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Posts Tagged ‘Good or junk? What does your heart crave? An appetite for the Word’

The aroma of scrumptious filled the house. Crispy southern fried chicken, mashed potatoes slathered with a glob of real butter, sliced tomatoes fresh from the garden, and just picked green beans, cooked with ham hocks, onions and garlic, hollered “Let’s eat.” The oven timer chimed and buttermilk biscuits popped lighter ‘n a cloud from the oven, waitin’ to be doused with butter, honey and gobbled up.

Yuuummmie!

Even without a picture, I bet your taste buds are dancing a jig. Why? Because you’ve tasted these things and you know they’re good. Delicious comfort food. Pass your plate for seconds. And did I mention homemade chocolate-ice-box pie with a steaming cup of Texas Pecan coffee topped with a dollop of whipped cream for dessert?

Bet if I phoned and asked you for supper, you’d be here in a flash. Yet, when the Sovereign God of the Universe invites us to dine with Him, we have a million excuses. We’re too busy. We’re too tired. The kids are screaming. The ball game’s on. How about tomorrow?

The feast at His table provides wisdom and knowledge. And every bite brings peace and joy. While my chicken and biscuits just pack on the pounds.

But did you know that’s why so many in the church are floundering, caught up in deceptive lies, because they’ve not tasted the Word of God. They have no appetite or understanding of the satisfying, comforting, delightful things God promises.

Scripture invites us, “O taste and see that the Lord is good” (Psalm 34:8 NAS).

We’ve seen Jesus change folks lives. And we’ve watched Him change their families and their eternal destination. Like new babes, they slurp up the truths of the Word, love people (even those who are unlovely), and are full of joy.

But most of us just don’t like change. The voice of deception whispers That guy’s a fanatic. Do you want to be like him? It’s okay to go to church, even sing a little, but get just enough to keep the fire from lickin’ your boots.

We sit, week after week, in the same seat, dozing, or clicking off the list of whatever we’re going to do that afternoon. Not listening. Not growing. And not a chance the fresh wind and fire of the Spirit will sweep through hard hearts, lighting the flame of revival.

Content with sitting and half-hearing whatever the preachers or teachers say, we set ourselves up for spiritual ptomaine poisoning. Because we haven’t studied the truth for ourselves.

Jesus promises to him that hears, more shall be given, like a child learning to stack blocks. In the beginning they can’t stack one on top of another, but the child learns to build a tower. We are to study God’s Word, learn who He is and what He says, in order to build a tower of faith in Him—from faith, to faith, to faith.

But many in the pew on Sunday never open the Book during the week.

In the fourth chapter of Mark, Jesus speaks at great length on the subject of hearing the Word. (Mark 4:1-22 NAS). The disciple relays Jesus warning about hearing the word, not paying attention, and Satan gobbling up what has been sown and tossing it away.

Jesus warns: “He who has ears to hear, let him hear” (Mark 4:9 NAS). “If any man has ears to hear, let him hear. Take care what you listen to. By your standard of measure it shall be measured to you; and more shall be given you besides. For whoever has, to him shall more be given; and whoever does not have, even what he has shall be taken away from him” (Mark 4:23-24 NAS).

Remember this chapter is about listening to the Word and letting your roots grow in Him. And about the temperature and energy of your heart toward the Word you’ve just heard. Did you really listen? Did the Spirit of God touch that place of need in your heart? Did you respond to the Spirit’s conviction? Or did you brush Him away?

Have you ever ordered grits for breakfast? The waitress brings the ham, eggs and grits. You take a big mouthful of that anticipated Georgia ice cream and your mouth turns inside-out. They’re lukewarm. You’d spit ‘em out if you could. And Revelation tells us God will do the same with lukewarm churches and lukewarm Christians. (Revelation 3:14-18 NAS).

God is in the business of transforming each one of His children into the likeness of His Son. And, precious one, if you have no desire, or wish to place limits on that transformation, may I suggest there’s an empty hole in your heart.

Writers spend enormous amounts of time constructing plot lines to be sure there are no holes in the story—all the loose threads must come together in the end. If the plot has holes, the story becomes unbelievable, impossible, and ridiculous.

God has written and preserved sixty-six books of the Bible to insure we know His story. The plot line begins in the Book of Genesis and finishes without holes or error in the Book of Revelation.

In those first few lines of the Bible we are told Christ is the creator and sustainer of the universe, and in case you missed that info in Genesis, He repeats Himself in Colossians 1:15-20.

God recorded our origin, our purpose, our future, and our eternity. Yet the grand majority of Christians know little beyond a short verse or two, taken out of context, and often misapplied.

We are without excuse because we are instructed to:
“Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, handling accurately the Word of Truth” (II Timothy 2:15 KJV).

If Bibles were confiscated and burned would you know enough of the Word to pass God’s truth on to those who have no clue? If a friend needed a Word from God about anxiety, grief, or salvation could you take them to a verse? If God gave you a grade today, would you hear, “Well done?” Or would you be ashamed?

It’s not too late. Begin today, when your spirit groans with hunger pains:
“O taste and see that the Lord is good. How blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him” (Psalm 34:8 NAS).

Don’t stuff yourself with junk food the world offers.

Jesus says:
“If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it shall be done for you. By this is My Father glorified, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples” (John 15:1-11 NAS).

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