This blog post was written by Judy Gatehouse, a Faith and Health Ambassador, who lives in Ottawa, Canada. It appears here with her permission.
Did you know? …..Food laced with toxins doesn’t necessarily look or smell bad. Consuming it can make us mildly ill or even cause death, depending on the type and amount of toxin.
I got to thinking …. it’s that way with “toxic” spiritual food too! Meeting our deep spiritual needs except through Jesus can seem appetizing and satisfying….. but be careful! Lurking behind the pleasure and self-satisfaction of food behaviors, work, shopping, sex, self-image, attention-seeking … or whatever else we turn to besides Jesus … are “spiritual toxins”. They may look appetizing on the surface but inside them is the potential for an unhealthy spirit, soul and body.
The only trustworthy spiritual nourishment is our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Let’s cling to God’s promise in Psalm 34:8 “Taste and see that the Lord is good. Blessed is the man who goes to him for safety.” Jesus says He is the “Bread of Life” in John 6:35 proclaiming that whoever comes to Him will not hunger and whoever believes in Him shall never thirst.
I love how definite God is about how He feeds us spiritually through Jesus! Going to Him we will be satisfied; believing in Him, our thirst will be quenched. That’s not an assurance we can get from any other person, thing or experience.
I urge you to turn to Jesus for satisfying, life-giving spiritual nourishment…… free of harmful effects. And I pray that you will stay hungry for Jesus!
“Father God, you are the one who gives us the deepest longings of our heart and you are the one who truly satisfies those longings. We ask for your Holy Spirit’s strength to keep our spiritual appetites fixed on you, not on the things of this world that can harm us. Thank you for Jesus, the Bread of Life, who meets all our needs. We praise you in the Holy name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen”
This blog post appears at the following link on Judy’s blog, Hungry for Jesus