What Do You Hunger for?

What Do You Hunger for?

When Jesus told Satan that man doesn’t live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of God, He wasn’t merely fighting a temptation with some Scriptures. Jesus was making a true statement about himself: He himself lives on God’s Word. The revelations that come from His Father are his own food.

Remember how the twelve-year old Jesus discussed Scriptures with the scholars in the temple? At that young age, Jesus had known the Scriptures by heart such that they were amazed at his understanding and answers.

Remember how Jesus told his disciples that his food was to do his Father’s will, and that He only does what He sees the Father doing. Not even His words are his own, but what God the Father says through Him (John 5:19 and 14:10).  And remember how Jesus would often get away from the crowd and spend all night with His Father? He wasn’t merely praying; he was eating. He hungered for His Father’s Words.

These passages tell us that Jesus would not say or do anything unless He first heard it from His own Father, and saw His Father do it. This means Jesus made deliberate, moment-to-moment, unhindered, 100%, joy-filled connection with His Father in Heaven.

Pause and think about this: Jesus, who ‘in the beginning was the Word’, gave himself to the discipline and love of consuming God’s Word as basic, essential, life-giving food to nourish him on the earth.

In the same way, God’s Word – both in Scriptures and as revealed by the Holy Spirit — is not merely for us to study, to understand, to meditate, to memorize or to use. It is not merely principles or a set of instructions. It is the actual, divine, supernatural words from the mouth and heart of God Himself. God’s Word gives life to our souls.

Reflect on This:
Jesus loved and hungered for His Father’s own Words. So if Jesus loved, hungered after and consumed His Father’s own Words with passion and perseverance, then He also gave us the model and command to follow: go and do likewise.

Take This To Heart:
“When I discovered your words, I devoured them. They are my joy and my heart’s delight, for I bear your name, O LORD God of Heaven’s Armies.” Jeremiah 15:16

 

 

 

What Else Do You Lack?

What Else Do You Lack?

Our life in Christ came with awesome benefits when He saved us from our sins and made us born again! One major benefit is this:

By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him…” read 2 Peter 1:3-8

Also, He promised to enable us to walk in this new divine nature and escape being corrupted by the world (verse 4). Just pause and think about it:  First, God’s own power changed our nature to divine, and then He gave us the ability to become this new divine person. Finally, He sealed it with a promise that, yes, we will be that! What else do you lack?

So, our role is to increasingly practice living out the godly character that God has already deposited in us, until these things describe us naturally (see verses 5-8).

To put it another way: imagine as in the Matrix (movie), you have been downloaded with everything you need to become a Karate master. What you need to do is practice your moves over and over to gain muscle control so Karate becomes natural and part of you.

So in practice, when you struggle over a sin issue… so let’s say you feel like you can’t forgive a person… well, yes you can! Because God has already given you this power and ability to forgive others when He made you His child. You just need to step out and say, “I forgive you.”

The only thing He can’t do is force you to change. But if you want to change, just ask Him, and He will enable you. He is willing and able to do far more than you can ask or imagine. After all, the powerful Holy Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you! What else do you lack?

Reflect on This
What character flaws do you see in you? Are you impatient? Have a temper? Do you give up easily? Do you worry a lot?  Are you fearful? Instead of admitting defeat, ask and believe that God has given you what you need to become godly. Then act like that person is actually you now.

Take This to Heart
So, dear brothers and sisters, work hard to prove that you really are among those God has called and chosen. Do these things and you will never fall away.” 2 Peter 1:10