Day 79: d i e t

Recently, I’ve changed my diet. I have made a decision to be careful and deliberate about what I eat. Partly because I have to and eating towards the strict end of this SCD diet is also because I want to.

Because of this decision, my lifestyle has also changed. I need to make sure I have enough of these new foods to eat available to me. I must also prepare certain things ahead of time.  Certain foods I prepare are crucial to other recipes. It has become quite an adventure.

It takes some work, some time, and some thought, but it is worth it to me. I feel better when I eat this way. It is good for me. I am also becoming more comfortable in the kitchen when I try new recipes, etc….This is becoming a really good experience.

What we eat matters. How we eat matters. When we eat matters. The truth is that we HAVE TO EAT or we will eventually DIE. What if what we EAT is KILLING US?

Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'”

What happens when we do not choose to spiritually eat from a diet full of the WORD of GOD? From the passage above, it appears that we shall not LIVE. We may be ALIVE because our physical bodies are being fed, yet do we have LIFE to the fullest?

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Philippians 4:8

Our spirits need to be fed. “We are what we eat”. We are also what we “think”.

For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee. Proverbs 23:7

What we consume will eventually come out of us. I know if I eat sugar, my energy gets zapped. Conversely, if I eat vegetables and protein, I feel energized.

The things we think about and the words we “eat” will come out of us.

The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit. Proverbs 18:21

 With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness.  Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be.  Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring?  My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water. James 3:9-12

May we choose LIFE in all we think, say and do. May we choose not only to care for our physical needs, but also our spiritual needs as well. May we take the time to prepare to be filled with God’s Word each day, that we may have LIFE and have it more abundant. May we see the fruits of how God uses His Word in our lives and may we turn away from the bland diet of sin as we daily confess to the only One who can exchange death for life. Thank You Jesus. Fill us that our thoughts, hearts and tongues would overflow with Your Life Giving WORDS.

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Day 73: love is in the air

Recently, I’ve been thinking about love.  It seems love is in the air and I breathe it in.

LOVE!

-Romantic

-Brotherly

-Paternal

-Maternal

-Sacrificial

-Unconditional

LOVE!

So many different types of love and so many ways to express love. So many ways to experience love. How do you and I experience love? How do you and I show love? How does it make you feel? How does it make others feel?

I am now referring specifically to romantic love  and I have recently realized that love has not been about love for me at all. Love may start that way initially, but in my attempt to protect “love” and keep “love”, I have sought to control “love”. Control it! How about you?

My definition of love has not been what God’s definition of love is. This Word of God says,

 “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

 Love never fails….”

1 Corinthians 13:4-8

Many of us are familiar with the passage above, but here is a challenge. Let’s change it up:

Love is impatient, it is unkind. It is envious, boastful and proud. It dishonors others, it is self-seeking, in is easily angered and it keeps a record of wrongs. Love delights in evil but does NOT rejoice in the truth. It never protects, never trusts, never hopes, never perseveres. 

Love fails.

You bet it does! How many of us can relate to “loving” in such a way. I doubt any of us would aspire to such goals, but sometimes, we behave this way and sometimes we think we are actually being loving. Or, we don’t feel loved and therefore, we will not love.

It has occurred to me that LOVE can do nothing but LOVE. TRUE LOVE as described above in 1 Corinthians 13: 4-8, cannot deny itself. To try to control love is not loving.  Love is a verb and when we truly love someone, we must LOVE. Period. With our whole hearts.

God has loved us with perfect love. JESUS. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whosoever shall believe will not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)  Someone once told me to replace the Word “love” with the name of Jesus:

Jesus is patient. Jesus is kind. Jesus does not envy, doesn’t boast and isn’t proud.  Jesus does not dishonor others, is not self-seeking, is not easily angered and keeps no record of wrongs. Jesus does not delight  in evil, but rejoices in the truth.  Jesus always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Jesus never fails.

Is this how you and I love? If it isn’t, what are we doing?

May we seek the Word of God to learn how to truly love others. May we surrender our feeble attempts at love to LOVE Himself. May we open our hearts to love like Jesus. In His name! Amen!!

Day 11: Food

Life. We need food to survive. The food we eat helps us keep life. We can go without food. We can live without it for many days. Eventually, we must eat or we will starve to death. Eating food is a crucial part of life. Big revelation, huh?

Eating is crucial. What we choose to eat is important.

Jesus is the WORD of God. The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14

And we are to chew on this Word, by His Spirit, that we would receive the LIFE it offers us.

May you and I eat of His Word, daily, that we would be changed from the inside out. May we ask Your Holy Spirit to “take us in” as we read the WORD. May the WORD not only sustain us, but give us LIFE abundant! May we think of our ‘dining’ experience with great anticipation and come to the table eager to be filled.

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. John 10:10

I’m hungry! Time to eat 🙂