A story –
Two pals are sitting in a pub watching the eleven-o’clock news. A report comes on about a man threatening to jump from the 20th floor of a downtown building. One friend turns to the other and says, “I’ll bet you ten bucks the guy doesn’t jump.””It’s a bet,” agrees his buddy. A few minutes later, the man on the ledge jumps, so the loser hands his pal a $10 bill. “I can’t take your money,” his friend admits. “I saw him jump earlier on the six-o’clock news.” “Me, too,” say the other buddy. “But I didn’t think he’d do it again!”
Sometimes we do those “hmm” things and it seems as if we are “stupid.” I know stupid is a strong word, but in reality it is very fitting for the lack of wisdom we at times exhibit as believers. Have you ever watched one of those thriller movies and the slasher is in the next room, but the little blonde-haired girl goes directly to the next room to see if someone is in there. Of course, he grabs her and kills her and all she had to do was take the outside staircase and be spared. Literally, we should be growing more and more in our faith as we grow older, but it’s almost like we digress. And I have to ask why? We should all be Captain Obvious when it comes to living our faith because all the answers are found in the Bible and we have a holy interpreter called the Holy Spirit to show us what it all means. The writer of Hebrews brought this very subject to the forefront in Chapter 5. The writer says this in verses 11-14 (The Message) I have a lot more to say about this, but it is hard to get it across to you since you’ve picked up this bad habit of not listening. By this time you ought to be teachers yourselves, yet here I find you need someone to sit down with you and go over the basics on God again, starting from square one—baby’s milk, when you should have been on solid food long ago! Milk is for beginners, inexperienced in God’s ways; solid food is for the mature, who have some practice in telling right from wrong.
So if God’s Word says to do something….DO IT! If God’s Word says don’t do something… DON’T DO IT!! I think it is pretty simple. If we will just listen to what God is trying to tell us our learning curve will go way up and God will show us even more as we are able to handle it. No Plateaus!! I like to call these deeper insights “Spiritual Big Macs,” You know – two all beef lessons, special insights, let us live it, pressed down and shaken together on a says me bun. God is the one speaking and it is time to listen. Just a word from me to you. I BELIEVE ALL THIS STUFF IN THE BIBLE!! I don’t strive to explain it away. I just want to do what it says and follow His direction. To me it is simple and yet so very deep. For years I would try to filter God’s truth through my little pea-sized brain and explain things away because I had been taught to do that by other people who’s filters were all clogged up. But, no more!! Just straight truth. If God says He will heal someone….He will heal someone. If God says He will bless me….He will bless me. If God says I will go to heaven when I die because I accepted His Son, Jesus Christ….I will go to heaven when I die. Since all of this is true in one area, it is true in all areas. The filter is gone and now it is called FAITH!
All I am saying is trust God’s Word and take it at face value because that face is very valuable to your life. It is time to push the indoctrination of human reasoning to the back of our thinking and let the Spirit of God come alive through our faith. God never disappoints in the faith area and our faith should grow more and more every day. The writer of Hebrews in chapter 11 boldly proclaimed this in verse 6 And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.
Are you a seeker? If you are, then you will find!!! Get out the Holy Spirit detector. There is plenty of treasures waiting to be discovered.
The Pilgrimage continues….