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Apr032018

Is There a Famine in the Land?

One of the signs that God says will happen in the last days will be a departure from the scriptures. So much so that it will appear as if there is a spiritual famine in the land. The prophet Amos spoke this to Ancient Israel, but it has ramifications to any age and era. Once the people move away from reading and studying the Word of God, we begin to lose His leading and guidance in our land. It is not enough for Christians to go to church every week and expect to be saturated with God’s Word. We may get a good sermon, and the pastor may use lots of scripture to support the message, yet that is not enough. I attended an Easter service at a large church in my area. The message was very inspirational on how Easter affects every aspect of life. Thinking back on that experience would give me fond memories of a good sermon, but good sermons are not the Word of God. Sermons are usually supported by scripture but most pastors only use scripture as a point of reference to support their own commentary. Everyone needs a spiritual mentor and that isn’t something you grow away from, it is a lifetime of having people speak God’s Word into your life. However, if you are a person who never takes the time to study the Bible on your own but need people to interpret the Bible for you, or you are accustomed to having someone bring you a commentary on what the Bible teaches, that will never be enough. You will end up in confusion and be spiritually bankrupt. You will experience a famine of God’s Word as the prophet explains. 

"The time is surely coming," says the Sovereign LORD, "when I will send a famine on the land--not a famine of bread or water but of hearing the words of the LORD.        -Amos 8:11


The Bible is a book that always has more to teach you about God. Just like the mercy of God has an endless supply of grace, God’s Word has an endless supply of wisdom and knowledge. Our problem usually is with what we are chasing. We are always chasing something that keeps the Bible in a neutral place in our lives. You don’t hate it, but you don’t love it either. You spend more time doing things on Facebook or Snapchat or watching TV, than you do putting time into learning more about God and what His plan is for your life.

Would I say that there is a famine in the land?  Yes, I think we are selective when it comes to what is preached and studied. Our spiritual diet is simple. Digest only the things that put God in a positive light and don’t touch the areas where I have to make a decision between God and my dreams. Human famine doesn’t mean we don’t have any food; it’s just that the food we do eat is limited both in nutrition and in quantity. Spiritual famine works the same way. If we always focus on the prosperity of the Bible and never on His judgment, you will begin to starve yourself.  God’s word is both negative and positive, and you will starve to death spiritually if you don’t keep a balanced diet from the entirety of God’s word. A good example of this is Deuteronomy 28 where there are blessings and curses, and this is how God’s word teaches us to be in balance with Him.

Let’s not forget that our relationship with God should always be growing and expanding our knowledge about His kingdom. God’s Word is the basis by which we growing our relationship with God and it is not just a Sunday experience.

Keeping it honest and truthful…K

 

 

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