Friday, February 25, 2011

Choices are for the Living

Choices are for the Living    
John 4:34 My food said Jesus, is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.
Blessings readers for the next three weeks I will be discussing what I believe to be a great threat to the body of Christ. What is the threat I will be writing to you about?  A spiritual eating disorder which has left our churches filled with three different types of believers, Bulimia believer, Anorexia believer, and Obese believer.  This week we will be discussing the Bulimic believer.  A bulimia believer eats and eats the word of God until they disagree with the Word, or until the Word becomes uncomfortable, or cost the bulimic believer something.  Oh sure the bulimic believer  eats up 1John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. But the bulimic believer will purge out Mark 11:25, which says, “And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in Heaven may forgive you your sins. For the bulimic believer it’s an all you can eat buffet when it comes to John 3:16 for God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.  Yes we say praise be unto God on that one, but we purge out the very words of Jesus in Matthew 22:37-39 “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.  This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it; “Love your neighbor as yourself.  Are you getting the point?  Bulimic believers sit in church week after week, month after month, year after year, and eat, and eat, and eat, but when it’s time to act on what they have eaten they purge the very word that was sent for their nourishment. For an example, in your physical body you need to eat certain things to give your body the proper amount of nutrition, to nourish and fuel your body so it can run at its optimal best.  There are certain foods that I really don’t like but because I know my body needs them I eat those foods in spite of the fact, the same analogy can be applied to the spiritual body.  You may not like every bite of what the Bible has to offer you, but because you know it is good for your spiritual well being you partake just the same. In Ezekiel 3:1-2 the word says, “And he said to me, “Son of man, eat what is before you, eat this scroll; then go and speak to the house of Israel.” So I opened my mouth, and he gave me the scroll to eat.  In Ezekiel’s vision he ate the word of God and it taste like honey.  In the Ancient times books were usually scrolls and one page could be up to thirty feet long.  Most of the time the writings were on just on one side but not in this case, in this case the writings were on both sides, the warning overflowed to show the measure of the judgment. We must eat both sides of the word of God.
How many of you really love your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind enough to digest even what we would rather purge.  I always thought this scripture said, “With all your might,” but no it says, “With all your mind.”  How can we love God with our entire mind?  By choosing what we allow to occupy our thoughts, by making a conscience choice on what we are meditating on. What does your mind spend most of its time on?   I know when I fell in love with my husband I could not keep my mind off of him.  I thought about him day and night.  When you’re in love you will do anything to be with that person, you will go out of your way just to spend a moment alone with them. When is the last time you went out of your way to spend time with your first love?  When is the last time you woke up early just to sit quietly with your God? This is the first of the greatest command and the second love your neighbor as you do yourself?  Oh for the bulimic believers it says in Revelation 2:4 “Yet I hold this against you:  You have forsaken your first love.  Remember the height which you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. Believers if you will love your Lord with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind, loving your neighbor as yourself will follow.
Don’t go to church to take up a seat, to fill your stomach with only what is comfortable  to swallow allow God to fill you with His spiritual food so you too can accomplish the will of God in your life.
Michele Davenport
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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Hope, Healing, Forgiveness

Today is my first blog post.  God has blessed me, with life, hope, healing and forgiveness.

Be blessed so you can be a blessing to others,

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