Borrowed Truths

Starving

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Borrowed Truths

Starving

“But he said unto them, I have meat to eat that ye know not of.” (John 4:32)

People are not going to show up to church on Sunday morning unless they are hungry for Spiritual food, and they will not continue to return if they are not being fed that food of the soul. Many places of, what I will politely call places of worship, have a set routine, a structure on those mornings that is readily visible after only a few times to those who attend, it rarely, if ever, is modified. Change in the order of service is not accepted well.

Instead, those who stand behind the pulpit will seek for other ways to keep the attention of those in the attendance, and the entertainment industry has taught them much in this area.

“But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” (Matt. 4:4)

But if the continuation of many who profess Christ as Lord lives were dependent on Spiritual food, there would be many starving “Christians” in this world.

They do not of their own accord seek that manna from above, they are like baby birds with their mouths open waiting to be fed for that short time on Sunday morning, and then content to call that nourishment for the entirety of the week. The structure must remain the same, they care little and give even less thought to the message, as long as they are in that pew and at least partially attentive, they consider themselves fed. As long as the pastor can keep them from falling asleep or nodding off, as long as they at least seem interested in the subject matter of the morning he believes he has filled his obligation and earned his right to stand there again next Sunday.

Tell me my friends, does that sound like a house of worship where the Lord God is exalted above the heavens, or a works-based cult?

It’s easy to think one has been fed when the required procedure has been accomplished, when the obligation has been fulfilled, when the requirements have been completed. But I fear that many who believe themselves to be saved are not, they believe themselves to be full when they are starving, when they have never truly sought that food from above.

I ask you this, you know when your body needs nourishment and so, if it is available, you will seek food for it. Can you tell when your soul needs that same nourishment? Can you tell when your soul is growing faint, when your spirit begins to shake from lack of the meat from above? Is your soul wasting away while your flesh flourishes?

Try feeding your flesh just once a week and see what happens.

If that young bird does not keep his mouth open, it will die in that nest. But like that seed that fell into the thorns, many believe the world needs their attention more, the things of the world, the hurried life, those necessary items that must be taken care of must come first, and so the one who professes to know the Savior slowly starves.

“I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.” (Psalm 37:25) But how many are begging for more of the Word of God, for books written by godly men who have traveled the path before us, for the Lord to lead them every step of the way?

Are you being filled, or are you starving?

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