PJ’s Daily Devotional for Wednesday, February 15, 2017.
Nutrition is important—not only in your physical diet, but in your spiritual one as well. There are certain things you should avoid and certain things you should be sure to get in your daily diet. The recipes we choose will be determined by our nutritional standards.
Just like it matters what you put into your body through your mouth, it matters what you put into your mind, heart, and soul through your eyes and ears. It matters what you think about, what you say, and what you do.
Proverbs 4:23 provides the nutritional guideline of the Scriptures, “Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flows the springs of life.”
Let’s learn from the Bible some spiritual nutrition guidelines to live by if you want to be a healthy person:
- REJOICE ALWAYS! Paul testifies, “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice” (Philippians 4:4). Remember my devotion from February 12, 2017 on Philippians 1: rejoicing is the continual process of claiming the promises of God in your problems. Rejoicing is standing on the promises of God as true and trustworthy no matter what you are going through in life—it is remembering that no matter how big the storm or how high the mountain, God is bigger and higher!
- BE THANKFUL! Paul commands, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6, 7). So many people rehearse their anxieties in their prayers; that is not what God commands. The Bible says to pray for yourself and for others with thanksgiving. We should not pray with anxiety and worry in our hearts; that is not good nutrition. Thankfulness has a life-transforming nutritional value!
- DISCIPLINE YOUR MIND! Paul teaches, “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things” (Philippians 4:8). I can’t even begin to tell you the importance of the battlefield of your mind. You must capture your thoughts; learn to stop “stinking thinking” replacing your thoughts with what God commands—the promises of God. Remember, your mind is a lazy muscle and you must train it for righteousness like an elite athlete trains his body for high performance on the athletic field. Not everything you think fits into the Philippians 4:8 nutritional standard; don’t dwell on those thoughts: replace them with God-honoring thoughts!
- BE RESILIENT! Paul witnesses, “I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:12-13). Resilience is an empowered contentment. Resilience is more than the ability to get back up when you’ve been knocked down, it is the ability to jump forward—to get back up with a spring in your step! No matter your circumstances, Jesus Christ will strengthen you to not only be content with His will for your life, but to walk through it with the promises of God. There is great nutritional value in this empowered contentment; resilience prevents pity parties because pity parties destroy!
- TRUST GOD! Paul concludes, “And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19). You can trust that your God is for you and has an abundance of provision for every situation of your life. When you put your trust in God you are choosing to live in the nutritional standards he has put before you in God’s Word. Trust in Jesus Christ is the nutritional standard for eternity; it is worth living by until we arrive in Heaven.
These nutritional guidelines will strengthen your life and lead you into the promised abundant life of Jesus Christ (John 10:10). God guarantees that good nutrition will bring results in your life!
What are the nutritional standards for your life?