If you put a seed in the ground, then go out and dig it up every day to see if anything is happening, you will kill that seed. That seed needs to be left in the ground for a period of time. There has to be some measure of faith right? I know farmers may not use this terminology, but it’s true. The person who plants the seed has to believe that the seed is germinating, putting roots down and producing. You just have to leave that seed there by faith and over a period of time it produces.
It’s the same thing with the word of God. You can’t just take a promise, plant it and expect to reap a harvest right away. You can’t just hear 1 Peter 2:24 for the first time then confess ” By His Stripes I am healed. I claim it in Jesus name,” and then if you aren’t healed in the next ten minutes, you go up and dig that seed saying ” Well, nothing has happened or is happening.” And then the next day, you go back and do it again. That’s not abiding in the word, nor letting the word abide in you. “John 15:5”
You must come to a place where the word of God is part and parcel of you. It’s not something you study for a little bit and then go out and live your whole day contrary to it. It’s not ok to spend ten or twenty minutes in devotion mode, being sweet and kind and listening to God, but then once it’s over you go back to being a piranha the rest of the day….Being angry, mean, sad, vicious in your relationship and dealings with other people. You may have planted the word in your devotion time, but you dug that word up. It’s not working inside of you. It’s not staying in your heart and as a result it doesn’t produce results.
You can’t just consider God’s word during your devotion time, and expect that all of a sudden change the way you act that day. You have to take those truths about loving people, turning the other cheek and thinking more highly of other people, and leave that seed in your heart over time. Then whenever somebody rubs you the wrong way, you need to act in faith and let the word continue to affect you. You must abide in the word and allow the word abide in you, for it to release its power and impact your life.