Preached by Apostle Aje Pelser, MBTC Graduation, Cape Town 13 December 2020.
If you take the needs of the human body and compare it to the church as the body of Christ, you will find some strategies for better spiritual nutrition!
One of the facts that astounded me was that your energy intake must be balanced by your energy spent. In other words, you need to give out just as much as you get in! For some Christians, this is a normal way of life, sharing Jesus with their friends and circles of influence and praying for others all the time. However, for others, who tend to take in week after week without sharing their testimony, their spiritual nutrition becomes imbalanced.
Our Commission to go must always be balanced with our communion with God and others in love.
We have found that once your love for God, yourself, and those whom God place in your orbit of life is strong and full, you can go from the overflow of that love and share that energy with the world.
From a natural point of view nutrition can defined as follows:
Nutrition is defined as the processes by which we take in and utilise food substances.
Essential nutrients include protein, carbohydrate, fat, vitamins, minerals and electrolytes.
Normally, 85% of daily energy use is from fat and carbohydrates and 15% from protein. In humans, nutrition is mainly achieved through the process of putting foods into our mouths, chewing and swallowing it.
The required amounts of the essential nutrients differ by age and the state of the body, for example: physical activity and health. (See https://healthengine.com.au/)
Here are some strategies that will help you build a balanced spiritual nutrition plan:
1. Wait on the Lord for the power of the Holy Spirit. Acts 1:4-8
Act 1:4 And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, “which,” He said, “you have heard from Me;
Act 1:8 But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
2. Read His Word daily. The Water of the Word washed and nourishes. The Seed of the Word so important in your nutrition plan. Natural seeds and nuts are a great source of monounsaturated fats. Fats are a concentrated and rich source of energy. It is recommended that your total fat intake is no more than 30% of your energy (calorie/kilojoule) intake.
1Pe 1:22 Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart,
1Pe 1:23 having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever,
A healthy diet consists mainly of plant foods (e.g. fruits and vegetables, potatoes, cereals, etc.) and moderate amounts of animal products (e.g. milk, fish, lean red meat and poultry). Fats and oils should normally provide less than 30% of our energy, and less than 10% of this should be saturated fat. Lean red meat, poultry and fish, eggs and dairy foods are rich sources of animal protein. Dairy foods, apart from supplying quality protein, are good sources of calcium. Good vegetable sources of protein include legumes (e.g. peanuts, lentils, kidney beans), soya products (e.g. tofu), grains, nuts and seeds. https://healthengine.com.au/info/introduction-to-nutrition#
Interesting that: Monounsaturated fats are found mainly in nuts, avocados, olive oil, canola oil, grapeseed oil, peanut oil, flaxseed oil, sesame oil, corn oil, safflower oil, sunflower oil. That makes me think about the Seed of the Word combined with the anointing of the Holy.
3. Pray with thanksgiving
Looking after your mental health is just as important as your diet physically. Taking time for yourself every day is essential. Everything else can wait while you take a few minutes to focus on Christ within and what you really want in life. Setting aside time for prayer, reading and meditation is a vital part of your spiritual wellness.
Becoming thankful or the things God has done, reminds you of the substance of your faith and how God has worked on your behalf before. You grow in grace and your measure of faith expands to handle more every year.
4. Desire the Milk of the Word to grow
1Pe 2:2 as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby,
Heb 5:12 For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food.
5. Enjoy the Meat of doing His Will and finishing it!
Joh 4:34 Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.
6. Build your Spiritual health and immune system
Pro 4:20 My son, give attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings.
Pro 4:21 Do not let them depart from your eyes; Keep them in the midst of your heart;
Pro 4:22 For they are life to those who find them, And health to all their flesh.
Pro 4:23 Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life.
7. Exercise your spiritual Senses to discern good and evil
Heb 5:14 But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.
8. Endure suffering patiently knowing that the glory outweighs the suffering.
2Co 4:16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day.
2Co 4:17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory,
2Co 4:18 while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.
9. Witness and make disciples! It’s the best way to grow as a Christian and it keeps your spiritual state healthy so that you can help other in season and out of season!
When you have to disciple others you have to watch your own spiritual diet and exercise yourself to godliness:
1Co 9:27 But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.
1Ti 4:7 But reject profane and old wives’ fables, and exercise yourself toward godliness.
1Ti_4:8 For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come.
1Ti_6:3 If anyone teaches otherwise and does not consent to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which accords with godliness,
1Ti_6:5 useless wranglings of men of corrupt minds and destitute of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain. From such withdraw yourself.
1Ti_6:6 Now godliness with contentment is great gain.
1Ti_6:11 But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness.
Mat_28:19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,