Nibbling or Nourishment

Our eating habits range from dangerous to very good. This is also true in the Spiritual realm. Sometimes we are fed so called spiritual food that really has little Spiritually nutritious content. In fairness, there may be little appetite for a really wholesome Spiritual feast. Just like some folks response to physical food, we may have become so accustomed to “comfort food” that a really good meal seems very undesirable. Nevertheless, those who develop healthy eating habits usually enjoy better health. If we have Spiritually healthy eating habits, we are likely to enjoy better Spiritual health. A lot of our nourishment should come directly from the Bible. However, Spiritual meals from solid Scriptural sermons are able to give us a well balanced diet that can be of great value. Our personally prepared meals coupled with those from God’s “restaurant” are a good combination. When we hear a message rich in Spiritual content, nibbling is not the way to go! Put your fork to work and take in the whole meal. How do we do that? Proverbs 3:1-5 tells us, “My son, if thou wilt receive My words, and hide My commandments with thee; so that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding; yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding; if thou seekest her as silver and searchest for her as for hid treasures; then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God.” This is the difference between nibbling at a sermon and being nourished by it. Alexander Groves, in the third stanza of “Break Thou the Bread of Life, touches on this, “Thou art the bread of life, O Lord, now unto me; Thy Holy Word the Truth that saveth me: give me to eat and live with Thee above; teach me to love thy Truth, for Thou art love.” Selah! Healthy meals (solid Scriptural understanding), rest (prayer), sunshine (Spiritual fellowship), exercise (applying and sharing Spiritual Truth), combine to produce strong, healthy disciples.   Ron

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