Posted by: Administrator | April 10, 2015

Dietary Needs to Mature in Christ

Dietary Needs to Mature in Christ
by Judy Hitson

I Corinthians 3: 2 KJV I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able.

As a review from my last writing, Maturity in Christ, the focus was on different aspects of the goal of our faith, the salvation of our soul, I Peter 1: 9 NIV. First, I asked what it meant to be mature in Christ and if you remembered how Paul wrote to the Corinthians about milk and meat, comparing spiritual food to the natural. We understand the natural; the Lord reveals a spiritual diet for us by His Spirit.

Let’s look at a parallel passage. I share the King James Version which the Lord spoke to me about nourishing the spirit and soul with milk and meat from His word. Hebrews 5: 12-14 KJV 12For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. 13 For everyone that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. 14 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

Are your senses exercised to discern both good and evil?

As I think about answering that question, I thank the Lord for training me through exercises of daily Bible reading, prayer, Bible studies, Christian conferences and gatherings to discern good and evil. For example, it is good that I am convicted of sin with junk food and overeating. It brings me to confess my sin to the Lord and cry out for true repentance with this sin that so easily entangles me (Heb. 12:1). When young in the Lord, I read, More of Jesus, Less of Me by Joan Cavanaugh. One book review said, ….a book about relationship with Jesus Christ, and bringing glory to Him through eating as we should. It may help for me to read that again.

Our need for good food, for health and wellness, parallels the need for our spiritual health and wellness with the word of God and prayer by the Spirit. I have passion for God’s word and prayer, why do I struggle with poor food choices? I feel like Paul wrote in Romans 7 NIV :19 For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do – this I keep on doing. :24 What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? :25 Thanks be to God – through Jesus Christ our Lord!

This word gives hope to overcome food idolatry and not consume food on my lust for sugars and starches. I will not give up but continue to give it over to the Lord.

Do you have a sin that easily entangles you?

May the following three-fold Holy Spirit punch, that the Lord revealed during my struggle, speak to your heart and help in struggle areas of your life:

  1. 1 John 1: 9 NKJV If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
  2. 1 Thessalonians 1: 9b NIV you turned to God from idols, to serve the living and true God.
  3. 1 Peter 1: 9 NIV for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

   When I first heard the Lord speak these verses to me and saw each one was chapter one, verse nine, my spirit leaped. His kindness to lead me to repentance (Rom. 2: 4), His intimate love and care for me as His child was overwhelming. He knows I want to overcome this sin and He knows that I don’t want to stop eating foods I crave. How many times will I go around this mountain until I finally surrender to Him? A change is needed that only God can do through me. My prayer: Lord empower me to overcome food idolatry, eat the foods needful for my body, soul and spirit to be healthy, useful for Your kingdom and give You glory. Amen.

These are a few things the Lord spoke to me from His word regarding dietary needs to mature in Christ. Thank God He does not give up on us but teaches and trains us to follow Him.

Closing Prayer: Father help us trust in the Lord Jesus Christ to change us by His Spirit through confession and true repentance that results with a changed mind, changed heart and changed life in the natural and in the Spirit. Amen.

© 2015 by Judy Hitson. All Rights Reserved

 

 


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