Daily Devotional – 6/5/12 “You are what you eat!”

Sounds crazy but I don’t mean what you physically eat, I mean spiritually. See, when you’re hungry you have to eat in order to satisfy that hunger right? Well, I would think when you’re spiritually hungry; you have to also eat to satisfy this hunger too, right? God says in John 6:51, “I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.” And when you eat this bread, which is God, you should become what you eat, literally. See, when you eat this bread you should become loving instead of being hateful, you should be helpful instead of a hindrance, you should be smiling and not frowning, giving and not stealing, building up instead of tearing down and rejoicing in the face of the enemy instead of fleeing. When you eat this bread, you become the likeness of God because he made us in his image. He made us so that while we are in the world, we don’t become the world which is why you have to be careful what you eat. Yea, the devil will make heartache look good by adding sprinkles but you need to look beneath them in order to see the mess he’s about to give you. Don’t you know that a good baker can take a cake that is falling apart, piece it back together and cover it with icing to make it presentable; the devil can too? Just because it looks good enough to eat, it may not taste so good when you bite it. I know, I know; that sister looked sweet dressed up in that skirt that was hugging her hips with her 5’ stilettos on and you couldn’t resist but as soon as you bit in to her you soon found out that she was as sour as a lemon. Oh, that brother that you thought was a tall, cool glass of lemonade turned out to be a little cup of vinegar after you drank what he was offering. That’s why you have to be careful about what you eat and drink. Jesus said in John 4:14, “but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

Will you always eat what is pleasing to your spirit, no, but those things should be a snack and not a full meal. See, a snack is something small that you eat to satisfy you until you can get to lunch or dinner and it’s not meant to make you full. Well, mess and messy folk, in this world, should be snacks but we make them into our breakfast, lunch and dinner. You know how you get so wrapped up in your friend’s problems that now they are consuming your life and you can’t even get a word in during the conversation because she is too busy venting? Well, had you given her a few minutes to vent and then said what you said, that 2 hour conversation would have been over in 15 minutes. Or you spend 10 years with a person who you knew was not the one for you; they couldn’t be trusted as far as you could throw them, faithful if it cured cancer and dependable if their life depended on it but you stayed. Now, you’re miserable and your miserable attitude makes other folk miserable when that person should have been a snack. Stop trying to make a snack into a full meal because it won’t work. If that girl was “loose” or that guy was abusive when you met, you can’t change them because they have to change themselves. You can’t eat something bad and not expect it to have side effects. You knew you couldn’t eat that spicy food because it makes you sick but you did anyway, you’re to blame. God told Adam and Eve not to eat the apple from the tree of good and evil, in the Garden of Eden, but they did and because they did they had to deal with the side effects. God said to Eve, “I will greatly increase your pains in childbearing; with pain you will give birth to children. Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you (Genesis 3:16),” and to Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat of it,’ “Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat of it all the days of your life (Genesis 3:17).” You can’t eat stealing and not expect to get caught; you can’t eat lies and then expect the truth and you can’t eat death and expect life because what you eat gives you exactly what you want. When you eat in the world you get tests but when you eat God’s word you get a testimony that turns toiling into talents. When you eat in the world you get pity but when you eat God’s word you get positive peace that makes you praise. When you eat in the world you get mess but when you eat God’s word you get a merciful miracle that makes you meaningful. When you eat in the world you hope things work out but when you eat God’s word you get faith that allows you to act like it’s already done. When you eat in the world you get sickness but when you eat God’s word you get salvation that is satisfying to a sin sick soul. When you eat in the world you may get an early grave but when you eat God’s word you get grace that makes you grateful to gain God’s glorious gifts. When you eat in the world you get misery but, oh, when you eat God’s word he gives you magnificent mercies and miracles that make your ministry miraculous!

Be careful what you eat because it could be the reason you haven’t been elevated past where you are. If you find pleasure eating gossip every morning instead of praying, eating hate instead of love, eating pride instead of praise, eating nastiness instead of nurturing; you may want to change the menu you’re ordering from. SEE, GOD DOESN’T FAVOR YOU BECAUSE OF WHO YOU ARE BUT HE FAVORS YOU BECAUSE OF WHOSE YOU ARE!

Published by Pastor LaKisha

LaKisha Johnson is an author of thirty Christian Fiction novels, devotionals and journals. She writes from her heart, as she hopes the messages, on the pages, will relate to every reader.  Ask her and she’ll tell you, ”It’s not just writing, its ministry.” Over the course of her career, she’s won the 2018 Drunken Druid Book of the Year Award for her book, The Forgotten Wife, 2019 Top Shelf Christian Fiction Book of the Year for Dear God: Hear my Prayer, 2020 Distinguished Authors Guild Award for her book, I’m Not Crazy and was a 2020 TopShelf Women’s Fiction Finalist for her book, When the Vows Break. In addition to being a self-published author, she’s also a wife of 22 years, mother of 2, Asst. Pastor of Macedonia MB Church in Hollywood, MS; Sr. Business Analyst with FedEx, Devotional Blogger and more. She’s a college graduate with 2 Associate Degrees in IT and a Bachelor of Science in Bible.   LaKisha writes from the heart, and this is why she doesn’t take the credit for what God does. If you were to strip away everything, you’d see that Lakisha is simply a woman who boldly, unapologetically and gladly loves and works for God.

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