One of my favorite questions to ask someone is “What is your favorite food?” What is your favorite restaurant? Food is one of my favorite subjects to discuss.
Why? Because I love food!
Whether it is a huge burger piled with bacon and cheese or my favorite Mexican restaurant, I want food!
As I am typing this, I am thinking about what I am going to put in the smoker today to cook. Will it be chicken wings tossed with Suckle Busters Clucker Dust? Maybe a bacon wrapped pork loin stuffed with jalapenos and cream cheese. Or we could go with a beef brisket cooked to absolute perfection.
Okay, I’ll stop boring some of you with all these details as some of you may just eat to survive only.
Food is essential to life! You cannot thrive physically without food.
Just as you need food physically, you also need to feed your spirit man. You can starve to death if you do not eat. The question is what kinds of food are you consuming spiritually? You will be offered food from this world to eat, but you cannot survive spiritually on the world’s food.
Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.1 John 2:15-17 (NKJV)
One of my favorite dudes in the Bible is Daniel. He made a choice to refuse food that was not good for him. Instead, Daniel chose to eat what God wanted him to eat.
But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.Daniel 1:8 (KJV)
We have to refuse what this culture puts in front of us to consume if we are going to survive. Reject the bad and feed yourself with the good.
How do we feed ourselves spiritually? I’m glad you asked!
1. Consume the Word of God every day.
Your spirit needs to eat.
Your words were found, and I ate them, and Your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart; for I am called by Your name, O Lord God of hosts.Jeremiah 15:16 (NKJV)
Don’t starve yourself by neglecting the Word. If you have to, start small. You don’t have to feel that you’re required to read an entire book of the Bible in a day.
My mom always used to get on to me for inhaling my food so that I could go back outside and play.
Slow down. Consume it slowly. Enjoy the food.
Quality over quantity. You get more out of the Word if you study it deeply than by just trying to check off a box on a reading plan.
Food for thought: Devotionals are also a good way to get into consuming the Word of God daily.
[Editor’s note: Check out this great devotional at the Pentecostal Publishing House for starting out!]
We have to pray if we are going to survive. Don’t starve yourself by neglecting prayer.
Prayer is like lifting weights physically. You get more powerful the more you do it. However, to hear the voice of God in prayer, you must turn off the noise and distractions.
But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.Matthew 6:6 (KJV)
So, go set that phone in another room. Turn off the TV and feed your spirit man some food.
Tony is an associate pastor at Apostolic New Testament Church in Mount Vernon, Missouri, and before that, he served as the youth pastor for more than 20 years. He is also the current Hyphen leader over young and single adults. You can hear his sermons by following the Apostolic New Testament Church Facebook page. To get a taste of Tony’s barbequing and meat-smoking skills and to keep up with his ministry, check out his Instagram: @tonycwjr.