Continued from What’s In Your Diet?
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
It has long been ascertained that food affects our moods. Caffiene increased nervous activity in persons, while has not real visible effect on others. Chocolate makes a lot of people euphoric, some people just don’t care for it. The effects of food either satisfies and is beneficial to our bodies or fills the hungry space but gives us no nutritional value. Fast food, for example, gives a sense of well being, seemingly to satisfy our hunger or cravings, but gives no real nutritional value and is not lasting.
Healthy food on the other hand, causes our bodies to flourish and the benefits on our organs that do not have to overwork to break down these “false foods” is lasting. We find ourselves at the peak of our physical fitness, we have more energy, we are more alert and we rest well. Jeremiah upon declaring that he had found the Word and did eat of it that it was unto him “a joy and rejoicing in his heart.”
In our search for happiness we try the junk just to get that high, that feel good feeling without the commitment and discipline of studying and applying the word. Happiness is the fast food of our spiritual lives. When we feed upon the false doctrines of the world, and not upon the Living Word of God, we subject our spirit to all kinds of stress. Eventually we become sluggish, complacent, lethargic until we just cannot bother as we slowly poison our spirit with false teachings and doctrines that do not line up with the Word of God.
Happiness is fleeting. It is dependent on our circumstances and our mood. Joy on the other hand is everlasting. It is not fleeting – satisfying us for this moment and then disappearing, leaving us in a depressive state. Joy comes from knowing that no matter what is happening God is in control. That is why Jeremiah could find Joy and rejoicing in his heart after eating of the Word. Despite the fact that he was facing captivity, he knew that God is in control. God promised him that He would cause the enemy to “entreat him well”.
If you know the God you serve and know of His mighty works, surely you can believe that He will cause even your enemies to “entreat you well” in your time of affliction.
Is your spirit moody? Change your diet.
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Sylvia M Dallas
Poet, Author, Photographer and Teacher of the Word and CEO and Director of Creator Services at The Publisher's Notebook Limited based in Jamaica. She is married to Rohan Dallas, is a proud grandmother, loves coffee (Jamaican, of course), loves great tasting and healthy food, love to cook and is an unabashed follower of Jesus Christ. Her books AND THE PRISONERS HEARD THEM, THE RIGHT KIND OF INTIMACY and THE BED DEFILED are available on Amazon.