"If you’ve raced with men on foot and they have worn you out, how can you compete with horses? If you stumble in safe country, how will you manage in thickets by the Jordan?" (Jeremiah 12:5). Our journey is intended to be more than simply "stumbling" through the days while the world "wears us out.” We are made to experience the thrill of "running with horses” and to navigate life amongst the "thickets." The RWH blog focuses on both the spiritual race of which Jeremiah speaks, and the physical act of running that I absolutely love. In short, it's where "the miles meet the Message" to provide insight, perspective & encouragement that might enable you & I to successfully run either of the races set before us. May our course be purposeful and may we be passionate in our pursuit of the abundant life He desires for us.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

A Thirst for Spiritual Milk (1 Peter 2:2)

One of the overriding themes to the fall small group study is that of developing a strong desire to read the Bible. As we transform our mind with scripture we become more ready to experience the joy of being in God's word and are more prepared to share of it's truth.  I pray that our group, as well as those readers from a distance, are truly seeking to discover a passion for understanding and are finding themselves deeper and deeper in study. I know that I am!

Further to the idea of eagerly anticipating time in scripture, I wanted to encourage you with a message that I heard earlier today. On our way to ROCC, my wife and I were listening to a sermon by Dr. Tony Evans.  What caught our attention was Dr. Evan's comments on the life changing power that being in the Word has on us.  He equated it to the power that other worldly pursuits can have over us when we dwell on them continuously. 

For example, it might be a particular "worry."  We think about it constantly. We begin to wake up to that worry.  We take it to work with us.  We can't shake it.  We talk about it. It affects our spirit and our relationships.  It begins to define us.  We take it to bed with us and we are consumed by it.  This is the same for certain possessions, a revenge, an envy, a passionate interest or hobby, on and on.

Now, if we think about being in the truth, being consumed by the truth, or being held captive to the truth, it will affect our spirit, our relationships, our outlook. We'll take it everywhere.  We'll not get it off our mind.  We'll talk about it and want to know more about it. That is what Peter meant when he said, "like newborn babies, crave your spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation" (1 Peter 2:2).  Not just take it in, but 'CRAVE' it! And when we truly crave the Word, I believe we will truly find joy, peace and understanding.

Finally, as  to our study, we began our journey in week one (click here: 1 Peter 1:1-12 (9/22)) and continue Thursday with a passage that builds off of Peter's introduction.  In fact, he begins verse 13 with "Therefore...."  In other words, these things that I have been sharing with you regarding a living hope and our privilege to experience God's plan of salvation, even as prophets and angels did not, now point to an application or expectation.  It's sort of the "so what?" of the the opening.  He goes on to instruct us that we are to: "prepare our minds for action; be self-controlled" (v 1:13), "not conform to evil desires" (v 1:14), "be holy in all that you do" (v 1:15), "love one another deeply", (v 1:23). 

We will look at these instructions later this week.  We will also take a look at what it means to be holy in a fallen world. Is that possible? Until then, may you find joy from craving the Word.

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