Ozark Christian Living

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Bitter is sweet

December 27

“… but to the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet.”  Proverbs 27:7


“Trust those taste buds over to the LORD …”






How is your appetite for GOD?  There is a degree of spiritual famine which is healthy to the child of Heaven … a sweet spot of bitterness Biblically, which keeps us coming back for more.  Of a truth to the true believer, once you have tasted manna, nothing else quite satisfies.  “… feed me with food convenient for me: Lest I be full, and deny THEE, and say, WHO is the LORD?”  The flab of the faithful, on the other hand, has reached critical levels in these last days; and obesity of the heart is steadily constricting the very life blood of the church.  “But Jeshurun waxed fat, and kicked: thou art waxen fat, thou art grown thick, thou art covered with fatness; then he forsook GOD which made him, and lightly esteemed the ROCK of his salvation.”  We have moved our couches to the kitchen as an expression of cutting edge indolence; and out of this flows our shameful indifference to the multitudes still gathered on the hillside seeking to be fed.  While we bask in the Bible buffet within our church walls, the lad knocks at our doors to leave his lunch, but it goes largely undistributed.  This of course, is the imposed famine of the pious which warehouses the lunch and the leftovers, leaving all around wandering and hungry.  “And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him.”  The further the truly redeemed stray from home, the greater the hunger pangs … if ignored, you’ll eventually resort to a swine’s cuisine catered in exceeding want, by a world which knows of nothing else.

“Woe unto them … that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!”  Our diet designed by HIM to give us stamina of the SPIRIT, has become instead a spiritless smorgasbord, as we pick and choose what we will and will not eat.  Inside many a modern cross adorned venue, Pastors run overgrown daycares, where spoiled saints spit out the bitter nutrition of a balanced meal; and are wet nursed with enough Christian candy to promote widespread ‘truth decay’.  Trust those taste buds over to the LORD, knowing that HE is the culinary KING of what our inner man must have to survive.  In doing so, you will develop into a mighty man or woman of faith, strong to endure the race. 

“Thy way and thy doings have procured these things unto thee; this is thy wickedness, because it is bitter, because it reacheth unto thine heart.”

For Love of Country
George Fox (1624-1691)
(Founder of the Society of Friends, or Quakers)
"Justice Bennett of Derby, was the first that called us Quakers, because I bid them tremble at the Word of the LORD.  This was in the year 1650 ..."

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