Watch What You Eat: A Healthy Spiritual Diet

Watch What You Eat: A Healthy Spiritual Diet

I like to eat. Do you?

When I am hungry, however, I will tend to just grab whatever is there, whether it’s helpful or not.

Just as long as it takes away the edge of hunger at the moment, it’ll do.

Some foods help. Others have undesirable aftereffects.

I have noticed, however, that with a little forethought and intentionality, I can have good food available when the hunger pangs strike.

We can also be intentional with our spiritual diet as well.

Whether we realize it or not, we will always be filling our minds and souls with something.

It will either be good food—or not.

Spending a bit of time every day feeding my soul and my mind with God’s Word reaps great benefits.

At the very least, it gives my heart something else to feed on.

Otherwise, it can pig out on juicy gossip, deceptive lies, or incessant worry.

At the very best, it gives my soul something positive to guide me towards the life I have been redeemed to live.

Instead of living no differently than an atheist, I can reflect the light, love, and goodness of Christ.

I can thoughtfully point others to Jesus, that they too may know and love Him as disciples.

A healthy diet of Scripture may look different at different stages.

When you are a new believer, we need the pure milk of the Word, simple and basic (1 Peter 2:2).

As we mature, we can move on to solid foods that provide more substance (Heb. 5:14).

This may also look different as we go through life’s stages.

When we are single, there may be time to have longer times of study.

When we have infants waking us up at night, we may need to be satisfied with five minutes.

Whatever season we’re in, there are many ways to interact with and take in God’s Word.

  • We can take time to listen to the Word being taught faithfully each week.  

  • We can read a chapter a day. If reading is hard, then try listening to an audio version.

  • If you have time, dig deeper into that chapter through Bible study.

  • Find a verse from your study and meditate on it. You may find yourself memorizing it too!

But whatever you do, apply it.

  • Use it as a basis for prayer for yourself or for a friend.

  • Share it with someone who needs it.

  • Put it into action in your life.

Little by little, these disciplines will build a strong and lasting foundation for your life in Christ.

  • When trials come, your heart will be firmly anchored.

  • When confusion arises, your mind will be clear.

  • When lies cross your path, you will not be fooled.

Take care to watch what you feed your soul, just as you feed your body.

Junk in, junk out. Healthy in, healthy out.

What are you eating today?  

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