Tuesday, June 17, 2014
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Okay, babies don't always know what's good for them. That may be why some prehistoric parents invented the airplane idea. No, I didn't invent it, but I did try it! A baby should eat the food that he has in his bowl, but he doesn't want to. Prying open a baby's mouth is not very effective and it's not very nice. So you put the food on the spoon, and we did that. You make like an airplane. "See the airplane (airplane sound)! Now your mouth is the hangar! Open the hangar so the airplane can go in!" I always hated it when the mouth opened, the plane approached, and suddenly the hangar door closed, leaving the airplane's cargo all over the baby's face. "Hey baby! I have what you need. But you won't open your mouth."
I'm Ron Hutchcraft and I want to have A Word With You today about "Getting Your Mouth Open."
Our word for today from the Word of God comes from Psalm 81:10. Here's what God says: "I am the Lord your God, who brought you up out of Egypt. Open wide your mouth and I will fill it. But my people would not listen to me; Israel would not submit to me. So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts to follow their own devices. If my people would but listen to me, if Israel would follow my ways, how quickly would I subdue their enemies and turn my hand against their foes. But you would be fed with the finest of wheat; with honey from the rock I would satisfy you."
God is saying here to His people in olden times in the Old Testament, and He's saying to us today, "You are under-living. There's so much more I want to give you. There's so much more I want to do for you." I think there's a voice inside of a lot of us that might be saying, "There's got to be something more in this relationship with Christ, in this Christianity stuff." This isn't necessarily to make you materially prosperous, but He has a lot more power, a lot more peace, a lot more love to put into your life; a lot more significance to open up your life to really making a difference. The problem is you can't get your mouth open.
Made me think about a baby being fed. God wants you to want His best for your life. That's opening your mouth. He wants you to expect the supernatural, to act as if the supernatural is coming. You've got an awesomely big God! Remember it says in the Bible, "In His own hometown, Nazareth, Jesus could do no mighty work because of their unbelief." He did miracles everywhere but there, and the people who knew the most about Jesus saw the least supernatural because they weren't expecting anything. They didn't open their mouths.
Faith is acting as if God will keep His promise; as if He will do something God-sized. God says here, "I tried to and they wouldn't listen. They wouldn't follow my ways." Is there a part of your life where you've been doing your own thing; going your own way? Maybe it's at home, at work, at church, at school. In your love life you're trying to go your own way. How about your finances, your relationships? You're missing God's best because you're going your own way.
He says, "I've let them follow their own devices." Well, you're on your own in that part of your life. You're settling for crumbs when He wants to serve you a banquet. In fact Jesus said, "I have come that you might have life and that you might have it more abundantly" (John 10:10). There's so much Jesus wants to do for you.
But maybe you have never opened up your life to this Savior, who gave His life on a cross for you. And everything He wants to bring into your life includes the love you were made for; the love you've looked for your whole life, the peace that has eluded you since you were young. He wants to bring eternal life that only He can bring, because only He conquered death.
And above all, He wants to erase every sin of your life from God's book. This is the kind of Savior He is. And the only reason you'll miss Him is because you did not open up to Him. He said, "If you will open the door, I will come in" (Revelation 3:20). And He's asking you to open the door today. He wants to come in. I hope you will say to Him, "Jesus, I'm Yours." I'd love to help you do that. I'd love to help you understand and make sure it's happened. Would you go to our website today, ANewStory.com?
Why don't you start to live as if you want God's best, that you're trusting Him for His best. He's holding out His hand with the supernatural stuff that you need right now. Open your mouth and let Him fill it.