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Verse and Message (Week of January 3-9, 2008) February 6, 2008

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Hebrews 5:12-14 (Message)
By this time you ought to be teachers yourselves, yet here I find you need someone to sit down with you and go over the basics on God again, starting from square one—baby’s milk, when you should have been on solid food long ago! Milk is for beginners, inexperienced in God’s ways; solid food is for the mature, who have some practice in telling right from wrong.
  Baby Bottle Milk versus Solid Food  Pasta 
As defined by Merriam-Webster OnLine, a stage (of life) is a period or step in a process, activity, or development. Whereas, a season is a time characterized by a particular circumstance.
Last week I wrote about the different seasons of life.  This week I want to piggy-back off of that thought with the different stages of our journey and the timing of those specific stages that we experience.  Just as every single human being who has ever existed is unique and different, each individual stage in our walk is unique and different. 
We cannot compare our individual journey with its unique calling and characteristics to anyone else’s journey or walk.  Each of us has a cross to bear and each of us have our own specialized gifts and developing talents.  In addition, because we are not “perfected” in Christ until the day we see Him in person, we all juggle with our own unique weaknesses as well.
  Juggling 
Before I re-dedicated my life to Christ, I knew that my salvation was intact, but looking back, I didn’t take my walk seriously. I compartmentalized my life into sections.  I wanted to be all things to all people (because I am indeed a people pleaser).  I claimed to be a Christian (and I definitely had my “fire insurance”), but I dealt with some consistent sin in my life that I swept under the rug.  Sweeping it under the rug doesn’t remove it, it only hides it…and it’s also a form of denial. That time in my life was also characterized by a lack of desire to seek His presence and serve Him.
  Sweeping 
Each stage in my life could be separated into stages of growth with the Lord. I drank “baby’s milk” far too long before I realized the incredible benefits of feasting on “solid food” at His table. When a child begins to ingest solid food, we know that he is becoming more mature. As a child becomes more mature, he is given more responsibility, and as he is given more responsibility — he begins to perceive more about the “big picture.”
  Aging Man 
I look back on my life and recognize how the Lord has refined me and broken me within stages of my life that have brought me to where I am today. Thank you Jesus that I am not where I was before…..but please help me to reach the place you want me to be.  I know I have a long way to go, but I have come to realize that “Rome wasn’t built in a day.” I will continue to be refined and sanctified until the Lord comes or calls me home….even though the molding process is quite painful at times. 
 Coliseum 
No matter how “comfortable” we want life to be….we cannot stay in the same place….we are either moving forward or backward. Back in my “milk drinking” stage, I found myself going back and forth between my “new nature” and my “old nature.”  I compare it to the following verse….
Romans 7:19
“For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing.”
In order for me to grow and mature, I must climb some steep mountains to reach the fullness of His purposes for me.
 Rock Climber 
I cannot get to where He wants me to be unless I am obedient to the path He directs. The detours that I personally decide to encounter without Him only lead me into the wilderness of confusion. However, He is patient and merciful to wait on me while I wander aimlessly in the desert. 
Either path I take cannot be taken alone, it is either taken with Him or with the enemy.  The easy way is the wide path and initially seems deceptively comforting with all the people heading down that popular route (with the enemy). The only path to TRUE LIFE is the tight and narrow road. When we make the decision to proceed on the straight and narrow path we can be confident that He remains by our side, and offers immeasurable power and strength. I know that God will meet me where I am at, and He will carry me when I am weak. 
 Backpacker 
I am certain that the back and forth cycle doesn’t have to control me — NO!! In Him — I claim victory in remaining consistent to what He has fed me through the nutrients of the “solid food.”  That’s why I am relieved when I “hunger and thirst” for Him. 
 Bible 1 
I must remain alert and be aware of the times when I cease to be hungry and passionate for His presence. It is at these times that I must “wake up” to change my course and embrace His best for me — and the only way to do that is to SURRENDER! I must depend on Him 100% by taking up my cross and following Him daily.  I can expect a beautiful destiny, as long as I remember — there’s no straddling the fence!
Tossing and Turning Takes a Toll!
Focus and Freedom comes with my Foundation with my Forever Friend!
 Gold Cross 
SUSIE MC
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