Hello again brothers and sisters, Amanda here! It has been a while, and I am so excited to get back to sharing with you all! I had been rolling around several ideas in my head for what to write this week, but the Lord took me in a completely different direction this morning (He seems to like changing things at the last minute with me ;) haha) so I will walk in His will and share what He put on my heart.
Thanksgiving is right around the corner for those of us in the United States, so I suppose it is no surprise that todays post focuses largely on food! But what kind of food? Read on to find out!
I started a new devotional this morning. Normally I pick one from the vast selection on my bible app, but this one is a physical book. I cozied up on my couch this morning and read the first devotion, which was about Jesus being the bread of life (John 6:35). As I read, I started thinking about the importance of bread and water.
Without bread (food) we become weak. Have you ever gone too long without eating? I am not talking about spirit-lead fasting, but rather those times when we may be so busy we forget to eat. Or if you have ever been so unfortunate (as I have) to not have food available. In those times of extreme hunger we can become very different people! I myself become short tempered, easily confused, physically weak and very emotional. Similar to how it feels when I don't feed my soul with His word.
What about water? Have you ever suffered from dehydration? It can get very serious very quick. I have seen men three times my size collapse from going too long without water. It is an absolute necessity for survival! Shouldn't we see our time with Jesus, the living water, as vital to our survival as actual water?
If our bodies are deprived of both food and water for a significant amount of time, we pass away.
After mulling this over, a few more questions popped into my head and I jotted them down. I feel lead to share these questions with of you now.
Is He your bread and water?
Is He your source of LIFE?
Is He the fuel that starts your day and keeps you going?
Do you look forward to starting your day with Him MORE than you look forward to that cup of coffee in the morning?
Have you been filling your belly with the rancid food of this world?
Have you fallen into the trap of tasting distraction, complacency, lust, or self righteousness?
Are you feeding thoughts of resentment, self pity, or an obsession over what is "fair"? (This one gets me sometimes!)
Think on these questions. Do not be afraid! If you find that the world snuck in and is trying to take His place at your table remember God's grace and mercy abound in us! There is NO condemnation in Christ Jesus! (Romans 8:1). Rebuke those temptations and appetites, spit that food out! Instead, let our precious and loving Father fill you with His goodness!
The food of this world will NEVER satisfy! You will constantly find yourself hungry for more, craving something different. Thinking the next thing will do the trick, the next temptation will be what fills you up. But the more worldly food you ingest, the emptier you feel! Your health (physical and spiritual), focus, and strength start to wither away on this diet. You become a shadow of what you were made to be when you fall away like this.
It is only when we have Him, the bread of life and living water, that our bellies are full! Our strength is renewed, and our hope flourishes!
That is all for now, I hope you have a blessed week! I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments!