Our Nutrition, Our Energy, Our Ability

April 28, 2013

Friends,
Those of us who have fasted for one reason or another, being it because we were seeking the Lord’s will, petitioning Him fervently, trying to lose weight, or simply because we just didn’t have time to eat, know that, aside from the supernatural help and power of the Lord, going without food is a difficult endeavor. It’s difficult, not only because of social resistance or being left out, not only because we are upsetting our schedules and habits, not only because our mind, emotions, and taste buds crave food’s comforting familiarity, but fasting is difficult because the whole of our physical body needs food. God made our bodies to need food (and water). For food is what turns into nutrients which our body absorbs, that it may be nourished and be able to function. In other words, food creates nutrition and energy within our body so that our body can move, grow, perform, and operate properly.

If our bodies do not get food, those who have gone without for any significant length of time, know the dizzy, weak, and sick feeling that comes on. If the fast goes on too long, or happens too often, we can ruin our health. Those in poverty, or those who live in countries with famine or war, have felt or witnessed numerous consequences of malnutrition, even death. Definitely our bodies must have food. Food gives us the energy which we must have in order to work and play. Through the energy it gives us, we can build houses, pour concrete, run marathons, hike, swim, make meals, clean house, mow lawns, give lectures, etc.

Now, although we cannot function without food, because food gives us nutrients and thus creates energy for us, is it actually the food that does the work for us? Of course not. It’s not food, nor is it even the energy it creates, that literally builds, pours, runs, hikes, swims, cooks, cleans, etc. Instead, it is us that does these things. We are the ones who must move our limbs and use our eyes. We are the ones who must make all the multitudes of choices involved –to pick up, grab, lift, scrape, wash, type, drive… to put one foot in front of the other… WE do these things. We are the ones acting, speaking, reasoning, determining, deciding, doing. But what gives us the ability, the energy, the vigor, the strength, the stamina, the power? We know the source comes from the nutrients in the food we eat. For God decreed that the fuel for our bodies be food.

So, similarly, God ordained that our spirits need food. This food, He says, is Himself (John 6:48-58), and we receive Him by digesting His written, living Word that is the Spirit and the Eternal Life. (v. 63,68 // Matt. 4:4) This is why James 1:18 says, “He chose to give us birth through the word of truth” and 1 Peter 1:23 says, “For you have been born again… though the living and enduring word of God.” I could say (though not at all to be irreverent), that the Lord is our Nutrition, and our Nutrition is brought into the “cells” of our spirit by eating the Word of God. This Nutrition saturates our spirit and we are energized to perform that which our Master instructs. For not only do we have our Nutrition giving us the power to perform, but we have Him –His Spirit– within our spirit and thus His voice to guide us in everything.

However, if we do not eat the Word, we will grow spiritually faint. We will wither, and by not producing fruit, we will be considered useless and tossed to the fire. (Luke 13:5-9 & 14:33-35 // John 15:2,6 // Heb. 6:7,8) Sadly, many who call themselves Christians exist in this condition –famished, unhealthy, fruitless, and full of sin. They are those who, while blind to their own worthlessness, exult in their (supposed) privileged position of having been given by God tickets (of favoritism) to Heaven as well as licenses to safely sin while remaining on earth. But: “Their end will be what their actions deserve.” (2 Cor. 11:15)

If the apostle Paul said that he was “struggling” as he proclaimed the Gospel of “Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Col. 1:27) so that everyone would become “perfect in Christ” (v. 28) and might walk in the “complete understanding” (2:2) of the treasures we have in Christ (v. 3), then why would any so-called Christian think he can sit back and let Christ do all the work? A wicked generation perpetuates this teaching! For the Truth teaches that we are to work. We do so with Christ’s energy and His mighty power, under the control of the Spirit and in the will of the Father; but it is we who advance in doing what He commands. As Paul said, “To this end I labor, struggling with all His energy, which so powerfully works in me.” (1:29) We ourselves labor, but we do so using His powerful energy, the Energy which is Christ Himself in us.

No one who walks in this Truth –THE Truth– has any excuse to walk in sin!

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

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