Thursday, January 31

Junk Food Produces Weak Christians

When your words came, I ate them; they were my joy and my hearts delight, for I bear your name, O Lord God Almighty.

~Jeremiah 15:16 (NIV)

You can find a food court in most shopping malls. There are fast food restaurants on every corner. Food also plays a pivotal role at movies and sports events. On weekends people will wait an hour for an available table at a nice restaurant. Food definitely appears to be an important part of our culture.

You are what you eat. Our spiritual food determines the destiny of our hearts and minds.

We require food in order for our bodies to remain healthy. If we skip meals or fill up on junk food we most likely will become sick and frail. Our spiritual life requires eating God's Word daily. Skipping spiritual meals will result in frail Christianity and weak faith.

Study is ingesting and digesting, chewing and swallowing and being filled with ideas, images, thoughts, and attitudes. To browse an idea, to skim it and dabble in it is like getting a whiff of Thanksgiving dinner! As we plunge into the meat of God's Word we allow it to penetrate our hearts and minds. The Words become our life and our actions reflect Godliness. Our spiritual life becomes healthy and God uses us to accomplish His will.

Eating God's Word is a biblical concept. How many believers are suffering spiritually, relationally and emotionally because of their choice not to eat the Word of God? It is readily available to us in hardback, paperback, leather, cloth, in pink, green, iridescent orange, with maps and charts, appendices and concordances, and a little sleeve with a CD-ROM that takes you on a guided tour of the Holy Land. So what is our problem?

The spiritual food is out there just waiting for us to partake. Many have chosen to be picky eaters or desire junk food instead of healthy foods. We occasionally taste the spiritual food and sometimes even savor our bites but there is not much evidence of ingesting. We are nibbling, not devouring. We are what we eat.

On a typical evening, an average Christian may sit and watch television for 3 hours, but only read the Bible for 3 mintues. Is it any wonder many lack spiritual maturity? Many Christians are more faithful to magazines, newspapers, blogs and TV Guide than to the Word of God. What would happen within our churches if Christians committed themselves equally to studying God's Word each day? It would definitely change their lives and the lives of those around them.

Our physical bodies need nourishment daily as well as the need for spiritual nourishment. The Bible is a mirror. The Bible shows us the things in our lives that we need to correct so that we will look like the image of God. It fine tunes our character and integrity to the likenss of our Heavenly Father.

The goal is not for us to get through the Scriptures. The goal is for the Scriptures to get through us.... ~John Orteberg~

One writer puts it this way, "Keep looking into the mirror, until you no longer see yourself, but all that you see is Christ.

I encourage you today to get rid of the junk food and fill up on the nutrition of God's Word. He is so awesome. His Word encourages and offers answers to the challenges we face in this life.

Blessings to each of you today!


  1. This is a powerful post! It speaks to my heart for sure! Hanging head in shame... I Fill up to often on Junk food and Spiritual junk food too, at times.... Love and hugs Grams

  2. Hi,

    This post really did get me thinking. Sadly I saw a lot of myself in this post. I just purchased a lovely bible for women. I have had it for almost 2 weeks, I have only read it twice, for a total of 15 minutes. It seems that sometimes I just like to take my word coffee with a whole lotta cream and a just a drop of word coffee! Something I need to work on. Thank you for this post. Blessings to you...

  3. Amen! This is so sad, but unfortunately true. Today, it seems like Christians are more interested in keeping up with everything other than the bible. The bible has become something that they dust off and read on ocassion. God has given us a collection of 66 books that is meant to guide us in our daily life; yet many Christians prefer to tune into Oprah for direction.

    So many are being deceived by false teachers and false doctrines precisely because they are do not study the Word of God. We are to soak in the Word, to hide the Word of God in our hearts, as well as be prepared to give an answer to all who ask regarding the hope that lies within us. May we all value, commit to, and handle the precious Word of God in a way that gives Him all the glory.

    Great post!

  4. Just found your blog. What a fantastic post!

  5. Good stuff!!!! I didn't realize we live in the same state.... (((((HUGS))))) sandi

  6. That's a good bit of spiritual meat to digest!

  7. Thank you for your words of visdom, and sharing it with us:)
    I`ll take them to my heart!!!
    God bless you!

  8. I found your blog in the list of over 50 bloggers. I clicked on it because of the name, Chocolate & Coffee. This is a great combination and every evening I have a cup or two of coffee and a square or two of dark chocolate from Trader Joe's. Sometimes I cheat and have three squares. I've heard dark chocolate is good for you. Anyway, I'm glad I found your blog. It is very inspiring.

  9. HI I just came upon your website, because I saw your article on having a critical Spirit. This is exactly me and it really uplifted me. Through your article GOD pointed out the areas where I need to change. Thanks for obeying the voice of GOD.



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