Sunday, August 16, 2009

Unlocking the locked away

So here is a little mind wandering caused in part
by the reading I have been doing by George Muller
(I spoke about this in my last post)....and partially by thoughts and questions that have been
hanging around for years.
I am sure if you have walked a walk with God for awhile....... you too have had the opportunity to wonder why the body of Christ is not openly displaying the power of God.....on a consistent basis. When I say power.....I mean that evidence of God at work in us and through us. That power should be evident in the powerful use of the gifts God has given the body.
What are we missing?
I have often wondered about that.
And then you read the scripture below.......
"And he did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith" (Matt 13:58).
.................and it seems to hold a piece of the puzzle.
So when the Bible tells me that scripture is profitable to be used for teaching, reproof and correction......I can stand on the fact that the above scripture holds the answer
or at least part of the answer.

And hopefully you can follow my thoughts as I tie in a quote from George Muller about the early days of his Christian growth......
God Himself has condescended to become an author, and I am ignorant about that precious book, which His Holy Spirit has caused to be written through the instrumentality of His servants, and it contains that which I ought to know, and the knowledge of which will lead me to true happiness; therefore I ought to read again and again this most precious book, this book of books, most earnestly, most prayerfully, and with much meditation; and in this practice I ought to continue all the days of my life. For I was aware, though I read it but little, that I knew scarcely anything of it. But instead of acting thus, and being led by my ignorance of the word of God to study it more, my difficulty in understanding it, and the little enjoyment I had in it, made me careless of reading it (for much prayerful reading of the Word, gives not merely more knowledge, but increases the delight we have in reading it); and thus, like many believers, I practically preferred, for the first four years of my divine life, the works of uninspired men to the oracles of the living God. The consequence was, that I remained a babe, both in knowledge and grace. In knowledge I say; for all true knowledge must be derived, by the Spirit, from the Word. And as I neglected the Word, I was for nearly four years so ignorant, that I did not clearly know even the fundamental points of our holy faith. And this lack of knowledge most sadly kept me back from walking steadily in the ways of God. For it is the truth that makes us free, (John viii. 31, 32,) by delivering us from the slavery of the lusts of the flesh, the lusts of the eyes, and the pride of life. The Word proves it. The experience of the saints proves it; and also my own experience most decidedly proves it. For when it pleased the Lord in Aug. 1829, to bring me really to the Scriptures, my life and walk became very different. And though even since that I have very much fallen short of what I might and ought to be, yet, by the grace of God, I have been enabled to live much nearer to Him than before.
Me again.....
I am left with a certain understanding after reading the words of this great man of God. A greater awareness after earnestly searching the word.............of the little key that was offered to us in this verse below.

Romans 10:17--Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ.

My faith comes when I willing to hear the message
that comes through the words of Christ--the Bible. And as that faith will come the release of the power of God.

I have thought for a while now about all the Christian books out there.
And although I know that they have a purpose and a place..............
I can't help but wonder if they aren't becoming a tool...... a tool used by the enemy to influence a generation that will be filled with weak milk mouthed Christians.
Babes walking around hardly able to walk.....and unwilling to pick up the very Words of life and power given from our Father. Words that would build and strengthen our faith so that the power of Jesus would be released.

I love what Muller says about reading the Bible and how it should be done........earnestly, prayerfully, and with much meditation.

I also like the fact that if I will prayerfully read it......the joy in reading it will grow.
I think we have all experienced this at one time or another.
If you have never experienced this.....and I have been to someone.
We are told in the Word that the WORD is active and alive......its
purpose is to touch and change you and me.
And you should feel that change.....and others should see that transformation.
And I do realize that we
can have times when the Word feels alive and then sometimes it's just dry feeling. And if you are like me you have been tempted to stop reading the Bible....and I have at times.

We have been talking through some steps to reading Gods word in our Sunday school class.
We talked about why people don't read the word--
1. You don't believe it
2. You don't understand it
3. You have harbored sin

You know if I am truly honest number three has been the greatest obstacle in my life.
I have a little something I don't want to let go of.....and how can I even bare going into the Bible holding on to yuck. So I stop reading. And then I become detached.....heart, soul and spirit.
I am coming out of this stage.

And right now God is bringing sources to me that keep pointing me to the fact that I need His word. Word that will grow my faith and produce more faith in my life.

So you will probably be hearing more about this as I walk this out.
I don't want there to be any limitations of God's power at work in my life or through my life.

Thanks for walking this thing out with me. I know that God is going to do some great things in my life in this area. I believe He has offered me keys that will unlock doors that have been shut for generations. But it is going to require something on my part.
One by one He is holding out the keys....will we take them?

If you feel like sharing I would love to hear where you are right now in your walk with The BOOK.

I am praying for you as we walk the straight and narrow together.


Denise said...

You are very wise sis, love you.

luvmy4sons said...

Yes! Yes! Oh don't I know it! When I was first born again the Holy Spirit promted and enabled and empowered me and I read the entire Bible in five months time. I had two toddlers and was working 36 hours a week night shift! Yet I spent horus, yes, HOURS a day in the Word. So many things happened to me then. I heard the clear loud strong voice of the Lord SO OFTEN. I had a charismatic man tell me once during that time that he could feel the power of God coming off of me so strong it was amazing him! It was the Word...being so soaked in it.

Then I hit a phase where I wrongly felt I knew it. I would see passagees and say in my heart, "Yeah. Yeah. Know that one."

Then God showed me very specifically how living and active His Word is to come alive at different times in different ways..the same verse being applied in a specific way to my life! But life was busy with home schooling so many and the only time I had in the Word was teaching and reading it to my children...but it was good.

I have recently been convicted to keep to a daily reading plan that takes me through the whole Bible in a year IN ADDITION to other devotional times. I think sometimes God definitely uses other writings for His good purposes like he just did with you. And that is good...but not to the exclusion of reading the much power there! Blessings sweet sister. Sorry I went on so!

Melanie said...

I always seem to have some reason or excuse why I don't have time to read my Bible. Once I heard a speaker say that no one ever goes all week and then suddenly realizes that they forgot to eat all week long. So why do we forget to read our Bibles? I NEED to get back to reading my Bible everyday and not just reading the devotionals that come to my inbox.

Grace said...

Great post, Sharon. Thanks for sharing this to us. I always love George Muller's book.

Winging It said...

Amen & Amen & Amen! & Amen again! Yes, He is showing me the same thing...what beautiful words he wrote! And the part about enjoying it more, as you discipline and determine more to read so true...I call it "acquiring a taste for it" I liken it to when I have gotten away from drinking water and then when I first got back on the water, I have to make myself drink it, then shortly nothing else will do, only water will quench the thirst...

He has exalted His Word above even His Name! (Psalm 138:2)

I too have struggled at times in the last couple of years with the familiarity with the Word tending to make me cold to it...but, He is so faithful as we push forward to meet Him in His Word, to meet US and make it fresh...and I am so grateful He doesn't give up on us or count us unworthy!