"Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you..." Colossians 3:16 (NASB)
When a house is being built, among the first major tasks is to lay the foundation so that the rest of the house will be sustainable for years to come. If it's a two- or three-story house, the foundation must be that much stronger. In a two-story house for example, you don't have to stay on the first floor all the time; you can move up to the second floor. Something is on the second floor that you can't necessarily get on the first floor. That's for a physical house. What about our spiritual house? Are you still living on the first floor of Christian experience after having been saved several years? In our spiritual house, having a second or third floor signals growth. You're not satisfied anymore staying on the first floor because you've learned religion and relationship are not the same. When we allow the Word of God to dwell on the inside of us change has to occur. God takes us higher in Him. Spiritual formation occurs in each of our lives in one form or another. But spiritual transformation will drive us from the first floor to the second.
In my formative years of Christian experience I received a very strong foundation in the church and in the Word. But as I got older and began to grow in God it meant building on to my spiritual house. No, I didn't rip up the foundation, I just built on top of it. Applying the Word to my life became real to me, and I was crazy enough to believe that the Word would work for me. Negativity had to stay on the first floor. I would much rather live on the second floor with some second-floor kind of folk who believe God. I might struggle; such is life, but I'm going to struggle on the 2nd floor and expect great things from God.