By Alicia F
“We get stuffed with the things of this world, but spiritually we’re anorexic.”
It was great hearing from Ryan Nixon last week. He did a great job of teaching the word, challenging our desires and making people hungry (or was that just me) with all his food analogies! I need a Mi Cocina fix now, anybody else?
This message really struck me concerning my desires, where my delight is and how that shows through my use of time. Ryan started off with Psalm 1:
1 Blessed is the man
who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked
or stand in the way of sinners
or sit in the seat of mockers.
2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD,
and on his law he meditates day and night.
3 He is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither.
Whatever he does prospers.
4 Not so the wicked!
They are like chaff
that the wind blows away.
5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.
6 For the LORD watches over the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked will perish.
Verse 2 describes the psalmist meditating on the law (the word of God) day and night. He yields fruit because he continues to be nourished like a tree rooted near water; his spiritual roots are strong because he fills his mind with God’s truth. Is my time used this way? Not consistently enough. What do you mediate on or what fills your time? Is it friends, food, work, hanging out at restaurants & bars, TV, movies, God’s word, running from event to event (living on someone’s schedule)? We fill our lives with things of this world. And how often are we stopping, meditating on God’s word to fill us, sustain us and genuinely trying to KNOW God? I love when Ryan said, “What you run with is what you become one with.” Isn’t that so true?
The biggest take away for me is seeking God alone to know Him personally and His truth. Not 2nd hand through sermons, podcasts or Christian books but allowing the Holy Spirit to work inside me through God’s word, 1st hand teaching me. God wants us to pursue Him and be totally satisfied in Him alone. Consume heavily!! Get full with Christ, feeding your spirit. A friend once told me, just like you can’t build deep friendships if you never talk to them, you can’t build a relationship with Christ if you never talk to him.
Jeremiah 29:13 “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all of your heart.”
Psalm 16:11 “You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.”
If you are feeling spiritually anorexic, I pray you are asking the Lord to show you His face, teach you His ways, fill your hunger. Sit with Him, spend time with Him as you would a friend. You will find He is not only a friend; He is a lover, a Savior, a Father, a counselor, a Prince of Peace. Sit at His table with clasped hands, an open heart and the word of truth. I pray we all find satisfaction in the one true God whose “words are sweet to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!” (Psalm 119:103)
Praying for y’all and our time tomorrow night!