May 8

SLOWER TRAFFIC KEEP TO THE RIGHT

Right lane for passing only
SLOWER TRAFFIC KEEP TO THE RIGHT

Slower traffic keep to the right! As a driver there is nothing more aggravating than someone going slow in the passing lane. When that slow driver remains in the passing lane he not only creates traffic jams, he creates a dangerous situation for all drivers.

We live in a fast paced world where patience has been pushed to the curb when it comes to driving on our nation’s highways. We are so time oriented and yet we continue to cram more things into the same twenty-four hours. We fill slighted when someone prevents us from accomplishing or packed agendas. Road rage is becoming an everyday occurrence.

Eph. 4:1-2 I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, entreat you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing forbearance to one another in love.

There is a spiritual application to our topic; slower traffic keep to the right. In the verse above we are called to “walk” in a manner worthy of our calling. Our journey with the Lord is not a foot race we’re trying to win, but a relationship we’re walking in. Any relationship we try to rush never reaches its destination, but often leaves wrecked lives and damaged hearts in its path.

Notice again, we are to walk in manner worthy of our “calling”. Our calling is by God’s design and timing. He desires for us to go the speed limit, not get in the fast lane rushing to a destination that He alone has mapped out. His driving directions are these. Deut. 5:32-33 “So you shall observe to do just as the Lord your God has commanded you; you shall not turn aside to the right or to the left. 33 You shall walk in all the way which the Lord your God has commanded you, that you may live, and that it may be well with you, and that you may prolong your days in the land which you shall possess.

If we look to verse 2 of Ephesians 4 we will see the demeanor that is required for us to remain in the right lane. He tells us to walk with Him in all humility, gentleness with patience showing forbearance toward one another in love. These qualities would make our highways a whole lot safer today if we would abide by them, but our relationship with Jesus Christ would be much richer if we wait upon the Lord.

Ps 25:3 Indeed, none of those who wait for Thee will be ashamed; but being unwilling to wait upon the Lord can lead us into shameful situations. Ps 62:5 My soul, wait in silence for God only, For my hope is from Him. Slower traffic keep to the right; it’s where the soul finds its rest and where our hope leads us safely to our destination.

2 Peter 3:8-9 But do not let this one fact escape your notice, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 9 The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance. Stay in the right lane!

April 18

SEEK FIRST

PUT GOD FIRST
SEEK FIRST HIS KINGDOM

Matt 6:33 “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you.

It’s interesting when you search the Greek for the word “first” you will discover it is the word “proton”. A proton is a subatomic particle found in the nucleus of every atom. Atoms are the basic building blocks of ordinary matter. The proton particle has a positive electrical charge. In light of that definition we should come to the conclusion that seeking His kingdom and His righteousness should be at the center of our pursuits creating a positive charge to our faith. Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness is the basic building block of our relationship with Jesus Christ!

At the beginning of Matthew 6:33 is the word “but”. That word bids us to read the verses before 6:33 to discover what prevents us from seek first His kingdom. In verses 19-21 we see that those things we treasure within our hearts are a distraction to our pursuits of putting Him first. Matt. 6:19-21 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 “But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; 21 for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

When our hearts are not prioritized upon Kingdom things our life’s perception becomes darkened by our selfish pride. Matt. 6:22-23 “The lamp of the body is the eye; if therefore your eye is clear, your whole body will be full of light. 23 “But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!

A heart that is divided is at war with itself. Matt. 6:24 “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will hold to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon. When we do not seek His kingdom first we become unstable in all our ways. James 1:7-8 For let not that man expect that he will receive anything from the Lord, 8 being a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. When He is not first, life becomes unstable.

This unstableness creates a state of anxiety within ourselves as well as strained relationships with others. Matt. 6:25 “For this reason I say to you, do not be anxious for your life, as to what you shall eat, or what you shall drink; nor for your body, as to what you shall put on. Is not life more than food, and the body than clothing? The pursuit of “things” over people leaves us all lonely in the midst of a crowd.

Our relational lives become a train wreck. We live with unresolved differences leading to lives of performance based on unattainable expectations. Matt. 5:23-24 “If therefore you are presenting your offering at the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, 24 leave your offering there before the altar, and go your way; first be reconciled to your brother, and then come and present your offering. There is another of God’s first! First be reconciled. In order for us to reconcile with each other we first must reconcile with Him. Confessing and repenting of not putting Him first puts us in position to reconcile with others.

He clarifies this in Matt. 7:4-5. “Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ and behold, the log is in your own eye? 5 “You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye. Did you notice another first?

To seek first His kingdom and His righteousness is not just a good idea or an option, it is LIFE! If His kingdom and righteousness is not the nucleus of our lives, everything spins out of control.

But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you.

 

January 22

LIVING LIFE WITH A CLEAR CONSCIENCE

LIVING A LIFE OF FAITH
LIVING WITH A CLEAR CONSCIENCE

Is it just a fantasy of ours to attempt living life with a clear conscience? Even King David confessed; “For I know my transgressions, And my sin is ever before me” (Psa. 51:3); and he is described as a man after God’s own heart!

Is living life truly a matter of maintaining a clear conscience? Without a clear conscience we will always battle with shame, guilt and remorse no matter the status we claim to have or freedoms we seem to enjoy. Living life with a clear conscience is more than having the world’s most coveted tangibles at our disposal.

Living life with a clear conscience and living a life of faith are intimately interwoven. Listen to the Apostle Paul’s charge to his son in the faith Timothy. 1 Tim 1:18-19 This command I entrust to you, Timothy, my son, in accordance with the prophecies previously made concerning you, that by them you may fight the good fight, 19 keeping faith and a good conscience, which some have rejected and suffered shipwreck in regard to their faith.

Faith and a clear conscience are relationship based. When we approach our faith relationship with Jesus Christ in a casual manner we will also discover we no longer have a clear conscience and we will begin to drift ever so close to our own shipwreck upon the rocks of guilt and shame.

Heb. 10:19-22 Since therefore, brethren, we have confidence to enter the holy place by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way which He inaugurated for us through the veil, that is, His flesh, 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Living a life with a clear conscience is to live a life of confidence in Jesus Christ our High Priest. We have confidence to draw near and enter that most holy place with full assurance of faith.

Our confidence is in the blood of Jesus that paid the price for all of our sins. Our confidence is seated at the right hand of the Father as our Savior Jesus Christ intercedes for us day and night. Our evil conscience has been cleansed by the washing of water with the word of God by the Holy Spirit.

Heb. 10:23-25 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; 24 and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, 25 not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more, as you see the day drawing near. Faith wavers when our conscience wavers in the hopelessness of a wavering confession. Instead of drawing near we find ourselves forsaking all healthy relationships; the first being with our Lord and the second being with each other.

Living a double-minded life as James defines it, is to live an unstable life. A double-minded man lives in a world of a wavering conscience and wavering faith. We have are ups and downs, but never seem to grow in our faith or know the joy of it!

Living a life with a clear conscience is to be clear to whom you place your confidence. Let us draw near with a clear conscience and with complete confidence that He who began a good work in you will complete it for His glory and your good. Are you clear?

October 12

WHAT ARE YOU HOLDING ON TO

holding-on

What are you holding on to that is holding you back from God’s best? It may seem insignificant to you, for you have held onto it for so long it has become a natural every day thing to you. It may be a little thing that has never been an issue or problem and so there has been no reason for you to deal with it, but God sees it in a totally different way.

2 Cor. 11:3 But I am afraid, lest as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds should be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ. The appearance of the insignificant can lead to the greatest deception leading us away from our purity of devotion to Christ. What are you holding on to that is keeping you from following Christ fully? By earthly standards there may be nothing unethical or immoral to the things you are holding on to, but they are hindering you from the simplicity and purity of devotion.   Heb. 12:1Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance, and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.

We are to lay aside “every” encumbrance and sin which so “easily” entangles us. The great deception concerning the question, what are you holding on to can be found in our inability to define those insignificant things in our life as encumbrances or see them as entangling us in any way? They bring us enough pleasure that we are willing to compromise intimacy with our Heavenly Father.

When God commanded the people of Israel not to take anything under the ban, Achan convinced himself that it was an insignificant thing for him to keep just a few things for himself. His choice cost the lives of his fellow soldiers at the battle of Ai. Joshua basically asked Achan, what are you holding on to that has brought this tragedy upon God’s people? Josh 7:19-21 Then Joshua said to Achan, “My son, I implore you, give glory to the Lord, the God of Israel, and give praise to Him; and tell me now what you have done. Do not hide it from me.” 20 So Achan answered Joshua and said, “Truly, I have sinned against the Lord, the God of Israel, and this is what I did: 21 when I saw among the spoil a beautiful mantle from Shinar and two hundred shekels of silver and a bar of gold fifty shekels in weight, then I coveted them and took them; and behold, they are concealed in the earth inside my tent with the silver underneath it.”

What we hold on to will eventually bring suffering and shame not only to us, but to those around us. We hold on to those things in our life because we believe we own them. We have been bought with a price and we are not our own, therefore what we hold on to is no longer ours to hold on to. We must renounce (disown) those things before they bring further shame and suffering. 2 Cor. 4:2 but we have renounced the things hidden because of shame, not walking in craftiness or adulterating the word of God, but by the manifestation of truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God. Like Achan, what you hold on to is hidden within the dwelling place of your heart and must for the glory of God be renounced that we may be salt and light to a dead and dark world.

What are you holding on to today?

October 3

LEARNED OBEDIENCE

learned-obedience

Learned obedience is the pathway to an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ! All the Scripture study and memorization in and of itself is insufficient for us to experience the obedience that leads to knowing our Savior and His will for our lives. Obedience is more than following a set of rules or accomplishing a given task; it’s discovering the One who set the rules and is walking with us in finishing the task given to us.

Jesus Himself learned obedience as He walked this earth indwelling human flesh. Heb. 5:8 Although He was a Son, He learned obedience from the things which He suffered. If we are to be Christ-like, we must have the same attitude that He had as He lived in faithfulness to His Father even at the cost of suffering for it. Phil 2:5-8 Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.

The motive and attitude in our obedience is what our Heavenly Father looks for. Learned obedience is a by-product of the love we have learned the Father has for us and our desire to abide in that love. John 15:9-11 “Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love. 10 “If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father’s commandments, and abide in His love. 11 “These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full. Learned obedience will produce a joy that is made full (vs. 11) and as John 15:8 tells us; we will bear fruit bringing much glory to the Father.

Learned obedience is a process as we take the yoke of Christ upon us and learn from Him. Matt 11:28-30 “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. 29 “Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart; and you shall find rest for your souls. 30 “For My yoke is easy, and My load is light.” If we find ourselves weary in our pursuit of obedience we must humbly confess that we are bearing the yoke of our own self-righteousness. Rom. 10:2-3 For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not in accordance with knowledge. 3 For not knowing about God’s righteousness, and seeking to establish their own, they did not subject themselves to the righteousness of God.

Not knowing the righteousness of God we will learn the wrong kind of obedience and as a result will live frustrated lives never discovering the abundant life Jesus promised. Rom 14:17-18 for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. Learned obedience brings us peace and joy in the Holy Spirit!

What have you learned?

September 20

WHY AM I SUFFERING

suffering

Why am I suffering? Why is this happening to me? Doesn’t God care at all? I thought when I became a Christian He would protect me from all of this!

Even with all the suffering in the world, we still seem to find ourselves preoccupied with our own ills, pains and displeasures. We turn our attention away from the extreme sufferings that flash upon our television screens by turning the channel in order to avoid the guilt of our own self-centeredness.

Why am I suffering? The source of our sufferings come from two distinct sources. I’m either suffering due to the consequences of my own choices or I’m suffering due to the choices that others have made.

Our suffering whether caused by us or another person is the fruit of our own futility. Rom 8:20-21 For the creation was subjected to futility, not of its own will, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. Suffering is the tool the Lord allows to reveal our attachments to the temporary things of this world. Matt 6:34 “Therefore do not be anxious for tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. If we are to be anxious for nothing how are we to view our suffering? Is His grace sufficient for us in every circumstance? Do we believe that all things work together for good for those who love God and are called according to His promise? Can we rejoice in all things for we know that He is in control and sovereign over all things; even our suffering?

2 Cor. 1:3-7 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort; 4 who comforts us in all our affliction so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. 5 For just as the sufferings of Christ are ours in abundance, so also our comfort is abundant through Christ. 6 But if we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; or if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which is effective in the patient enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer. Why am I suffering? In order that I may know the God of all comfort and through knowing Him in my suffering I may share that comfort with the suffering world around me!

Heb. 10:35-36 Therefore, do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. 36 For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised. Our confidence is found in the God of all comfort, therefore our sufferings are our opportunity to be strengthened in the God who comforts us with His strength, grace and peace. We have need of endurance in this world of suffering!

Why am I suffering? That the Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified through this earthen vessel as He molds and shapes me into a vessel of honor.

 

 

June 30

MISSED IT BY THAT MUCH

MISSED IT

I missed it by that much! As we look back on our lives and reminisce on the things that could have been we allow the stones of regrets to build up walls of discouragement, keeping us from moving forward to the things God has prepared. How could we have missed it by that much so many times?

We missed it by that much for we listened to the flesh and did not walk by the Spirit. Gal 5:16-18 But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh. 17 For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please.

1 Cor 2:9-10 but just as it is written, “Things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard, And which have not entered the heart of man, All that God has prepared for those who love Him.” 10 For to us God revealed them through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches all things, even the depths of God. Our flesh cannot see all that God has prepared for us, but He has given us His Spirit to reveal those hidden things in His timing, place and for His purpose.

There is our problem! We’ve missed it by that much because we are unwilling to wait for His time, place and purpose. The flesh sets its desire against the Spirit and in doing so we find ourselves living with regrets that could have been prevented. Just ask King Saul! 1 Sam 13:11-13 But Samuel said, “What have you done?” And Saul said, “Because I saw that the people were scattering from me, and that you did not come within the appointed days, and that the Philistines were assembling at Michmash, 12 therefore I said, ‘Now the Philistines will come down against me at Gilgal, and I have not asked the favor of the Lord.’ So I forced myself and offered the burnt offering.” 13 And Samuel said to Saul, “You have acted foolishly; He missed it by that much due to his impatience brought on by fear!

Fear at varying levels quenches the Holy Spirit leaving us to depend upon the weaknesses of our flesh. Our flesh operates outside of faith. Without faith it is impossible to please Him. Without faith we can do nothing that will satisfy our hearts desire. John 15:5 “I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me, and I in him, he bears much fruit; for apart from Me you can do nothing. Without faith we are left with life’s regrets.

But, we can take our regrets and turn them into stepping stones of faith as we turn to the Holy Spirit who reveals God’s love for us and gives us a hope that doesn’t disappoint! Rom 5:3-5 And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; 4 and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; 5 and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

We will continue to have missed it by that much, if we miss the presence of the Holy Spirit revealing God’s best for us right now!

June 2

FULL DISCLOSURE

FULL DISCLOSURE

What requirements would you expect from someone before you would give them full discloser of personal information about yourself?  As you think about the friendships that you have at the present time, do they have full disclosure into the personal details of your life?  Who has full disclosure to your life and why have you given them such access to such intimate details?

We are such private people that even the word disclosure raises the hair on the back of our necks.  This word paints a picture of someone entering our home and not only sitting down in our living room, but looking into every closet and underwear drawer.  That isn’t happening! They can get their hat and coat and show themselves the door!  Amen?  Amen!

But, if the shoe was on the other foot and we were entering into a serious relationship or contract, we would want a full disclosure.  If we were putting our reputation or our financial resources into an unknown venture, we would request a full disclosure from those who were involved in that venture.

We have entered into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.  We know that He loves us and has sacrificed His life for us that we might be saved from our sins, but we have only touched the hem of His garment as far as our ability to know Him fully.  Paul prayed this prayer for the church at Ephesus.  Eph 3:16-19  that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man; 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fulness of God.

This full disclosure does not come without a personal desire to know Him and love Him with all of our heart.  This type of love that brings about full disclosure is one of obedience and surrender.  John 14:21 “He who has My commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves Me; and he who loves Me shall be loved by My Father, and I will love him, and will disclose Myself to him.”  Little love is revealed by our little faith.  Why would our Lord disclose any deeper truth about Himself if we are unfaithful with what He has entrusted us?  Luke 16:10 “He who is faithful in a very little thing is faithful also in much; and he who is unrighteous in a very little thing is unrighteous also in much.

Through obedient love the Holy Spirit pulls back the veil to the mysteries of the glory of God and little by little, from glory to glory and from faith to faith, we receive a full disclosure of the God who loves us and His purpose for our lives.  2 Cor 3:18 But we all, with unveiled face beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.

Full disclosure is given to those who have proven themselves trustworthy and faithful in handling what has been entrusted to them.  Full disclosure is given to those who are fully faithful and obedient to the truth they have already been given.  Are you worthy of full disclosure? 

 

May 13

RISK ASSESSMENT

RISKS

Businesses spend a great deal of time and resources conducting a risk assessment before they venture out into uncharted waters. Numbers are crunched, charts are created, in-depth studies are conducted and pots of coffee and sleepless nights interrupt our lives until a confident answer can free us to move forward.

There is an inner turmoil that comes with every risk assessment. With all the tools, gadgets and resources none of us can predict the future. We make educated guesses at best.   Eventually there needs to be a decision made if we ever hope to move in a progressive direction.

Corporations, small businesses, communities, households, and individuals find themselves many times frozen in place deciding the cost was too high. There is a cost involved with every risk and fear will always be our greatest enemy in moving forward.

Even as followers of Christ we perform our own risk assessment when it comes to living out our faith. Faith is the things hoped for and the conviction of things not seen and we also know that without faith it is impossible to please Him. So, how are we assessing the risk in our walk of faith? Is there a genuine risk to following Jesus? What factors are involved in determining the level of fear we are willing to live with?

I think of a bunch of fisherman cleaning their nets after a bad day of fishing and Jesus calling out to them saying; “come follow Me” and immediately they drop their nets and follow Him. What sort of risk assessment do you think they went through? I’m sure they had many other days when they had caught nothing to be making such a risky decision to leave how they made their living to follow some unknown rabbi. What guarantees did they have?

Luke 14:27-28 “Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple. 28 “For which one of you, when he wants to build a tower, does not first sit down and calculate the cost, to see if he has enough to complete it? Jesus Himself is telling us to do a risk assessment concerning being His disciple. Salvation is free and His grace is a gift, but to be a disciple who follows after Him will cost us everything.

The Apostle Paul did his own risk assessment concerning being a Christ follower; listen to his evaluation. Phil 3:7-8 But whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ. 8 More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish in order that I may gain Christ.

Gal 2:20 “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me, and delivered Himself up for me. If we have been crucified with Christ and it’s no longer we who live and the life we do live we live by faith in the Son of God; what’s the risk?

What does a dead man have to fear? If fear is no longer a factor what’s the risk? The real risk assessment that must be made is not what will it cost me or you, but what will it cost those who do not know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior?

The best risk assessment is made as we live in His perfect love for us and that perfect love cast out fear and without fear being a factor there is no risk to assess!

April 8

MENU OPTIONS

MILK AND HONEY

You can listen in on any conversation between a husband and wife and hear the same bantering back and forth over menu options and where they should go to eat. “Where do you want to go and eat? I don’t know where do you want to go? I asked you first. It really doesn’t matter to me.” And on and on it goes until there is a huge argument and they both stay home and eat TV dinners or whatever leftovers haven’t started growing green fuzz in the refrigerator.

What makes it so difficult to decide? I believe it is due to the fact that there are too many restaurants with too many menu options! Me, I can go to Cracker Barrel for lunch or dinner and get the meatloaf, mashed potatoes and a double order of green beans and be in heaven. Like me, there are many people who no matter how many menu options you place before them they have developed acquired tastes that will never stray from what’s comfortable and satisfies their hunger pains.

So, what are our spiritual menu options? We make them every single day whether we realize it or not! Looking into Scripture we see the people of Israel making their choices from two distinct menu options.

One, they were offered the land of milk and honey. The Lord had brought them out of their four hundred years of slavery to a promised land that He had already provided for them. It was a place that they could taste and see that the Lord was good. It was a place filled with the richness of His grace, presence and provision. The menu options offered them peace, strength and spiritual health.

As the people of Israel meandered toward their menu option of milk and honey, God gave them an appetizer of manna in order that He might readjust their taste buds for the delicacies of His provision. Remember, they had lived in slavery for so long they needed to be weaned from their old menu options of leaks and onions. Along their journey they became tired of God’s appetizer of manna and began to long for the leaks and onions that they had become comfortable with and that satisfied their hunger pains.

We have these same two menu options to choose from every single day. We can either choose to enjoy the appetizer of His word (manna), that we might hunger and thirst for the richness of His milk and honey, or we can allow our fleshly nature to crave for the leaks and onions of our old sinful life.

The Lord offers us these two menu options every day; Deut 30:19-20 I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. So choose life in order that you may live, you and your descendants, 20 by loving the Lord your God, by obeying His voice, and by holding fast to Him; for this is your life and the length of your days.

We are a new creation in Christ; the old things have passed away and behold new things have come. Our menu options come down to two things; we can choose from the old menu or the new. We can live in the blessing of His milk and honey or the curse of the leaks and onions. One brings life in knowing Him and the other brings death and separation from communion with the God who created us and reconciled us into a loving relationship.

Taste and see that the Lord is good!