Monday, March 27, 2017

"Spiritual Anemia"

"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

Our physical bodies have to have a balanced diet in order to be physically healthy.  You can't live on "junk food" and expect to maintain good health.  You can't over eat the wrong foods and not think that it will affect your immune system, your organs and your stamina.  Our bodies need a certain amount of proteins, lots of fruits and vegetables, a proper balance of good nutrients, vitamins and minerals to function at our best. 

The same is true spiritually.  We have to have a proper, well-balanced spiritual diet if we are going to be spiritually fit.  There is so much "spiritual anemia" in the body of Christ.  We are weak, when Christ called and enabled us to be strong.  This is because we aren't getting a well-balance spiritual diet. 

The Bible says that we can't live on bread alone but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.  It also says of that word that it has to be "rightly divided".  We are told to drink the milk of the Word when we are young in the Lord and then eat the meat of the Word as we grow and mature. 

We are spiritually anemic because we mostly only hear and "consume" one side of the gospel-- the part we consider "good".  We are getting an improper balance when we don't incorporate the whole Word-- the un watered down, the uncompromised, the rightly divided, and whole truth. 

Let me show you what I mean.  Mostly, what we hear about is the "love of God".  What about the judgment of God against sin?  We hear about heaven but never a warning about hell.  You can't live only on the goodness of God.  You also have to have repentance-- His goodness leads to repentance. (Romans 2:4)  We hear about the gift of God which is eternal life, but not about the wages of death that accompanies our sin.  We hear about grace, but not about the fact that grace teaches us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world. (Titus 2:12)  We hear about forgiveness but not holiness.  (Neither do I condemn thee, go and sin no more. John 8:11) 

If we don't consume the whole Word of God-- the good and the bad; the parts we like and the parts we don't-- we won't be spiritually healthy.  We love our children and therefore we won't allow them to eat only what they like and tastes good to them.  We make them eat their vegetables so they will be healthy.  The same holds true for us spiritually.  We have to eat our "vegetables" too.

Have a great day.  If you don't get a properly balance spiritual meal, you will become spiritually anemic. 

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