“It takes more than bread to stay alive. It takes a steady stream of words from God’s mouth.” Read Matthew 4:4 (MSG). It takes more than having a six-pack to staying healthy; and like we know, people who have been physically fit have died or ceased to exist. Now, I am not saying being physically fit is bad, not at all, however, the spiritually healthy person is sustained through God’s Word. Jesus’s statement clearly tells us that SPIRITUAL HEALTH is the ‘Be all and end all.’ This might come across as uncomfortable for some, but it is the truth, Jesus in no unmistakable term made this emphatic statement of truth.
Swindoll says “Our spiritual diet is as vital as our physical one.” So, what does spiritually healthy look like?
- Having a strong intention to obey or do God’s Word. Every time we open up the scriptures, there is a responsibility on us to carry out exactly what it says. The Word of God actually instructs and demands action from the reader, hence the scripture says, “Don’t fool yourself into thinking that you are a listener when you are anything but, letting the Word go in one ear and out the other. Act on what you hear! Those who hear and don’t act are like those who glance in the mirror, walk away, and two minutes later have no idea who they are, what they look like.” Read Philippians 2:13 (MSG). Listen to this, “Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.” Read Joshua 1:8 (NLT). The perfect example in the Bible would be Jesus when He says, “I assure you and most solemnly say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself [of His own accord], unless it is something He sees the Father doing; for whatever things the Father does, the Son[in His turn] also does in the same way.” Read John 5:19 (AMP). In other words, Jesus had willed His right to do what He sees the Father do.
Listen to what James 1:22 (MSG) says, “Don’t fool yourself into thinking that you are a listener when you are anything but, letting the Word go in one ear and out the other. Act on what you hear!” Pay attention to this keyword, “ACT.” In other words, we are under authority to exercise our right. And on the basis of this scripture, I make this statement, ‘It is easy to do God’s Word.’ Is this a scratching head moment for you?
Think with me for a moment, when you see an ad in the newspaper informing you that the price of a Mercedes Benz GL450, 2011 is reduced and would be sold for $5,000.00; I am sure myself included would be inclined to believe and act on the information thereby causing me to head straight to the dealers, right? Yes. In like manner, the Book – God’s Word has said: “…in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.” Read Romans 8:37 (NIV). What then would be your response to this? Will you believe and act on the Word or will you allow your intellect rob you of the rich insight into believing or doing God’s Word?
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