“Therefore, laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking, as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby, if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious.” ~I PETER 2:1-3 NKJV
In a letter of encouragement, the Apostle Peter writes that we, like newborn babes, should desire the pure milk of the word and grow in that.
But let’s do a bit of backtracking in the word, recognizing that I Peter as one stream of thought in entirety and not segmented chapters. With that being said, what was Peter’s statement to the Body of Believers prior to chapter two verses one through three?
“Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart, having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever, because, “All flesh is as grass, And all the glory of man as the flower of the grass. The grass withers, And its flower falls away, But the word of the Lord endures forever.” Now this is the word which by the gospel was preached to you.” ~I PETER 1:22-25
Take a read of the last verses in I Peter chapter 1 and then read the first three verses of chapter two to see the picture.
Peter is reminding us to remember the true foundation of the Word of God and the Gospel, which is Christ. He is reminding us to remain in Love, which is also Christ and to always default to that sure and incorruptible foundation and Truth, all this before instructing us how to walk in a world of unbelievers as Lights.
Peter is reinforcing our righteousness through Christ, that we are purified by faith in Him.
You are probably thinking, “What does this have to do with the series we’ve been reading? Why are we focusing on milk when at the start of this series you said we need to grow our diets beyond milk if we are ever going to take hold of what God has for us?”
Here is the simple truth, you cannot build a strong house with a faulty foundation. Growing and maturing our spiritual diets beyond milk doesn’t mean that we are through with milk altogether.
I don’t care how old you get, a bowl of cereal will always need milk. No matter your age eating a good bowl of it will bring a smile to your face. It delights your being. Being reminded of the pure milk of the word, that you are loved, pure, righteous, accepted, because of Christ’s finished and complete work on the Cross, enables you to build with the meat of the word.
There will come times in your creative journey where you will be challenged in your faith and will need to do like King David did and encourage yourself in the Lord (I SAM. 30:6) I have found that the meatier parts of the Word can only stick to my spiritual bones when I am secure in the milk of the word.
When I am secure in the milk I speak the meat with confidence.
Because I know that I am accepted in the Beloved (EPHESIANS 1:5-10) I know that I have victory in Christ. I know the purity of truth and am rooted in that identity. Therefore, I speak it aloud, I speak into the atmosphere those truths.
My confidence in the ‘milk’ gives me courage for the ‘meat’. But I can only speak what I have put inside my heart.
Christ teaches us that what comes out of a man is what defiles him.
“But those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile a man.” ~MATTHEW 15:18
What you speak and what you think is what you will produce. You will only speak and produce what you have put inside of you. What’s in your heart is whatever you decide to eat. What you eat is what you allow your eyes to see, your ears to hear, your mind to read, and closing the wheel, what you will eventually speak. And the cycle continues for better or for worse.
“A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.” ~LUKE 6:45
You are what you eat. You become what you say. You become what is in your heart. So fill up on goodness. Fill your heart by seeing good things, hearing good things, reading good things, and thusly speaking those good things.
Talk with your mouth full of goodness and become and accomplish everything you have put in your heart!
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