I was talking to a dear saint of God a few days ago when this person needed to share something with me.  The saint told me that they felt dead on the inside.  Hope had disappeared out of their life.  As the conversation continued I discovered that bible reading was no longer a part of their daily regimen.  There was no appetite for the word of God.  I phrased the question of what they would do if they were not hungry for physical food.  The reply was probably to eat anyway.

That was an accurate remedy.  Many pumps need to be primed, including our appetite.  When we find ourselves with no appetite the thing we need to do is stimulate that appetite.  One of our residents at Pete’s place was experiencing this condition and Margie McElroy went to the Dairy Queen and bought them a milk shake.  The person drank it down.

Our spiritual life is no different.  When we find ourselves with no desire for the word that is when we need it the most.  There are some good stories in the bible, full of excitement.  It is still God’s word and all scripture is profitable for reproof, correction and instruction in righteousness.  Without God’s word we will become weak and feeble Christians subject to be devoured by the hungry lion who walks back and forth about the earth looking for prey.

Many times I will have questions floating in my mind that I am seeking answers to.  With no intentional purpose about those questions I will be reading my bible and bingo; there will be the answer right in front of me.  I had a question concerning the devils access to Heavens throne room since I knew he had been kicked out of heaven.  During a reading in our Wednesday night bible study bingo there it was.  In Revelations it told me that the accuser of the brethren was there day and night making accusation.  I had my question answered when I was not really expecting it.

The bible is God’s word and without the knowledge of it we are liable to not recognize when God is speaking to us.  Many times when He speaks He will speak a phrase or a passage of scripture to us.  I was reminded of that this morning as I was in my morning devotions.  I was reading in psalms 30:5 “Into your hand I commit my spirit.”  I thought wow, on the cross in His weakest moment the word of God came out of Jesus’ spirit.

Many years ago Judy was in a trial and was attending a local church when the pastor had them close their eyes and listen for a word from God.  Judy cooperated and with her eyes closed she heard “you are the apple of my eye.”  She was somewhat chagrined with that and shared it later with a girl friend.  They both laughed thinking Judy had come up with a poetic phrase at the time and neither attributed the word to the Holy Spirit.  A few days later while in counseling the person was praying over her and asked God to show her she was “the apple of His eye.”  Judy immediately stopped this person and inquired about that phrase.  She was astounded to find that it was a direct quote from the scripture.  She had heard God speak to her and because she was not yet familiar with the bible she almost missed that word of encouragement.

One of my favorite passages in scripture is Isaiah 50:4 (NKJV) “The Lord GOD has given Me The tongue of the learned, That I should know how to speak A word in season to him who is weary. He awakens Me morning by morning, He awakens My ear To hear as the learned.

If we are going to be used of God to speak a word of encouragement to others or we need a word of encouragement; we need to be in the bible reading it.  The word we are given will either be out of His word or will be quickly confirmed by what we know His word to say.

Let me encourage you to stay in the word daily and feed yourself on the word of life.

I look forward to seeing you at the Connection on Sunday Morning.  Come expecting to receive a word from the Lord.

Pastor Paul