Saturday, March 16, 2013

Lean in and eat!

The Female CEO of Facebook has written a book called "Lean In" Even though that book is not necessarily for me, the concept is for me as a Christian woman. God has been putting on my heart to "lean in" to what He is doing in my life. "Lean in" to the scriptures He is showing me. "Lean in" to the many blessed roles that He has given me: Child of God, Wife, Mother, Steward of many gifts.

The scriptures that I'm leaning into right now are:

John 6:53 New King James Version (NKJV)

53 Then Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you.

Initially if you hear someone saying that you need to eat of His flesh, and drink His blood; it sounds kind of gross, right? But that's what I love about God. He is so extreme, so intense, so dramatic, so up close and in your face! He is like "don't just look at my flesh and my blood". Eat it, drink it! Receive what I did for you on the cross. Eat it! Drink it! Get it inside you. Get the bread of life inside you, get the blood inside you. Let it nourish you, let it sustain you, let it prosper you, let it heal you, let it restore. Let it saturate your whole being. Goodness gracious! Let me show you another extreme example of God:

Ezekiel 2:8
8 But you, son of man, hear what I say to you. Do not be rebellious like that rebellious house; open your mouth and eat what I give you.”

Ezekiel 3

New King James Version (NKJV)
3 Moreover He said to me, “Son of man, eat what you find; eat this scroll, and go, speak to the house of Israel.” 2 So I opened my mouth, and He caused me to eat that scroll.
3 And He said to me, “Son of man, feed your belly, and fill your stomach with this scroll that I give you.” So I ate, and it was in my mouth like honey in sweetness.

Do you see a pattern here? God was telling the prophet to eat His Word. In the book of John, He is telling us the same thing! God had Ezekiel physically eat the scroll, not because He wants us going around putting books in our mouths, but to illustrate the degree to which we need to engage in His word. Some of us just look at the Word of God, but never read it. Some of us just read the Word of God but never eat it. But let me tell you; God will literally stuff your face with His Word if you let Him. You notice above, in the book of Ezekiel it says "He caused me to eat that scroll". Meaning it wasn't in Ezekiel's own power and merit, but it was God. Wow! That would be a good prayer! Lord cause me to to eat Your Word.

All over the world there is one thing that I would say every culture loves, and that's eating good food! This tells you that it is something that God placed in us. We enjoy eating good food. There is a Psalm that says "Oh taste and see that the Lord is good". The Lord gave us the blessing to be able to taste the goodness of food, but that is also to be applied to His Word. There is an engagement we are suppose to have in His Word that is similar to that of eating food. But it will sustain us a whole lot better than regular food, and it will take us a whole lot further in life. Food does not have the ability to save, but the word of God does!!!!

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