Day: 23 May 2018

What’s For Lunch?

Matthew 5:6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled.

Replenishment in our souls is important. We cannot allow our spiritual pantries to get empty. So many people enter the recovery process and commence with a real appetite then starve themselves of spiritual nourishment. Some snack occasionally or indulge in junk food. The enemy is happy to have us attracted to his sweet desserts, ignoring the main meal.  The Bible says “He humbled you and let you be hungry. Then he fed you with manna–something you did not know about before. It was something your ancestors had never seen. Why did the Lord do this? Because he wanted you to know that it is not just bread that keeps people alive. People’s lives depend on what the Lord says.” Deuteronomy 8:3

Spiritual appetite is cultivated by acquiring a taste for the nutritious foods of the Word of God and soul building exercises of prayer, fellowship. discipline and faith.

Those who trust in the LORD will become strong again–like eagles that grow new feathers. They will run and not get weak. They will walk and not get tired.  Isaiah 40:31

Spiritual Nourishment

Use Your Common Sense

Psalms 119:66 Increase my knowledge and give me the good sense because I believe in your commands.

 Have confidence in God’s involvement in your spiritual growth. I knew a guy once. Shared a half-way house with Him in early recovery, who believed the way for God to help Him was to write out the Bible word for word.

I am not saying that was a bad thing but there was no evidence of any change in him because of it. Other than the fact he would get down on himself if he didn’t write the Bible every day.

I don’t believe God wants us to kill ourselves doing things that have no obvious effect on our character.

This verse says give me common sense. We all know the difference between right and wrong and God wants us to live right.

 

  • How is God showing You to live Your life today?

Common Sense

Doubting Thomas

Thomas, called the Twin, one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples, therefore, said to him, “We have seen the Lord.” So he said to them, “Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.” John 20:24-25

Dubbed ‘Doubting Thomas’ Thomas suffered unfairly because he chose to express some of his inner doubts. But an updated version of his man probably rubs shoulders with us every day. Thomas refused to be a believer because of others around him who tried to use their influence to steer him in the right direction. He would either be convinced and commit his life to Jesus totally or he would have no faith at all. He displayed intellectual integrity, tested the claims of the other disciples and sought clarification for Jesus Himself.

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. John 14:6 

It is important in the process of recovery we each know Jesus in all three aspects of this verse to achieve self-discovery and life-fulfillment. God is patient with us in our doubt and offers Himself to quell our unbelief and uncertainty. When we are sincere and willing to learn, like Thomas our doubt can be transformed into an experience of Godly relationship as we walk with Him day by day.

talking with God

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