Feb 27 2015

The Difference Between Eating from the Tree of Knowledge and the Tree of Life

Rebekyah Brewer

If you are honest, you have to admit that you know far more than you are presently put into practice. If you never heard another sermon, you would have enough biblical truth to work on applying for the rest of your life. You may feel spiritually satisfied by the fact that you go to church every Sunday, that you have your devotions every day, and that you go to the Bible study every week. But if you’re not applying what you are really reading and hearing, then you are only kidding yourself. You’re forgetting the whole point of looking into God’s word in the first place….Every time you hear the word of God preached, you are training yourself to either obey or disobey God. – Ken Ramey, Expository Listening

Adam TreeI have an insatiable appetite for knowledge. I love to study and learn so much that I often have to check myself.  Many times, I would rather seek more knowledge than to seek into practice what I already know.

At times I have heard the Holy Spirit questioning me when I am reading too much, What are you looking for? What are you trying to obtain? Is it more knowledge you are trying to obtain or me? I’m right here. Waiting. Spend time with met through prayer and in meditating on my word. Back away from the books for awhile.

I wish I can say that I have always put the books down to spend time with Christ. Sometimes I have. Sometimes I haven’t. Dealing with Christ in books sometimes is easier then dealing with Christ in person. Eating from the Tree of Knowledge is sometimes more appealing than eating from the Tree of Life. It’s easier, less painful to learn second hand from a book than first hand from life experience. Continue reading


Oct 18 2009

Growing Downward into Spiritual Maturity

Rebekyah Brewer

Often, I get impatient while waiting  for God to remove fears and weaknesses from my life.  I find myself thinking how much better I would be able to serve him, if I wasn’t so fearful or weak in a particular area.

Right now, with my weaknesses and anxieties, I am incapable and inept. I may communicate his message, but the wrapping job is horrible.  I wonder if it ever gets any easier through practice and experience.  Will I ever gain the confidence. It’s hard doing things outside  my comfort zone or outside my natural abilities.

“If I were a better speaker, a better writer, a better communicator, I would then be a better servant to him. I would  then be able to display his glory so much better then I am currently capable of doing.”

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Jul 18 2009

No Quick Remedies

Rebekyah Brewer

 

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The soul which rises from out of sin to a devout life has been compared to the dawn, which does not banish darkness suddenly, but by degrees. The slow cure is always the surest, and spiritual maladies, like those of the body, while they are apt to come on horseback and express, tend to depart slowly on foot.

So we must be brave and patient, my daughter, in this undertaking. It is sad to see souls beginning to grow disheartened because they find themselves still subject to imperfection after having made some attempt at leading a devout life…to give up in despair and fall back; but, on the other hand, those souls are in worse danger who, through the opposite temptation, imagine themselves purified from all imperfection at the very outset, and who count themselves as full-grown almost before they are born. Be sure, daughter, that these are in great danger of a relapse through having left their physician too soon.

– FRANCIS DE SALES (1567-1622) Saint, bishop of Geneva

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