In honor of the start of a new program, I decided to chat about what we eat! We must be concerned with what we are consuming, not just physically but spiritually.
15Noting outside a person can defile them by going into them. Rather, it is what comes out of a person that defiles them. 18“Are you so dull?”He asked. “Don’t you see that nothing that enters a person from outside can defile them? 19 For I doesn’t go into their heart but into their stomach, then out of the body.” (In saying this, Jesus declared all foods clean.)
17“Don’t you see that whatever enters the mouth goes into the stomach and then out of the body? 18But the things that come out of a person’s mouth come from the heart, and these defile them.19 For out of the heart come evil thoughts – murder, adultery, sexual immortality, theft, false testimony, slander.20 These are what defile a person; but eating with unwashed hands does not defile them.”
Jesus had to keep setting the Pharisees in their place! They knew their bible but they were always trying to ‘catch Jesus slippin’ on some law, any law. They didn’t want Him to heal on the Sabbath, they asked him hard questions, they were basically questioning everything He did to cross check it against the law. The Pharisee were pretty much the people that would be happy to call you and I a hypocrite today. They wanted any reason to say that Jesus wasn’t doing it right. Time and time again, Jesus has to remind them that they were not to live by these laws alone.
We must watch what we are feeding ourselves. Many times, with the mindset of getting that summer body beach-ready, we begin to eat healthier choices (fruits and veggies) and stay away from the food choices that go straight to the gut (fries, burgers, soda and chips). But have we considered our spirit man? What are we feeding him? Our bodies are a temple. And this temple (like our physical body) can easily get out of shape depending on what we’re feeding it (or even if we aren’t feeding it at all).
1 Corinthians 6:19
19Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not to own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore, honor God with your bodies.
The bible instructs us to remember that we were bought at a price and now these temples aren’t for us so we must honor God with them. Not only by taking care of what we feed them through food but also with the information we send to them. Believe it or not subliminal messages are everywhere. We have ear-gates, eye-gates, smell, touch, etc. There are signs that our brains catch that we may not catch right away. For example the original coca-cola commercials used to be shown in movies just to get people to purchase drinks during the movies. Something so simple, was able to convince (subliminally tempt) people to buy the product.
Now lets look at what we feed ourselves today. Music. Ratchet TV. Regular everyday drama/gossip. These things can easily consume us and give us feelings that we didn’t begin the day with. For example, turn on a certain song, and all of a sudden your head is bobbing and later on you’re supper turnt and cant get it out of your head! Or if you play a sad love song, then find yourself still heartbroken about an ex-boyfriend/girlfriend from a year ago! Watch what you are feeding your ears. They will find their way to your heart. Ratchet TV… gosh did I love my weekly fix of Bad Girls Club! After a few seasons, I realized that this was feeding my ratchetness. I learned new ratchet behaviors and started adding to my ratchet vocabulary. Lastly, daily drama amongst our friends is the same as ratchet TV, just the live version. Be careful what type of people you let stay around you… they will shape you! Pastor Shipman of Winners Church in Florida says this to his congregation every week, “you are who you hang around. If you hang with thieves, you will soon become a thief. If you hang with people of God, you will become a person of God. “ Essentially, the people around you will shape you. They will teach you their habits, without really sitting you down with a notebook while they write on the chalkboard. You will just pick it up. Ever notice when you can guess your closest friends next move just because you ‘know them?’ The same way you grow to know someone without them teaching you their ways, you can simply learn their habits. It’s almost contagious. So watch your temple! You don’t want to feed it bad things. Just like its easier to gain weight than to lose it, it is also easy to just feed your temple things that (temporarily) feel good rather than to feed your temple what is good for it (daily bible study, prayer, fellowship with other believers, etc). So lets get on a spiritual diet. Watch what you eat! Be intentional. Scrolling down your timeline out of boredom is a great way to waste time but will not help intentionally feed your spirit man. Use that time to read a verse bible verse (and study it) or pray for someone around you. We have to be intentional with our time. It is serious! I heard from Dave Ramsey that if we don’t tell our money where to go, we won’t know where it went. I believe that the same is true with our time. Lets plan out our days. (Like meal planning) Then we will know exactly what we are doing in our 24 hours and we will get more things done. For the glory of the Lord.
Welp, That’s all folks!
Until next post… God Bless Y’all!