Besides my introduction, this is one of the shortest entries I've posted. However, it's only the beginning in what I hope to be a pretty good blog entry. As you will read, I'm in the middle of a Bible study with a wonderful group of ladies from our church.
1 Peter 2: 4-5 states: As you come to him, the living Stone--rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him---5 youalso, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
A reflection of the two verses above in my Bible states: The church is not a buildng constructed by humans but a divine institution, built on the living stone, Jesus. He's the strong, foundational building block of the church, and hid followers are living stones who are being built into a spiritual house.
AS one of the many little living stones in the church, remember that each diverse stone has great worth to Jesus and to his body. When you're tempted to ignore your need for others or to discount those who aren't like you, remember that each stone is balanced by all those around it, and all rest on the living Stone himself.
(It refers to Ephesians 2:19-22. I would encourage you to look this up and any other verses that are copied because misakes happen by human hands.)
In the beginning of my walk with Christ, I had the same false preconception that I have found a lot of people not in the word and beginners to the word have. Christians are PERFECT! They live this happy and perfect live where they quote scripture, have perfect marriages, perfect kids and they do not mess up with daily everyday stresses cause they have none! Welcome to my life! I am a Christian and I am now PERFECT! That is so far from the truth as most everyone who knows me knows. I have a wonderful not so perfect husband that is married to a not so perfect wife (me) and five not so perfect kids along with an exchange student. I barely have time to do what I love to do most which is write but somehow today I put the halt on my life, read our Thursday night devotional with some wonderful ladies and decided to write about what I’ve learned so far in our Bible study and how it relates to my everyday life. I hope you can gain some insight as well. As I have learned from the past, God is what gives me the knowledge and strength to write and I love it!
About a month back I felt the backwards pull that made me struggle with insecurities and not feel the security of his presences. I knew I needed to do something to prevent my backwards slide so I prayed to God to fill me in his word. To give me projects that covered me with his word because my crazy schedules of school, work, soccer, ballet, gymnastics, work, being a mother, wife and that’s just my activities then I have to add the kids’ schedules to that! Just joking! I can hardly crawl in the bed at night much less run a soccer field, lift my leg for ballet and flip for gymnastics! All that left hardly any time for me and most important GOD. Don’t get me wrong, I was going to Church and doing my normal Wednesday nights with my 3-4 year old cubbies but I just needed more! I not only needed more, I craved more! I was trying to find a scripture that talk about needing more and growing more spiritually. I found Proverbs 2:1-22 but only writing down 1-10.
My son, if you receive my words, and treasure my commands within you, so that you incline your ear to wisdom, and apply your heart to understanding; yes, if you cry out for discernment, and lift up your voice for understanding, if you seek her as silver, and search for her as for hidden treasures; then you will understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God. For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding. He holds victory in store for the upright, he hold a shield to those whose walk is blameless, for he guards the course of the just and protects the ways of the faithful ones. Then you will understand what is right and just and fair --- every good path. For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul.
I just want to hear again… “For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will be Pleasant to your soul.” Isn’t that comforting. How many of us are addicted or become addicted to things that are pleasant to our soul? How many of us try to replace something that will stay permanently pleasant in our souls for something that will always be temporarily pleasant in our souls. And, we keep going on and on because we are looking for that pleasant feelings in our souls and we can’t get it by earthly things. Anyone that is close to me know that I learn differently that the normal person which should not come to shock to anyone reading this because nothing about my life seems normal! When I look at the above passage, I relate it to food more specifically CHOCOLATE :0) ! I Love M&M’s !! Now, if I keep going back and forth to the candy bowl filling my hands with M&M’s because I just haven’t hit that satisfied feeling, I’m going to get frustrated and soon after sick of just the smell of chocolate! M&M’s are sin in my life. Every time I fell my hand up with M&M’s, I’m satisfied until I finish my handful, I get up and repeat the process and finally I see that I’m needing more and more M&M’s to get that pleasantly satisfied filling of the sin until I’ve hit glass bottom (rock bottom) and there is nothing that will get me back to that “pleasantly satisfied feeling my soul needs.” But, if I just turned to God to “For wisdom will enter will enter your (my) heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your (my) soul.” I will stay filled inside and what’s inside must come out. Moses was filled with the Spirit to the point he had to wear a Veil to cover his face. How awesome would it be to be shining so bright the atheist could see God shining through you that they couldn’t help but turn from their wrong ways and follow God? Read the Bible, study the Bible, get in a Bible study with others.
1 Peter 2: 1-3
Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind. Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.
Take those verses in for a minute. Think about how you feel when you go to church, talk to a friend about good things going on in their lives or yours, and think about how you feel when you leave church, Bible study or Sunday school. Capture that feeling in your soul and hold tight to it! Now, wouldn’t you want to let others know that feeling? You want to share what feelings good to you so that others might feel the same blessings! Isn’t God great! Now, picture that wonderful feeling times a million! Wow! That what I picture Heaven like! So powerful that if I was to feel it now, I’d bust open! My skin could not hold it in!! That my friend is how it feels to follow Jesus daily!
This is just a bit of what I’ve wrote so far……I promise I have more coming in a few days. Maybe even tonight however my editor in chief is out of town (my husband) and I wouldn’t dare post anything too long without him checking my grammar :0) !