For a newborn baby life is fairly simple---sleep, cry, eat, eliminate, repeat. His/her parents tend to the complicated stuff like getting dressed and cleaning up the messes. No one expects even simple tasks such as brushing teeth, combing hair, tying shoes, or eating with a spoon. We use the term age appropriate to explain certain stages of development. As the child grows physically and mentally we would no doubt see the child undertaking more and more difficult tasks. Before too long some children start
surpassing their parents in complex areas such as social media. Some areas are a matter of learning through practice and logic, others are genetic. (I never could wiggle my ears nor roll up my tongue.)
The inspired New Testament authors often refer to this spiritual growth from simple to complicated. When a person is immersed into Christ (Rom 6:3-6) ( Gal 3: 26-27) he/she begins a new spiritual life and needs basic simple nourishment like milk in order to grow up in their salvation. ( 1 Pe 2:2) As they mature ( Eph 4:12-13) ( Php 3:15) they should be able to ingest solid food which is sometimes metaphorically called meat.
( 1Cor 3:2 KJV) ( Heb 5: 12 'UV) A big part of this spiritual growth starts in the mind ( Rom 12:2) then the new babe can begin to "test and approve what God's will is. One can then advance to using the spiritual gifts (meat) given by Christ---serving, teaching, contributing, showing mercy, etc, etc. ( Rom 12: 5-8)
The unfortunate thing is that many cannot always see the simple even when it should be obvious, or it is dismissed because of the lack of desire or lack of commitment. Jesus' commands were simple—love God with all your heart and your neighbor as yourself. However, the implementation of these sometimes challenges the mature as well as the babes in the faith. Taking up one's cross and following Jesus can turn a simple statement into a lifetime of service. ( Lk 14:27) ( Mt 16: 24) ( Lk 9: 23) Turning one's self over to Christ is perhaps the hardest simple thing one can ever do. ( Mk 10: 17-23)
It seems like we live in a world where we all face many different types of problems and trials nearly every day and unexpected “stuff” happens. The “stuff” includes family issues, work related issues, illnesses, finances, and relationship issues. So how should we deal with all this? Perhaps we should look into the Bible and see what is says.
Psalm 91:14 “Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
There is a lot to be said for the way we treat others and our “love” we express to them through our actions with them. Our heart and attitude towards others should be characterized by love. Unforgiveness should not be a characteristic of our life style. God says “I will rescue him because he loves me (God)”.
Second, God says he will protect us because we have acknowledged his name. It is extremely important that we receive Jesus as our Savior and acknowledge Him as our Savior. So, as we have Jesus as our Savior he will bring to us a good level of protection in our daily life.
Psalms 145:13 Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures through all generations. The Lord is trustworthy in all he promises and faithful in all he does.
God is faithful to his promises. He will do what he says he will do. Accept Jesus and let God work in your life.
Blessings to you all.
If you could pray for and have any three blessings from above, what would they be? Paul in his last farewell to the Corinthians listed this threesome----"May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God (Father) and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all." ( 1 Cor 13:14) What a promise! The Godhead working together for the Christian's benefit.
There are many other places in the New Testament in which all three parts of the Godhead are mentioned in the same verse. At Jesus' baptism he saw the heaven open and the Spirit of God descend on him and a voice from heaven ( God the Father) saying, "This is my son..." ( Mt 3:16- 17) In what is called the Great Commission, Jesus told his eleven disciples to baptize in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit... ( Mt 28:19)
Paul asked his Roman brethren to pray for him "by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit...to God for me." ( Rom 15:30) There are several other verses containing the Godhead. (Acts 5:31-32) ( 1 Cor 12: 4-6) ( Acts 7: 55) One in particular has a great blessing and promise for Jesus' people then and now. "I (Jesus) will ask the Father and He will give you another Counselor, (the Spirit of truth) to be with you forever...he lives with you and will be in you..." (Jo 14: 16-17)
This promise was not only for the Apostles, but for all the immersed believers who would follow in the years to come. ( Jo 17:20) ( Acts 2:38) Just as the Spirit lives within the Christian, so do the Father and the Son. ( Jo 14: 23) They can bring us the grace, love and fellowship that everyone desires.
Since the Godhead is invisible ( Rom 1:20) ( Col 1: 15-16) ( I Tim 1:7) we have to accept these promises on faith and hope. ( Jo 20:29) ( Col 1:27) ( Rom 8:24 ( Rom 1: a5, 17) Our hope and faith will grow with the love, ( Ram 5:5) gifts, ( Gal 5:22) strength and power ( Eph3:16) that the Holy Spirit imparts to us. He will work in harmony with our spirit( Rom 8:16) and help us with our prayers (Rom 8: 26-27) until we can some day see the Godhead, "face to face." ( 1 Car 13:12)
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