Spiritually Under Nourished
We must have time alone with God. It is vital. There are many things we must get directly from Him. There are also many things He wants to give us through other believers.
Ephesians 4:11: And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
Apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers are all plural words. This study will focus mainly on teachers. The Holy Spirit is the primary teacher. Since God gave teachers we ought to receive them as what they are, gifts from Him. The Holy Spirit teaches us through teachers and for our benefit. Teachers and the others are commanded to be filled with the Spirit the same as the rest of us. We ought to avail ourselves of the best teachers we can find. The best ones will be the most filled with the Spirit and the most Biblical. Some of them will teach us by the spoken word. Some will teach us by the written word. If they are both filled with the Spirit, pupils will sometimes learn from the teachers and teachers will sometimes learn from the pupils. A Christian friend of mine mentors children in a school. A 7-year-old told my friend: You know God is BIG. And He can do a lot of things. What a wonderful sermon that 7-year-old preached. I don*t think my friend will ever forget it. Even though I heard it second-handed I will never forget it either. We need to receive God*s truth, no matter the source.
When we don*t spend time alone with God we become spiritually under-nourished. When we reject God*s truth from whatever source He makes available to us, we become spiritually under-nourished. When we neglect to attend the most Biblical church we can find or when we neglect to hear and read the Bible and the best Bible teachers we can find, we become spiritually under-nourished.
Charles Haddon Spurgeon on Genesis 24:63: Isaac went out to meditate in the field at the eventide.
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