Oh what a delightful time we have when we first get saved! Everything seems to come alive – which it actually does – and we’re floating on cloud nine! This can go on for quite awhile.
But then reality sets in and we somehow come back to earth – back to work, our daily chores, our daily commitments, etc. REALITY! What happened?
Well, nothing happened that shouldn’t happen. This is how things are because God never meant for you to live on cloud nine as a permanent residence. However, He does expect you remain on fire for Him. There’s a difference between the two.
It’s similar to a marriage honeymoon. Everything’s just great –for however long – floating on cloud nine but then it’s back to reality and working at making a good marriage, which I might add, takes diligence, time, and lots and lots of effort. But, as I always say, anything worth having is worth the effort it takes to get it.
So, now what do we do? That’s a good question because as I’ve observed Christians over the years, I found out that many of them are not on fire for the Lord like they once were. As I pondered this, I began to see where the problem was. And here it is.
God uses the natural, physical world to explain spiritual things. You’ll see this in life of Jesus and how He explained spiritual things. Babies in the natural realm, have to be taken care of while they’re babies, but as they grow, they’re weaned from having their parents do everything for them and they begin to do some things for themselves. Why? Because they’re taught how to do it and that’s what growing up is all about.
It’s the same in spiritual things because God doesn’t want us to remain spiritual babies for our entire Christian lives. He intends for us to grow up and become mature, adult Christians who are able to then teach the younger Christians. Sadly, this is not what happens in many lives.
We, in the Body of Christ, the Church, must grow up. What’s happened to many young Christians (young in the Lord) is that they get saved, on fire, and then don’t get taught how to stand on God’s Word. Then when problems arise, if they don’t get their desired results, they get disillusioned and either grow cold or backslide back to their former days. All the while, they’re living defeated lives. This is so sad.
Here’s an example: if they get sick and pray for healing but don’t see their healing manifest, they naturally blame God. This is wrong because God is never the problem. But they don’t know this because they haven’t been taught the truth about how to get healed. Therefore, if it doesn’t happen, they automatically blame God, never even considering that they could have missed it.
That’s why we need to pray for these people that God will send laborers across their paths to teach them about Jesus and reignite their candles.
Brothers and sisters, we must stay in God’s Word because that’s how we grow. Listen and read after good anointed teaching from reputable Bible teachers.
And here’s another thing: faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. And since God has given each of us the measure of faith – not more, not less than someone else – how do we get strong faith? It’s simple—by the Word of God because that’s where faith is. Therefore, the more active, strong, powerful faith you have is directly proportional to the amount of Word you have in you. Little Word, little active faith; lots of Word, lots of active, strong, powerful faith.
And that’s it in a nutshell! I love God’s Word!
Ephesians 4:13 (KJV) 13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
1 Peter 2:2 (KJV) 2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:
Hebrews 5:12-14 (KJV) 12 For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.
13 For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.
14 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.