Dont confuse religious people with ppl who truly have a relationship with God. Religous ppl may know the bible inside out & quote scriptures well...they know about God but they dont know God. They have a form of godliness but no power. they are 'hearers' of the word but not 'doers'. They'll hear: "depart from me...i never knew u". Folks...dont be deceived by 'religious folk'. -C. Hayes'
I was taught that literally one in every four people in Church is truly walking what they believe. Where do I get this statistic? Well...Jesus said it himself...
1) The First type: is the kind that hears the Words, and just dont understand it. Either by choice, or because they choose not to dig deeper, and remain ignorant. The devil will immediately come and snatch that out of his heart (with deceit or some sort of temptation right after they get the Word.) These Christians fall right back into sin immediately. They dont even gt out of the church parking lot before they are cussing out the ushers...lol..Jesus refers to them as seeds thrown along a roadside.
2) The Second type: The kind that hears the word and gets quickly glad and full of joy. They run out to carry it out and are excited and telling folks about Jesus for a few weeks, maybe months. He has no real deep roots though, because he doesnt follow it up with prayer, diligence, and studying, and when trials and hard times come, he falls away and turns on God, no longer trusting him to take care of his needs. Jesus refers to them as seeds thrown on rocky soil.
3) The Third type of Christian hears and understands the Word, but love of money, life, fun, riches and glamour are too much for him to resist. He cant stay in the Word, because he loves the things of the world too much to let go. Lots of celebrities and people who value money alot go into this category. They are tormented because they WANT to do right, but there is overwhelming temptation as well as enablers. Jesus refers to them as seeds thrown among thorns.
4) The fourth type hears, recieves, understands, lives it out, practices, and witnesses the Word to others, therefore growing up other believers, and changing lives around him. Jesus refers to them as seeds thrown on good (fertile and healthy) soil. These are the types of Christians that are not only hearing the Word, they study, pray and apply the Word to thier lives. The bible says this is pleasing to God, and they are ones that overcome when trials and temptations hit.
Dont you see these folks everywhere in the church today? The ones who holler the loudest during service, but curse the worse when they get home. Of the ones who use God to manipulate situations to thier advantage:God as your personal 'matchmaker: Folks using Him to secure a relationship (God SAID we supposed to be together) keep someone from leaving you (You're supposed to stay cuz God said Forgive me) or even worse, to manipulate another's mind (If you was Christian, you would...) Lying on/using God for your own SELFISH purposes~none of this is true Christanity!!
True Christians walk in love. They exhibit the fruits of the spirit shown in Galatians: joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, meekness, gentleness, meekness longsuffering and self-control, and thier 'fruit' are evidence. They have touched lives, healed others, set free, and delivered those in need. They have increased the Kindgom by being a living, breathing example of what God was on this earth.
NOW..Look down deep in your heart. Read the verses to yourself, and meditate.
Then ask yourself then the following Question...
WHICH TYPE OF SEED ARE YOU?
if you are anything but the fourth kind: its time to look in the mirror and honestly decide what you are going to do about that.
I say all of this in L-O-V-E :)