I’m so glad Randy has been emphasizing getting into the Word lately and I know you’re glad too. You can just sense the effects of it. We are in store for some wonderful things.
I just wanted to share a few thoughts that’s helped me over the years. Not only things that helped me but things that hindered me. We all know we learn by our mistakes, but OH, it’s so much better to avoid them and go directly to the Truth. I got locked up on Nov. 29th, 1973 and got saved 4 days later on Dec 3rd. It was a dramatic conversion. I went from a dope dealin’ junkie to a saint overnight. I literally devoured the Word of God ‘til I got out March 23rd 1975. I didn’t care about watching T.V., playing dominoes, cards or any other games. I was so in love with Jesus and His Word that all I did was eat, sleep and live Jesus and His Word. It wasn’t hard to do. I had plenty of time on my hands. I was on cloud 9, walking in victory, walking in the Spirit, not fulfilling the lusts and desires of my flesh.
After I got out, naturally I had to go to work and get busy doing things for the Lord and slowly, but surely my Word level began to deteriorate. In just a few months time I found myself falling into temptation especially in the area of lust. ‘Course when you get on that slippery slope you get all kinds of mud on you. I determined that I must have a spirit of lust and I needed deliverance. I had heard about a woman named Katherine Kuhlman who was speaking at a Full Gospel Businessmen’s Fellowship in Dallas, Texas, so a friend of mine and I drove over and spent the night and was in line at 6 a.m. the next morning. When the doors opened, we ran down front and got a seat on the fourth row. Man, we were right there. Make a long story short, I went down front for prayer and deliverance and was sadly disappointed for days and weeks after that. I actually was disappointed in God for not “setting me free” from this demon of lust. I battled this for years, riding up and down the roller coaster, in and out, up and down ‘til I finally discovered, (by the Grace of God) what the problem was. I couldn’t be delivered from “the flesh” until I go to heaven. As long as I’m in this body I’m going to have to contend with the flesh in all it’s ugly forms. But I did discover that I could control my flesh and put it “under”.
My main problem was that I wasn’t eating like I should. Oh, I was feeding my body 3 squares a day plus snacks, but my spirit man was starving. He was weak and mal-nourished. If we would only spend as much time feeding our spirit as we do feeding our bodies we would stay spiritually healthy and fit. Paul prayed in I Thess. 5:23, “May God Himself, the God of Peace sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The One who calls you is Faithful and He will do it”. Notice the phrase “May your whole spirit, soul AND body. The real me and the real you is our spirit. We have a soul and we live in a body.
You remember the rich man and Lazarus in Luke 16:19, the rich man was buried, he died, but he was in torment in hell (He had feeling) vs. 23, “He looked up and saw Abraham far away (he had spiritual eyes), He asked Abraham to send Lazarus with water to cool his tongue (he had a spiritual tongue and voice). Abraham said, “Son, remember? (he had a spiritual mind). If you could separate my spirit and put it beside my body you would recognize me ‘cause I’d have all of the same characteristics. Now here’s the question. Is it just as important or even more important to feed our spirit as it is our body??? Yes, Yes and Yes!! Jesus even told us what food to eat. Same food He ate. “Man shall not live by Bread (food) alone, but by every Word that comes out of the mouth of God” Matt 4:4. Jesus was quoting Deut 8:3.
In Luke 2:42 when Jesus was 12 years old His folks took him to Jerusalem. They left and He stayed behind. They didn’t know it, got worried and went back. After 3 days they found Him in church listening to the teachers. They asked Him, Son, didn’t you know we’d be worried about you? Jesus replied, “Didn’t you know I must be about my Father’s business?” The teachers were amazed at what Jesus knew already, so this wasn’t His first session with the Law and the Prophets. AND He had another 18 years being about the Father’s business of feeding His spirit with the Bread of Life. And after His forty day fast when the tempter came, Jesus said, “It is written!! It is written!! It is written!! and the devil ran off like a scared rabbit. Jesus is our example and we can do the same thing, IF we do what He did.
Remember the Lord’s Prayer? Jesus said to ask the Father “To give us today our Daily Bread”. Not weekly. Could you imagine what your body would look like if you only ate one day a week? For me that might not be a bad thing. Something else I learned later on is that we have to make sure the Word is sown into “Good” ground for it to produce results or fruit (30, 60 and a 100 fold).
In Mark 4, the parable of the sower Jesus mentions 4 kinds of ground where the Word was sown. (1) The wayside ground (2) The rocky or stony ground (doesn’t take root) (3) The thorny ground (worry, deceitfulness of riches and desires for other things). This chokes the Word and it won’t produce. and (4) Good ground or Good soil. Lukes account in ch 8:15 says a Good and Honest or Noble heart. That’s the only ground where God’s Word will take root and produce. Time and space won’t permit any more than this, but I trust we will all examine “ourselves” not each other and find out where we are and the Holy Spirit will reveal to each of us what weeds need to be pulled and cut down. Amen??
Finally, let’s all continue to pray for Randy that he will Boldly declare all that the Lord gives him. Paul prayed in Eph 6:19 “Pray also for me (Randy) that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, AS I SHOULD”.. Thank you Lord!!
Jewell and Millie