Feeding Yourself Spiritually (Part 1 of 3)
Disease-causing organisms are everywhere. They thrive in an unclean world and multiply quickly. If they invade the body, they can multiply quickly and create a life and death situation. The best defense against them is clean food, clean water, and a clean body. No matter how careful we are, some germs will enter. In a healthy body, antibodies quickly overcome them. Adequate rest, balanced meals and regular exercise help the antibodies contain and destroy the invaders.
When they are outnumbered or overpowered, we experience discomfort, pain, fever, and sickness.
Pro-Christ and anti-Christ forces battle for our souls. Like disease causing organisms, evil powers surround us and seek to invade our lives. Continual cleansing is our first-line defense. Some of these forces in a weak moment will enter our lives to pounce and to kill.
We need not collapse under their attack. If our soul is rested, well-fed, and properly exercised, it is much easier to fight the invader. When we cheat on our sleep, skip meals, neglect exercise, we are aiding the disease organisms that threaten us.
When we ignore the feeding and exercise of our souls, we are playing into the hands of anti-Christ forces. We love and obey God when we spend time with Him reading His word and praying. It is easier to wallow passively in other people’s spirituality than to spend the time needed for first-hand experience. Other people’s spirituality benefits us no more than their food.
Paul instructs us, “Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts” (Colossians 3:16, NIV).
Many verses describe the benefits of God’s word: cleansing (Psalm 119, John 15:3); delight (Psalm 119:16); life (1 Peter 1:23); strength (Psalm 119:25); hope ( Psalm 119:81); direction ( Psalm 119:105); understanding (Psalm 119:130); stability (Matthew 24:35); and sanctification (John 17:17). In addition, God’s word builds us up (Acts 20:32) and teaches us truth (Ephesians 1:13). It seems foolish to neglect it, does it not? #freechristianleadershipresources #freechristiandiscipleshipresources #freeevangelismresources
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