We are all familiar with the saying: “You are what you eat”. A healthy diet plays an important role in the way we feel and function physically. It takes a good deal of knowledge, planning and discipline to nurture our bodies into it’s optimal state of health. The Bible teaches us a similar principle about our thoughts/meditation. If we are ignorant, slack or indifferent to the need for nurturing our minds with that which is “healthy” (Phillipians 4:8) we will soon find ourselves in a state of spiritual malnutrition, too weak to meet the demands of life, too defeated to withstand the enemy’s charge.
In Proverbs 4:23 we are admonished to diligently guard our hearts (minds) for out of it are the issues of life. How much time and effort do we really put into the necessity of keeping our hearts/minds?
I have to confess that I share a love for two totally contradicting things – I am a health-junkie and sugar-lover at the same time. I find great pleasure in learning about ways to implement a higher standard of health into our lives, but I also love inventing, trying and making desserts! These two “loves”, co-exist in my life and the the truth is that the one (sugar) often interferes with the objective of the other (health). Isn’t that much like the struggle between the old and new nature, the old and new mind? When we accepted Christ as our personal Lord and Savior, we received a new nature, but until we step into eternity there will continue to wage a war between the two. In Ephesians 2:3 The Bible says “Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind…..” We are not all the same, but it would be safe to say that for many of us the desires of the old mind included things such as selfishness, self-centeredness, pride, vanity, impurity, negativity and the list goes on. It comes as no surprise then, as to why it will now require discipline to attain and support a “spiritually healthy” mind. Without the input and effort, we will inevitably continue in or revert back to our “old” thinking patterns.
Food for thought:
“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 out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.” Luke 6:45
“But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart”….Matthew 15:18a
“Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life”. Prov 4:23
Our inner life is an accurate representation of who we really are!
It takes time to familiarize oneself with all the necessary health tips and eating plans out there. Our Heavenly Father, in His infinite wisdom, made sure to give us the necessary instruction on what would be healthy for our minds. He provides many “meal plans” in His Word. Let’s look in particular at Phillipians 4:8: “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”
On the contrary, meditating (feeding) on unhealthy thoughts will drain us from strength and “spiritual stamina” These thoughts will clog our minds much like cholesterol clog our arteries. A clogged mind often results in a lack of sensitivity toward the Holy Spirit. It robs us from peace and joy and it turns our desires to ourselves instead of seeking the Father’s will and glory. The implications of an unhealthy mind is far more dangerous to the Christian than what a bad diet is to man.
In order to live a victorious Christian life, we must learn to think right, to think Biblically. Scripture is the cure to a feeble mind. Let us be disciplined then in feeding our minds with “food” that matters – “food” that build, strengthen and purify our minds.