Being highly active and having a high metabolism has been a blessing where I haven’t had to pay a lot of attention to my diet. Like many, my exercise tailed off a bit in my late 20’s and early 30’s; however, I have been an avid runner over the last 10 years. One of the key lessons of my early 40’s though has been you can’t outrun your diet.
We must pay attention to what we feed our bodies; it has some value. Likewise, we must be intentional about what we are feeding our soul.
“Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.” (1 Timothy 4:7–8, ESV)
What are you feeding your mind?
It’s easy to feel that if you have enough Bible in your life, it won’t matter what else you listen to or watch.
“Surely this website won’t hurt.”
“This movie is not a big deal.”
“I have seen worse.”
It is almost as if we say to ourselves, I’ve eaten my vegetables and now I can have the dessert.
You can’t outrun your diet.
A few years ago, I heard Rick Warren speak and I haven’t forgotten it. You can fill you mind with three things: poison, junk food, and health food. Poison kills you. Junk food is just filler. Health food helps you grow in and stay healthy. Fill Your Mind with Truth, Not Poison
What are you filling your mind with?
The most important thing you can fill your mind with is God’s word.
“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” (Psalm 119:105, ESV)
There is power in the Word of God. Here are five things the Word of God does:
- The Word of God is Purposeful
“So shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:11, ESV)
- The Word of God is Living and Active
“For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account.” (Hebrews 4:12–13, ESV)
- The Word of God Holds the Universe Together
“He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,” (Hebrews 1:3, ESV)
- The Word of God Leads to Growth
“because of the hope laid up for you in heaven. Of this you have heard before in the word of the truth, the gospel, which has come to you, as indeed in the whole world it is bearing fruit and increasing—as it also does among you, since the day you heard it and understood the grace of God in truth,” (Colossians 1:5–6, ESV)
- The Word of God Restrains Sin
“I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.” (Psalm 119:11, ESV)