What is your diet like? Is your focus to be thin? Healthy? Are you a healthy eater? Do you love “junk food”? Are you addicted to carbs? Myself – I think more about eating healthy than I actually do. I just love my carbs!! I could skip meat 6 days a week, but I want to live on rice and pasta, not veggies. I know. It’s really bad.
Today, we are talking about our spiritual diet though. 🙂
As we approach the passage today, bear with me. Please read the entire passage and know that this is not going to even vaguely resemble a brow-beating!!! I promise.
“We have much to say about this but it is hard to explain because you are slow to learn. In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you elementary truths of God’s Word all over again. You need milk, not solid food! Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not aquainted with the teaching of righteousness. But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.”
We will be focusing on verse 11 in the passage which is the first sentence. I hope you read it all through carefully.
Obviously, most of the verse is referring to the verses before it. However, at the end of the sentence, the writer begins addressing a very real problem in the early church and the church of today as well. That is where our focus will be today.
Let’s look at verse 11:
“We have much to say about this but it is hard to explain…”
The writer refers to verses 7-10. You may want to read and research Melchizedek (v. 10) on your own because I think we need to go in a different direction today.
“…because you are slow to learn.”
These are strong words, huh? We must plead with God to keep us from being slow to learn. In addition to asking God for help, there are things in our society that we need to guard against as we seek to glorify God with our lives.
Be On Your Guard Against:
First – We must not believe the lie, that we cannot know God and study His Word for ourselves.
The enemy of our souls would have us believe that we have a learning disability when it comes to understanding God’s Word. Without question, God, His thoughts, and His ways are far beyond our grasp and our understanding according to Isaiah 55:8-9. Although this is true, we can know His character and His personality because He allows us to, even wants us to.
As you know, He reveals Himself to us in His Word. The more we know Him, the better we will be able to grow in that knowledge. There is a compound effect – it builds in layers and dimension. He wants us to know Him so He definitely makes it possible.
Second – We must not allow ourselves to be distracted in our pursuit of God.
We live in a world where distraction seems to rule. This is especially true when we sit down to read and study God’s Word and grow in our relationship with Him.
What happens when you sit down with your Bible and Prayer Journal? Oh yes, I know! The phone rings, you think of 1000 things you need to do next, your 2-year-old wakes up after 15 minutes from what should have been a 2-hour nap, and on and on.
When you sit down or even before you sit down, ask God to help you concentrate and focus on Him.
- Ignore what you can.
- Let the phone go to voicemail.
I know you cannot ignore that sweet baby, but most things can wait. Am I right?
Remember these things:
- Satan wants to keep you distracted and as immature as he possibly can in your knowledge of God and your relationship with God.
- The better we know God the less power Satan has over us.
- God created Satan and He has COMPLETE dominion over him just like He has complete dominion over everything else.
- Satan can only lead you, he cannot carry you! You have a choice whether you follow or not.
God really can give us the strength to focus our quiet time and our lives on Him. Ask Him to.
Third – We must guard against being lazy and complacent.
To be satisfied with less than God’s perfect will for your life is to be complacent.
This kind of thinking: “Well, I have received Christ as my Lord and Savior, that is enough. I am never going to be perfect so why try. I know Him well enough.” is complacent thinking.
God does not expect us to be perfect but He does expect us to seek Him. Actually, someone who has the attitude I described above may not be saved at all. Only God and that person really know for sure.
Two Things I Do Know
Matthew 6:33 says to seek above everything else – God’s kingdom and His righteousness and Matthew 22:37 says that we are to love the Lord with ALL that is in us (“heart, soul, mind”, and Luke and Mark add “strength” as well).
God wants us to spend our lives and our energy loving and seeking Him. We cannot do that and be lazy and complacent at the same time.
Recap the 3 Things
- We can study God’s Word and know Him for ourselves by the power of the Holy Spirit.
- We must guard against distraction as we seek to know Him because distraction will definitely come.
- We must guard against laziness and complacency in our relationship.
Lord, thank You for drawing us to You and allowing us to know You better and better. Please help us to seek You diligently. Help us to mature and be able to walk deeply with You. Help us to get past the infant stage in our Christian life. May we be vigilant when it comes to guarding our growth in You. Please make us what You want us to be and make us completely Yours. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen.
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