Words of Faith 1-22-2020
Dr. Jeffrey D. Hoy © 2020
Faith Fellowship Church - Melbourne, FL
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1 Peter 2
 Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation,  now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.
A newborn baby is a lovely and demanding creature. The precious bundle of joy does not know much, yet, but one thing is for sure, she knows how to order a meal! A newborn baby can smell the milk of his mother and is not satisfied until the hunger is met. Nothing satisfies quite like that milk. There is no substitute for the vitamins that are needed. No formula can duplicate the immune properties that are transmitted. Nothing puts on the weight needed in the first few weeks like mother's milk. There is a connection. A bond. And the baby grows.
When we are born again by the Spirit of God, we come into a new world blinking and gasping. We crave pure milk that will grow us up in our salvation. It is something we can smell when it is near. It strengthens and nourishes us. It provides the immune properties that we will need in the years ahead. It has vitamins that will make us strong and resilient.
What is this spiritual milk? Some might answer that it is the milk of God's Holy Spirit. Others would suggest the milk of Christian fellowship. Still others, the milk of doctrinal truth. The phrase Peter uses in Greek is "logikos gala" which is related to the word "logos" or "word.”
One commentator expands the translation: "Crave the unadulterated spiritual milk of the Word." Yes, this is the milk of God's Holy Spirit illuminating the Word, the milk of spiritual fellowship in the Word, and the milk of God's Truth through the Word. It is God's Word made flesh and revealed in the Word of God, the Holy Scripture.
Sadly, there are many born again Christians who are malnourished. Some have a spiritual "failure to thrive" because they are undernourished. Some have even been put on a cheap imitation formula or a watered-down mixture. Over time, that is deadly.
Peter is clear. Especially when hard times or persecutions may be near, like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk. Smell the Word. Crave the Word. Seek out the Word. If necessary, cry out for the Word until you find the milk that will nourish you.
Are you growing in your faith? Or are you pretty much in the same place you were a year ago? Are you craving the nourishment that will cause you to grow in your faith? Don't stay where you are. Grow up in your salvation now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.
Lord, I cry out for what is pure. I cry out for that which is nourishing. Draw me into Your Word. Create in me anew the hunger for the pure milk of Your Word. In Jesus' name.
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