Hi there! I hope your week is starting off well!
This is the first of what I hope to be a series of blog posts where I share with you my reflections and notes following a sermon.
Nathan and I don’t have a home church right now so I often study the word and get my “preaching” from online church. I usually keep up with Pastor Steven Furtick of Elevation Church. I love the work that God is doing through him and his church!
The sermon that I’m sharing with you all today, however, was recommended by my sister and the message meets me right where I am in my life today. This is only a summary of the sermon and my take from it. I hope that you’ll watch this for yourself and maybe even pick up something I may not have!
Pastor Touré Roberts is preaching about the importance of consistency in our lives and walk with God.
He’s preaching from Psalm 1:1-3 and references Proverbs 24:16.
He explains to us that consistency is the bridge between dream and reality. Also that consistency is the evidence of maturity and the pathway to mastery.
He walks us through the 3 stages of maturation to better understand consistency.
Stage 1 – Clarity
Psalm 1:1 Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly [Living in advice/wisdom of people who don’t know you.] Nor stands in the path of sinners, [people are not going anywhere in life] nor sits in the seat of the scornful; [people who are all talk and no action.]
This verse takes us through the process of “unbecoming” in order to become who we were ultimately called to be. We have to unlearn some things that may have been passed down through generations; we have to get rid of the things that were placed on us, in our youth or during a rough patch in life, that now do not accurately represent who we are in Christ.
Proverbs 24:16 says, “for though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again, but the wicked stumble when calamity strikes.” What he wants us to take from this is that first of all, YOU WILL rise again!! It’s okay and it’s normal for things to be unsettled in your life; it’s okay for you to make mistakes and this is a part of the process of unbecoming.
Stage 2 – Consistency
Psalm 1:2 But his delight is in the law [Word, voice] of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night.
Now that we have clarity about who we are we can begin the process of walking in that consistently. We’re taught that throughout stage 1 you discover the voice of God. His voice is truth about who you are and who you are not. The more time you spend with God and listening to His voice the more you hunger and thirst for the Word thus developing a new rhythm and a lack of desire to do certain things of your past.
I like that he reminds us that the fruit of consistency is not immediately evident. I think we expect that when we give our lives to the Lord and we go through the “weeding” process, getting rid of our baggage, that we’ll immediately begin to see fruit in our lives. You won’t immediately bear fruit because you haven’t been YOU long enough to produce all that God has placed within you.
The goal is to have the strength, stability and endurance of the tree in verse 3. The more consistently we walk in who we truly are the deeper our roots go and stronger they become. The strength of a tree is its roots and it’s what happens underground that determines what will be on a tree’s branches.
Stage 3 – Continuous Revelation: the fruit of consistency
Psalm 1:3 He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper.
A few years back I bought the Jesus-Centered bible as a reference during bible studies. I absolutely love it! In the old testament there are multiple verses, highlighted in blue, that help point the reader to Jesus. I’ll share that with you here:
In this stage we begin to tap into a flow; it’s not momentary. This is when we begin to continuously bear fruit. God wants us to get to a place in our lives where our lives look like and reflect who He is. The only way to do that is to be consistent in our walk with Him.
Pastor Roberts mentions that we live in a culture that celebrates instant success; we as Christians are constantly living against the culture we’re being fed with. The fruit of consistency is consistency and is powerful enough to pass down from generation to generation. I think we forget in our walk with God that it’s not just about you… think about the generations after you – your kids and their kids.
Often times I feel we go to church out of habit or routine. We listen to an online sermon and don’t feel changed. I personally try to choose wisely in what church I attend and who’s teaching I sit under. It’s not something we should take lightheartedly; you have to be careful what you turn your ear to. This word was so encouraging and uplifting for me! I hope that this was enjoyable and has inspired you to spend some time in the Word today!
Let’s chat: Do you have a home church? Are there any online churches/pastors that you love?
Until next time…