Ozark Christian Living

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The Sustenance of Scarcity

September 10

“Take it, and eat it up; and it shall make thy belly bitter, but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey."   Revelation 10:9

"The Word of GOD is so bittersweet to a servant of JESUS CHRIST.


A real, living relationship with the I AM, is a delicacy to be treasured and enjoyed above all else.  There is a huge dissatisfaction to experience the smell of a turkey thanksgiving with all the trimmings; and not be invited to taste even one bite.  "O taste and see that the LORD is good: ..."  Similarly, whole hosts of people stand without GOD'S kitchen of grace, so close they can smell salvation, but never dive in, though invited all the while.  The pie of HIS redemptive love sits in  the window of every man's street, if you would, and yet multitudes pass by, never reaching out to take it. 

"And thou shalt speak MY words unto them, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear: for they are most rebellious.  But thou, son of man, hear what I say unto thee; Be not thou rebellious like that rebellious house: open thy mouth, and eat that I give thee."  The Word of GOD is so bittersweet to a servant of JESUS CHRIST.  Oh, the resulting heartburn to those who indulge themselves in the exquisite tastes of glory; and are then shunned, while attempting, as one beggar to another, to share the bread of life.  The thought of anyone going to an eternal Hell is the most difficult thing to digest; and it indeed makes the belly bitter.  "How sweet are THY words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!"  Though a bit difficult to stomach, the SPIRIT filled believer must wing him\herself back and forth to Heaven, bringing the excretion of truth to pollinate all souls around them with the sweet nectar of saving grace.

"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:"  The famished of faith will soon faint forever apart from the food HE offers; and all the desperate efforts of human relief only add up to the sustenance of scarcity.  A man who can eat the manna of mercy in front of those on the verge of spiritual starvation and not be moved, is not a man with a Christian heart.  That smacks more of the rich man spoken of by our LORD in Luke's Gospel (cf. Luke 16:19-31).   

"THY words were found, and I did eat them; and THY word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: ..."

For Love of Country
 Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson  (1824-1863)
(Confederate General under Robert E. Lee)
"You see me severely wounded but not depressed ... I am sure that my Heavenly FATHER designs this affliction for my good.  I am perfectly satisfied, that either in this life, or in that which is to come, I shall discover that what is now regarded as a calamity, is a blessing ..."

(remarks to Chaplain Lacy regarding the loss of his left arm at Chancellorsville)

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