by Audrea Winbush Lott
How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth! Psalm 119:103 KJV
How sweet is Your Word to my taste! It is sweeter than honey to my mouth! Psalm 119:103 NLV
As the New Year has begun, many people are consumed with following the right diet and exercise plans so that they can improve their health and/or their appearance. Wow! I wonder how many are closely scrutinizing a very vital element in their diet that will help revolutionize their lives. The Bible says that it isn’t what goes into a man that defiles him, but rather what comes out of him. There is a popular saying, (somewhat justified scientifically), that you are what you eat. The Word also says, that out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. And lastly, Jesus declared that man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God. You may be saying to yourself by now that I’m comparing apples and oranges – real food with figurative food. Stay with me, now.
I want to challenge you today to take a close look at what you are consuming on a daily basis as it relates to the Word of God. The scripture cited above says that the words of God are sweeter than honey. When a person is altering their diet, they sometimes learn to consume things that at some point in their lives they found distasteful. The knowledge that a particular food item is going to help to ultimately improve their health tends to make it more palatable. Though it may not be as pleasant as other favorite food items, it is consumed with expectation and confidence. That’s how we have to be with the Word of God. We’ve got to eat it knowing that though there may be some items that are not as easily embraced and “consumed” as others, we must have the proper diet in order to become what God has destined me to become in this life.
When I consume the right things, the right Word, many things happen. What comes out of me (what I say) lines up with the Word of God. I become who God says that I am because I’ve “eaten” the words spoken about me. When I’m squeezed, what’s in me is what comes out of me – out of the abundance of my heart – the Word that’s been planted -- bears fruit and is evident by the words I speak. It becomes noticeable that I’m eating, digesting, living, breathing, and speaking the Word of God, having made it a priority in my life. I am watching my diet, eating that which will benefit me, and I’m exercising the Word of God that has been consumed. What came out of God’s mouth is what’s coming out of my mouth when faced with situations and circumstances. I am exercising His Word – consuming, meditating, and acting on it and His character is shown in and through me.
Won’t you join me by establishing or refining your diet and exercise plan for 2013? Let’s eat the sweet Word of God and become those living epistles known and read of all men that He has destined us to be.
Prayer: “Father, we thank you for placing an increased desire in us to consume your sweet Word allowing it to conform us into Your likeness day by day, in the Name of Jesus, Amen.”
Matt 15:11 - Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man.
Luke 6:45 - A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.
Matt 4:4 - But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
2 Cor 3:2 - Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men:
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