Spiritually Malnourished?

Psalm 34:8 (KJV)
O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.

Isaiah 55:1-2 (KJV)
(1) Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.
(2) Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness.

I have had this message in my spirit for a few years now, as I have observed the health and wellness industry explode and the clothing of women diminish. It’s clear that the focus of many, both men and women, in and out of the church, is how sexy they look. From anti-aging creams to youth serums, people spend much time and money on living a longer life and yet the most they can hope to achieve is 120 years (Genesis 6:3). Little to no thought is taken for the things of God and eternity.

Don’t get me wrong, I believe it’s important to take care of yourself, but more care should be given to your spirit. Here is what Jesus said to the Pharisees who were taking great pride on the outward appearance and neglecting their inner beings.

Matthew 23:27-28
(27) Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres [graves], which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness.
(28) Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.

As God’s creation we are three-part beings – mind, body and spirit. If you exercise your body and enjoy the temporary “high” you get from increased endorphins, try exercising your spirit and see how much higher the Lord will take you and keep you. Experience has taught me that the affects of prayer, fasting, worship and the Word are longer lasting, and as a side benefit, do not require gym membership. You can build your spirit any time and any place and especially whenever you need help or direction from the Lord. For me that’s almost always. :-)

Another benefit to exercising your spirit, is that your entire being is helped. Fears and anxiety are gone. Pain and sickness vanish and your soul rejoices. You are happier and stresses don’t stress you. Many testify of the Lord’s blessings in situations that seemed impossible:

  • Financial breakthroughs
  • Family curses (like divorce) broken
  • Loneliness gone / finding a spouse
  • Children become obedient
  • Employment gained
  • Cancer and other diseases gone
  • Even your boss who is on your case daily will start taking you to lunch

As you come into alignment spiritually, you are cleansed from all unrighteousness and the enemies that fight against your life have to flee.

Finally, my dear brothers and sisters consider this:

  • No matter how hard you work out in the gym or how well you eat, eventually your body will grow old and die, but if you keep your spirit in tune, you will receive a new glorified body when Jesus returns.

Task: Read all of Psalm 34 and Isaiah 55 and rejoice! Honour God in your day. Don’t be as the hypocrites who take care of the outward appearance and don’t feed their spirit with the good things of God. Trust me. Your soul will thank you for it in eternity.

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