Sunday, September 20, 2015

Feeding Your Spirit To Grow

True Faith Means Continued Growth


Have you eaten today? Did you have a big Breakfast? Or did you have a huge Dinner last night. So you are good right? You do not need to eat again. Right? Good luck with that.. No, you really do need to eat again. If you do not, all that energy and nourishment that you put into yourself , will be spent, and if not filled up again, your body will shut down and die..

Just like your physical body will starve and shut down with the lack of food, your Spiritual Body needs food continuously or it will shut down and die. Remember when Jesus was being tempted by the Devil? The very first temptation was physical.
"If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread."
Remember, Jesus had not eaten in 40 days. What was Jesus's response?
"It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God."
You can read of this exchange in Matthew 4.. What Jesus is talking about here is that Life is more than physical food. When Jesus was telling us about our needs will be met {Matthew 6:26} He said this..
"Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?"
Just like you when you were an infant, you have to start out with the Milk. You are not ready for solid food yet. You need to understand that Jesus is Lord. You need to understand that He came and died for you. Yet rather, that He resurrected to overcome Death, Hell, and the Grave, so that you do not have to. You need to understand John 3:16. You need to understand the Love of God. You need to believe..
"That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved." {Romans 10:9}
You need to understand the Basics. As Jesus told us...
"He that believeth on me, believeth not on me, but on him that sent me. And he that seeth me seeth him that sent me. I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness. And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world. He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day." {John 12:44-48}
You see, you are not going to eat a Steak fresh out of the Womb. You are not going to understand some of the Mysteries of the Word, and of God, right from day one that you are Born again. But just like the fact you grow physically, you start eating food of more substance, you need to eat Spiritual Food of more Substance. Paul put's it this way..
"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! 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 5:11-14}
Paul is saying to them, you should know this. But we cannot talk to you about these things because you will never understand them. He said, instead of them being Sowers of the Seed, Teachers of Truth, and Showers of the Way, they need someone to teach them the Basics. He even list some of them.
"Repentance from acts that lead to death, and of faith in God, instruction about baptisms, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment." {Hebrews 6:1-2}
Paul warns that if we, as Children of God, fail to grow, fail to continue to learn, we can fall into a trap. We fail to lay for ourselves a solid foundation, we can be misled and fall away from God's Plan and Purpose for our lives. If we, as Children of God, fall away from the Truth, he warns us, that we will be worse off than them who have never been Saved. Paul puts it like this..
"It is impossible for those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, who have shared in the Holy Spirit, who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the coming age, if they fall away, to be brought back to repentance, because to their loss they are crucifying the Son of God all over again and subjecting him to public disgrace."{Hebrews 6:4-6}
If there was any doubt, Paul later states this...
"For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,"{Hebrews 10:26,29}
Then this...
"Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?"
Wait, Are you saying that you can lose your Salvation? Well, some say "Once Saved always Saved." But then we would not have Free Will. Right? If you come to me, and say, please adopt me into your family. I agree. However, I tell you to be a part of my family, I will require from you the same as I would require from all my children. If you are a faithful and good Child, you, as with all my children, will inherit part of my vast estate and fortune.

However, you have Free Will. Lets say you decide to stop coming to my house. You decide to go off and do your own thing. You decide to forsake me and my family. That is totally your choice. By doing this though, you are disqualifying yourself from all my blessings and promises. I can not bless you, help you, or even love you, if you are no longer with me. As in all things, the choice is yours.

This is why it is so very important, I believe now more than ever, for you to feed your Spirit EVERY DAY. If you feed from The Word, your Spirit will grow older, stronger, and wiser. Jesus warned us that...
"For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect." {Matthew 24:24}
We will discuss this more in detail next time. The bottom line is, our Spirit needs food to grow, become strong, and stay healthy. Just like our Bodies, if we fill our Spirit with Junk Food, it will not be as healthy as it would with a Healthy diet. Garbage in, garbage out. You must Read God's Word. You must Pray. You must go a Church that God leads you to and become an active member. Not just a Pew Warmer. But an active member.

As you grow, you will need Spiritual Food of more substance and Spiritual Benefit. Instead of Milk, you will be eating Steak and Potatoes. However, do not forget this fact, if you do not feed your Spirit, you will not, nor can ever, grow. Your Spirit will never grow, mature, and become healthy. Do not starve your Spirit. It would not be a good thing..

Have you been Born Again? Do you know Jesus as your Savior? Have you been adopted into the Family of God? If not, say this Prayer. Right now. Wherever you may be. Say it in your own words, and do not doubt in your heart. God will hear you. He will send the Spirit of Life to you. Let us Pray..

"Oh heavenly Father, Lord God. I am a sinner. I know this. I know there is nothing I can do to change that. But I know you can. I accept Jesus's sacrifice for me. I repent my sins. Please send the Spirit of Adoption into my life. Help me to get to know the real you. Save me. Please. In the name of Jesus, Amen!"

That's it. It really is that simple. Now go tell someone what you have just done. "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved." {Romans 10:9} You need to find a Church that God leads you to, and be Baptized the way Jesus said to be. You are now a Child of God. A new Creature. You "have put off the old man with his deeds, and have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him." {Colossians 3:10}

If you want to tell me, or comment, question, give testimonials, or just say "Hi," the Email is opntalk@gmail.com

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen. {2 Corinthians 13}

Until next time, be Blessed, be a Blessing, and Jesus IS Lord..

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