HOW’S YOUR DIET?

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Are you consuming what’s good for you?

Are you consuming what you need or is it just what you want?

And is what you want, what you need?

Psalm 63:1-5 is a cry from King David to God; “1 You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water. 2 I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory. 3 Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. 4 I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name, I will lift up my hands. 5 I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you.

In this cry we are guided by the words of a man of God, who seeks to get closer to God.

David and God conversed and many of those conversations are include in the Psalms.

God spoke clearly to David and David acted.  David was a king with great wealth and power, yet he was obedient to God, but he was not perfect. He was a human being and a sinner like us, capable of being enticed by the lusts of the flesh. But deep down, far below his sinful desires, he longed to do God’s will and was grieved when confronted with his failure. He sinned greatly and repented.

Today we are faced with so many temptations and distractions, most of which the world looks at as being the norm and acceptable.

So back to the diet thing. It’s all about what we choose to satisfy our hunger.  Is it the good food that we need or is it the bad food that we want?

We all have that hunger or emptiness within us, and we all search for something to satisfy that hunger but it’s the food we choose that makes us who we are.  We can be filled with tasty earthly food that is not good for us such as possessions, wealth, lustful things, status and so on, but two things are painfully obvious with this food; it never satisfies the hunger; and it’s not the food we need, it’s the food we may want that the enemy makes attractive to us as he did with David.

The thing is, if we don’t feed on what we need we will die in the true spiritual sense of the word and we will have eternity to regret it, and it will be too late.

Our diet needs to be on the food that God gives us, and we read about in Psalm 23; “1 The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, 3 he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. 5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. 6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

Have you heard of the saying, “You are what you eat!”.

Well the good food that we eat is the word of God and as we absorb and digest His word, we become more like Jesus.  We become what we eat.

But remember God has given us the freedom of choice and we can choose good food or bad food to satisfy the hunger.  The good food doesn’t always taste sweet.  It could be like Brussel sprouts and cabbage and other vegetables which are good for us.  The bad food always tastes nice and Satan flavours it that way.  Cream buns, sweets, ice cream, and soft drinks are not good food, but they taste nice, even our body warns us about overindulgence in the bad food every time we look in the mirror or get an upset stomach or other ailments from a poor diet.

Our hunger is for the Lord; our hope is in the Lord and our desperation is to have that hope and hunger satisfied with the Lord. The only way to do that is to feed on the good food, and the choice is ours.

One thousand years after David’s message to us Jesus reinforced the message, “35 Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” (John 6:35).  “6 I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6).

You have the choice of getting unhealthy fast food which tastes good or getting healthy good food.  You can prepare the healthy food by following God’s recipe and you can get a dose of great food by going to His restaurant, the church, where experienced cooks can feed you with His word and teach you to cook.

So, how’s your diet.

God bless you all

John Deroule