FHTHTH daily meditation is brought to you by the disciple whom Jesus loves (John 21:7). I love the Lord because He first loved me (1 John 4:19). I love His word because it is life to me, and health to all my flesh (Proverbs 4:22). His word is my meditation day and night (Psalm 1:2, Joshua 1:8). The word of God helps us to grow unto salvation (1 Peter 2:2). His word helps us to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:18).
Dear spiritual babes, It is my great pleasure and honor to help you drink the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby (1 Peter 2:2).
1 Peter 2:1-2, Therefore, laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking, as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby,
I remember, in my earliest stage of spiritual infancy, I had this insatiable hunger for the word of God. It makes sense when you watch newborn babies long for milk, their proper food, the only food necessary for them. I didn’t know this scripture at that point in time, but I knew my flesh was not craving for the word (1 Peter 2:1); never does 🙄. I am grateful to God for He plugged me in a faithful church under faithful teachers who fed me the pure milk of the word. The soul which feeds upon the pure milk of the Word grows continually unto salvation.
Our goal here is to deliver unadulterated word. In this day and age, it is becoming extremely difficult to find spiritual adults who are “not dealing with the word of God deceitfully,” 2 Corinthians 4:2. We are regularly presented with half-truths by people we trust the most. Horrifying stories are reported out of the so-called “churches.” Dear ones, we are to be like infants in our Christian walk. We will never outgrow the word of God.
The spiritual appetite is not as spontaneous as the natural. A great deal of new believers have no appetite for the word of God. Our task here is to stimulate your spiritual appetite so that you may desire the pure milk of the word that you may grow thereby. By God’s grace, we will do it-one truth at a time.
Rachel here. I press on perfection because Christ Jesus has made me His own.
I grew up in a loving pastoral home. My father is a retired theologian and missionary. As a minister’s kid, most of the time it felt like I was living in a glass house. Everything I ever did was on display for everyone to critique. I had days when I resented being a theologian’s kid, though it had nothing to do with my dad’s profession. As a teenager, it became especially tough due to the stereotypical image that preacher’s kids are wild and rebellious–I was bullied regularly. There would be unrealistic expectations placed on us by others. People expected us to walk on water, or something. The sin was on being a gospel minister’s kid. Looking back now, I see that I was persecuted mostly out of either their lack of understanding or because my life reflected what they desperately needed-a relationship with Jesus Christ.
I wouldn’t trade the privilege of growing up a preacher’s kid for the world. I am so thankful that my dad said yes to God’s honorable call in his life. Likewise, I am grateful for the seed that was planted in me. I am a living testimony of Proverbs 22:6 promise, “Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.” I may have resented it growing up, but the older I get, the more I am thankful for the way I was raised. Furthermore, I have resolved to spend the rest of my time for the will of God.
Psalm 115:17-18, The dead praise not the LORD, neither any that go down into silence. But we will bless the LORD from this time forth and for evermore. Praise the LORD.
Christian life is all about Jesus Christ. It is not focused upon my effort, ability, or duty. It is a singular focus upon the Person of Jesus as the substance and source of my life.
Major Ian Thomas captured it well when he once wrote, “The Christian life can be explained only in terms of Jesus, and if your life as a Christian can still be explained in terms of you—your personality, your willpower, your gift, your talent, your money, your courage, your scholarship, your dedication, your sacrifice, or your anything—then although you may have the Christian life, you are not yet living it! … True Godliness leaves the world convinced beyond a shadow of a doubt that the only explanation for you, is Jesus.”
Handley Moule puts like this, “The Christian life is to be like Christ. To displace self from the inner throne and to enthrone Him; to make not the slightest compromise with the smallest sin. We aim at nothing less than to walk with God all day long, to abide every hour in Christ, and He and His words in us, to love God with all the heart, and our neighbor as ourselves.”
AW Tozer wrote, “Deity indwelling men! That is Christianity in its fullest effectuation, and even those greater glories of the world to come will be in essence but a greater and more perfect experience of the soul’s union with God. Deity indwelling men! That, I say, is Christianity, and no man has experienced rightly the power of Christian belief until he has known this for himself as a living reality. Everything else is preliminary to this. Incarnation, atonement, justification, regeneration; what are these but acts of God preparatory to the work of invading and the act of indwelling the redeemed human soul?”
Matthew 13:44–46 – “The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in the field, which a man found and hid again; and from joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.” “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking fine pearls, and upon finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it.”