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Are You Resting?

If you feel overwhelmed with the burdens of life, this message is for you!

Children of the Harlot – Jacob Prasch

This message is very applicable for what we are seeing taking place in many churches these days.

Are You Stable?

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Are You Stable?

I had a lively discussion with my cousin regarding the issue of biblical illiteracy among those who claim to be Christians. It is so prevalent these days, and honestly, it breaks my heart. Those who choose not to study the bible are missing some of the greatest treasures in life! After all, Psalm 138:2 tells us that God has magnified His Word above all.

Colossians 1:21-23 tells us what happens when we continue in our faith. “And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him, if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard.” (ESV, bolded text done by me)

One thing I have noticed throughout the years is that there are many things in the natural realm, which can be applied to our spiritual lives. This portion of scripture is a good example of that.

For example, when a person has high blood pressure, they take medication on a daily basis. By doing so, they stand a better chance of keeping their blood pressure at a stable level. In our spiritual lives, if we read, study, and meditate on the Word of God on a daily basis, our spiritual lives will be stable. God’s Word is like medicine to our soul. When we neglect that daily Word, we tend to follow our emotions instead of God’s truth. We become weak, and less able to stand against temptation’s snares.

If you have been neglecting the Word, I challenge you to pick up your sword and start reading it again. You will be amazed at what the Lord wants to reveal to you, how He wants to encourage you, and show you His immense love for you!

© 2018, Stacy R. Miller

 

Lord, Help me to Endure This Trial

The Spiritual Restaurant

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The Spiritual Restaurant

There are so many choices when we go out to eat. We can do fast food, drive through, buffets, or a fancy restaurant that has culinary foods.

Now when we do fast food or the drive through, it’s because we are usually in a hurry. We do it for the convenience, not because it’s good for us. If we do the buffet, it’s usually because we want a lot of choices. But there’s something else which often happens with a buffet – we usually eat way too much!

If we choose to go to the restaurant which offers culinary foods, we are going for the experience, the atmosphere, and to savor every bite. After all, it costs us a lot more money for an experience like that!

One thing common with all of these choices is that we don’t have to cook the food. It’s easier for us because someone else is taking care of the hard part.

Our spiritual lives can be much like eating out. Many people view their spiritual lives as just attending church, with it being where they get fed. Some people think it’s the job of the pastor to feed them. Some want a fast-food service, where they are in and out quickly. Others want a drive-through service, where they come once in a while, but they don’t plan to stay and get involved or connect with others. Many in this group don’t even read the Word the rest of the week. Yet, in the Lord’s prayer, Jesus said, “Give us this day our daily bread.” Getting into the Word and spending time with the Lord is to be done daily.

Now there are others who view church as a buffet. They will be there for every service, taking it all in. However, they don’t give back. They just hoard it for themselves. If we eat at a buffet every night, we are going to get fat. People who attend every service, just taking in and never getting back are the ones who become puffed up and proud. They are the ones who often become judgmental and legalistic. In their judgmental attitude, they will still read the Word, but they never see themselves in it – only others.

There is a third group of people who view their spiritual lives like culinary arts. When they go to a restaurant which serves culinary foods, they want to savor every bite. They want to relax, look around the restaurant, taking in the entire experience. They know there is a price to be paid for this kind of experience, so they want to get everything they can from it. This would be likened to those who have tasted and seen the Lord is good. They don’t just want church on Sunday. They want Jesus! They want daily bread and they are willing to get that bread for themselves by studying the Word. Because they spend so much time in the Word, learning it, savoring it, experiencing it in their daily lives, they can’t help but want to share the goodness of God with others!

In all honesty, I can look at these scenarios and recognize times in my life where I have fit into every one of them! Can you see me blush? The last group is where I currently fit and I have to tell you, it is so exciting! I quit reading many books and I stopped listening to the preaching on the television. I started digging into the Word for myself and really studying it. I have been doing this for over four years now. I can tell you – NOTHING compares to the time I have spent in the Word. I crave the Word of God! Now that I have truly tasted the true Word, it is what I desire. Forget the mega churches. Forget the popular books. Just give me Jesus!
© 2018, Stacy R. Miller

 

Being Set Free

I have been listening to Scripture Memory Songs on You Tube recently, trying to get the Word hidden in my heart.  These catchy tunes and lyrics quickly started going through my mind, even when I wasn’t listening to them.  There is so much power in music!

However, I listened to one song that gave me pause for thought.  It stresses the point I have been making recently in regard to why it is imperative for us to be in the Word of God.  If we aren’t in the Word of God, we won’t catch deception because we won’t truly know what the Word says.

The song I was listening to was from John 8.  It focused on the idea that whom the Son sets free is free indeed.  Yes, that is true.  It is in John 8:36.   However, if you go back a few verses to verse 32, it says, “You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”  (Emphasis mine)  This is a key point!

For instance, when I got set free from chronic colitis, it was once I knew the truth, then I was able to act on that truth, and be set free.   Another time, I was healed of asthma.  It was only through getting a revelation of what God’s Word says, that I realized that I could truly be healed, and then I acted on that truth.  We must know the truth!!!  That is what causes faith to arise in our souls, helping us to believe for whatever miracle we need!

Yes, there are times when the Lord does set us free, as the song below states.  However, in my own experience, most of my freedom has come when I got a revelation of truth, revealed in His precious Word.

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