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Miracle Growth
Pastor Craig Kessel
Mark 4:26-29
Do you believe people can change? Do you believe that you can change? Most people believe that it is possible to change, but when they take the time to consider their own lives or the lives of their friends and acquaintances they will often be hard pressed to find a single one where there is noticeable transformation. The Bible says there is no power on earth more potent than the Gospel in a heart of belief (Ro 1:16). Today we will look at the elements and conditions needed for a transformed life in which a person can have the power of God at work within them to bring miracle growth and become more like Jesus Christ in their thoughts, words and actions.

The Kingdom of God
The term “Kingdom of God” is about a future and a present reality. The Bible gives a description of a future age when the resurrected Jesus returns to earth. He will reveal God’s glory and power. His physical return will initiate a season in which the power of the Holy Spirit is amazingly available, and He will establish a reign of peace on earth for the final period of history (Mt 24:30; Lk 21:27; Rev 19:11-20; 20:1-6). God’s goodness and power will be evident everywhere. However that “day” has not yet come, but we look forward to His second coming.

The Kingdom of God also refers to a present reality in which His power is displayed in action. Jesus’ death and resurrection initiated a new season in which people can walk with God in an intimate relationship with His power at work in their lives. God uses His power to bring about spiritual change. The Kingdom of God at work brings salvation to people and frees them from demonic power and influence. God also uses His power to break the bondages of sin and work miracles to heal the sick. The evidence that a person is truly experiencing God’s kingdom is the fact that his or her life is characterized by “righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit” (Ro 14:17).

What is needed for the miracle growth of God’s kingdom in my life?
1) Good Seed
• For true spiritual growth and transformation it must start with the Word of God.
“For you have been born again not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and enduring word of God” (1Pe 1:23).

• When a person opens their heart to reading, learning and studying the Scriptures, they will begin to see themselves and God like never before. They will understand their true condition—sinful before a holy God—and the gift of forgiveness through the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross. They will begin to grasp the power of the Holy Spirit that will enable them to turn from their sin and enjoy a life of great joy. And they will see a miraculous change begin to take place in their life as they go deeper into God’s Word over time.
“For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart” (Heb 4:12).

2) Good Soil
• The good seed of God’s Word must be planted in good soil.
• Conditions of the heart (soil) determine if there will be a harvest (Mk 4:3-8; 13-20).
• The seed of God’s Word cannot produce a harvest in a hard heart, a shallow heart or an overcrowded heart.
• Life transformation and spiritual growth depend on how one responds to God’s Word.
“Take care, brethren, that there not be in any one of you an evil, unbelieving heart that falls away from the living God. But encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called ‘Today,’ so that none of you will be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin” (Heb 3:12-13).

3) Good Soaking
• Soaking in Worship – God lives and dwells in our praises! (Ps 22:3).
“To grant those who mourn in Zion, giving them a garland instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the mantle of praise instead of a spirit of fainting” (heaviness) (Isa 61:3).
“Serve the Lord with gladness; come before Him with joyful singing” (Ps 100:2).
“Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him, bless His name” (Ps 100:4).

• Soaking in Prayer and Fasting
“‘Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. I will be found by you,’ declares the Lord” (Jer 29:12-14).
“They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint” (Isa 40:31).

• Soaking in the Presence of the Holy Spirit
“Whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life” (Jn 4:14).

The Holy Spirit gives us power, counsel, wisdom, comfort, conviction.

4) Good Season
• God’s Word is at work invisibly within us. God promised that His word would accomplish the purpose for which He sends it (Isa 55:11). When you plant a seed it will be awhile before you see something, but know that it is at work. The growth of the Kingdom of God is gradual but definite.
“For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus” (Php 1:6).

Paul was certain that God would continue to work in and through the lives of the Philippians. We also can be confident that God is working in our own lives whether we see it or not.
• We must have perseverance and discipline to stay in the growing process.
• Being in a spiritual community helps us grow (Heb 10:23-25).
• The growing process continues for the rest of our lives.

Ministries to help you spiritually grow
• Operation Solid Lives (OSL)
• Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting
• Monthly Freedom Service
• Life Groups
• Men’s and Women’s Bible Studies
• Weekend Church Services 

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