January 1, 2010

Nowadays, it seems more and more of us are becoming concerned about the quality and value of the food we consume. We study the labels on our lunch meat and cereal boxes; how much sugar? How much sodium? How much fat? We are making a concerted effort to improve our eating habits and thereby improve our physical health.

The truth of the matter is that what we feed on mentally is just as important, and may I be so bold as to say, even more important than what we eat physically.

Matthew 4:4
“But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.”

If all we did to feed our physical body was to eat junk food, our physical condition would deteriorate rapidly. Our strength and vigor would diminish. Our immune system would grow weak, rendering us helpless to fight off disease. Eventually, what we eat would kill us. The truth of the matter is that the same principles, which govern nutrition physically, also apply mentally. What we feed upon mentally can have as beneficial an effect, or as detrimental an effect, as what we feed upon physically. If we feed on the abundant negative ‘junk food’ mentally (and spiritually) which surrounds us (i.e.-CNN, the newspaper, the unbelieving neighbors, negative and unlearned or unbelieving family and friends, the medical community) we will manifest the crippling results of the food we are eating.

On the other hand, if we feed and act upon the positive truths of the Word of God we will manifest the power of God in our life. It has been said, and rightfully so, that “you are what you eat.” In the mental and spiritual category, it can be said, “what you look at you become.”

II Corinthians 3:18
“But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.”

When it comes to physical food, not only must we use wholesome ingredients, but also we must prepare those ingredients properly. We must be careful how we store and how we cook foods to avoid spoilage and contamination, thereby harming our physical bodies. The same care must be taken when it comes to our mental food.

II Timothy 2:15
“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”

All of the Word of God is truth, but only to the extent that it is rightly divided will we garner the truth from it. Spiritual weakness or inability is due to either improper diet or neglect of the Word of God. Improper diet is due to the wrong dividing of the Word. Neglect of the Word is due to its not being enjoyed when it is read. It is not enjoyed because it is not understood. With the right dividing of God’s Word, you get the understanding.

The truth of the matter is that we need to be as concerned, even more concerned, about what we are consuming mentally and spiritually as we are about what we are eating physically.

Job 23:12
“Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.”


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