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The Gift of Hunger

The Gift of Hunger

There are many gifts God gives that we often take for granted; hunger is one of them. Often times we think of hunger as a burden but it truly is a blessing. If we don’t eat we will die, and if we never know we are hungry we may never know to eat. Naturally as adults we know we are to eat if we want to live. However, a new born baby doesn’t know this. For this reason, God designed our human bodies, starting from birth, to become hungry so we will know to eat, so we will grow, be healthy, and live.
In I Peter 2:1-4 the Apostle Peter describes the hunger of one who is a new born babe in Christ. A new born babe in Christ is one who has recently repented of their sins, (I Peter 2:1), and has turned to Jesus. (I Peter 2:4). He said, “Like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation.” (I Peter 2:3). Then he said in the next verse, “If you have tasted the kindness of the Lord.”
In other words, if you have tasted the kindness of the Lord by recognizing His grace and received it, and you have repented of you sins and tuned to Jesus, and therefore become a new born babe in Christ, you will have a longing, a hunger, for the word of God. Though I am not the one who sits in the judges seat, I seriously doubt that the one who claims to be converted and has never had any hunger for the Word of God, or anything of God’s is a true conversion. The truly converted, especially the new born, will have a longing, a hunger, for the Word of God as well as all things from God.
There are times when the human body will lose its apatite, its natural hunger, and not want to eat. But, those times are a sign that the body is not healthy. In the midst of battling cancer I was asked one question above all else: “How is your appetite?” If the body is not healthy it will not want to eat. In the same way, if we are not spiritual healthy we will not have a hunger for the word of God; we will have no hunger for anything of God. It is at that time that we should know we stand in need of repentance.
The new born will especially have a hunger for the Word of God. Just as a new born in the flesh is limited in its ability to do things so is a new born in Christ. Just as the new born in the flesh has a longing to grow, learn, and do more, so will the now born in Christ. The new born in Christ will have a specific longing for the Word of God for the very specific purpose of growing in respect to their salvation. If there is no longing to grow in the salvation than one needs to seriously question whether or not they have a true salvation.

 
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Posted by on February 7, 2017 in Bible Study, Devotional, Uncategorized

 

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Fool’s Gold

Fool’s Gold

“A fool does not delight in understanding, But only in revealing his own mind.” Proverbs 18:2

Shortly after the discovery of America, English treasure hunters raced to the new found coastline in search of riches. Many had more zeal than knowledge and skill. They often filled their boats with what they presumed would make them rich beyond their wildest dreams. Upon their return to England they would quickly be disappointed when they tried to sell what they presumed was gold. They would discover that they didn’t have gold that was greatly valuable; instead, they had a mineral called iron pyrites that was practically worthless. This mineral became known as, fool’s gold. Most of these treasure hunters invested all they had to pursue these riches, only to be left with nothing, leaving them totally devastated.

I am often confronted with people who are full of pride in their opinions. They think that they have understanding and often are arrogant enough to speak on behalf of God. Unfortunately, most of these people are totally ignorant of God’s Word. I have even seen “experts” on news broadcasts that are obviously clueless as to what the bible actually says. They think their opinion is a treasure chest full of riches not understanding that their man made opinions are fool’s gold. If they invest their lives on these opinions rather than the true treasure of God’s Word they will be left devastated.

In reality our opinions do not matter. Only the truth of God’s Word truly matters. When Jesus returns the bible tells us He will judge the nations with the sword that comes out of His mouth. (Revelation 19:15.) That sward is the Word of God. (Hebrews 4:12.) God has given to us His word so we can know Him and His will for our lives. He has also given to us the Holy Spirit who not only inspired men to write the Word of God but will also teach it to us. Jesus said in Matthew 7:24-27, “Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock. Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and it fell—and great was its fall.” Not only do we need to hear the Word of God, we need to act on it; we need to turn from our ways and to God.

In this world of false teachers who profess to be wise it is extraordinarily important to study God’s Word on our own. Yes, we are to sit under God called teaching and preaching as well, and that is also important, but if we know the Word of God we will know if they are rightly dividing the word of truth and will not be left with fool’s Gold that is worthless and potentially devastating.

 
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Posted by on February 6, 2017 in Bible Study, Devotional, Uncategorized

 

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Our Authority

Our Authority

Paul wrote in I Corinthians 4:6, “Now these things, brethren, I have figuratively applied to myself and Apollos for your sakes, so that in us you may learn not to exceed what is written, so that no one of you will become arrogant in behalf of one against the other.” In this verse he is telling the church of Corinth that he and Apollos have made a standard for themselves not to exceed what is written. He is now telling the church of Corinth to follow their example. What was written? The scriptures. Clearly the Word of God is our authority that we are not to exceed or go beyond.

Paul also wrote in II Timothy 3:16-17, “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.” When one looks at this text in its original language they will see that the literal meaning of “inspired by God” means “God breathed.” God used many men to write down His word but all Scripture comes directly from the breath of God. It is God’s word not mans. II Peter 1:20-21 says, “But know this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation, for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.” For anyone to go beyond what is written is arrogant, boastful, and blasphemous. God has given to us His word “So we have the prophetic word made more sure, to which you do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star arises in your hearts.” (I Peter 1:19).

Paul said that Scripture is profitable. He then listed several things it was profitable for. Since it is profitable we will gain and increase through the study of the Word of God which is God breathed. The end result we gain from Scripture is “that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.” Through God’s word we have everything we will ever need to be thoroughly equipped for service unto Him.

Paul first mentions that Scripture is profitable for teaching. When we are taught, the teaching must be centered in Scripture. When we teach, our teaching must be centered in Scripture. He then says that scripture is profitable for reproof. To reproof someone is to call them out for an error or a wrong. When calling one out for being wrong or for an error in their lives or teaching we must use Scripture. Our opinions are always susceptible to being wrong. However, Scripture is always right. Paul then said Scripture is profitable for correction. Correction is restoration to an upright position. We don’t want to be reproved and not know how to correct the error of our way. Scripture brings us back into the right path, out of the error. It corrects us.

Paul then tells us that Scripture is profitable for training in righteousness. Romans 3:10 tells us that, “there is no one righteous, not even one.” Most everyone will admit that they are a sinner. However, not everyone knows the guilt of their unrighteousness. Scripture makes it clear. Romans 3:22 then tells us that we receive righteousness by placing our faith in Christ and Romans 3:26 tells us that faith in Christ justifies us-makes us righty with God. Yet, how will we or anyone else know these truths apart from the authority of God’s word? We won’t. And, apart from Scripture, how will we grow in righteousness? We won’t.

Whether it is for our personal growth, or teaching others, we trust in the authority of God’s breathed word. Paul said not to go beyond what it written. If we were to go beyond what is written it will profit us nothing and more than likely will cause great harm. However, when we trust in the authority of the written word that was breathed from God with our lives and our ministry we will be adequately equipped for every good work. In other words, we will be lacking in nothing.

 
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Posted by on January 23, 2017 in Bible Study, Devotional, Uncategorized

 

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