Nov 05 2014

Verse of the Day: Colossians 3:1-2 1-2 So if you’re serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it. Pursue the things over which Christ presides. Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ—that’s where the action is. See things from his perspective. (Message)

Over the last couple of devotions I have shared that I believe we all have an "I" disease which leads to an "eye" problem when it comes to our spiritual sight and walk. Since the day Adam and Eve first introduced sin into the world and our environment, the very habitat God gave us to live in, which was perfect, has changed. So, what difference does our habitat or environment make when it comes to our spiritual walk? Glad you asked.

As many of you know I help teach Hunter Ed classes and one of the topics we teach everyone is the fact that the best habitat and environment is needed and required in order for any animal to survive. Without the proper habitat/environment, animals will struggle to survive or multiply and will either move on or cease to exist. And I believe the same is true when it comes to our spiritual walk - we need the Best habitat and environment in order grow and thrive in this hostile world we now live in.

In our classes we teach that there are four things required or needed in order for any habitat or environment to support animal life. The best habitats include four essential elements: food, cover, water and space.  You take away any one of these four elements it changes the habitat and it’s no longer desirable or complete for sustaining life

So how does food, cover, water and space correlate to us and our environment when it comes to our spiritual walk? Well let’s look at God's word to find the answer. Matthew 4:4 But Jesus told him, ..."'The Scriptures say, ‘People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” then we see John 6:35 Jesus replied, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again. Whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.”

Revelation 1:5 He is the faithful witness to these things, the first to rise from the dead, and the ruler of all the kings of the world. All glory to him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by shedding his blood for us.

John 7 : 38-39 “Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.’”(When he said “living water,” he was speaking of the Spirit, who would be given to everyone believing in him. But the Spirit had not yet been given, because Jesus had not yet entered into his glory.)

There you have it, three of the four elements everyone needs to survive and thrive while on this earth. We need the Father, Son and Holy Spirit - God's Word the Holy Bible (our spiritual food), the shed blood of Christ (the covering for our sins), Holy Spirit (our living water). Try and remove or leave out anyone of these three and what happens? Well, let’s just say we are seeing the results as this world seem to be getting further and further away from God's original plans for His people. 

Well, what about the fourth eliminate, space, how does this apply to our spiritual walk? Well I think this is where we come in. God created this space called earth for us to inhabit and rule over and Jesus left his disciples these instructions before leaving this earth, which is called the Great Commission, found in Matthew 28 : 18-20 Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth.  Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

It takes the best environment/habitat (food, water, cover and space) for animals to truly survive, thrive and grow. Without the best environment a few animals might inhabit an area for a short time, but as time goes on they will become weaker and either die or have to move to a different environment in order survive. And the same is true in our Christian walk, if we don’t surround ourselves, our families, our nation and our world (space) with the Best Environment (that being the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) this space we call earth which includes self, family, the body of Christ, and the life God had planned for us will cease to exist. Sure we will survive for a short time without them; but, as time goes on, things will continue to degrade and disintegrate until one day the Lord says, “Enough is enough. No longer will I wait or accept what is happening to my people. It’s time for Me to change their environment if they are unwilling to change it themselves.” Like in Noah’s day when God completely changed the habitat on earth by flooding it with water, He will once again return to earth not with a flood but with His Son Jesus Christ to completely change the environment we now live in.

So here are the big questions to ask yourself and think about. What does your current environment/habitat look like? Is it the Best or just enough to get by for a while until something else comes along? If the Lord were to come back today, tomorrow or next week would the Lord save and protect you like He did for Noah or would you find yourself like everyone else in Noah’s day swimming for their life, only to be overcome by the storms of life? If you still have breath in your lungs, you have a choice about what your environment looks like. Will you choose the Best or settle for whatever life throws at you? The Choice is Yours! I pray you choose wisely; don’t let your “eye” & “I” disease determine your eternal environment in which you will live the rest of your life.