Eat To Your Heart’s Content.
My mother used to say, “You are what you eat”; and she was right. What you fill up on will show on your face, body and mood. Food can make you feel energetic or sluggish. Feast your soul on what is good for you: what will empower you, increase longevity, and lower your risk for adverse events.
O God, You are my God. Early will I seek You. My soul thirsts for You; my flesh longs for You in a dry and thirsty land, where there is no water. 2 So I have looked for You in the sanctuary, to see Your Power and Your Glory. 3 Because Your lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise You. 4 Thus I will bless You while I live; I will lift up my hands in Your Name. 5 My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness, and my mouth shall praise You with joyful lips (Psalm 63).
Morning routines affect the start of the day. Early in the morning, there are some things we do habitually: have breakfast, do a workout, pray, pack lunch, or go for a run. These are necessary, for some of us, to ensure we begin the day on a positive note.
Who better to start the day with and seek after than our God? The very thought of Him should make us yearn for Him, as that cup of beverage we seek. Early in the morning, we are famished because we haven’t had a meal for several hours; we need nourishment. We seek God to quench the thirst and satisfy the hunger of our souls. We pursue Him in prayer, so that we may indulge in His Glory and Power. Nothing can satisfy our souls as The One Who longs to fill us with His Love.
As the deer pants for the water brooks, so pants my soul for You, O God. 2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God? (Psalm 42)
We can find peace in the ambience of His Presence. He is everything we need to get us through the day. When we seek Him in prayer, we have high expectations of what He will do. How exhilarating it is to be filled with God’s best! Like the best cut of meat or the icing on the cake, it is invigorating to be in The Presence of The Most High God. The thrill can’t be contained: we are compelled to praise with joyful lips; we lift our hands in His Name; surrendering our senses to the aroma and taste of His Glory. While we have our being, we can exult in His praise, as we embrace each new day because there’s no praise in the grave.
9 For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His Will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; 10 that you may walk worthy of The Lord: fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; 11 strengthened with all might, according to His Glorious Power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy; 12 giving thanks to the Father Who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light (Colossians 1).
Be filled with the knowledge of God’s Will. Knowing what pleases Him makes us fruitful and equipped to do good work—work that pleases Him. Throughout our day, we need wisdom and spiritual understanding, to make the right decisions. We increase our understanding and knowledge of God by submitting to His Ways. Knowing God’s Will with spiritual wisdom and understanding requires us to depend on His Spirit, Who is already in us. When we walk worthy of Him, to fully please Him, we will be less likely to fail.
3 His Divine Power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of Him, Who called us by His own Glory and Goodness (2 Peter 1).
He strengthens us with all might, according to His Power. We need our strength replenished throughout the day, so that we can overcome challenges with endurance and patience. We need His Power to give us joy and patience, while we are plugging away at our tasks. We are privileged to have all this within our reach because we have His Spirit. He has called us by His own Glory and Goodness—it is His delight to make us His Own. Being filled with the knowledge of God’s Will is key to success. In this priceless treasure of knowledge, we have God’s Power to equip us with everything we need for this life.
15 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s Will is. 18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with The Spirit, 19 speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from The Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to The Lord, 20 always giving thanks to God The Father for everything, in The Name of our Lord Jesus Christ (Ephesians 5).
Wisdom teaches us to make the most of our time by doing what is good. And doing what is good is doing God’s Will. Each day we can choose to be wise or foolish, even in the things we indulge in. Instead of seeking joy in drunkenness or debauchery, we should desire to be filled with The Spirit. He is the Presence of God in us. He satiates the true longing of our soul. The circumstances of our lives will often weigh us down with pain, hurt and disappointment. Being filled with The Spirit will cause us to depend on God’s Wisdom and Power to sustain us. We can choose to have joy, by praising Him with songs from His Spirit; and still give thanks for everything, in The Name of Christ.
10 “If you keep My Commandments, you will abide in My Love, just as I have kept My Father’s Commandments and abide in His Love. 11 These things I have spoken to you, that My Joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full. 12 This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you” (John 15).
The Lord Jesus gives the real and true Joy—Joy that remains and doesn’t run out. When He is pleased with us, He beams with Joy because we are obedient to His Commandments. Real joy comes from The Joy of Christ. When we are obedient, He promises that we will abide in His Love. Just as The Son was obedient to His Father’s Commandments, we are not exempt. Understand that nothing in this world can offer anything more meaningful than abiding in God’s Love.
The Commandment is to love others as He has loved us. Loving others causes us to abide in Christ’s Love. Loving others gives Him great Joy. Our joy is filled from the fountain of The Lord’s own Joy; when He sees our love for others. This joy is the fruit of loving others; just as Christ loves us, when we least deserve it.
5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over (Psalm 23).
If the Lord is your Shepherd, you shall not fear the scheming and planning that your adversaries are plotting against you. When we trust in our Shepherd, we are protected and provided for. The Lord will bless you, when others are cursing at you. He will cover you with His Goodness and will do so publicly. You will be able to have peace and security, in place of fear. The Lord will anoint you as His. He will fill your cup till it runs over, so that you have more than enough. Those who belong to the Shepherd are kept in His Provision.
14 For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 from Whom the whole family in Heaven and Earth is named, 16 that He would grant you, according to the riches of His Glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man; 17 that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— 19 to know the Love of Christ— which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the Fullness of God.
20 Now to Him Who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the Power that works in us, 21 to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen (Ephesians 3).
The strength that we need is not our own. The strength that sustains us is not just physical stamina, but the strength that comes from our inner well-being. A man can be lusty, yet still be anxious or hopeless. May God grant us, according to His Glorious riches, the strength that is through His Spirit. His Holy Spirit is His Power in us to overcome fear, evil, despondency, pain and worry. This is not small fry; this is strength that comes from His Glorious Riches.
When we let Christ dwell in us by His Spirit, we will abide in His Love. We will understand God’s Love so that we are grounded and unmovable in His Love. We will love God and others with the Love of Christ. We are incapable of loving unconditionally with the love that we give on our own terms. To be filled with the Fullness of God is to be satiated with Christ’s Love. God’s Fullness offers us His Love to truly love others.
According to His Power in us—through Christ—He will do exceedingly above all we ask for or imagine, in our time of need. He doesn’t do the bare minimum—He exceeds all our expectations of Him. He works out all things according to His Power in us, and not according to our strength. God empowers us from His Glory. We are vessels that are intended to be filled with God’s Glory; and not that of our own.
15 Let the Peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts (Colossians 3).
What does God’s Glory look like in us? It is His Love, Peace, Grace, Goodness, Wisdom, His Word and Power of The Spirit of Christ. These are the true riches our souls need. If we allow the Peace of Christ to rule our hearts, we will restrain strife, envy, discontentment and the occasional animosity we have toward others. When we become Christ’s followers, we become part of The Body of Christ—a family of Christians who are united by The Spirit of God.
Moreover, He said to me, “Son of man, eat what you find; eat this scroll, and go, speak to the house of Israel.” 2 So I opened my mouth, and He caused me to eat that scroll. 3 And He said to me, “Son of man, feed your belly, and fill your stomach with this scroll that I give you.” So, I ate, and it was in my mouth like honey in sweetness (Ezekiel 3).
We are called to live in peace with others. The Word of God, the message of Christ, becomes the core-values by which we live. When we are richly nourished by the message of Christ, we learn how to speak to others as He would want us. We will be able to edify each other according to Scripture and have true fellowship with others.
God has given us everything we need to live godly lives— every spiritual meal—to strengthen, encourage, protect and empower us. We have His Truth in Scripture to know His Will. We have His Love that enables us to love others and be filled with His enduring Joy. We have The Spirit of Christ in us to exhort us to be obedient and wise. We can’t afford to spend our lives indulging in the things that harm us. God’s Presence offers us what money can’t buy and it is guaranteed to bring us victory in every area of our lives. With other followers of Christ living off The Bread of Life—His Word, we become a unified Body of Christ that lives up to God’s Will for us, in The Love of Christ.
4 I thank my God always concerning you for the Grace of God which was given to you by Christ Jesus, 5 that you were enriched in everything by Him in all utterance and all knowledge, 6 even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you; 7 so that you come short in no gift, eagerly waiting for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ, 8 Who will also confirm you to the end, that you may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 God is Faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord (1 Corinthians1).