Friday, April 29, 2011

YOUR FRIDAY MORNING DEVOTION!

SPIRITUAL NOURISHMENT


BY 


Carla McDougal


 “Therefore, laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking, as new born babies, desire pure milk of the Word, that you may grow.” 1 Peter 2:1-2 (NKJV)
I love dissecting scripture! Grasping the true meaning of the words from the Greek and Hebrew definitions gives Spiritual Nourishment to the soul. It’s like examining and understanding the Nutrition Fact on the side of food boxes. May today’s journey impact your walk with the Lord as we break apart 1 Peter 2:1-2.
Desire… Greek Definition: to long for, crave, to pursue with love, to long after.
What do you long for in life? Do you crave more money, success, power, recognition, material things, or possibly perfection? Or, do you long after righteousness, mercy and grace through Jesus?
                                                                    
Pure milk… Greek Definitions:
·      Pure:  unmixed, unadulterated, sincere
·      Milk: a metaph. for the less difficult Christian truths
Would you mix a teaspoon of garlic in a bottle of milk for your baby? No way! Without a doubt, the baby’s tummy would keep him crying for hours! Neither is it a good idea to water down the baby’s milk to the point at which the nutrients are depleted. Just as a baby requires pure milk, our walk with Jesus must contain purified, unpolluted, sincere biblical truths. The result: Spiritual Nourishment! This leads us to the next part of the verse…
                                                                          
Of the word… Greek Definition: logikos means spoken word, pertaining to the soul or spirit.

More than likely you have heard the old statement, “You are what you eat.” There is even a book out with this title. It focuses on a nutrition program to improve health and change dietary habits. Hmm, I see a spiritual life lesson forming. Just as healthy physical food energizes the physical body, so feeding on the true and solid spoken word about Jesus Christ feeds the soul. Now we are getting somewhere!
                                                                           
That you may Grow… Greek Definition: to grow, increase speaking of plants, infants, a multitude of people, inward Christian growth.
Now, I am trying to contain myself. I want to jump out of my chair and shout, “God you are so awesome!”  Think about this, in order to grow in our walk with the Lord and experience Spiritual Nourishment we must first crave the sincere, unaltered Christian truths! As we humbly desire and grasp the gift of God’s grace and unconditional love through His son Jesus Christ our soul is nourished. Daily realizing, "Life is not about me, but all about Him"  feeds the mind and heart with the truths of God. Believing, "The only way to the Father is through His son" energizes our purpose into action. Oh, I could go on and on. I love reading and diving into the Word of God!
Challenge for the (next) Week…  Can a baby live off of one bottle of milk a week? No! It’s more like 6-8 bottles a day. Likewise, can a child of God grow and mature spiritually with one feeding on Sunday mornings? No! We would stay weak and frail in our Christian life. This week crave to seek the Lord’s truths through reading His Word, praying throughout your day and looking for God's life lessons along the way. He is waiting to give you Spiritual Nourishment everyday!


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