Ozark Christian Living

Family Life & Homemaker's Guide

Feast or Famine

February 5

 "But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our LORD and SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST."  2 Peter 3:18



 
  

 

 

 

 

 

 

"... if you persist in your spiritual hunger strike long enough, GOD will cease sending the WAITER by to check on you."

 

 

 

 

In Adam all life was lost, in JESUS CHRIST every life is restored to all who will receive HIM.  "Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: ... That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by JESUS CHRIST our LORD."  Death dies, life lives, life grows!  There is no such thing as growth-less life ... it is designed of its very genesis to grow.  Stunted growth however, in the Christian's life, is directly attributable to diet.  What vanity to feed the new man of redemption the junk food of the flesh; yet how many there are who take the staples of the stupid as their daily bread.  Stay on the breast of the Bible, and grow, is the consistent admonition of Scripture.  "As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:"  Nurse yourself to growth in grace, growth in knowledge.  JESUS beckoned HIS own disciples: "come and dine" and yet what a tragic number of spiritual runts there are in the Family!  And oh my, the sickening sight of spiritual anorexics in the churches; while still others lie famished in their self imposed Biblical famine.  Beware, for if you persist in your spiritual hunger strike long enough, GOD will cease sending the WAITER by to check on you.  "Behold, the days come, saith the LORD GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD:"

In grace, in knowledge ... HE is the vine, we are the branches.  It is our perennial call and duty as branches of our LORD and SAVIOUR to do what branches do, so branch out.  HE commands us grow that we might go and pollinate the tender shoots of other plants of GOD.  HE commands us grow that we might go on to maturity, dropping the seeds of new life into the soil prepared of HIM (c.f. Matthew 13:18-23).  There is a Divine tension presented here: Grace apart from knowledge is indiscriminate, ... sloppy agape.  Knowledge apart from grace is abrasive, heartless.  "And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment;" 

Eat a balanced, SPIRIT filled diet, and grow ... our LORD did!

"And JESUS increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with GOD and man." 


For Love of Country
Noah Webster (1758 - 1843)
(The Schoolmaster of the Nation)
"Education is useless without the Bible ... The Bible was America's basic text book in all fields ... GOD'S Word, contained in the Bible, has furnished all necessary rules to direct our conduct."

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