Sunday our pastor preached on the milk and solid food of God’s Word, and it’s true; God’s Word is both milk and solid food (meat).
Hebrews 5:12 “For even though by this time you ought to be teaching others, you actually need someone to teach you over again the very first principles of God’s Word. You have come to need milk, not solid food.”
In 1st Corinthians 3:1-3, Paul said “1 However, brethren, I could not talk to you as to spiritual [men], but as to nonspiritual [men of the flesh, in whom the carnal nature predominates], as to mere infants [in the new life] in Christ [unable to talk yet!]
2 I fed you with milk, not solid food, for you were not yet strong enough [to be ready for it]; but even yet you are not strong enough [to be ready for it],
3 For you are still [unspiritual, having the nature] of the flesh [under the control of ordinary impulses]. For as long as [there are] envying and jealousy and wrangling and factions among you, are you not unspiritual and of the flesh, behaving yourselves after a human standard and like mere (unchanged) men?”
God is for us. In Mark 9:40 Jesus said “For he who is not against us is for us.”
He wants all of us to live. Deuteronomy 30:19 “I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:”
His Word was spoken for all to hear and believe. John 3:16
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
And He is still speaking to all of us, using examples like farming and judging between friends, neighbors, parents and children. In Matthew 13 he speaks of sowing seed; in Luke 18 he speaks about judges; and in Luke 11 he compares His Father to ours in giving gifts to our children.
The power is actually God’s Word, which never changes, because demons must flee from it. Using God’s Word in our prayers, and speaking God’s Word both to our own selves and others, is actually spiritual warfare. It is God’s effective power called the sword of the Spirit (Ephesians 6:17; Hebrews 4:12).
When we speak of spiritual warfare it bothers some people, because it’s scary. But there is a battle going on.
The battle is over our faith and belief in Jesus Christ. Our faith and belief is the treasure the devil is fighting us for. The enemy, working through people, news media, books and publications, catastrophic events and wars amongst nations, wants us to doubt God’s Word so we won’t believe it, thereby not receiving our salvation. We must believe in Jesus as the risen Son of God, to receive eternal life.
Jesus has defeated death and we are His heirs, so we can defeat death, too, by asking Him into our heart and believing in Him as the risen Son of God. In this way we receive eternal life in heaven. Our spirit won’t die the spiritual death and suffer forever in the lake of fire and brimstone.
If we read God’s Word, we discover the truth and life in it, and we can rest in it, securely believing it.
The power comes to us when God’s Holy Spirit reminds us of it.
In John 14:26 Jesus said “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.”
When we read the red letters of Jesus Christ, it gets planted in our hearts as a seed, and if we have God’s Holy Spirit in us, His Spirit will grow it and bring it up in our hearts when we need it! He causes us to remember it, and the power is in speaking it when it comes to us.
Jesus did it in Matthew chapter 4. And in Romans chapter 10:1-13 it is written “1 Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved.
2 For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge.
3 For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.
4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.
5 For Moses describeth the righteousness which is of the law, That the man which doeth those things shall live by them.
6 But the righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise, Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down from above:)
7 Or, Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.)
8 But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;
9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.
13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”