While our family isn’t extreme in our diets, we are careful in what we eat. It isn’t very often that we dine out and hubby’s cooking is WAY better anyway. The majority of our meals is freshly cooked at home and our family enjoys a variety of raw vegetables. It’s important for us to watch our diets within reason and to appreciate “junk food” in moderation. But what if we chose to have a diet of processed foods, fast foods, microwaved foods, chips, soda pop and all that other junk on a daily basis? What would eventually start happening to our bodies? We’d be tired, our thought processes would become sluggish, we’d gain extra weight, we’d be sick all the time. Even our mood would be affected – depression, irritability, and plain old grumpiness. This is the same with our spiritual diet. I want to share 3 Signs Of A Well-Nourished Spirit.
You see, just like our physical diet, we have a choice in how we manage our spiritual diets. We can stuff our spirits with junk, complaining all the time, being easily offended, entertaining negative self-talk and more. It is so frustrating when I see people whine about where they are either spiritually or physically and they are choosing to fill themselves with all this garbage. And they are shocked when they are sick all the time, both in a physical and spiritual sense.
We get our spiritual nourishment from the word of God. This is our sustenance. Once in a while, I will skip breakfast. I know, it’s bad. But I don’t do this intentionally. I just get started with my day and before I know it, it’s later morning and I am starving. Reaching for something quick and easy – and unhealthy – is typically what I do. Not a good idea, right?
This is the same with our nourishment from God’s word. When I miss my daily ‘meal’, I begin to starve my spirit. If I keep this up, I might reach for a substitute for His word. That substitute might satisfy me for a while, but it will soon wear off. I need something more substantial for a good spiritual diet. And the only place I can find that is in God’s word.
Here are three telling ways to know if your spirit is well-fed.
Be A Blessing
Being a speaker gives the opportunity to grow “thick skin” to complaints. You get feedback from guests who have heard you speak and sometimes you wonder why some of them were even present. All they did was complain. And complain. You read comments like “the speaker’s top was too bright” or “the plates weren’t warm enough”. If I wasn’t getting my spiritual nourishment from the Bible, then these complaints could quickly bring discouragement.
When we aren’t digging into scripture, it is so much easier for us to find things to complain about. However, when God’s Word is firmly planted within our hearts, finding ways to be a blessing comes more naturally and simply. We are so full of joy that we want to encourage others to have that joy as well.
Marcus and I often talk about how we, as Christians, are so easily offended by the world or by others. Someone says something and we take it the wrong way and we grow jaded and bitter towards that person. Or perhaps that person actually meant harm and that anger consumes us. Sometimes it’s the trivial things that hang us up. And other times it’s simply when we don’t get our own way, what we want, what we believe we are entitled to.
I Offended Her…Big Time!
I had been a teacher with Heritage for only a few years when I got this one family…oh boy. I was sending out regular newsletters to the families I worked with offering teaching tips, resource suggestions, recipes, important info and various ideas for the season. Well, it was Easter time and I included a photo of foil wrapped eggs in my newsletter…along with ideas on how to celebrate Jesus during Easter. All was fine until…I got an email from this mom where she ripped a strip off me because Easter eggs were of the devil and how dare I send a photo of them to her. In fact, she questioned my devotion to Jesus. I must not be a real Christian if I celebrate Easter and let my kids eat chocolate eggs.
I had offended her – in a colossal way. Our teacher/parent/student relationship ended right after that. She withdrew from the school, with negative things to say about Heritage, of course.
Chocolate Bunnies = Goddess Worship???
Maybe, though, that experience prepared me for the religious guru my friend got caught up in a few years afterward. This person talked a lot about how if we let our kids eat chocolate bunnies, then we are encouraging them to worship a sex goddess…who would have thought a chocolate bunny would be so offensive. Maybe Veggietales was actually onto something with Rack, Shack & Benny.
Through my career as a teacher, I’ve come across quite a few easily offended Christians. I’ve ruined lives. I was thoughtless because I didn’t send a student a birthday card. I was unfair because I didn’t purchase a camera for a student using government funding. I was unsupportive because I wouldn’t get a grade 9 student to stop playing video games all day long. The list goes on.
And guess what? The church has too many people who are easily offended. And they are some of the most miserable people I have ever known.
That is not who we are supposed to be! We are to be grace-filled people who believe the best about others. Are you believing the best about your brothers and sisters in Christ?
I have found that when I am properly nourished by the Word of God, then I am less likely to be offended. It is easier for me to remain unruffled.
True, Right, And Pure
Then there is our thought life. Isn’t this such an area of warfare? It is easier for us to think and speak badly about ourselves than it is to speak the truth.
- I’m too fat.
- I’m too skinny.
- I’m so stupid.
- I’m such an idiot.
- I’m too emotional
- I’m too emotionless.
- I’m too shy.
I’m sure you know exactly what I am talking about. You’ve probably battled these lies as much as I have. However, it is when I have drunk deeply from God’s word that I can swiftly declare war on these lies and know the truth from my Creator. I have a choice. Will I listen to the lies or will I trust what God says about me and proclaim it over myself? I can either ‘eat’ the junk, which are a bunch of falsehoods.
Or I can be satisfied with a diet of truth.
My sister, what has your diet consisted of lately? A bunch of junk that is leaving your spirit sick? Or the healthy, nourishing feast of God’s word?
Our spiritual diet will have an effect on our spiritual freedom.
Next week, I want to dig a bit deeper in the last topic mentioned in this post and offer some practical ways to defeat the lies our enemy loves to whisper into our hearts. I hope you will join me!
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