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A good servant of Jesus! — 1 Timothy 4:8-16

A good servant of Jesus! — 1 Timothy 4:8-16
By Pastor Lee Hemen
January 7, 2018

People will spend money for gym memberships, take time to run every day, or make sure that they eat only certain things in specific amounts. What is interesting though is that these same folks who spend so much time and effort on some of these things do not spend the same amount of effort, time, or personal investment in their relationship with the Lord. Just as regular exercise for the body is good so is regular spiritual daily exercise with Jesus.

Paul knew that his mentorship with Timothy included his investment daily in spending time with the Lord. Paul had studied the Psalms and he knew the question David asked: “Who may ascend the hill of the LORD? Who may stand in his holy place?” and how David answered it: “He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to an idol or swear by what is false. He will receive blessing from the LORD and vindication from God his Savior.” (Psalms 24:3-5 NIV) What David could only know momentarily Paul had come to realize believers enjoyed permanently. However, in order to mature and grow in the Lord as a good servant one must also spend time with Jesus; so let’s discover what Paul writes Timothy concerning being a good servant of Jesus…

READ: 1 Timothy 4:8-16

When Jesus enters into someone’s life they are spiritually changed forever: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” (2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV) Do they still carry some of the old world’s habits? Yes, but that is why we are to walk daily with him who loved us, died for us, and rose again to prove he was able to change us! In fact total spirituality is not a momentary thing but takes a lifetime and this is why Paul told Timothy that…

I. A good servant of Jesus trains his entire life! (Vv. 8-10)

For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come. This is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance (and for this we labor and strive), that we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, and especially of those who believe.

1. Paul understood that while “physical training is of some value… godliness has value for all things”. We live in an age whereby some people think that if they feel something then it makes it true for their lives and therefore valuable or worthy. This simply is not true. Worth does not come from how one feels but from the actual substantive effect it has. You cannot think about working out and experience the actual benefits of doing so. You have to actually do it! Saying you feel someone’s pain does not mean you actually are experiencing it. Training in godliness then has extreme value, “holding promise for both the present life and the life to come”! This is not a wishful thought or a hoping that it might come true, it is the actual result of living a godly life both here and now and in one’s eternal life to come! Above all Paul wanted Timothy to live well but even more to live his life for the Lord. Paul knew if Timothy did he would have an effective life and one worthy of God. Later on in this letter Paul would remind Timothy that “godliness with contentment is great gain”. (V. 6:6) In his life, Paul had come to realize that “in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose”. (Romans 8:28 NIV) So he writes Timothy that “This (then) is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance” in all believer’s lives. It was what Paul labored for and strove for his entire life! And it was the complete reason why Paul had “put [his] hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all men… and especially of those who believe”! Paul understood that a good servant of Jesus trains his entire life!

EXAMPLE: Interestingly some of the most closed minded individuals can either be believers or atheists. In both hubris can interfere with one’s willingness to share the love of Christ and hubris can also interfere with one’s willingness to hear biblical truth. The world sees humility as another’s acceptance of their ideals and never ever disagreeing with them. If a Christian does then they are being conceited and disagreeable. Whereas a believer can plug their ears to the sinner’s plight and not have a broken heart. This is why Timothy needed to learn that a good servant of Jesus trains his entire life!

I decided a long time ago not to take a backseat in explaining what I believe about Jesus, the world, or my own personal philosophy of life. I looked at the life of Paul and realized he never did and then I realized neither did Jesus. However, if you decide to be bold in what you believe be forewarned you will be branded as being conceited. However, we discover Paul bluntly teaching Timothy that…

II. A good servant of Jesus controls their life! (Vv. 11-13)

Command and teach these things. Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity. Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching.

1. In Paul’s day the individuals were considered “young” until you reached the age of wisdom which was around 30. This notion held true until about the 1960s. Interestingly research has shown that young adults often do not fully comprehend the consequences of their actions nor can they make logical decisions until they reach the age of 25! Insurance companies realize that this is why younger folks are more likely to be involved in more risky decisions than older adults. However, Paul wanted Timothy to not allow “anyone [to] look down on [him] because [he] was young”! Now least you think Timothy was an adolescent, he was not by today’s standard. He was probably in his late 20s to mid 30s. Yet his age was no excuse, as a Christian, he was to “set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith, and in purity”! Can you imagine asking, let alone demanding as Paul is actually doing here, today’s believer’s of any age to do the same thing? Notice Timothy was to “command and teach these things”! Timothy was not to feel good about his self; he was to live a life worthy of being called a believer! A life where he watched the words he used, the way he lived his life, his love life, his faith practice, and his ability to be above reproach! Paul would tell another young man, Titus, that a believer’s life “teaches us to say ‘No’ to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age.” (Titus 2:12 NIV) Yet there are those who claim they love the Lord but would rather make excuses as to why they should do the things the world does instead! Is it possible to live the life Paul wrote about? Certainly it is. Paul told Timothy that until he arrived he was to “devote” himself “to public reading of Scripture” and “to preaching and to teaching” the word of God. The idea is gathering with those of like mind and spending time together learning and speaking the words of Jesus! A good servant of Jesus controls their life!

EXAMPLE: Easy believism is easy to believe when one places more importance on a sinner’s prayer than on a changed heart. Saying a mystical phrase does not necessarily make a person a believer and nor does trying to earn God’s love through doing good works. There will be an inner change that is caused by the presence and power the Holy Spirit that will influence one’s outward actions. Christians are not to try to be “good for goodness sake” and in fact a belief in God is not necessary to be a good person. And good people do not necessarily know God! I’ve known lots of good people who did not know God at all and were sometimes even proud of the fact! However, true Godliness (holiness) in life boils up from the inner change that has occurred from knowing and walking with Jesus. This is why Paul taught Timothy that a good servant of Jesus controls their life!

There is no easy way to have a vibrant life in the Lord without devotion. Devotion to speaking daily with the Lord, devotion to reading and understanding the Bible, and devotion in living one’s life for Jesus as his disciple. Paul just made this plain to Timothy and continues by telling him that…

III. A good servant of Jesus must be willing to mature spiritually! (Vv. 14-16)

Do not neglect your gift, which was given you through a prophetic message when the body of elders laid their hands on you. Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress. Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.

1. The problem with why folks do not mature in Jesus has nothing to do with time management but rather it is more to do with the will-management. What I mean is one’s willingness to take the needed time involved! We are an instantaneous society that seeks gratification immediately. Why do you think Twitter, Snap-Chat, texting, and other things that take less than a nanosecond of thought are so popular in our culture? Yet there is no such thing as an “instant” faith walk with Jesus! Paul retorts, “Do not neglect your gift”. Now contrary to those who want to in some way to mysticize this — this is not what Paul meant. Those around Timothy had seen his ability to handle the word of God and the gift of his service; this is why they set him aside to be a pastor. His ability was “given [him] through a prophetic (inspired) message when the body of elders (from his local church by the way) laid their hands on” Timothy. It wasn’t the laying on of hands that gave Timothy his “gift”; rather the laying on of hands was the recognition of his ability to be a pastor. Timothy did not all of sudden “receive” the Holy Jolt as some would have you believe. Paul is reminding a self-conscious young man of why he was a pastor in the first place. Others saw God in Jesus at work in him and they willingly set him aside for that reason and he should not neglect it! Timothy was to stop worrying about what others thought about his youth and instead “Be diligent in these matters”. In fact Timothy is encouraged and commanded to “give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress”! He was to “watch [his] life and doctrine closely.” You mean doctrine is actually IMPORTANT? YES! Timothy was to “persevere in them, because” Paul knew if he did he would “save both [himself] and [his] hearers”! Save them from eternal separation from God, save them from hell, save them from a sin-filled life! A good servant of Jesus must be willing to mature spiritually!

EXAMPLE: Some of the most critical people towards those in the ministry are usually either nominal believers or nonbelievers. I believe it is because they do not fully understand the holy things of God or they are embarrassed by their own actions and spiritual immaturity. Jesus warned his followers to “not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs.” Why would Jesus say such a thing? He goes on to relate that “If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and then turn and tear you to pieces.” (Matthew 7:6 NIV) This is why I very rarely take any criticism seriously from a nominal or nonbeliever. Yet believers are to let their “light shine before all men” and we are to “become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe”! (Matthew 5:6 & Philippians 2:15 NIV) Paul knew that a good servant of Jesus must be willing to mature spiritually!

Conclusion:

A good servant of Jesus trains his entire life! A good servant of Jesus controls their life! A good servant of Jesus must be willing to mature spiritually!

This article is copyrighted © 2018 by Lee Hemen and is the sole property of Lee Hemen, and may not be used unless you quote the entire article and have my permission.

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Just Wondering…

I was just wondering, do you do what you say or do you say what you do? You know what I mean, how good is your word? Do you live a consistent life in the one who created you? Perhaps you think you are a pillar of consistency but the view others have of you is blurred at best. Foggy thinking never wins the prize for personal clarity. It presents a life that is immature and disingenuous. Is your word your bond or does it transform like a politician’s promise? Perhaps your expediency of the moment has caught you in a life that is weak and unreliable. Maybe you need to strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees and be a real man or woman. One who can be trusted with the deep things of the creator? Makes one wonder…

Pastor Lee Hemen has been the outspoken pastor of the same church for 27 years in Vancouver, WA. He writes regularly on spirituality and conservative causes and maintains several web blogs. This article is copyrighted © 2012 by Lee Hemen and is the sole property of Lee Hemen, and may not be used unless you quote the entire article and have my permission.

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Just Wondering…

I was just wondering, what do you think it means to be mature? It is not the same thing as being an adult. We can be mature and not be an adult or we can be an adult and not be very mature. Mature folks usually do not allow their emotions to rule their lives, only a three-year-old does that. Perhaps maturity is when we are able to face our stupid mistakes, admit them, ask for forgiveness, and then grow intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually. The one who saved us desires that we mature in our faith, but that can never happen if do not make the effort. Perhaps then, maturity comes with effort and our willingness to decide to suck it up and make the changes we need to in order to mature. Makes one wonder…

Pastor Lee Hemen has been the outspoken pastor of the same church for 27 years in Vancouver, WA. He writes regularly on spirituality and conservative causes and maintains several web blogs. This article is copyrighted © 2012 by Lee Hemen and is the sole property of Lee Hemen, and may not be used unless you quote the entire article and have my permission.

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Hebrews 5:11-14 – You’re the immature one!

Hebrews 5:11-14 – You’re the immature one!
By Pastor Lee Hemen
August 19, 2012 AM

The other day when I went swimming at the lake two young women, who were cooling off by standing in the water, were talking to one another about a mutual acquaintance. You could not help but overhear what they were saying because they were not very silent. One remarked, “She is so immature!” The other readily agreed and then they proceeded to act like a couple of junior high girls and gossip about the person they thought was “so immature”! None of us is immune to such childish behavior. I caught myself at the Fair the other day acting like a tired, hungry, and cranky toddler!

What is truly sad are folks who claim faith in Christ and supposedly have been Christians for years who still do not understand basic biblical concepts. Recently I interviewed a young couple who although had been missionaries in the field, they did not comprehend the basic concepts of church membership, how their denomination worked, nor the importance of faith alone in Christ alone. In our day and age there are too many believers who base their faith on feelings rather than on basic biblical truths. The writer of Hebrews faced a similar situation with the folks he was trying to speak too. Let’s discover what he says about Christian immaturity…

READ: Hebrews 5:11-14

Spiritual immaturity breeds heresy within the Christian church. At its core are laziness and a sloppy spirituality. The author of Hebrews had barely begun his teaching on the topic of the Melchizedek priesthood of Christ but he could not continue because of the immaturity of his listeners. Like little children who get easily bored, he wondered how much exposition they could digest! He knew there was inherent danger for them to remain spiritually immature. They would be easily swayed by anyone who came along and led astray. He teaches us that…

I. Immature Christians fail to understand elementary truths! (Vv. 11-12)

“We have much to say about this, but it is hard to explain because you are slow to learn. In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food!” (Hebrews 5:11-12 NIV)

1. You would have thought that people who claimed to be Christians for probably the better part of two to three decades would have understood some of the basic tenants of their faith! This is not the case here in Hebrews. We find the author writing that, “We have much to say about this, but it is hard to explain because you are slow to learn.” Wow! I guess spiritual immaturity began in the first century! How frustrating it must have been for him to earnestly want to continue in his teaching about Jesus and Melchizedek, but it became “hard to explain because [they were] slow to learn!” Like little children who constantly have to be told to “look both ways” before crossing the street, these believers had to be constantly reintroduced to biblical basics! Hebrews states that “In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again.” They were lethargic in applying what they had heard! In fact, by this time they should have been able to teach others, but they were so deliberately lazy they needed “someone to teach [them] the elementary truths of God’s word all over again!” Like immature babies, they needed “milk, not solid food!” Certainly repetition is good for the soul but at some point the spiritual sloth has to apply what they have constantly heard! I believe there are only two possible conclusions concerning people like this: Either they are in rebellion against God or they are not saved in the first place! The author believes his listeners are saved but theologically lazy, which meant they were in rebellion to what they had heard over and over again! Which conclusion best fits your faith? We discovered that immature Christians fail to understand elementary truths!

EXAMPLE: You would think that people would easily learn elementary truths, but they always do not. The other day we went to a local farm to buy some melons and pet the farm animals. My little grandson loves to pet animals. He especially likes to get up close and personal with them and it was tough trying to explain to him that he could not touch the wire on the electric fence that surrounded their pen. Now I fully understand what it means to touch an electric fence, because I have experienced the rather shocking feeling myself several times, but he has not. Not even once, and so, try as I might, he still did not fully understand it until he saw one of the goats touch the wire, get zapped, and quickly jump back. He looked up at me and went, “WHOA!” I am glad to say that he learned an elementary truth. Afterwards he folded his hands behind his back and made sure he was several feet from the electric wire. How sad to learn that there are those who should know better yet are immature Christians who fail to understand elementary truths!

Did you know that the meat from young calves that are only fed milk and then slaughtered is called “veal”? It is extremely tender and costly. The same is true for those believers who constantly feed themselves on spiritual milk. They are “tender” and easily offended when confronted for their spiritual shallowness and are costly to the churches they are part of because they serve only when it benefits them or leave at a moment’s whim, costing the church body harm, frustration, and hindering its ministry. Sad to say this is nothing new because we discover from Hebrews that…

II. Mature Christians eat solid theological food regularly! (Vv. 13-14)

“Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.” (Hebrews 5:13-14 NIV)

1. The writer of Hebrews correctly notes that “anyone who lives on milk” should be considered “still an infant”! Of course what he is referring to is spiritual milk, the rudimentary teaching concerning the gospel. In our Sunday School Preschool Classes they are taught the concept of God’s love. God loves you, God loves others, we love God and we should love others. Sadly, much of the world today is stuck in “theological preschool.” Like the readers Hebrews was referring to, many today are “not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness.” It is very easy for toddlers to understand when they are loved, but it is often frustrating for them to learn obedience. The same is true for believers. It is easy to know we are loved by God, but a lot more difficult to learn righteousness. These people were not familiar with what they needed to be familiar with, namely righteousness! They could neither experience it for themselves nor teach what it meant to others! The Bible Knowledge Commentary states that “It is not so much that a spiritual ‘infant’ lacks information — though at first he obviously does — but rather that he has not yet learned to put ‘the teaching about righteousness’ to effective use. He lacks the skill which goes with maturity and which results in the ability to make appropriate moral choices!” This is why Hebrews states, “But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.” Righteousness is not just keeping oneself free from doing really stupid things; it is living a consistently morally holy life for God! In other words, making the right choices that God would have you make! Being in worship regularly, reading the Word, praying, being a part of and serving in his church! The truly hard stuff concerning righteousness comes from knowing and doing these things consistently! It is the only way you can “distinguish good from evil” in your life! Folks, immature Christians live on a diet of theological milk but mature Christians eat solid theological food regularly!

EXAMPLE: One of the children’s TV shows that are often panned is the show Barney. The reason it is, is because of its simplistic method of teaching. To see and hear a big lumpy purple dinosaur dance around and sing, “I love you, you love me. We’re a happy family! With a great big hug and a kiss from me to you. Won’t you say you love me too?” kind of leaves itself open to all kinds of put-downs. Yet many Christians remain in a kind of Barney-believism. There are those who claim Christ, yet believe that sex before marriage is okay. They forget that sexuality is a powerful natural narcotic and Jesus fully understood this. It is easy believism to think that as long as we say we “love one another” or that “we are going to get married it is okay,” but then Jesus taught: “You have heard that it was said, ‘Do not commit adultery.’ But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” (Matthew 5:27-28 NIV) That’s tough! That’s righteousness! That’s not Barney-believism! Immature Christians live on a diet of theological milk but mature Christians eat solid theological food regularly!

Conclusion:
Immature Christians fail to understand elementary truths! Mature Christians eat solid theological food regularly!

Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 Biblica. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.

Pastor Lee Hemen has been the outspoken pastor of the same church for 27 years in Vancouver, WA. He writes regularly on spirituality and conservative causes and maintains several web blogs. This article is copyrighted © 2012 by Lee Hemen and is the sole property of Lee Hemen, and may not be used unless you quote the entire article and have my permission.

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Weak In Christ, But Not A Wimp! – Today’s Thoughts…

Weak In Christ, But Not A Wimp! – Today’s Thoughts…
By Pastor Lee Hemen
November 5, 2008

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. (2 Corinthians 12:9-10)

Sadly, there are Christians who actually think that by their suffering, they are better Christians. Then, they quote these verses and add as an excuse: “No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.” (1 Corinthians 10:13) However, this is not only a perversion of the text, it is a misrepresentation of what Paul was writing about. The later verse, 1 Corinthians 10:13, deals with temptations and not suffering, and the verses, 2 Corinthians 12:9-10, deals with Paul’s “weaknesses,” and not our convoluted empathy in thinking he is writing about what suffering we are going through at the moment.

So, what then is Paul actually speaking to us about in the above verses and what can we garner from them? Namely, the fact that God’s “grace is sufficient for you.” The trial or “suffering” you may be going through could be your personal thorn, but be careful in thinking so. (See yesterday’s thoughts on the subject.) The “way out” that most believers forget about in their “temptations” or trials is found in Jesus Christ, whose “grace is sufficient!” Therefore, stop right now in your self-pitying thought practice and despicable wallowing in your personal pain and trouble, thinking that God has given this “struggle” to you to, make you “stronger!” (Well, boohoo!) You cannot be made strong spiritually if you do not understand the spiritual truth found here. God’s strength, his grace, and his power is what is important here and not you. (The last time I looked, the Bible was about God working his grace in the world, and not about you!) God’s power can only rest on those who have come to the understanding that their life in the Lord is all there is, nothing else matters. Not their “suffering,” their “temptations,” or their trying to bear up under personal tragedy. Now, least you mistakenly think that I am saying that God does not care about us, you are wrong again! God after all did send his Son to die for us and to extend his grace to us. But get a clue here folks!

Paul was not some sadomasochist who delighted in God actually hurting him! And he never viewed God as a personal protagonist that just waited to smack him around to get his attention either. God was God and he is in control. He has provided Jesus as our means of grace. It is this grace that is sufficient for us in any circumstance we may face in this life. Sadly, I have encountered Christians who were actually happiest when they were in the midst of their personal misery, thinking they were being made stronger simply by wallowing in their own wretchedness! Hogwash! Jesus came to set the captives free from the slavery of sin, to bind up our wounds created from sin, and to give us a life more abundant in him, not to save us from the struggles of life! Paul wrote, “That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” Paul did not look for pain and suffering to make him stronger in God, instead he was well aware of how God was working in his life as he enjoyed God’s grace in Jesus. Paul needed to learn personal strength in the Lord. Therefore Paul was “delighted” in learning he was weak without Jesus. He could not have faced the insults, hardships, persecutions, and difficulties he did if he did not know that God’s grace was more than sufficient for him. Paul was not asking for a bigger beating from God, he was excited that he could face any circumstance, not in himself because he was weak, but in Jesus who made him strong in his grace! And dear child of the Lord, so can you!

Never delight in the false assumption that what you are going through is a “test” from God to see if you will respond by asking for more of the same. God does not want us to become spiritual self-flagellationists. He desires that we grow in his grace. God’s grace is sufficient for you every moment of every day no matter what your life may bring your way.
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Today’s Thoughts, 1 Peter 2:2-3

By Pastor Lee Hemen
May 21, 2008

Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good. (1 Peter 2:2-3)

What do you crave in life? Oh come on, you know there are some things that you literally “crave.” For some it is chocolate, for others it is sweet tea on a hot summer’s day, and for others it may be mom’s homemade apple pie fresh from the oven with a scoop of hand-cranked vanilla ice-cream on top! It does not have to be food, it can be the sound of a brook as it makes laughter over the rocks or the smell of soft pines on a warm day. It can be the salt air of the beach early in the morning or the sound of the birds as they wake up the earth every day. We can crave the company of friends that makes us laugh, family that we love, or the hugs and kisses of little children and the sweet beauty of young love. There are a lot of things we may crave in life, but do you crave the presence of your Lord?

Peter related that Christian’s should crave the discovery of the spiritual truth like an infant that nuzzles its mother’s breast in search of nourishment. Why? “So that by it you may grow up in your salvation!” Far too many stay infants suckling rather than growing into the strapping men and women of God they need to be. You find them crying for God to “bless” them as they wave their hands in the air hoping against hope that they will feel something, anything, that seems like a stirring of the Spirit. They flock to the good show on Sunday morning seeking their latest “fix” at the nipple of manufactured spirituality. They buy the latest holy volume from their favorite poetic Christian author trying to discover something in its pages they cannot experience without the help of prepackaged material that focuses on their maleness, their femininity, or the generation they are part of. Let me say it plain like Peter did: If you do not crave God’s spiritual milk, you will never grow up. You will remain an adolescent in your spirituality and immature in your faith. You will always depend on others to make you feel the presence of God rather than knowing it from your walk with Him. It takes work. It takes time. It takes your effort and willingness to be alone with Him on a consistent and daily basis.

Here’s a suggestion: Try going without the same amount of meals as the number of times you never spend with the Lord. You miss a day with God, no meals that day. Not even a bedtime snack. How long would you survive? Would you starve in short order? And you wonder why you are still an infant in Christ.

Dear child of the King, your salvation is just the beginning of your journey with Jesus. It is just a mere “taste” of the things to come as you walk with Him day by day. Will you settle for one single taste of something you should crave? (Not me!) I guarantee that if you go without several meals as you follow your lack of time with Him, you will crave sustenance. In fact, you will begin to crave anything that resembles food, even if it is rotten. Far too many folks are eating rotten spiritual food because in their spiritual hunger they settle for ungodly scraps garnered from the dregs of others rather than from the table set before them by God Himself! Therefore, little one, “Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.”

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