I was reading “The Allure of Hope” by Jan Meyers and she spoke about the things the Lord feeds us to strengthen and inspire us. Actually, Jan wasn’t writing to me because she addressed the book to women, but I relish divine revelations into the beautiful mystique of woman. Jan wrote of things people don’t ordinarily consider as spiritual food, but they are none the less. She spoke of things like the beauty in nature, encouraging words from friends and family. What she was expressing was the same thing expressed in Philippians 4:8.
“8Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”
As spiritual food goes, all of those things would be side dishes, the whole meal centers around the Word of GOD. The Word of GOD is the true bread of life. The book of John teaches us that the Word of GOD became flesh and entered the earth. Christ our savior is that Word. Christ says unless you eat of His flesh you have no part in Him and that He also who eats His flesh will have everlasting life. Christ offers His flesh in its spiritual form as Truth, His word. When we internalize His words in faith, we ingest Him and partake of the life that is in Him. This is the manna from Heaven that we are invited to partake of daily. When we ask GOD for strength it comes from eating the manna of Christ. Just as we strengthen our physical bodies by eating that which is from the earth, we must strengthen our spirit by partaking of that which is from heaven.
By design, YAHWEH created the relationship between food and physical life just so we would understand the importance of His words to our spiritual vitality. Many people unfortunately do not understand the importance of their spiritual vitality so they do not value or prioritize it as they should. Here are some of the characteristics that flourish when you feed your spirit properly: love, joy, inner peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Whenever we are lacking in our display of these virtues it is directly related to a spiritual deficiency. Some may be thinking I know people who read the bible a lot but are still languishing in those virtues. Well, let me clarify.
There are many who read the word however they never digest it properly. It enters their mind but never makes it into their heart. Just like what would happen to you if you ate by putting food in your mouth but discarded it without swallowing. This is what Christ said about the importance of getting Him inside you.
I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. (John 15:5 NKJV)
Reading His word is abiding in Him and accepting His word in your heart as life is allowing Him to abide in you.
It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life. (John 6:63 NKJV)
Prioritize reading the word of GOD at least as much as you prioritize eating physical food. That may sound extreme but consider how much time in one day you actually spend eating. Consider that it takes a generous twenty minutes to savor a meal correctly and you eat the western classic three meals a day. That is an hour a day of eating. Dedicating at least an hour a day to reading the bible and meditating, considering how important it is to living well, shouldn’t be all that difficult. For proper digestion of the word, reflect back through out the day on what you read and how it applies to your life. Make a point to discuss what you read and what you got out of it with a friend or journal it. Making this a habit will transform your life by giving you a heart language to commune with GOD. It will bring an illumination to your life which will help you navigate the paths of life rewardingly, while exposing the snares and traps set by evil spirits. Enjoying daily manna from Heaven is still GOD’s recommend diet for those bound for the promise land.