Long for the Word

2 Therefore, putting aside all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander, like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation, if you have tasted the kindness of the Lord. 1 Peter 2:1-3

The phrase “putting aside” speaks of a transformation into the new creature (2 Corinthians 5:17). Getting rid of (through the power of the Holy Spirit that indwells you, if you are born again) those things that are hindrances in the kingdom of God. As long as we intentionally function in any malice, any deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander, we will not fully desire the Word of God.

As believers, we need the truth of the PURE Word like newborn babies need their mothers’ pure milk. Pure is such an interesting word. It means uncontaminated, unmixed, straight from the source, untainted. Just as the Word of God is to be.

Just as pure milk satisfies a babies hunger, the pure word of God will satisfy our hunger. Just as babies crave, desire, long for milk, so are we to crave, desire, long for the Word of God. Milk is necessary for a babies growth, development, and maturity. Just as the Word of God is necessary for the growth, development, and maturity of EVERY believer in respect to salvation.

When we accepted salvation and received the blessings of the LORD, it was then that we tasted the kindness of the Lord. Just imagine how much sweeter it is to no longer taste but to feast on His Word continually. O taste and see that the Lord is good Psalm 34:8

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Your Adornment

Your adornment must not be merely external—braiding the hair, and wearing gold jewelry, or putting on dresses; 4 but let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is precious in the sight of God. 1 Peter 3:3 – 4

The world says beauty is only skin deep. But God challenges us to go deeper than the skin. Our beauty cannot be based on the external things that are seen by all such as fashion, appearance, things we have, etc. It must be connected to who we are at the very core of ourselves. What does He see when looking at our hearts? Are we devoted to beautifying the hidden person of the heart?

The qualities God desires in us are to mimic the trends of fashion… here today … gone tomorrow. They are to be imperishable. Imperishable means uncorrupted, not liable to corruption or decay. In other words, anchored.

In this passage, the qualities we are looking at are those in reference to our spirit that springs from the heart. We are to have a gentle and quiet spirit. Gentle and quiet are defined as a spirit in which we accept His dealings with us as good, and therefore without disputing or resisting (Blue Letter Bible). (This IS NOT to be confused with being passive.) It is this that is precious in the sight of God (remember He watches and sees, even those things done behind closed doors).

What type of spirit do we accept the will of God for our lives? Do we trust Him as we say we do? Do we truly have an understanding of what SOVEREIGN means in connection with God? Does He see our spirit, is it precious in His sight?

Do not let your adornment be merely external.

Be blessed.

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His Palms

But Zion said, “The Lord has forsaken me,
And the Lord has forgotten me.”
15 “Can a woman forget her nursing child
And have no compassion on the son of her womb?
Even these may forget, but I will not forget you.
16 “Behold, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands (Isaiah 49:14-16)

Although God is speaking to Isreal, these truths can be and are applicable to all of those who belong to Him today.

Many of us, at some point and time in our spiritual walk, have felt as if God has forsaken us. We have felt left behind… alone… deserted. This feeling of being forsaken can stem from many situations, such as things not going as expected, disobedience, trials, loss, etc. But in this passage, God reassures His children that although they feel forsaken, they are not forsaken by Him. God, although everywhere, is also stationary in each of our lives. We are the ones who move away from Him, from the path He has laid out for us. God states that we may forget, but He does not. The God who remembers all has shown how much He loves us and how important we are to Him.

He has inscribed us in the palm of His hands. Do you see what I see? We are cut into, traced, unable to be removed from the palms of His hands… ON PURPOSE.

But why the palms?

The palms are unable to tan no matter how long they are left in the sun. The skin on the palm is able to withstand pressure, wear, and damage. It is sturdy, long lasting, imperishable, indestructible BUT very sensitive. The sensitivity allows it to feel the slightest change or shift that takes place within it. He can feel everything connected to us. To those, that are inscribed in His palms. WE ARE CONNECTED AND PROTECTED!!!!!

The position of the palm is also important. We are told, an upturned palm signifies receiving while a downturned palm indicates giving. When we think of God extending His hands over His people, it is with His palms down, shielding and giving protection.

Do you feel forsaken? If so, why? Have you talked with God about it? If not, why? When did the feeling of disconnection begin? Were there any instructions given that were not followed?

Seek Him where He can be found… in His Word. Remember, when wanting to talk, take time to listen.

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