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Your Spiritual Diet

Meghan Hock

Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies. Philippians 4:8-9 (The Message)

The other day, I was scrolling through the News app on my phone, and it's amazing how one article leads to the next and before you know it thirty minutes has passed and the coverage of that day’s news has left you feeling less than hopeful about the world you are living in.

There is so much happening in the world right now, from politics to terrorism, it seems like what were once ‘far off’ issues are closer to home than we would like. For those who follow Christ, it’s an incredible time as you watch world events and biblical prophecies coming to fruition, having a greater sense in your spirit that Christ’s return is drawing nigh.

But if you’re not careful, the daily diet of mass media can feed your mind with negativity, fear, and nonsense that if not guarded will dull the spiritual senses that need to be on high alert in this season.

Ephesians 6:13-18 (The Message) says, “Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life. God’s Word is an indispensable weapon. In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out.”

So, have you been fearful in this season? Has your thought life been consumed with the “what if’s” of the world around you? What’s the ratio of mass media to God’s Word on your daily plate? Are you consuming the truth of God’s Word and the promise of His protection, guidance and direction? Or have you been partaking of the fattiness of mass media that you’ve become full on the things that aren’t actually bringing you life?

Back in January, my husband and I participated in The Whole 30™ where we removed all sugar, legumes, wheat, and dairy from our diet for 30 days in a row. Instead we ate protein rich meals with vegetables and fruits that were fuel for our body. The hardest part was the preparation. There was no convenience on this plan, because every meal needed to be pre-thought out and prepared the night before or morning of. We learned that there were certain foods we had grown accustomed to eating that literally had no nutritional benefit, however, they were convenient–so consume we did. Through those 30 days, we recognized that fueling our bodies for the day-to-day required careful thought of well-balanced meals with “real” food that actually brought life to our bodies. And the benefits we experienced were so worth it, with results like consistent energy throughout the day, better sleep at night and clearer thoughts to make better decisions.

Spiritually speaking, your daily diet matters just as much. If your diet is rich in what’s convenient (such as the news or social media feeds), but lacking in what’s life-giving (God’s Word), you will go through your day-to-day lacking the fullness of energy, attention and perspective you need to fulfill God’s plan for your life. We all need a diet rich in God’s Word so that we can have life–His life–flowing through us.

Matthew 4:4 encourages us, “Jesus answered, "It is written: 'Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'"

Often times what is convenient in the pantry or fridge of life are the processed meals the enemy is throwing at you through mass media, whether that be the headline news or your Facebook feed. So you have to prepare ahead of time. It takes careful planning to ensure you’re getting balanced meals every day of God’s Word and His truth. That may mean you’re staying up later to “meal prep” or getting up first thing to plan for the day. But you can be sure of this, the preparation always pays off. Time spent in God’s Word and in prayer with Him will fuel your spirit for the days ahead so that you have all the energy, alertness and power you need to fulfill God’s call on your life.

Say It: Father, I thank You for Your Word which is my source of life! I recognize that this world and the enemy are constantly throwing negativity and doubt at me. I choose to ingest God’s Word and His truth on a daily basis, and I thank You for helping me to be a light to those around me. Give me the wisdom to take captive every thought into the obedience of Christ, and feed on the glorious truth of Your Word. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!