—by Pastor Don Weeks, Antioch Baptist Church, Ona, West Virginia
What if there was a guaranteed way to be more productive? What if there was a secret promise somewhere that made fruitfulness automatic? If such a promise existed that gave you automatic increase would you like to know what it is? I hope so, because I am about to tell you.
But wait. Before I reveal this secret promise to you, I’d like to whet your appetite just a little more. What if I told you the way to automatic increase is pleasurable, too? What I mean is there’s one positive requirement, one thing you have to do that is a good and clean thing to do anyway. It would be like a person going to the doctor, and the doctor telling them that in order for them to get perfectly well they’d have to eat all their favorite meals every day.
So, are you ready? Okay then, here is your secret formula for automatic increase. Think of this as Jesus, the Great Physician, giving you a great prescription for perfect spiritual health.
Wait a minute, I almost forgot. There are three things that you cannot do in order for this automatic increase to function correctly. These three things are wrong things. Hopefully, you would never do these things anyway. As a Christian these three restrictions will come as no surprise to you, and, as your brother in Christ it is my job to also give you all God’s requirements for guaranteed, automatic increase.
You probably guessed, this secret formula isn’t secret at all, it is in the Bible.
First, for automatic increase, here are the three things you must not do.
Psalms 1:1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
- You cannot walk in the counsel of the ungodly and receive automatic increase. What I am giving you this morning is godly counsel because it comes from God’s Word. Ungodly counsel is any worldly wisdom from men or women that has no foundation in truth. All Scripture is true and godly counsel.
- You cannot stand in the way of sinners and receive automatic increase. I am sure this is not surprising to you.
- You cannot sit in the seat of the scornful and receive automatic increase. Scornfulness is a disease. It begins as an attitude and becomes a full-blown disease in no time. It is a cancer of the soul which resists any kind of blessing from God. This is usually the silent killer for the Christian that avoids the first two in this sad list of what not to do. But enough about the negatives.
Here is the moment we all have been waiting for. The moment of truth. The secret formula: God’s promise of automatic increase!
Psalms 1:2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
That’s it. The key to spiritual productivity and fruitfulness. This is the way for Christ to increase in your life, your family, and home. It is such a painless and positive prescription from the Great Physician it makes you wonder why we don’t joyfully comply.
All a man or woman (or boy, or girl) has to do is delight in God’s Word. All we have to do is keep our mind on His blessed Word.
In one of my parallel lives where I have infinite time I am writing a book on the subject of Christian meditation. We don’t have time for the whole lesson this morning, but thinking about Scripture is a delight. It guarantees blessing, increase, and fruitfulness. It guarantees it, and I can say that based on the authority of Scripture.
Psalms 1:3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
This is not just another Bible verse. This is our promise from God to be prosperous. Meditate on it today. Become a disciple of this verse and live it. You and I are guaranteed to increase for the glory of God.
Have an awesome and inspired day in Christ!
HE MUST INCREASE