Friday 26 April 2024

A God Who Answers | Part Six.


We continue with our meditations in The Book of Daniel, as we continue to dig deeper into verse 13 of Chapter 10. It reads,

"But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty-one days; and behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left alone there with the kings of Persia."

We continue digging into the phrase "withstood me." Continuing from "The Passion Translation" (TPT) rendering of Galatian 5:1, we see the importance of falling in love with our stand. That is where the strength, push, and power for defending it come from.

Yes, we come in as babes into the fold, but we are not meant to remain the same. That which we are enabled to see and comprehend, as part of our rite of the entrance, ought to work a difference in us. Otherwise, our entrance is in vain. Unfortunately, that is the story of a great many in the fold.

The Apostle Peter admonishes us to DESIRE the sincere milk of the word. [1 Peter 2:2] Desire, is a word with similarity to "CHERISH. He is saying let your heart be involved in it. Don't be passive. Be active about the whole process. Be a participator, not an outsider. Associate with the process, not dissociate.

God hates slothfulness, lukewarmness, and the like. [Romans 12:11; James 5:16; Revelations 3:16] He is looking for those who will serve Him in wholeness (spirit) and without holding anything back (naked, truth). [John 4:24] Those are the people whom He empowers to root out the enemy. Those are the people who stay and hold firmly their stand.

Note the Apostle Peter qualifies the Word we are to seek, with two equally powerful words - "SINCERE MILK." Only one of these would have been sufficient, but the Apostle did not think so. He needed to make the emphasis. 

The word is not just our nourishment and empowerment, it is unadulterated and pure. It can be dependent on. It is guaranteed by Jehovah God Almighty. And none of His words will fall to the ground. We can bank on it. We can bank on God.

I love the way the Apostle ends that verse of scripture. He states the reason why we should desire the SINCERE MILK of the Word of God. It is not so we might preach, evangelize, show off, or fulfill a religious observation. He says it is so we might "GROW THEREBY."

If your taking in of scripture is not growing you, you are a failure. You have missed the mark. You are doing something other than what the Apostle is here admonishing us to do. We don't desire the word to become another body in a church or religious congregation. We desire so we can be more like Jesus.

Jesus is our mark, not our pastor, bishop, or whosoever. Jesus is our target. He is our idol, statute, and goal. Just a little more like Jesus, every day is our song of victory and triumph on this side of eternity. That is what God looks down at and says, "This is my beloved child in whom I am well pleased."

The Saint.

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