Monday, 10 January 2022

Moving Forward


Scripture: Hebrews 5 v 12 - 14: "For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.  
13 For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. 
14 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil."

Hebrews 6 v 1 - 2: "Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, 
2 Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment."

All over the world the Church is becalmed in the spiritual doldrums of ineffectiveness in carrying out the real commands of God for defeating the enemy and rescuing the lost.  The true gospel is buried under all sorts of programs and entertainment, and in some places you could be mistaken for thinking you were at a rock concert!

What did Jesus do to pull in the crowds?  He healed the sick, all of them, and cast out demons from the afflicted.  They all recovered.  The lame walked, the dumb spoke, the deaf and blind could hear and see.  They all listened to Him share the wonders of Heaven and everlasting life.  Plus the downside of the world and the Hell it faces.  He spoke the stark truth and what He said then applies today.  Every word.

Even if its not politically correct by today's permissive standards, which have infiltrated and tainted many churches.  All those churches which have compromised the truth will find themselves in the One World Church under the New World Order, under the Antichrist.  And they will heavily persecute those who refuse to co-operate.  That is the true church.

You either live by the Word or by the world.  In God's kingdom you are healed of every sickness for free by the 39 lashes Jesus took on His back.  But today we have wonderful doctors and surgeons, specialists in every category of disease, for which you need to pay through the nose.  So faith in Jesus has left the building where our health is concerned.

Matthew  6 v 22 - 24:  "The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.
23  But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!
24  No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon."  

These are the unchangeable words of Jesus Christ.  If you are single-minded about the truth of the Word then your whole body will be full of light.  But if you are in darkness and believe that is truth, how great is that darkness.  You cannot serve two masters, God our Father and the evil god of this world cannot reconcile.

It is the desire of the Holy Spirit, our Teacher, and the will of God that each one of us would move past the oracles of the first principles of the doctrine of Christ into the deeper teachings or strong meat that He has for us. It takes a leap of Faith!

So much of church doctrine is based on the basics that we are in danger of becoming very fat babies instead of robust men and women of God.  The first principles are those things we believed that got us saved.  We need to remember them for bringing others to Jesus Christ, but not make a monument of them and never move on.

Paul writes: let us go on to perfection NOT repeating over and over the foundation of repentance from dead works. He urges us to stop quibbling about past sins, hurts, injustices, bad memories, broken relationships or untimely deaths. These things hold us back and keep us on a treadmill of self pity. 

Jesus came to give us life more abundantly so forget about yourself and concentrate on Him and worship Jesus Christ the Lord. Stop worrying about yourself and get busy serving the Lord by being a blessing to others. Make Jesus real to them through your testimony. You may be the last person they ever speak to so make your words count towards eternity. 

Paul says the preaching concerning faith towards God is baby food. Rather go out and exercise your faith, building it up by trusting God to answer prayer. You need to believe you can walk on water like Peter did. Or change water into wine. Or curse a fig tree. Jesus gave us examples of what Adam lost for humanity, but which He restored for those who would follow Him.

Lay hands on the sick and believe Jesus within you to heal them. He may not heal all of them but He will change their lives in some way.  Sitting Sunday after Sunday hearing the doctrine of laying on of hands preached, does not heal the sick. Jesus said in Mark 16 - Lay hands on the sick and they shall recover. Exercise your faith by doing what Jesus commanded His followers and the results will grow your faith, obedience, ministry more than 20 sermons on the first principles. 

What is the milk of the Word?  What is strong meat? Hebrews 5 v 13 says, "Everyone who uses milk is unskillful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe." In 1 Peter 2 v 2 "As newborn babes desire the sincere milk of the word that you may grow thereby."

We need to move forward and grow so that strong meat does not choke us.  There are hidden depths in the Word of God to be plumbed by those who want more of God in their lives.

My spiritual life changed dramatically when God began to open up the hidden treasures in secret places in His Word. You have to get to the point of desiring to know the secrets of God. This is where the meat of the Word is stored and when you are determined to find those treasures He guides you to them.  We cannot demand that the Lord shares His secrets with us, but He knows when there is a genuine seeking heart that truly wants to know.

Many people have not yet ventured into using the gifts of the Holy Spirit. These are part of the milk of the Word to help you grow. They are found in 1 Corinthians 12. The more you wisely use these gifts the more you understand the depths and greatness of God. Through the gifts His secrets are revealed; mysteries explained; miracles proclaimed. Let the Holy Spirit guide you into the Treasury of jewels and pearls of wisdom that you will find nowhere else. 

The Holy Spirit wants to see the promise of the Father in action.  The joyous times I have had with Him can be yours too.  You do not have to go far to find those who need a touch from God, they are all around you.  Put your faith to work because faith without works is dead.  Do not expect your pastor to do everything!  We are a kingdom of priests with Jesus within us longing for us to let Him loose on the needy.  Be bold, be strong for the Lord, our God, is with us!

Prayer: Heavenly Father it so delights You when Your children explore the hidden treasures of Your Kingdom. Lead us to these wonderful places to enjoy Your bounty.  Stir up the Holy Spirit within us so that we move forward with You believing that You will heal the sick, and deliver the afflicted from demons, through our obedience. Help us to extend Your Kingdom. In Jesus' name. Amen.