Spiritually Malnourished

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            In the land of plenty there is no lack of food for the flesh. Whatever your flesh desires it can get.  Whether it is a desire for physical food, drugs, sex, knowledge, or any other substance or should I say substance abuse that the flesh desires it can receive.  Yet, these things also represent the abundance that was in Sodom and Gomorrah. 1  It was what attracted Lot in choosing the location he wanted to reside and raise his family.  Even with every ministry building on every corner there seems to still be so much missing for so many people as it relates to feeding the Spirit man.  The land of plenty provides so many temptations and indulgences that distract us from the things in which eternity is built on.  Indeed as the profit Amos said there is a famine that has come to man, and it’s not a famine for food, but for the word of Yah.2  It is important to note who will be sending this famine?  It is imperative that we ask ourselves what has become so important in our lives that we have taken for granted the living word of the Almighty?  Why is it that even fame and fortune has lost its savor?  How many know something is missing in their lives, but don’t quite know what it is?  Many thought it was money, marriage, and perhaps even children, and have found that none of those things fulfill that void.  I submit to you that it is the word of God that we are hungry for, and as this prophet notes we are looking high and low for the words that bring life to fill that void, and many still have not found it. 
Some are beginning to return to the heavenly Father and recognize that the true riches of life cannot be found in this fabricated virtual reality that we have constructed.  Unlike the rich ruler who was unwilling to depart with his earthly possessions to receive the heavenly riches, a few are taking heed to the fact that following Yahoshua are the true riches of life.3  Even those who don’t know exactly what is missing, knows something is.  We can find time to do everything under heaven and can wrap our children up in both good and bad things to indulge in without ever doing what God gave us the responsibility to do.  We keep them busy to keep them out of trouble, and for many to keep them out of our hair so that we can do the things we want to do.  Even with all the play stations, Xboxes, Netflix, Blockbusters, Satellite dishes, and direct tv’s, and the like they find themselves still being bored.  To our amazement we wonder how this could be when we compare what they have today to what we had when we were their age.  Yet, if all these things were apart of God’s plan for our children’s lives to be involved in why is it that more children when they grow up today with more at their disposal have such a disdain as it relates to their childhood?  How many of them as a result of more knowledge grow closer to God?  It is reported that 59% of children who go to college as Christians renounce Christ by the time they leave.  Furthermore, what is amazing is we actually pay for them to receive this sort of education.  Even scarier is the highest statistics for those who renounce Christ by their senior year are those who attend “Christian Universities”.
Decline in student spirituality
When it comes to the spiritual life of college students, the statistics are not very encouraging. According to a recent study by the Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA, after three years in college, the number of students who frequently attend religious services drops by 23 percent.[i][1] The study also confirms that 36 percent rated their spirituality lower after three years in college.
Another study, the “College Student Survey,” asked students to indicate their current religious commitment. Comparing the responses of freshmen who checked the “born again” category with the answers they gave four years later, we find that up to 59 percent no longer describe themselves as “born again.”[ii][2] That’s a fallout rate of amost two-thirds!
The numbers of students who no longer claim to be “born again” actually vary depending on the type of school they attend. For example, students at public universities drop out of the “born again” designation at the rate of 27 percent. Protestant colleges show 31 percent fewer “born agains” by their senior year! Those attending private (secular) universities indicate a 45 percent decline. And interestingly, Catholic colleges have the highest percentage, where 59 percent no longer call themselves “born again.”
Even on colleges associated with the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities, 7 percent of “born again” freshmen renounce that description by their senior year! However you factor it, these are significant numbers!4
  We endorse them receiving the knowledge that comes from Sodom University and realize afterwards that our children were smarter before they went. 
Many of us are unable to show them the wonders of God’s word because we scarcely believe it ourselves.  We too find ourselves thinking there has got to be more to this walk with God then building funds, fundraisers, revivals, Sunday and Wednesday services, yet few of us will make or take the time to study the word of God, and even less to apply what we read in the word of God to our lives.  Yet, in that day when we hear His voice if we do not harden our hearts as our forefathers did He will pour out his Spirit upon us.5  He will revive us so that in the day of calamity like Lot we will be delivered from this untoward generation. 6 
Why is it that as a freed people, with all the opportunities we have today are record numbers of our youth still susceptible to rape, incest, and child abuse?  I submit to you that the American Dream that we have been trying to achieve seems just as far away today as they did in the 60’s.  Our hands are no longer being required to pick cotton, but rather make license plates, with the end result being the same, free labor.  The majority of our young men and women with all that the American Dream has provided seem just as hopeless now as they did when we weren’t free.  Even those who make it to stardom find themselves less happy, less capable of finding true love, and more alone then they were when they were just another average Jo.  Could we in our focus on the gifts, talents, and abilities we have lose sight of the purpose? 
While many still argue concerning the Presidents heritage, I have come to accept that although he may not represent what America was built on, he does represent what America has become.  So now, we are faced with a generation who is completely enthused with him and for good reason.  He represents the picture of what has become of our broken nation.  He comes from a home that was broken and split in two not only along the line of male/female, but also along the lines of black and white.  He was the product of a system that put more trust in government coming through for the family then father’s.  Lacking understanding that many homes were fatherless as a result of government intervention, thinking a hand out was equivalent to a hand up has produced a nation of hopelessness because the government confused hopelessness for helplessness.  Thus he represents a people who have both turned their hearts from the earthly father’s by reason of absenteeism and the heavenly Father by default. 
Money doesn’t build a family, relationship does, and until we put relationship and money in its proper perspective we will find ourselves losing both family and finances.  I know in our ‘right now’ generation we can’t seem to muster thinking about the future, what ultimately is the purpose of attempting to acquire financial freedom?  If you have money like Oprah, but have no seed that can outlive you what use is your money to you in the grave?  Can you take it with you?  Of course not, so why do we spend our finances on things that have temporary value, and put less value in our children, which have eternal value?  How do we expect our children to be like the responsible son in the story of the Prodigal son that tended to His Father’s business and didn’t stray if the only example they see from us is us spending the bulk of our income on ourselves?  Yahoshua who came to do His Father’s will, says He only speaks those things which He has seen with His Father.7  Sad to say many people haven’t had a father speak to them, to speak of those things that they saw, yet what they did see of their father they did speak.  Silence can often be so much louder than words, and its affect on the eyes can be felt for generations beyond those who are in it.  What I am saying is it is no wonder that in our old age the natural response for a child is to put their parent in a nursing home, they learned from us that life is about our individual happiness and convenience.  So then we treat our parents and grandparents like we do an old Atari in an Xbox world, as something obsolete and as a nuisance rather than an antique.  Antiques acquire greater value when older and people will spend resources to restore it, but something that is a nuisance is expendable, it’s an inconvenience, it’s in the way.  Things that are a nuisance to us we tend to put it aside, ignore it, and spend little of our time with it.
The state of our children can be seen and understood in this scripture spoken by Yahoshua in Matt. 12:29, “how can one enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house.” 8 How many of our fathers are bound to their own desires, and neglecting their responsibility?  Many blame the mother, the government, their parents, and even God for their shortcomings.  Like Adam it’s not their fault things have gone awry but it’s the stuff God gave them that has made them behave so irresponsibly.  The first step to reconciliation with God is repentance and this is also the first step to reconciliation within the home.  
When Yahoshua comes how many of us will want to leave the matrix to enter into true life?  How many of us know the difference between the real world and the world we have been given?  Even more frightening is how many of us will want to unplug from the virtual reality that has been created for us, when the true inheritance returns? 
1And Lot lifted up his eyes, and beheld all the plain of Jordan, that it was well watered every where, before the LORD destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, even as the garden of the LORD, like the land of Egypt, as thou comest unto Zoar.
(Gen 13:10)
2Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD: And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it.
(Amo 8:11-12)
3And a certain ruler asked him, saying, Good Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? none is good, save one, that is, God. Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy mother. And he said, All these have I kept from my youth up. Now when Jesus heard these things, he said unto him, Yet lackest thou one thing: sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me. And when he heard this, he was very sorrowful: for he was very rich. And when Jesus saw that he was very sorrowful, he said, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God! For it is easier for a camel to go through a needle’s eye, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. (Luk 18:18-25)
4 “Why students walk away from Christ… and what can be done about it!” By Chuck Edwards; http://www.worldviewweekend.com/worldview-times/article.php?articleid=1858, 04/11/07
5For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. To day if ye will hear his voice, Harden not your heart, as in the provocation, and as in the day of temptation in the wilderness: When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my work.
(Psa 95:7-9)
6 And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly; And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked: (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;) The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished: But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government. Presumptuous are they, selfwilled, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities. Whereas angels, which are greater in power and might, bring not railing accusation against them before the Lord.
(2Pe 2:6-11)
7I speak that which I have seen with my Father: and ye do that which ye have seen with your father.
(Joh 8:38)
8Or else how can one enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house. (Mat 12:29)


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