Steaks and Milkshakes

Steaks and milkshakes.

If I gave this choice to my daughter, it would always be milkshakes! Why? Because it is sweet and yummy and just a good snack! Most kids would probably choose milkshakes over steaks because its ice cream and sweet and sugary.

As an adult, I do love a caramel milkshake! But even better, give me a nice medium-well ribeye steak and I will be happy!

We went to Golden Corral a couple weeks ago and the chef grilling the steaks was fantastic that night. Honestly some of the best steak I have ever had. I had 2 of them, that’s how good they were! While I was wondering how I could get another steak, my daughter was concerned about getting some ice cream and chocolate covered marshmallows. We were at the same place, yet we wanted different types of food.

I love how the Bible is so profound that it is simple, yet so simple that it is profound. You see, there is something in the Bible for every stage of the Christian life. Whether you are a newborn Christian or an old-seasoned vet of the Christian life, there is something in the Word of God for you.

I have 2 girls, when they were born, they lived and survived on milk. They weren’t eating steak. They hadn’t grown teeth and a desire and appetite for steak. They needed that milk to grow. As they have grown up, they now eat meat, but they still like that sweet stuff more than the savory food.

In the Christian life, you need the milk of the Word to be able to grow. “As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:” I Peter 2:2 Even God’s Word says that milk is need for babies to grow. We need the milk of the Word to grow spiritually!

But just like a child who can’t live on just milk, neither can the Christian. At some point, meat is needed, something with substance to it. A Christian has to have some meat or steak in his spiritual diet to continue to grow as a Christian.

I was thinking about the difference between milk and meat, between steaks and milkshakes and the simplest difference between the two is this; milk starts the growth, meat sustains the growth.

Milk or milkshakes is quickly and easily digested. There is really no substance to it. The milk of the Word of God, is the things that are easy to put your faith and trust in. The things that are clearly and precisely stated in the Bible. These things are milk. Take the 10 Commandments, to me that is milk of the Word. There is nothing that you have to study or decipher or even really consider, they are commands by God so we follow them. The standards and guidelines that God clearly gives us should be accepted like drinking a glass of milk. They aren’t always that easy to follow but we should, because that is the basis to growth.

Meat or steaks takes time to cook. You have to properly season it and cook it. You have to make sure whatever you are cooking it on is ready to go. You have to wait for it to cook all the way through. Steak takes time. There are things in the Bible that I have read many times before, but now when I read them, I just now see the truth in it. Steak is like meditating and studying the Bible. Steak takes longer to prepare and cook than a milkshake, but the savory goodness of it is worth it.

As I grow older, I love a good steak, but I still need to drink milk. You cannot live on just milk or meat, you need them both in your life. In the spiritual life, we continue to grow by drinking the milk, living by the commands that plainly given; yet, we need the meat of the Word. The things we can ponder and meditate on throughout the day.

Don’t starve yourself from one or the other! Enjoy them both! Get in the Word of God daily and feed yourself His Word! You will grow more than just attending church three times a week. Imagine if you only ate 3 times a week, after a while, you wouldn’t be doing so good. Read your Bible and pray everyday to continue your Christian growth.

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Bible Reading Thoughts – Job’s Hedge

I started a chronological Bible reading plan this year and today, I started the book of Job. Job has always been an interesting character to look at because of His relationship with God and his trials with Satan.

Join me in 2019, in reading your Bible through chronologically!

In Job 1:1, we see the characteristic of Job. He was a perfect and upright man and one that feareth God.

In Job 1:6-12, we see the communication between the Lord and Satan. The Lord was asking Satan if he had ever considered tempting Job. Satan knew who Job was and the kind of man he was.

In Job 1:13-19, we see the catastrophic events that changed Job’s life forever. He lost his sons and daughters, he lost his livestock, he lost everything he had.

In Job 1:21-22, we see Job counting his blessings, knowing everything he had was from the Lord.

But in this whole chapter, the thing that stuck out the most to me is found in verse 10. It says, “Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? Thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land.” That phrase, “Hast not thou made an hedge about him” made me start thinking about my own life. Do I have a hedge about me? Is God protecting me like He protected Job?

How to get that hedge of protection from God? The answer is simple. Live a perfect and upright life, fear God and eschew evil. Easier said than done, right? We should live in such a way that God wants to protect us from Satan. Walk with God, fellowship with God, have a relationship with God. Remember, Satan can only do what God allows him to do.

Realize that even if you are in the hedges, there will still be trials and tribulations in life. Job did everything he was supposed to do, yet God still allowed him to be persecuted. When we are persecuted, remember we still have blessings to be thankful of, no matter how few they seem.

So the thought for today is this, Do I have the hedges of God’s protection around me? Or, am I just in place where it is open season for Satan to attack me?

The best place to start getting those hedges of protection is walking with God. Read your Bible and pray every day. Fellowship with Him!

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Enoch

“By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God. But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”

Hebrews 11:5-6

It has been a while since I have worked on my “Hall of Faith” series, so today, I want to look at Enoch.

When we think of Enoch, we think of a man who walked with God. We think of a man that walked with God so much, and he was so close to God, that God took him. God took Enoch of the earth to be with Him, in His presence.

Can you imagine how great Enoch’s relationship with God was? When I think of the greatest Christian I know, I can’t imagine them being so close to God that they would be gone in an instant like Enoch was. Enoch had a friendship, a relationship with God that has not been matched throughout history.

When I look at these two verses from Hebrews, there are two different things that stand out to me.

We know Enoch walked with God. “And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.” Genesis 5:24 What I find interesting about the verses in Hebrews, about the verses that describes Enoch’s place in the Hall of Faith, is that they don’t mention anything about a walk with God. Verse 5, does say that his testimony was ‘that he pleased God.’

What I take from this, is that to please God, you must walk with God. You cannot have a life pleasing unto God without a walk with Him. Enoch wasn’t walking with God to just walk with Him, he knew that walking with God was a way to please God and make God happy with Him.

The next thing I see in these verse is, ‘without faith it is impossible to please God.’ To please God, you have to have faith. To walk with God, you have to walk with and by faith. It takes faith to develop a relationship with someone you can’t see, someone who doesn’t audibly talk to you. You can’t walk with God if you have no faith in God. The ones who have no faith in God are the ones who have no relationship, no walk with God and they are the ones who are not pleasing God.

So Christian, do you want to please God? Then increase your faith and build your walk with Him.

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