Take a look around you: What do you see? Overweight people everywhere! We are all aware that many of us here in the United States carry extra pounds that we need to shed. Statistics on overweight and obesity from the CDC (Center for Disease Control) indicate that in adults over 20 years of age, 35 percent are obese and 34 percent are overweight. This means that over two-thirds of us are carrying extra weight.
Despite our ample consumption of food, we are not well nourished. CDC statistics on nutritional deficiencies reveal that half of American adults are deficient in vitamins A, C, D and the mineral magnesium. A significant number of us are also deficient in vitamins B-12, E and iron.
How can we be so well fed and so poorly nourished? The key lies in what we feed our hunger. Too often it's fast food full of trans-fats, sugars and empty carbs. These are foods that taste good, fill us up, but starve our bodies of vital nutrients. Initially we pay for it by feeling sluggish, irritable, depressed, having difficulty sleeping, with recurring headaches and digestive problems. Long-term malnutrition can lead to serious health problems like cardiovascular disease, stroke, cancer and diabetes.
We are repeatedly told we need to change our eating habits, but it's so hard to do! I know. I am a devoted foodie. I love to eat and I travel a lot, so I'm eating out often. I can tell you, it's hard to say no when people want to treat you to six-course meals! When I return from a long trip, I usually find I've put on a few pounds and I know I have to face dieting again. If I don't, those few pounds will quickly add up to many!
We are all aware of this difficulty with the way we satisfy our physical hunger and gain weight, but did you know that something similar can happen to us spiritually? Just like we can be physically hungry, we can be spiritually hungry. What we seek to feed our spiritual hunger will determine whether we are filled and growing in a healthy way.
It's tempting to continuously dine on the excitement of those special times when the Spirit is moving, the presence of the anointing is strong, people are manifesting under the power and prophecies and miracles are flowing. But seeking a steady diet of spiritual experiences is like hovering at the dessert end of the buffet table. There is a wonderful high, and then you’re empty and hungry again.
Jesus counsels us to pursue a different spiritual diet. He tells us, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness for they shall be filled” (Matthew 5:6). He even tells us how to stay on this spiritual diet: “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matthew 6:33).
What is the righteousness of God? It’s the gift of being reconciled back into a right relationship with Abba God. In His grace, He freely opens His heart to us and invites us into intimate fellowship with Him. This is what we were created for and is the only thing that can satisfy our spiritual hunger. In Him, we live and move and have our being, and we remain hungry until we find fulfillment in our relationship with Him (Acts 17:28).
Jesus invites us to come and dine. “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry and whoever believes in me will never thirst” (John 6:35). Spend intimate time with Jesus every day. Read His Word, talk to Him and take time to let Him speak to your heart. He will keep you spiritually fulfilled!
Join us this Sunday at our 9:30 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. services. Pastor Greg Wallace will be continuing our “Prosperity God’s Way” series with a message on “Cheerful Giving.”