We as parents watch our children grow and thrive but at times there are children that don’t develop at the same rate of speed as other children. As parents we watch for them to reach each milestone and when they don’t we take notice. When our children don’t reach these milestones at the appropriate times, doctors call this “Failure to Thrive”.
Failure to Thrive is defined as a decelerated or arrested physical growth (height & weight measurements fall below the 3rd and 4th percentile, or a downward growth change across 2 major growth percentiles. It is associated with abnormal growth and development.
Failure to Thrive is not a disease or disorder. Instead it describes a situation in which a child is undernourished & either doesn’t receive or is unable to process enough calories. As children grow their bodies need different foods and a higher calorie count. A 10 year old can survive off milk but their body & their mind will not thrive. Their body would need more than just mild to thrive and grow.
Just like our physical bodies need nourishment to develop so does our spirit man.
1 Peter 2:2-3 says, As a newborn, babies, desire the sincere milk of the word that ye may grow thereby: If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.
Just like we observe our children to ensure they meet their growth milestones we must check ourselves. My prayer is search me Lord to see if there be any unclean thing in me & please create a hunger and a thirst in my soul for you & for the things of God. I pray this because I don’t want to Spiritually starve to death or have the enemy come in and try to feed me worldly things that will distract me from growing from milk to meat.
If you have been walking with God for 20 years and you are still on milk & have not grown any since you received the Holy Ghost your spirit man could have Spiritual Failure to thrive. It’s time to get off the milk and get in the meat of this thing. It’s time to grow!!!!
I have heard people say don’t give Spiritual babies meat or they will on the word, but we as the bride of Christ and the Spiritual parents to new converts should not allow them to starve to death either. We should watch, pray and observe our babies to ensure that they don’t fail to thrive!! If we see that they are not growing then we must help them just like we would our natural children! Don’t allow them to starve to death spiritually. Help them thrive!! In Ps. 23:5 God said He would set a banquet table before us in the presence of our enemies! He doesn’t want His children to starve or to fail to thrive, but at a banquet table you are not served! You get up and make your own plate. He has laid everything out before us. We must get up and get what we want. He is a gentleman. He will never force himself on you. He will call you to the table. He are all welcome and he told us to come as we are. Today I say to you it’s time for us to get off the milk and go deeper with God. Go to that banquet gtable and fill our plates. It’s time to run after God with all we have in us. Laying aside every weight and every distraction!! Deep calleth to deep. Drive deep into this banquet table He has laid before us. It’s time for us to seek a deeper walk with God. He said Seek me I may be found in Is. 55:6. It’s time to STOP starving yourself. Come eat at the table He has prepared for His children!! Don’t sit and starve. Don’t fail to thrive in the Lord as you sit in front of a full banquet table!
We pray for a hunger and a thirst in our soul for God yet because we are not well nourished, when He answers that prayer we misinterpret that hunger for a physical hunger and we get up and go get a burger. NO!!!! We MUST push back the flesh and feel the spirit man. In the end this flesh will be gone & we will need to be ready for our King to come. He said we were created in His image. I don’t think this refers to the fact that we have 2 arms and 2 legs!!! NO!!! This is referring to our spirit man!! Get your Spirit man Rapture ready NOW!! Don’t let your spirit man fail to thrive because you are choking Him on the mind blinders of this world. (TV, Internet, work, friends, shopping, eating, etc.) Feed your spirit man Spiritual Food!!! As you grow spiritually remember to increase your spiritual calorie count!! GET OFF THE MILK!!! When we are babies in Christ and we are just learning how to pray and walk with God, 5 minute prayers felt like deep prayer because we were babies. Now that you are 10, 15 or 20 years old in the Lord, PRAY MORE THAN 5 MINUTES! Dig deeper than just scratching the surface. Go beyond the veil. Read more of the word of God than just your daily devotional that comes in your email or text, or on that facebook Meme. My kids call me the Meme Queen because I always forward inspirational Meme’s. LOL. I read a meme the other day and I totally agreed with it. As I went to forward it I felt the Holy Ghost say, that’s good that you are in agreement with My Word. I felt a check in my spirit. I said I do agree with your word Lord. He quickly replied with, “Then get off FB and go share it with your world.” A wave of revelation swept over me of how caught up I was with “Sharing” a post that has his word in it to a world I can’t see or touch or pray for and hug so HIS love can flow thru me to them instead of GETTING UP AND GOING INTO THE HIGHWAYS AND BYWAYS AND REACHING THE LOST!!!!!! Get off the Book and share THE BOOK!!!!! It’s time to grow and thrive!!!! Get out your BIBLE and dust off the pages! READ THE TRUE AND LIVING WORD OF GOD!!! Eat at the banquet table that our Lord has laid out before us. A banquet table full of wisdom, knowledge, peace, love, encouragement for your soul & strength for your battles! Spiritual food to help you Thrive!!!
IT’S TIME TO THRIVE!!!!
There is more than just milk on that banquet table! Is. 25:6g says: and in this mountain shall the Lord of hosts make unto all people a feast of fat things, a feast of wines on the lees, of fat things full of marrow, of wines on the lees well refined. This describes a very full table of good meats and fine things! The table is set before you!! You don’t have to starve!! It’s time to eat!!! In Rev. 2:17 Jesus says: he that hath an ear, let him hear what the spirit saith unto the churches; to Him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna… There is hidden manna that he will give us to eat!!! Dig deep!!! There is hidden manna to be found! He has laid out a banquet table, but He will not force us to eat! It’s time to stop starving ourselves! It’s time to THRIVE!!!
One last thought. In Rev. 2:7 Jesus said: He that hath an ear, let Him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; (He is talking to SAVED people… he is addressing the CHURCH!) To Him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God!!! It says He who overcometh!!! Children who suffer from failure to thrive, unfortunately, do not survive in most cases. To Overcome we must have strength, which means we MUST thrive Spiritually! TO SURVIVE YOU MUST THRIVE!!!
So come to the banquet table! Eat of the Spiritual feast God has set before you! A banquet of Peace, Love, Strength, Freedom from sin, Salvation, Eternal life, Knowledge, wisdom. The table is full & you can eat and thrive!! You can gain strength to overcome so you can eat of the tree of life which is in the midst of the paradise of God! So I say come! JESUS is saying come! Stop starving your spirit man and come! Taste and see that the Lord is good!!! COME!!!
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