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Like Newborn Babes

April 29, 2018

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Like Newborn Babes

Like newborn babes,  long for the pure milk  of the word,  that by it  you may grow  in respect  to salvation,  if  you have tasted  the kindness  of the Lord.
1 Peter 2:2-3

So many people today  don’t really care  what kind of church they go to.     They are willing  to absorb  all sorts of false teachings  that are plainly contrary  to God’s word  —  just so long as someone assures them  of heaven  or some other benefit.     Often times  they just love  all sorts of worldly promises  of good fortune.     Sometimes  they just like the building  and assume it has to be a good church  because of its architecture.     Or,  they might choose a church  because it has many social activities  to give them a feeling  of “belonging”.     They might choose a church  because it has a “Little League” ball team  and is a supposedly good place  for their kids to be.

None of those  are the right reasons  for going to a church.     Peter tells us  that we need  to be taking in God’s true word voraciously  —  “Like newborn babes,  long for the pure milk  of the word.”     When we realize  just what it is  that God is offering us  in Christ Jesus,  we should be wanting  to study the Bible  to find out its truths  for ourselves  and live.    We should be wanting  the “pure milk  of the word”.

There are so many false preachers,  who are looking for nothing but money  and to glorify themselves.     If we don’t study  the pure word  of God  every day,  we won’t be able  to distinguish a false preacher  from a true preacher.      We cannot depend  on a mere man  to lead us  to Christ.     When we have an inkling  that Jesus is the Savior,  we need to find out  for ourselves  what He Himself has to say  about the salvation  He is offering  to us.     That means  reading the Bible  every day.

It’s obvious  that many churches  are not sharing  “the pure milk  of the word”.     Their teachings are a direct contradiction  to what God teaches  in His word.     But,  how can anyone realize that  unless they actually take the time  to study the Bible?

The Bible is not  a formidable book  to read.     It is our heavenly Father’s word  to us,  His children.     He is telling us things  we can understand.     If a baby is denied good milk,  it will become sickly  and die.     It’s the same  for us.     If we don’t read  the true word of God,  we will become spiritually sick,  and die eternally.     We want  to get to heaven  —  we want  to live the way  God wants us to live  —  we want the blessings  of God.     All of these longings  have shown us  that we have experienced  —  we have “tasted  the kindness  of the Lord”.     We realize  there is something good  in what God is offering.

In that first “taste”  of the true salvation God has  to give us  —  we should want more and more and more  of this true salvation  —  we should be wanting  to grow up  big and strong  in the salvation God offers.     That means  we should want only the truth  of God  —  only the good stuff.

Why settle for garbage?     No one can get strong and healthy  on garbage.

A baby does not try  to drink all the milk there is  in one sitting.     Likewise,  we are not to try  and read the whole Bible  in one sitting.     Like a baby,  voraciously read  a small portion  and then take time  to digest it.     Meditate on it.     Think about what God wants  to teach us  in that portion.     Take it to heart  and live it.     Then,  voraciously read another portion  and take time  to absorb it.     Then you will grow strong  in a healthy manner  with “the pure milk  of the word”.

We only have this one earthly life  to live  before the Judgment.     Let us go  for the good stuff.

Don’t deny yourself  the “pure milk  of the word”.      Take care of yourself spiritually  by staying close  to our Creator,  Sustainer,  and Redeemer.     As we draw near  to our Savior,  He will draw near  to us,  and we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord, Your love is so pure,  holy,  and faithful.     Thank You  for seeking us  with Your word  and drawing us near  to You.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

Pray for our country.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

 

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12

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