Sugary Treats or Wholesome Dinner

In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food!  Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness.   But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.
Hebrews 5:12-14 

Have you ever looked at a beautiful dessert and your mouth started to water as you thought about what it would taste like?  A gorgeous piece of cheesecake covered in your favorite topping, a piece of chocolate cake, a piece of warm apple pie topped with ice cream, the perfect soft, fresh, warm chocolate chip cookie….you get the idea.  Or maybe, like me, it is a big 32 ounce cup of Dr. Pepper fountain pop (or soda if you’re not from around here!). They draw us.  We can imagine the taste as we long for them.  So, we indulge.  We down the piece of dessert, the candy bar, or the Dr. Pepper!  Ahhhh!  So good going down!  But then, we begin to feel effects of filling our stomachs with something that isn’t good for our bodies.

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Our bodies need good nutrition, not empty calories and an overload on our endocrine system that causes our blood sugars to become out of balance.  However, when we look past the sugary dessert or drink, and instead fill our bodies with vegetables, low-fat sources of protein, fruit, and whole grains, we will experience steadier levels of energy, more ability to focus, and we teach our bodies to hunger after what is good for them.

Our spiritual lives are much like the above illustration.  If we do “drive-by” time with Jesus, throw a few bucks in the offering basket as it goes by, and try to pray a little when we think about it, do you think we will be healthy?  Will we have the strength to face the temptations that come our way?  Will we take time to thank God? Will we be strengthened to overcome temptation? Will we love the world with His heart and make decisions based on what He leads us to do?

If we are not taking time to eat the wholesome things in our spiritual lives, such as reading the Word of God every day, taking time to sit with Jesus and listen to His heart, and filling our minds with truth, we will not be spiritually healthy.

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Ask the Lord to show you areas where you are choosing the quick sugary treats in your spiritual life, and also areas He wants you to feast on solid and wholesome spiritual food. Write in your journal and date it.  Check back on a regular basis to see how you are doing.  The enemy wants to discourage us, but God is Courage, and we have the courage of the Lion of Judah within us!

Digging Deeper

Meditate on Ephesians 3.  Are you growing in knowing God the way verses 16-19 describe?

~Deb Schmidt
Lifegate Women, Campus Lead – West Dodge, PM

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