Day 10 Have you ever been under the influence?
As A BOY I would go to my maternal Grandparents house where my Grandfather would watch old westerns like Gun Smoke, The Lone Ranger and Bonanza. One day my cousins and I noticed my Grandfather enjoying a drink. So I asked him “What’s that you are drinking?” To which Pops replied, “Scotch” We waited for him to leave the room and tasted it. I found it to be the nastiest thing I’d ever tasted in my life. Later on that day as he was sitting in his chair we had the courage to ask how he could drink that stuff. I remember him smiling and saying “I’ve acquired a taste for it.”
Being filled with the Spirit may seem like quite a different experience, but if you taste it enough, you’ll like the effect, and you will acquire a taste.” That’s why David says in Psalm 34:8: Taste and see that the Lord is good. Blessed is the one who take refuge in Him. Your Bible is life-giving, spiritual food. When Jesus was tempted by Satan in the wilderness, He said, “Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4). Psalm 19 says this about God’s words: “They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the honeycomb.” Proverbs 4:22 says, “For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.” These are powerful words designed to create a heart of devotion and thanksgiving to God.
A heart filled with devotion and thanksgiving begins to crave God’s Word. Why? You discover his word is life changing, miracle working, alive, holy, perfect, enlisting, engaging, embracing, empowering, encouraging, trustworthy and healing. It guides us, gives wisdom, judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart, is a mighty weapon and is to be treasured. Jesus was the Word made flesh, our bread of life. When we open the scriptures, we begin to know Him better. We begin to crave what the power can reveal and accomplish in our lives and become under the influence of the spirit.
So the question is, do I really want to know him better? Do I believe that the word will nourish me and bring life to me? How can I spend more time in the word?