"Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O Lord God of hosts." Jeremiah 15:16
God's word is not meant to be only read. We don't just read it like we do a newspaper, a magazine or an ordinary book. His word is meant to be "eaten". It is meant to be consumed. It is meant to be taken into our very being. We are to "consume" it and "feed" upon it. It is sustenance to our very heart and soul.
Jesus said that man could not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God. Meat and bread is for the physical body to give it nourishment, strength and support. It supplies it with all the minerals and vitamins that it needs to be healthy and live. God's word is the "meat and bread" for our spiritual man. It is what gives us nourishment, strength and life.
God's word is meant to be eaten. We do this through meditating on it. "Mine eyes prevent the night watches, that I might meditate in thy word." (Psalm 119:148)
Through studying it. "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." (2 Timothy 2:15)
By hiding it in our hearts. "Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee." (Psalm 119:11)
By keeping it in our mouths. "But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach." (Romans 10:8)
By holding it in our hands and using the strength that it gives us. "And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God." (Ephesians 6:17)
The word of God is more than just black or red words on white paper. We must take it into our very being each and every day because it is life, it is health, it is marrow and fatness to our bones, it gives salvation, healing and deliverance. It keeps us going in the right direction. It protects us from error. It gives us strength to continue on when we are weak. It gives us power over the enemy. It gives light to dark situations. It gives us wisdom to know what to do and peace when we are confused.
Are you "eating" and "consuming" God's word daily? Are you letting it nourish your soul? Transform your mind? Sustain your spirit?
Have a great day. God's word is spiritual food to the spiritual part of you. Are you eating it every day?
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