segunda-feira, 8 de janeiro de 2018



Spiritual Food: I like this expression: "SPIRITUAL FOOD THAT OF LIFE". In the Bible, we read a passage in John 6: 51-56 where the Lord Jesus said,

I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world. "Then the Jews began to argue exaltedly among themselves," How can this man offer us his flesh to eat? "I tell you the truth: If you do not eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, you will not have life in yourself. Everyone who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has the eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is true food and my blood is true drink. Everyone who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me and I in him.John 6: 51- 56

Hope is to our soul what energy is to our body. Just as our bodies must have the energy to continue, our souls must hope to continue.

When our body needs energy, we eat food. But when our soul needs hope, what do we feed? Of the Promises of God.

Why do we feed our soul promises? Because the promises have to do with our present and future, and we hope to see by the fulfillment of those promises in our lives, even if it takes about a month, a year or ten years.

We never expect the past. We can thank the past. The past can inspire or even secure a hopeful future for us. But all the wonderful things that have happened to us in the past will not feed our hope if our future seems sad.

However, if our future is promising, our soul will hope, even if our present is miserable, because hope is what keeps the soul at peace.

Then we "eat" through the word of God the promises of God, which our soul digests (believes) and converts to hope. Oh glory!

Toxic Foods for Alma

By feeding the body, there is "healthy food" and there is "unhealthy food". Both will, in the short term, produce energy. But healthy foods provide the right kinds of energy, increase the operation of complex body systems, strengthen their resistance against disease, and increase their durability and longevity. Unhealthy food, on the other hand, has essentially the opposite effect in all these areas, and contributes to diseases of the body over time.

Similarly, there are "healthy promises" and "seemingly healthy promises." Both will, in the short run, produce hope. But healthy promises within the word of God (the Bible) provide a certain kind of hope and promote spiritual health for eternity in all the complexities of the human soul. The seemingly healthy promises, because they are outside the word of God, ultimately prove to be toxic and lead to the death of the soul.

We realize that both physical and spiritual nutrition are important because we have always become what we eat. However, we must be more careful about what we feed our souls, that is, if we filter the contents we consume, because much more is at stake.

The world is already in the evil, so the devil is aware that we feed our souls from the promises of God or not, and that is why, there are the promises outside the word are everywhere. They are heavily marketed (observe every temptation to sin is a promise of some kind of happiness), attractively packaged, tasty (though not truly rich), convenient, and have a particular fascination when you are with little hope. They deliver a quick twist of false hopes and ruin their appetite for truly healthy promises.

But seemingly healthy promises always disappoint because their buzzing is followed by a hope that plunges us into guilt, shame, and emptiness. They never deliver the happiness they promise because our souls are designed for a much better hope. And yet, seemingly good promises can be addictive because we place our trust in something that perishes.

The live food: "JESUS"

"Man doth not live by bread alone, but ... For every word that cometh out of the mouth of the Lord" (Deuteronomy 8: 3, Matthew 4: 4). Our souls are designed to be nourished by God's "precious and very good promises" (2 Peter 1: 4).

But these promises are not mere human words; They are living and active (Hebrews 4:12), proceeding directly from the living Word, Jesus Christ (John 1: 1). He is the Word of God (Revelation 19:13) and "all the promises of God find their end and fulfillment in him" (2 Corinthians 1:20).

What could give more hope to our sinful souls than Jesus' promises to completely forgive all our sins, to remove all judgment and wrath from the Father against us, to be ever with us (Matthew 28:20) and to give us Life Eternal in the presence of God with full joy and pleasures forever (Psalm 16:11)? Only in him do we find "a future and a hope" (Jeremiah 29:11).

This is why Jesus called himself the bread of life (John 6:35). The past grace of his death and resurrection guarantees an endless stream of hope that gives us future grace for us, which extends to eternity. To eat these promises is to eat this living bread, the best spiritual food, and live forever (John 6:51).

And Jesus created the Bible as a storehouse of living and living food for His saints. It is full of promises, and it invites us to come and feed on it for free (Isaiah 55: 1)!

You can change today

This spiritual food that makes our soul alive is more vital to our ultimate health than body food. But learning to eat well because of the well-being of our body has valuable lessons to eat well for the well-being of our soul. And one of those valuable lessons is that our taste preferences can be changed. Think about it!

Our tastes are conditioned by wrong habits and ways of thinking about food. Eating healthy food and healthy promises requires more work, to plan new discipline habits that are not as convenient and fun as seemingly healthy promises. And if we become conditioned to highly processed, sugary, and empty promises, artificially engineered to be addictive, we may find that the taste and texture of true foods are less amusing.

The only way to break the habit of eating seemingly healthy promises is to cultivate a taste for rich, nourishing, enduring, deeply satisfying, and true promises. You need to eat real food to develop the taste of real food. We must be patient. The old tastes do not diminish and the new tastes are not acquired overnight. We may find it helpful to change some bodily eating habits at the same time, and let this experience illustrate spiritual reality. But as we press on, God will find us and help us "prove and see" that he is good (Psalm 34: 8).

"The God of hope" wants to feast on his promises and be filled "with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Ghost we may abound in hope" (Romans 15:13).

Remember if! Our Joy does not come from the way of life with riches, fame, social status and everything else the world has to offer us. But our joy comes from God, when we receive grace and its benefits given to us undeservedly through the work of Christ on the Cross of Calvary.

Glory to God, Amen!

By: Missionary Vagner :);)

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