11 Chocolate Analogy

No one earns the right to make chocolate taste good.  Our good deeds have no affect on how it tastes.  However, simply looking at chocolate and thinking about does not mean we get to taste it.  We could put it on our foreheads and still not taste it.  We could praise it and not taste it.  We could believe chocolate is wonderful and extol it to everyone we know and still not taste it.  We could sing to the chocolate, but not experience it.  When we put it in our mouths–then we taste it!

We don’t philosophize about chocolate.  We eat it!

Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him.  Psalm 34:8

We do not change God’s character by our deeds.  We do nothing to affect how much He loves us.  He loves us more than we can imagine.  His love is everlasting and unchanging, powerful and infinite.  His love for us sent Jesus to the cross–that is how much He loves us.  We do nothing to earn or affect His love.  One thing we can do is receive His love.  “Taste and see that the Lord is good.”

Allow yourself desire for the Lord.  Give yourself permission to want Him.  This requires trust.  He loves you.  Trust in Him.  You are the only one who can keep yourself from the Lord.  His arms are open wide for you, and He wants you.  “My lover is mine and I am his.” (Song of Songs 2:16)

Theologize no more about God.  Rather, eat!  This may sound crazy but listen.  Jesus said, “I am the living Bread that came down from heaven.  If anyone eats of this Bread, he will live forever.  This Bread is My Flesh which I will give for the life of the world.” (John 6:51)  How do we eat?  By faith, we receive Him.  Open your heart to Him.  Communion is one picture of eating.  Jesus said to eat His flesh and drink His blood.  There are others; check out the rest of Psalm 34.

In the meantime, take a bite of Jesus.  He wants you to taste Him.

Enjoying the taste,

Noah Woodrich

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10 Faith

A story from someone I know:  Bob had double pneumonia and congestive heart failure and was close to the point of death.  His family and friends, prayed earnestly for healing.  He had a dramatic turn around and recovery.  That was years ago, and he is still alive.  At the time, even though they are not supposed to say this, a doctor said that it was a miracle!

It takes faith to believe in miracles, even after they occur.  Our tendency in the West is to try to explain them away– we, as Christians, even try to give them a rational/naturalistic explanation.  Supernatural intervention does not make sense to us.  We need to believe that God does intervene in the natural world in order to accept the existence of miracles.

Whether healing occurs instantly or with time, we need faith in order to believe that God caused the healing.  He created our bodies to heal with time.  Since He is not limited to time, He can speed up the processes of healing.  Think of when you got prayer and the healing process accelerated.  This shows the grace of an active and living God.

Let the following verses speak to your heart regarding faith.

He (Abraham) is our father in the sight of God, in whom he believed – the God who gives life to the dead and calls things that are not as though they were.  Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, “So shall your offspring be.”  Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead – since he was about a hundred years old – and that Sarah’s womb was also dead.  Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promisedRomans 4:17-21

We need to exercise faith in God, as well as trust in Him, to find healing from perfectionism.  In faith, we can receive the good things that God has for us.  Doubt, the opposite of faith, leads us away from God and deeper into perfectionism.  You do not need to have Abraham’s level of faith.  Jesus talked about having a “mustard seed” sized faith (Matthew 17:20).

Believing in Him with you,

Noah Woodrich

WITH ME: Wisdom Intercession Teaching Hospitality Mercy Encouragement

     Bringing grace and truth to the downcast; reflecting the light we have received                                    so that others can better see.  Prayers needed.

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PS  Later, I heard of another healing example on u tube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hmuRGaybmUs