able to move in my assignment better. Now I’m functioning better for His kingdom.
“Dear brothers and sisters, when I was with you I couldn’t talk to you as I would to spiritual people. I had to talk as though you belonged to this world or as though you were infants in Christ. I had to feed you with milk, not with solid food, because you weren’t ready for anything stronger. And you still aren’t ready, for you are still controlled by your sinful nature. You are jealous of one another and quarrel with each other. Doesn’t that prove you are controlled by your sinful nature? Aren’t you living like people of the world? When one of you says, “I am a follower of Paul,” and another says, “I follow Apollos,” aren’t you acting just like people of the world? After all, who is Apollos? Who is Paul? We are only God’s servants through whom you believed the Good News. Each of us did the work the Lord gave us. I planted the seed in your hearts, and Apollos watered it, but it was God who made it grow. It’s not important who does the planting, or who does the watering. What’s important is that God makes the seed grow.”
1 Corinthians 3:1-7 NLT
Are you being strong and courageous or are you being weary and unstable? This was a question for me first. I had to answer it when God brought me to Joshua 1:18. As I read, I realized that in my disobedience I am dying and those I’m destined to reach will die. Because God placed me strategically among people to bring deliverance and healing. And He’s done the same for you. So when we are being weary and unstable, the enemy is coaching us to stay as such. Why? Because if you are discouraged, you won’t walk strongly and courageous after the things God needs you to do. His will MUST be done in you. And not just for your sake, but for the souls you are destined to touch. No pressure. Because aren’t we just doing what God called us to do? So don’t be weary. Be strong. Be courageous. Be who God called you to be in Him.
“Whoever rebels against your word and does not obey it, whatever you may command them, will be put to death. Only be strong and courageous!””
Joshua 1:18 NIV
““Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.””
Matthew 11:28-30 NIV
Dear Heavenly Father, help me to be worry free. Help me to trust Your Word and to hold You to it. Remove stress, doubt, and fear. Help me to walk in the newness that Your Word brings. Refresh and reboot my faith. Give me my joy back. I want to please You. Help me. I need You. So please make a way. Fix my situation. Help me not to become weary but to trust in You with all of my heart. Help me to rejoice in all things. I love You, Jesus. I need You, Jesus. Help. In Jesus Name. Amen.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”
Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV
“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
Matthew 6:34 NIV
Which one will you choose to live by? I choose to live by His Spirit. All other paths lead to Hell.
“So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want.”
Galatians 5:16-17 NIV
God gave me some scriptures to hold onto and to apply to each moment of the day. I’ll share them with you. These scriptures will help me to have a successful day which will lead to a successful and peaceful week. I will meditate on them day and night. I will speak them. I will put them into practice.
“Therefore, my brothers and sisters, you whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, dear friends! I plead with Euodia and I plead with Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord.
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 4:1-2, 4-9, 13, 19 NIV
What scriptures will you hold onto this week?
Will you walk in wisdom?
Will you experience its benefits?
Will you listen and be obedient to the voice of God?
Will you hear His voice through His Word?
Will you find the fear of the Lord?
Will you hear the voice of wisdom loud and clear?
Will you gain that the understanding and knowledge that it brings?
Will you be saved from wickedness as you go throughout your life?
Will you find success and walk blessedly with wisdom?
Will you be called wise because you chose to listen to wisdom?
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for the gift of life. Thank You for extending your grace and mercy upon us today. Thank You for being a Father of many nations. For taking care of all our needs. For keeping us out of harms way. We thank You for this day and will rejoice in it. We won’t rejoice because it’s Friday and it ends the work week or it’s payday. But we will rejoice because You are worthy of our praise. You are worthy of our time. You are worthy of our life. So help us to dedicate our life to You. Help us to walk in obedience to Your Word. Help us to rise in the morning with a thankful heart. You have been and continue to be good. Take us through this day. Guide us and keep us as we walk in Your will. May Your power, strength, joy, love, peace, patience, provision, and protection be with us. Help us to incline our ears to You so we can hear clearly. Your voice is so sweet. Help us to make room for You in our day and please You with our words and actions. In Jesus Name. Amen.
Pray without ceasing. 1 Thessalonians 5:17