NEWSLETTER

February 2015

EATING GOD'S WORDS


 
Jeremiah 15:16 – “Your words were found and I ate them, and Your words became for me a joy and the delight of my heart; for I have been called by Your name, O Lord God of hosts.”

Jeremiah, the weeping prophet, delivered the Lord’s woes to hardened Israel, a nation with no spiritual hunger for God’s Word. Their resistance to the sweet mercies of God broke this tender prophet’s heart time and time again. “Oh that my head were waters and my eyes a fountain of tears, that I might weep day and night for the slain of the daughter of my people!”
Jer 9:1

Despite his distress, Jeremiah knew from personal experience the over-coming power of Scripture to transform. He found His comfort by eating God’s Words to the delight of his anguished heart. May we too follow the prophet’s compelling example! With this in mind, I exhort you as follows:

1. MAKE SURE YOU ARE SAVED: As a Mormon, I went to “seminary class” at my Ward Monday through Friday before my 1ST high school class. I can’t describe the boredom I endured sitting under the doctrine of demons [1 Tim 4:1]. My soul was devoid of spiritual capacity to discern the twisting of Scriptures by my false teachers. I had no ability to drink from the river of delights, the living and abiding Word of God [See 1 Cor 2:9-16].

Then God saved me. I actually had a Bible in my fraternity room. I ate from Scripture for several hours that day. I could hardly stop eating. So if you are not habitually feasting in God’s Word, I urge you to make sure you are saved. If you are not truly saved, it is so easy to look at the Word as “cardboard”, something you would never want to chew and swallow. If there is any concern here, I urge you go to 2 Cor 13:5, and follow apostle
Paul’s test for genuine salvation.

2. MAKE EATING A DAILY PRIORITY: In Deut 8:3, we are instructed that one of the purposes of manna was to teach Israel not to live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God. [See also Matt 4:4]. The Jews pined for a change in their diet! And God used these cravings to drive home the invaluable priority of “digesting” the Scriptures for the spiritual nourishment of their souls. Even as we need daily food, we are to depend upon the nourishment of Scripture to maintain the vitality of our walk with Christ.

While many believers wish they could shed more than a few pounds, few confess that the Word of Christ is richly dwelling within them consistently, Col 3:16. Making the rich digestion of Scripture a daily priority is very difficult to do. Apart from the greatness of God’s might it is impossible

You can readily read the Bible if you do not consciously intend to eat God’s Words. Though you might be bored, there will be no opposition from the powers of evil. They encourage this kind of self-deceit hoping that your daily exposure to Scripture will delude you into thinking you are on your way through the narrow gates of heaven when in truth you will dwell with them forever in the unquenchable lake of fire. They love false assurance of salvation. It is one of their major tools.

But the demonic realm will unite with your indwelling sin to resist tenaciously your
efforts to eat Scripture as your daily priority. The evil spirits have seen over and over again the power of Scripture to bear fruit, to transform, to renew, to delight the hearts of those who crave the Word of God like a nursing baby longs for milk. If you want to eat God’s Word, you will need by the strength of God’s power to overcome this
diabolical and ever present opposition [See Eph 6:10-12 and Gal 5:17].

3. ASK FOR HELP: Often we fail to maximize the benefits of Scripture because we do not ask the Lord for His help [James 4:3]. In Ps 119:58, the Psalmist indicates the intensity of his prayers for help from God with regard to the benefits of Scripture – “I have sought your favor with all my heart, be gracious to me according to your word.” Desperate for God’s favor in His life, and aware that this favor is inseparably linked to the indwelling power of Scripture when it energizes the soul, the Psalmist commits himself to persistent prayer for help from God with regard to His Word. The author of Psalm 119 therefore requests this power with all of his heart.

I implore you to set aside daily time in fervent prayer that He would enable you to feast on Scripture. “O Lord, cause each member within our beloved Church family to inter-cede for themselves and for one another so that the sharp, two-edged sword of the Spirit may pierce through each of us to convict and transform.” [Heb 4:12; Acts 20:32]

4. COME TO CHRIST: In 1 Peter 2:1-4, the apostle indicates that craving Scripture as a nursing infant cannot be separated from a conscious intent to enter into the
presence of Jesus Christ. The command to crave is united together in the grammar in the same sentence with the concurrent command to come to Christ as a living stone. This command also assumes that at salvation you already have tasted the kindness of the Lord. The taste of His kindness at salvation is to wet your spiritual appetite for craving Christ through His Word.

If you want to eat God’s Words to the delight of your heart, you must consciously spend time in the Scriptures with eyes of faith looking for the Spirit’s disclosure of the radiant presence of the glorious being of Jesus Christ. He is Scriptures grand theme! He is the ultimate and all-consuming goal for your time in God’s Word. Like Jeremiah, you can anticipate a rich feast every time you eat God’s Word while consciously seek-ing rich communion with the majestic One.


Pastor Blain


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