Preventing Spiritual Starvation

by Pastor Ron Shortt, Lighthouse Baptist Church

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness. (2 Timothy 3:16)

Countless numbers of people reside in areas of the world where food is plentiful and where mankind is well-nourished. For that reason many of us are not acquainted with the manifestation of acute starvation.

In the early stages, those who suffer from this affliction possess an insatiable desire for food. As the days go on, the bodies of these hungering people go through stages of waning, their process for thought becomes benumbed, and their longing for food lessens more and more.

In fact, folks that are suffering from starvation finally come to a place that their desire for food is completely non-existent.

Spiritual Starvation develops in many of the same patterns.

When we as God’s children have a well-balanced diet of God’s Holy Word each day,  if our intake decreases,  we often begin to experience the same physical symptoms of a starving person and may begin to experience “Spiritual Hunger.”

If we then continue to omit this much needed daily devotion with God, we run the risk losing all of our longing to feed on God’s Word.

Where are you in this process? Are you spiritually nourished day in and day out? Do you get excited about learning the truths of what God has in store for you daily?

A more important question here is do you feel an emptiness in your being and in your life when you miss out on this daily nourishment of The Word?

Thomas Guthrie wrote, “If you find yourself loving any pleasure better than your prayers, any book better than the Bible, any persons better than Christ, or any indulgence better than the hope of heaven—take alarm.”

If you no longer have a powerful desire for the “Bread of Life” it is time to come back to God and ask for forgiveness and petition your Lord and Savior to revive your craving for His Word.

A Bible that is read on a daily basis is a representation of a healthy nourished soul.

Contributor Ron Shortt is the pastor of Lighthouse Baptist Church in Peterburgs, Virginia. Visit his website at http://www.souls4christ.net.

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