Change in Diet (Part 4)

As a new believer I instinctively understood the need for a proper spiritual diet, and it’s not that complicated. There are two primary things required to grow spiritually.

  1. The Word of God as your source
  2. The Holy Spirit as your teacher

Jesus said man does not live on bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth go God. (Matt 4:4) I looked to my Pastor and teachers within the church to guide me, but my spiritual diet was up to me.

I remember hearing people say they’d left their church because they weren’t being “fed,” and I could never figure out why they didn’t learn to feed themselves. At some point we all need to pick up the spoon.

The “word of faith movement” was prevalent during that time, and it wasn’t long until I was introduced to this “spiritual sugar.” Have to say I liked it. After all, whose flesh doesn’t like the taste of sugar? I found myself eating less healthy, and consuming more sugar. I bought books on sugar, went to conferences on sugar, and even began to teach about sugar.

Sugar is addicting.

It tastes good, but it’s destroying your health, both physically and spiritually. You’ll find yourself craving more, but it’s never enough.

In the spiritual “world of sugar” the focus is less on the “I AM”, and more on the I “am.” You quickly find yourself in pursuit things God never intended. In fact, it’s the antithesis of the gospel.

The sugar coated prosperity gospel places great emphasis on the importance of faith.

Build your faith.
Ever increasing faith.
Be strong in faith.
Exercise your faith.

Yes, I know what the Word says about faith, but I also know it in context.

A “word of faith/prosperity” speaker is like the guy who shows up at the gym and spends more time flexing in front of the mirror than he does putting in the work.

And it’s as toxic to your spirit as sugar to your body.

I’m fully aware not everyone will agree with my position, but I spent enough time in that sugar industry to know the dangers. I’ve seen its devastating consequence in the lives of fellow believers, the deception in those who “think” they’re believers, and the horrendous witness it is to those outside the faith.

Over the past four months my eyes have been opened to see the overwhelming evidence that we have been lied to about nutrition for decades. We’ve been sold out by the institutions we were taught to trust, and it was a hard pill to swallow. (no pun intended) We are being poisoned for profit, and the only way to reverse it is to take personal responsibility for our health. But you have to first recognize you may be wrong, and if you’re trusting your government to have your best interest at heart, I assure you, you are.

I doubt this will be the last I speak on this subject, but you also need to get off “spiritual sugar.” It is also a poison for profit. Telling people what they want to hear and sprinkling sugar on the Word to make it palatable may give you a momentary high, but in the end it will leave you chronically ill and lethargic.

You can exercise your faith all you want, but as they say, “you can’t out train a bad diet.”

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