To plow fallow ground: To plow, harrow, to break up (land) without seeding to destroy weeds and conserve soil moisture.
Before I begin this study on faith, I will need to plow the fallow ground of some hearts. In Matthew chapter 13, Jesus taught the parable of the sower. You spoke of seeds that fell by the wayside; some seeds fell on stony ground, some fell among thorns, some fell on good soil. The good ground has to be plowed or broken up, ready to receive seed. In the following paragraphs, I will be doing just that, preparing your heart to receive the seed of the Word of God. Should I neglect to do that, this teaching will fall on deaf ears. So let me start with this; Faith indeed does come by hearing and hearing by the Word of God (Rom.10:17).
In this study, whenever I point out any single verse of scripture, do not stop there; read what came before and after that verse. Get a feel of the context in which that verse was used. This will keep both you and myself in check. In this way, we all can be sure that I am not taking the Word out of context.
Most Christians do understand that the faith of God is multi-faceted, much like His grace. The divine nature of our Heavenly Father is unfathomable; who can really know it? We certainly have no wisdom or knowledge we can offer up to God. We can only be instructed by Him because He has given us Of his Spirit and imparted onto His children the mind of Christ (1st Cor. 2: 16; Php. 2:5-11).
In my last post, I said that we would be looking at specific passages using the Traditional King James Bible. I know that many people have a problem with the King James Bible because of its 1611 Elizabethan English. I would encourage you not to allow that to become a stumbling block in your growth as a Christian. The leading concordances and Bible dictionaries are usually translated from the King James Version. So we need to take that into consideration. You don’t have to take my Word for it. However, suppose you are earnestly seeking His Face. In that case, you must work the Word of God in a translation that you actually need to work or struggle with (my opinion). I don’t know where Believers got the notion that studying the Bible should be easy. We’re talking about the mind and the will of God. Trust me, the hard work will pay off in the long run.
Of course, the Hebrew, Greek, and Aramaic languages are foreign to us unless you happen to be of the Hebrew, Greek, or Aramaic persuasion. Or maybe you are a linguist, and these languages come easy to you because of your chosen field of study. My hat is off to anyone who gets their doctorate in that particular field of study. On the other hand, if you were born here in the Good old US of A, most likely English is your first language. I don’t want to offend any Native Americans; after all, you’re the only ones who actually belong here. The rest of us should put that in our pipes and smoke it.
On my website, I encourage the use of extra-biblical materials, including and not limited to the Apocrypha; it contains excellent historical references. Some of these tools are in the margin of my blog on amazon.com. They are guaranteed to help give you a better understanding of scripture—much more than going to every Bible study and church service you can find. As you well know, not all denominations agree on how to interpret the Bible. That’s why it’s so crucial for you to learn how to do this for yourself. Don’t trip; God will not hold it against you for making your own mistakes. That’s why 1st John 1: 9 was placed in our Covenant with Him. But He will hold you accountable for following after blind guides (Matt. 15:14). Remember, no one other than Christ Jesus, the man who stands between God and man (1st.Tim.2: 5), has cut a blood Covenant with you and sealed it with an oath built on better promises (Heb.6:16-18;8: 6-8). Do you know any Pastor that can give you that kind of guarantee when it comes to their Word? Do you want to be a spiritual man or woman who can rightly divide the Word of Truth (2nd Tim. 2:15). Never become too overly dependent upon others because others can lead you right into one of those nice proverbial muddy wet ditches. That’s not to say don’t go to church but go with the attitude that their words are not the last words on any given topic in God’s Word. You must take the initiative to be like a Bereans (Acts17).
It takes passion and a genuine heartfelt effort on our part to check and recheck the things we’ve been told by our leaders. It doesn’t really matter who they are; it could be your best friend, it could be your brother or sister, it could even be your parents. It doesn’t matter who it might be. The single worst mistake you will ever make as a Christian is to rely too heavily upon someone other than yourself and The Spirit of Truth for guidance. 1st Jn. 2: 27 “But the anointing (of the Holy Spirit) which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him.” (NKJV)
I think we all saw how that turned out these past four years. So we as Christian, when it comes to our understanding of God’s Word, we must make it our personal main priority (Numero Uno). Should we fail to do that, then the rest of our lives will be in chaos. Good relationships will not remain intact. Suppose our relationship with God is standing on shaky ground. How do you think the relationships that most matter will be affected? Once we know Jesus, Who just so happens to be the Living Word, and the Holy Spirit whom he sent, then we’ll have right standing or be in a right relationship with the Father. Knowing and keeping His Commandment of love will make straight every crooked relationship in your life, at least the ones that actually matter (Rom. 12:17-18). As long as there are seedtime and harvest, there will always be haters.
Now let’s talk about faith. Yes, Jesus is our LORD and our King, but He was first our Savior. And as we grow in the grace of God, We begin to understand that it was His faith that got us started, and This place will sustain us to the same joy that was set before Him (Heb. 12:2).
First, we must peel back the definition of those words “believe”, and “faith” are often used interchangeably, especially in the New Testament. Those two words are practically inseparable. They are like the wet of the water; you can’t have one without the other. You could even say they are much like our spirit and soul. They can only be distinguished by the Word of God, but they can never be separated from one another (1st Thess.5:23; Heb. 4:12).
We must accept the truth about our hearts (soil), others (Jer. 17:9), and our need for a Savior. To plow fallow ground: To plow, harrow, to break up (land) without seeding to destroy weeds and conserve soil moisture.
The Word of faith (God’ Word) must find good fertile soil for germination or it just won’t grow. No real need to go over Jesus’ parable about good soil represents the heart. The faith of God can only be found within the words He’s spoken to us. So there should be no confusion; we’re talkin about the Bible, Old and New Testament; they are God’s instructions for His people. I’m going to say this and you can like it or love it. I think a serious Christian will strive to have a serious Library. Now I know that not everyone can afford to invest in a library, but that’s no excuse because we have the internet. The internet is full of free material that you can use resources that will help you to grow in your faith. I want to talk about your faith, I’m talking about the seed of God’s word that was implanted in your heart on the day you were Born Again.
So please receive this song with open hearts; receive the engrafted Word of God, which can save our souls. Listen to this song by Steven Curtis Chapman. It’s the perfect description of a person’s heart before receiving the Word of faith, which we preach.