19. IDENTIFYING THE SPIRITUAL FOOD WE EAT
What are we eating spiritually? Are we on pablum, on milk, or on meat???
"MY THOUGHTS ARE NOT YOUR THOUGHTS, AND MY WAYS ARE NOT YOUR WAYS."
and we might paraphrase that today to:
MY MENU IS NOT YOUR MENU.
Some eat baby food pablum, but unfortunately, it is true, in Christianity that some are on 'poison food'... eating the diet of false prophets, eating the diet of poison spiritual food.
SO WHAT IS THE ANSWER?
HOW DO WE AVOID THE POISONED MENU
SERVED BY MANY PREACHERS TODAY?
In Old Testament times, many could not see the verses which spoke of Jesus' first coming. They expected the Messiah to come with power as He will in the second coming. Why did they then, and many Jewish people still today, not recognize those prophecies? ? We can so easily find them, yet they could not. Jesus took aside a few disciples, and began to discuss the prophetic messages of the Old Testament. They began to mature in God’s Word. The Word of God is truth, wisdom, and direction. If we fail to maturely understand it, we wander about in misconceptions.
There is much we can understand. That is why we are told to "study to show yourself approved unto God." Even if we studied 24 hours a day, seven days a week--we could only comprehend a portion of God's Word. Usually the ones who study the Word of God the most, are the ones who know there is so much more to learn. Some who have had little in-depth training in the Bible, think they have it down pat. When we finally get to heaven, we will marvel at all we had not yet discovered in the Word of God.
God's Word is understandable, but it is so filled with truth that no one has yet searched out all the truth.
Consider what Paul said in Romans 11:33-34:
"O, the depth of the riches, both of the wisdom and the knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out."
Don't think that you cannot learn much of the Word of God ! You can! But do not think that you have learned it all--already. You will never have searched out all that God's Word has for you. You can learn more and more each day.
The Holy Spirit is our Teacher, and wants to teach us all things. Many saints still have many misconceptions about what the Word of God teaches. We wonder how others can miss what we see so clearly. Yet, we too hold misconceptions about many parts of God's Word. The more in-depth study we do, the more we learn--that there's more to learn. Don't become smug in your knowledge. Many in Jesus' day did.
DO NOT JUST STUDY THE WORD,
BUT TEST ALL SPIRITUAL FOOD BEING OFFERED
BY THE WORD OF GOD.
Acts 17:10-11 (KJV)
And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews. These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.
If they were diligent to search the Word of God to be sure what Paul was preaching was truly correct, so should we test all preachers, evangelists, and television celebrities by the Word of God. In this way, we can avoid the poison food of some preachers, and get onto true food... whether it be milk, pablum, or meat, we need to first get off the poison food offered by some.
WASHING OF THE WATER BY THE WORD OF GOD
WILL CLEANSE OUT THE POISON
Ephesians 5:26-27 (KJV)
That He might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word. That He might present it to Himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.
We need to get busy letting the Word of God cleanse us from all the poison food being served in the church of these last days. Some ministers present a wholesome menu in their preaching, except... yes, except for a doctrine or two, minor details, that are not quite truly Scriptural. We can cleanse those with applying the Word of God, which overrules the ideas of man.
We need to read the Word, study the Word, talk with the Holy Spirit. We need to discern what is poisoned food being offered from pulpits, and reject the food, and flee from the chef who serves it. We need to let the Word of God cleanse us from poisoned doctrines.
There are many who use the words ‘I think’, ‘my opinion is’, and ‘I feel’. Wash those words from your vocabulary. Get into the Word until you have Scriptures to say ‘I know’, ‘God’s opinion is’, and ‘The Lord reveals in His Word’ this truth. I do not want to know what some ‘Christian’ ‘thinks’ or ‘feels’, I want to know what can be proven in the Word of God. That which is prove-able in the Word of God makes a great menu for preachers to serve, for us to eat. Let us not eat of anything else.
The words of God are our spiritual food. We read them in the Bible, we hear them when we pray. Yet, some cannot grow for they do not hear the words, they are deaf to God's spoken messages to us. How can they ever get to 'meat' when they cannot even hear the 'milk, pablum' message? God has spoken to us, God has shown us much in the Word. He seeks to communicate to us directly, and all we do hear is going to be harmonious with the Written Word of God. Some though have grown deaf from hearing the Spirit speak to them.
"He that hath ears to hear, let him hear."
This statement is found 8 times in the Synoptic gospels.
(Matthew 11:15, 13:9, 43; Mark 4:9:23, 7:16; Luke 8:8, 14:35).
It shows that the Lord realized that some do not listen to the truth when it is spoken. Prophets find this to be the case many times. To find hearts hungry to hear, is getting rarer and rarer. Some hear the truth, but do not truly hear what is being said. They listen, or seem to be, and yet, they do not truly hear. Some are deaf to the real voice of the Spirit to them.
God has much that He has desired to tell His saints. He has revealed much in the Word of God that we need to study and learn. There are some things we will not learn until we reach heaven. Yet, even minus that much, there is so much that we will learn if we open our spiritual ears to the Spirit of the Lord.
In Revelation 2 and 3, we find that Jesus reveals that the Spirit is trying during this church age to speak to the churches. "He that hath ears to hear, let him hear what the Spirit says unto the churches. It is found 7 times, once for each of the seven churches, one for each of the church ages.
The Spirit is trying to speak but many do not hear Him, even when He has revealed clearly what He is saying. If we do not hear the Words of God, we cannot grow, and we soon will not even survive... Spiritually, the Word of God is our food that keeps our spirit alive.