Sunday, February 5, 2017

Spiritual Nutrition Levels

"O how I love Your law! It is my meditation all the day." Psalm 119:97

We're all familiar with the nutritional listings on food and beverage packages. But while these government-regulated fact lists work well for food required by our physical body, what if a similar kind of list were available to help us evaluate the spiritual content of the products we consume? 

What if every TV program, magazine, book, DVD or CD revealed the "recommended daily allowance" of the spiritual necessities it provided—things like holiness, truth, forgiveness, perseverance, grace, justice and repentance? How many of them, rather than supplying anything we need, would be shown to actually deplete us, stripping away whatever spiritual health we already have? 

But there is one product—the Bible—that is guaranteed to provide everyone in your family with the perfect blend of spiritual nourishment. Whether packaged in cheap paper or top-grain leather, the Bible comes complete with "everything required for life and godliness" (2 Peter 1:3, HCSB). Yet, noted researcher George Barna has reported that fewer than 4 in 10 born-again Christians (<40%) read the Bible on their own even once in a typical week. 

If you want to be spiritually healthy, you must make sure that you consume a healthy diet of the everlasting Word of God. It's the difference between a healthy spiritual life and lifelessness. Two things to do every day - Read your Bible and Pray!

Prayer: Heavenly Father, challenge us to spend time with You each day. As we read the Bible, we hear from You, and when we pray we talk to You. Give us the desire and hunger to read Your Word each day. We praise You for all that You have given us in this wonderful Bible - may we devour the tasty, nourishing, food for our souls. I will commit today to reading, heeding, and applying what the Bible says. Amen.

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