Feeding Your Soul

WE EAT TO LIVE, and healthy living requires a healthy diet. Without proper nutrition our bodies weaken and tire. Many illnesses and premature deaths can be traced to poor eating habits. The same holds true in our spiritual lives. Our souls need constant nourishment, and God has provided the perfect diet.

“Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God”
(Matthew 4:4)

God’s Word is food for the soul. Reading is to our spiritual lives what eating is to our physical bodies. If you want to grow as God’s child, if you want to mature in your faith, then follow this simple command: “Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation.” (1 Peter 2:2; see Jeremiah 15:16)

Scheduling three square meals a day is easy, but taking the time for daily spiritual nourishment is much more important and much more profitable.

How can an ancient book feed your soul? Well, the Bible is unlike any other book known to man. In it God speaks directly to us. We call it God’s Word because He is the author.

The Apostle Paul (inspired by the Holy Spirit) wrote these words to his friend and pupil Timothy, a young man pursuing maturity in Christ: “…and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.” (2 Timothy 3:15-16)

This passage shows us not only the Bible’s source and authority; it also reveals why it was given to us. The Bible, God’s gift to His children, fulfills four purposes.

(1) “All Scripture is given by God…for DOCTRINE”for teaching” ” The word “doctrine” means teaching. The Bible is our tutor, or teacher. It teaches us what we need to know and believe about God. The Bible gives us an inspired belief system. It teaches us how to have a personal relationship with Him. And it teaches us how to please Him in our daily lives.

(2) “All Scripture is given by God for… REPROOF…” Like a good parent, God reprimands his children when they disobey. The Bible was given to show us when we are wrong. It lays out God’s standard for right living and proper conduct.

When we make a habit of measuring ourselves against this standard, it becomes very clear when we are “missing the mark,” or sinning. The feeling of guilt that follows is called “conviction.”

When we agree with God’s Word and admit that we have done wrong (this is called “confession”), He promises to forgive and cleanse us of that sin (1 John 1:9) . We need the Bible to reveal our shortcomings and show us what we need to confess.

(3) “All Scripture is given by God… for CORRECTION…” The Bible not only shows us where we fall short; it also shows us how to correct and prevent such spiritual failings. This is the positive aspect of God’s standard. By teaching us the right way to live and act, God provides us with corrective measures and real solutions. In other words, the Bible helps us change our ways.

(4) “All Scripture is given by God…for TRAINING IN RIGHTEOUSNESS…” This last purpose encompasses the other three, and it brings to light the ultimate goal of doctrine, reproof, and correction.

God wants us to be like Christ, completely righteous and without sin. The Bible, centering on this goal, gives us direction and guidance in all areas of life.

If we seek to live by its principles and instructions, we will grow and mature into righteousness of God.

Because Of Him,

Chris

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