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Is It Eaten, Or Does It Sit And Rot?
5/6/2009

Is It Eaten, Or Does It Sit And Rot?
    
    If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them. John 13:17 (NKJV)
    
    
    When youve got an appetite and youre really hungry, theres nothing better than going to the refrigerator and finding it well stocked. We are blessed in our country to have plenty, and I think that we have so much that we end up wasting a lot along the way.
    Its sad, but true.
    
    Let me give you an example of this waste using that same well-stocked refrigerator.
    
    How many times have you loaded up your refrigerator with all the groceries to put together good wholesome meals, only to shelve the idea, in lieu of a fast food fill in? I think were all guilty of this.
    
    I know it wasnt our intention, but things happen, such as the day running longer than what was anticipated. Fatigue sets in, and we dont feel like working at preparing a meal, so we opt out and drive through your local burger joint, or go and sit down and enjoy a meal prepared by someone else.
    
    The end result is the food that you didnt use, simply sits in the fridge and rots. What a waste! Especially when there are those who could really use it; those who dont have anything to eat, and need it to live.
    
    So what got me on the food sitting and rotting theme today?
    
    Well, it goes like this: I had written a devotional and sent it out one morning, and I received a response from my friend Greg. He enjoyed the devotional, and responded with Bulls-eye! He then went on to write an additional comment that triggered this writing as I was walking out the door on my way to work.
    
    His words nailed it on the head. He said, Lord as the fruit of wisdom gets delivered, may it be consumed and not just sit and rot.
    
    I started to think of all of the great wisdom weve been given through the Word of God, in those 66-books known as the Bible. And I started to think about just how much spiritual food weve been given. Weve been given a proverbial refrigerator filled to the brim with every combination of ingredients to make a mountain of meals within our lives. Weve been given all the ingredients as well as the directions to make everything we need, including:
    
    "Eternal life (Eph 2:8-9; Rom 10:9-10)
    "A healthy spiritual life (Rom 6:8-12; 8:5-10))
    "A glorious relationship with God (John 15)
    "True perfect peace (Isa 26:3; Phil 4:7)
    "Unlimited wisdom (Jas 1:5; Prv 2:2, 12)
    "Strength-The power of Christ (2Cor 12:9)
    
    So we have a choice now. We can choose to utilize these great ingredients by applying them to our lives, and be blessed by them.
    
    Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; Teach a just man, and he will increase in learning. Proverbs 9:9 (NKJV)
    
    Or we can choose to let them sit there and be wasted like the food in our refrigerator, only to rot away; never being used.
    
     But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall. Matthew 7:26-27 (NKJV)
    
    Hey Christian, I want to encourage you today. Lets not allow Gods Word sit over on a shelf next to the bed and just rot. Lets pick up that Bible today, and take some time out of our busy life, and give it back to the Lord. Lets read His Word prayerfully and let Him speak to us as we read it.
    
    STUDY QUESTION: What can we learn from the scriptures above with regard to learning and applying Gods Word?
    
    PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you allotting time to get into the Word of God daily? Are you using what youve been given, or is it sitting and rotting?
    
    APPLICATION: Take what youve learned today, and apply it to your life. Do this daily, and see what God does in the lives of those around you, and in your life too.
    
    Father, Thank You for Your Word. Help me to understand all that I read, and make application for my life. Help me to be disciplined in reading Your Word each day Lord. May I not leave it lay and rot, but instead use it in the way Youve intended. In Jesus precious name, amen&
    
    Be Blessed, Pastor Scott
    
    
    

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