Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever (Psalm 23:6).
It is important for us to grasp the fact that no matter what happens in our lives or the lives of those around us, God is good. Unfortunately, many Believers question God's goodness when they experience adversity. They forget they have an adversary, the devil, who is focused on trying to hurt God by hurting His children. When the enemy attempts to bring trouble into your life, it is not about you. The issue is he knows he is doomed and he is furious about it. He cannot stand the fact that God loves us so much.
Just as we hate it when our own children come under attack, God hates it when His children are attacked by the enemy. First Chronicles 16:21,22 says, "He suffered no man to do them wrong: yea, he reproved kings for their sakes, Saying touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm." While God's will is that we do not suffer harm, He expects for us to learn about the authority He has given us and use it to do something about our problems. When our children face bullies, our initial response might be to go to the school to talk to the teacher and the bully's parents on behalf of our children because of their immaturity or inexperience with this type of problem. However, after that initial response, we may choose to encourage our children to stand up for themselves when they are taunted.
Mom and Dad have given Johnny the power to fight back, but it is up to Johnny to use that power. Even though Mom and Dad are backing him up, Johnny has also been given some responsibility in the situation. Similarly, we cannot be lazy Christians who barely attend church, not fast and pray, fail to take time to read the bible and make daily confessions, and then question His goodness when things do not work out in our lives. First Chronicles 16:34 tells us God is good and His mercy (unmerited favor) endures forever. God's goodness and mercy will follow you everywhere you go, and just as David's faith in His goodness empowered him to kill a giant with a small stone, your faith in God's goodness and mercy will help you slay the giants in your life.
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You have probably heard the phrase “You are what you eat” before, and it is usually a statement that is made in reference to food. However, it can also be applied to the things we “feed” our spirits on a daily basis. The foods we eat are responsible for sustaining our physical bodies and allowing us to maintain good health. Likewise, the prosperity of our souls depends on our spiritual food choices. In other words, what we put in our minds by way of our eyes, our ears, and the things that come out of our mouths, have the potential to nourish or deplete us spiritually. As Believers, we must be sure we are constantly feeding our spirits the right things, which only come from God’s Word.
Junk food is the type of food that has virtually no nutritional value and is full of harmful substances that have both short-term and long-term negative effects on the body. Similarly, there are a lot of things we are exposed to every day that are spiritual junk food. For example, the news is full of bad reports of doom and gloom—talk of impending financial crisis and increasing wickedness. “Reality” television shows, ungodly music, and talk shows that promote beliefs and perspectives that do not line up with the Word of God are also prevalent. These are just a few examples of spiritual “junk” food that, when taken in on a consistent basis, will keep us spiritually malnourished and open to the attacks of the enemy.
God created man as a tri-part being, meaning he is a spirit, who possesses a soul, and lives in a physical body. Because of this tri-part nature, He expects us to take care of each part properly. For the physical body, that would mean eating right, exercising regularly, and getting enough rest. For the spirit and soul, it means continually “feeding” on a diet of the Word of God. The Bible is the prescribed “diet” that our spirits were created to intake.
Proverbs 4:20 gives some very important instructions in regards to feeding our spirits so we can maintain optimum spiritual health. It says, “My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings.” The more we focus on God’s Word, the more we will desire it and the more rapidly we will see spiritual growth and development taking place in our lives. A steady diet of the Word provides our spirits with the strength needed to overcome everything in the world. It is the faith “food” we need.
Verse 21 tells us to not let the Word of God depart from our eyes. We must keep our eyes on the Word at all times. A great way to do this is to make it the top priority of our day. Since the eyes are one of the gateways to the heart, by studying the Word first thing in the morning and looking at scriptures during the day, we plant it in our hearts. The more we do this, the more we will be built up on the inside and equipped to handle the challenges of life.
There is no limit to how much of God’s Word our spirits can handle. In fact, the more we take in, the bigger and stronger our spirits become. We are the only ones who can limit our Word intake, primarily as an act of our own will. Choosing to make the Word the centerpiece of our day and our absolute priority will position us to be spiritually empowered all the time.
Regardless of what church you attend, it is important to take time outside of church to read your Bible and feed on the Word of God. I’m not talking about casually skimming over the Scriptures but really focusing in on what you are reading, meditating on it, and allowing it to become deeply rooted in your consciousness. This is the level of Word intake that will begin to affect your life and cause you to be victorious in this world.
If you feel yourself becoming irritable, depressed, or low on joy, it is probably because you’re low on the Word. But when you feed on the Word to the point where it is overflowing in your spirit, you will not only have enough spiritual strength to deal with the challenges you face but to also minister to others. You are what you eat, so make sure you’re eating the Word every day. Your spirit will thank you for it!