Monday, July 18, 2016

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Butter the Real Thing
  Holding up a pint glass mason jar before the first grade class, our teacher poured it half full of whipping cream. 

She was giving us a learning experience that we would all participate in and then profit therewith. 

Her instructions were for us to take turns shaking the jar, and then pass it on to the child next to us. 

She had been teaching us about the farm, and all the animals found there.   

Naturally a cow was one of the important members of the farm and the cow produced milk which many of us drank at least a glass a day.  

Most of us were only familiar with the glass bottles of milk left on our porch by the milk man, and on this day we were going to learn about butter. 

Each student faithfully shook the jar and we watched carefully as small curds began to form at the bottom of the glass bottle. 

Finally our teacher informed us that we had made butter from the cream and now we were all going to enjoy a reward for our labor. 

She produced a tray where she had carefully set out, small crackers, one for each member of our class. 

Carefully our teacher took a small knife, and spreading a little dab on each cracker, she then passed them around to each of our class mates. 

I remember thinking how good real butter tasted, because up to then, at our house we were only served margarine, a butter substitute. 

Today my thoughts are about the real thing, be it faith, hope, love, or even religion. 

Although I realize Christians must walk by faith, there are many times when I want to see and feel and know the real Jesus. 

I do not want to settle for a substitute faith in the false be it an idol, king, ruler, or even another god of some sort. 
 (Some will substitute an organization with nice people for a Bible Believing Church - - - don't be fooled.)

How can we know truth and the real from the false?  Sometimes it is difficult to tell, but often it is by listening to the Holy Spirit and then by experience. 

We have participated in seeking, learning, and maybe shaking the jar a bit. 

Then there is the taste.  Oh that sweet taste, when we enjoy the real and we know - - that we know - - it is real.

Psalms 4:8  O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.

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Cheryl said...

When I worked in banking, they always taught us that the best way to recognize a counterfeit is to know how real feels. As we handled money, we got used to the feel of what is real. This way, when a counterfeit bill slipped through our fingers, we instantly recognized that it was not what we were used to, and it was not real. When we have tasted of the good things of God, and we are familiar with what is real, we will know when something is not "real" and when there is falsehood mixed in. It only takes a small amount of deception to taint what is real and true. God help us to follow the Holy Spirit's voice and no other. Thank you for this post, Hazel. I loved hearing about how you made butter!

Lux G. said...

It's difficult to discern the truth from lies especially when we're not familiar with the voice of the Shepherd. So it's important to make it a habit to listen to Him with our hearts every day.

Greatly written, Hazel.

Ifeoma Samuel said...

I hear you Aunt Hazel.the real thing! The grace of discerning the truth from lies..
Many thanks for the article.
God bless

Nannette said...

Love this! Nothing like the real thing and He is recognizable! We use real butter at our house :)

Unknown said...

Hazel I want that real too always. I can remember real milk from the cow at my grandmothers. That was the most awful bowl of cereal, but I love making butter at school with our kids.

Saleslady371 said...

I like this message. There is no substitute for Jesus and a personal relationship that leads one into all truth.

Joanne Viola said...

Hazel, I so appreciated this post tonight. I have been thinking about and praying for discernment the last few days. We need it more today than ever. Blessings!

Unknown said...

Great analogy. So many substitutes... but none can satisfy the soul, only our Father.