Friday, April 17, 2015
Growing and Walking
Heb 5:12 For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food.
:13 For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe.
:14 But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.
6:1 Therefore, leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Christ, let us go on to perfection, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God,
While receiving spiritual food from preachers and teachers is good, spiritual growth and survival also depend on knowing how to feed ourselves.
Jn 9:7 And He said to him, "Go, wash in the pool of Siloam" (which is translated Sent). So he went and washed, and came back seeing.
Sometimes Jesus healed by speaking to them, sometimes He laid hands on them. But this man's healing was a process. It required something of him. How far away was the pool? Doesn't matter. Being blind any journey was long. There is something important here. Even when God touches us, sometimes we have got to walk with our mess until we get to the place of healing, freedom and deliverance.
Here's another lesson. Whoever told him about Jesus, and helped him get there, had to help him to the pool. God never gives up on people and we shouldn't either. Sometimes when someone continues to struggle over and over with the same old habit, some Christians say they must not be saved. How often do you give in to resentment, pride, lust, greed, gossip, etc? The list Is endless, yet God doesn't give up on you. Sometimes we have to walk out our deliverance and healing. That's how long you need to love them, believe in them, pray for them and keep working with them. I'm glad God hasn't ever given up on me, aren't you glad He hasn't given up on you too?