“A satisfied soul loathes the honeycomb, But to a hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet.”
Proverbs 27:7 NKJV
We are nearing the end of plenty. Soon to be gone are the days when we could decide what we wanted and acquire it without a thought of the possibility that we could not. We here in America have lived with plenty, to the degree that those things that the poor of the world would pay a steep price for, we take for granted.
We are truly the ones with the satisfied soul who loathes the honeycomb, for even what is sweet, has become bland.
Sadly, many of us have begun to look on the Holy Scriptures with a similar disregard, for we had the word taught openly in the churches. Many of us have come to take it for granted, forsaking its teaching, opting for more flavorful teachings, that tickle the ears, but do little for the edification of the saints. Our hearts have become stony, and the lack of the word’s instruction is apparent in our actions.
We have become a church full of consumers, following after celebrity teachers and preachers, who entertain us and help us rationalize our fleshliness, allowing us to feel comfortable in our sins. We have opted for being lukewarm.
“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.”
II Timothy 4:3-4 NKJV
The world we live in is changing, and there are pressures that are building, that will test all of us. The fables that we have gotten used to will not sustain us, for it is only the true word of God that has the power to deliver the follower of Jesus.
Brothers and sisters, let us seek the Lord to helps regain the hunger for the honeycomb, the desire for the basic things of God. There is not thrilling new teaching that will bring the answers, there is no amazing, untapped holy force out there, that can revive us. It is the return to the word of God, illuminated and communicated to our hearts by the Holy Spirit.
The word has the power to search us and root out all the evil parts, that we be made holy.
“For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.”
Hebrews 4:12-13 NKJV
Let us encourage those who teach us, preach to us, and inform us as to the things of God, that they persist in making sure only the truth is communicated. There is great temptation to seek to tickle ears, fill the pews, and make commerce of the people the Lord has sent.
My people, darkness is coming. Even today it is hard to find a church where the word of God is preached consistently. These are dead and spiritually empty buildings, devoid of the presence of the Lord. They are safe harbor for demons, and those who have not tasted the grace of God.
Let our churches be the place where the Holy Spirit is welcome and present in the word, and in the lives of the people occupying the pews. May it be abundantly obvious to those who see us that we have not neglected the Lord, that we have been like the hungry man, seeking after even the bitter.
There will be bitter times in the days to come, for all that we have taken for granted will become scarce. Even the preaching and teaching of the word will be driven underground. In those days, we find sweetness in any reference, and will approach the word hungrily.
Let us make the most of today, taking the time to spend quality time in the word, looking upon every verse and every passage as precious. Let us seek to be those who walk in the Spirit, demonstrating that the Lord is in us, as we interact with each other in the beloved.
“Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”
Colossians 3:12-17 NKJV
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