February 4, 2015 by maryruwe
There are electric ones which most of us use today; but there are also manual can openers that I remember using them when growing up and actually still have one today. I keep one because if the electricity goes out I can still open up a can of soup! Do I like using it? Not really. Is it easy to use? Not really. Does it take longer to use? Yes, for me it does, but it still gets the can opened. However I much prefer the electric can opener.
Now you might be wondering what a can opener has to do with our faith. Well, let’s see if I can make any connection, and then you can let me know how well I did, okay? (Leave me a comment in the comment box).
We all have a pantry closet or kitchen cabinets that hold canned goods. It holds food for our natural body. These cans hold different types of food. We might have peas, green beans, chili beans, whole corn, creamed corn, apple sauce and fruit, pizza sauce, spaghetti sauce, and the list goes on and on. Each item is used for different recipes to get different results.
Our Bible is our spiritual pantry; it holds food for our spirit and soul. Our faith is the can opener that opens the promises of God for us so we can receive the results we need and want, and what God wants to give us. There are Scriptures about Salvation, healing, prosperity, kindness, integrity, love, faith and faithfulness, the Baptism in the Holy Spirit, relationships, and that list goes on and on too. No matter what we need God has Scriptures to help us. He shows us how to receive and live for Him by revealing His Word to us and teach us what He has given us.
If we want to fix a meal we must decide first what it is we want or need. Then we have to make sure we have that item or items. If we want something from the Bible we must first decide what it is we want or need. Then we must make sure we have the Scriptures that have what we want.
After we decide what we want or need, we have to open the pantry door and reach for the item we want. We must open the can before we can consume its contents. If we want the nutrition that food has to offer us, we first must fix and eat the food. Let’s be honest with ourselves, if we don’t know what is it the pantry, or how to use the can opener, then we won’t know what is available to us and won’t be able to open the canned food.
The same is true of the Bible. We must know what it says in order to know what is available to us. We must know how to use our faith (the spiritual can opener) to be able to receive its contents. The only way we can know what God has provided for us is to read His Word. The only way we can know how to receive what He has provided for us is to learn how to use our faith. If we want the promises of God and the power of God to operate in our lives, we first must fix our attention on His Word and take time to read it, study it, and pray it. Our faith grows by continually hearing the Word of God.
That electric can opener on the counter in our kitchen may have all the working pieces in it to open the canned food, but if we don’t plug it in it will never complete its job it was made to do.
The Bible is the same way. It may be on the coffee table or on a bookshelf in our living room, but if we don’t plug into it by reading it, it will never complete its job to transform us from glory to glory and bring us into the very likeness of God. We must build ourselves up in His Word to be spiritually strong and able to walk in His Promises. So let’s determine to “plug into” the Word of God; fixing our attention on the Word by taking time to read it, to study it, and to pray it. I know I’m repeating myself, but we learn by repetition.
This week I encourage you to look intently into your heart and see if there are some “promise-cans” missing that you need or repaired or strengthened? If so, begin a study in the Word by looking up and learning Scriptures to help you stand firm on the Word of God. All of us need to build and maintain the Word-level in our heart to have a strong faith-walk. Remember our faith is easier to use when we keep “plugged in” to God’s Word.
Here are a few Scriptures for us to study and review:
John 3:16-17; God so loved the world that He gave us Jesus and does not condemn us
Romans 5:8; God loved us while we were yet sinners; Christ died for us
Romans 3:22-24; all sinned but are justified by His Grace through redemption in Jesus
Romans 10:13 Whosoever calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved
Romans 10:9-10, to receive Salvation we must believe Jesus died for us and speak it
Psalm 107:20; God sent His Word to heal us and save us
John 1:1, 14; in the beginning was the Word; and the Word was made manifest –Jesus
1 Peter 2:24; He purchased our healing for us by the stripes on His back
Jeremiah 30:17 and 33:6; God restores our health, heals our wounds, and brings a cure
Hebrews 11:1; faith is the substance of things hoped for and evidence of unseen things
Romans 10:17; faith comes by hearing and hearing the Word of God
Mark 11:23-25; we must say what we believe in order to receive what we believe
Gal 5:6 faith works by love
So how did I do? I hope this message helped and encouraged you. Looking forward to hearing from you.