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I Need REAL FOOD, Not Snacks.

This past Sunday afternoon Vernon and I found ourselves back on the road traveling, no not to Korea but to Charlotte NC. It was time for us to visit our younger daughter and her family and to pick up supplies that we cannot find here in Monterey TN.

We always look forward to the visit with our grandchildren Kamora and Luke. They give us such joy. This trip was a little different for us because this time we took our other two grandchildren with us, Mariah and Malachi. The cousins had been missing each other so we thought this would be a good thing to bring them together.

As we were getting closer to Charlotte right outside of Hendersonville NC Malachi said, “Cho-mo, I am hungry, I need some real food not snacks”. I had to laugh and told him we would be getting food soon. As I thought about what he said about real food, I thought about our spiritual walk. How many of us want real spiritual food or spiritual snacks?

This has been on my mind for a while. All of us are on a journey. We grow in our understanding. All of us can look back and see how different we understand things now compared to how we saw them twenty years ago. That’s how it was for me, spiritual snacking was all I was doing. I served my time on Sabbath, did my duty and called it Jesus/worship. But my day-to-day life did not reflect Him at all. As long as I had my snacking I felt I was doing my part living the Christian life. I did not know what real spiritual food was, or maybe I didn’t want to know.

Ellen White warns us we must get out of our lukewarm conditions and experience a true conversion, or we shall fail of Heaven. God had to shake me up to show me I was snacking and not eating on His real food. He had to show me my heart was not in tuned with His, my walk was shaky. Not just shaky but I was on the wrong path, my own.

In Steps to Christ is says, “Many have an idea that they must do some part of the work alone. They have trusted in Christ for the forgiveness of sin, but now they seek by their own efforts to live aright. But every such effort must fail. Jesus says, "Without Me ye can do nothing." Our growth in grace, our joy, our usefulness,—all depend upon our union with Christ. It is by communion with Him, daily, hourly,—by abiding in Him, —that we are to grow in grace. He is not only the Author, but the Finisher of our faith. It is Christ first and last and always. He is to be with us, not only at the beginning and the end of our course, but at every step of the way. David says, "I have set the Lord always before me: because He is at my right hand, I shall not be moved." Psalm 16:8.”

There are several people described as “walking with God” in the Bible, beginning with Enoch in Genesis 5:24. Noah is also described as "a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God (Genesis 6:9). Micah 6:8 gives us a glimpse into God's desire for us: "He has shown you what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God." Not just snacking, by giving Him a few hours on Sabbath and the rest of the week belongs to you. Walking with God is not an activity reserved for a select few. God desires all of His children to walk with Him. The difference between Noah, Enoch and many of us, they ate real spiritual food.

There have been times in my life when I want to just snack, and God steps in and shows me what He has done in my life how far He has brought me. He is so merciful and loving He knows just how to get you to see.

When we enter into an intimate heart relationship with God through faith in His Son (Hebrews 10:22), He becomes our heart's greatest desire. Knowing Him, hearing His voice, sharing our hearts with Him, and seeking to please Him become our all-consuming focus. He becomes everything to us. Meeting with Him is not an activity reserved for Sabbath morning. We live to fellowship with Him always. A. W. Tozer states that the goal of every Christian should be to "live in a state of unbroken worship." This is only possible when we walk with God in other words we are eating real spiritual food, no longer are we snacking spiritual treats.

When we decide to stop snacking and start eating real spiritual food the world cannot help but recognize that, in spite of our imperfections, we have been with Jesus.

Please come and join me on my journey of REAL SPIRITUAL FOOD. Time is short Christ is coming I want to be ready, don’t you?

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