The Healthy Doctrine Diet

 

February 8

 

Read Ephesians 4:14-16

...so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into Him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.

 

Reflect

How can you keep your spiritual doctrines healthy?

 

Are you ever overwhelmed by how much information about exercise and nutrition is out there? There are so many diet and exercise trends that it can be confusing. Which ones actually work? Which ones are just fads? Are any of them dangerous to our health? As overwhelming as it can be, we know it is important to eat right and exercise. It keeps our bodies working properly.

 

Did you know that we need to stick to a healthy diet and exercise routine in our spiritual lives as well? Paul was clear that if we are not careful, we will be tossed around and carried away by every false teaching and deceit. We need to grow and mature into strong, healthy Christians. And everyone knows that in order to grow up big and strong, you have to eat right. In this case, you have to feed on the Word of God. There is a lot of spiritual information out there! It can be difficult to sort through it all. Without a steady diet of God’s Word, you won’t be able to discern truth from lies and fact from fiction. And the consequences of poor spiritual health and getting sucked into “fad doctrines” can be eternal.

 

The healthy doctrine diet is the Word of God but what should be our spiritual exercise routine? It’s working out your faith. It’s putting those healthy beliefs into practice. Serving, teaching, giving, and praying for others are ways to work out your faith. Contending for the truth but speaking with gentleness and love is another way to work it out. In James 2:26, James says that faith without works is dead. You can eat a steady diet of God’s Word but if you don’t exercise your faith, it doesn’t do you or anyone else any good.

 

In today’s passage, Paul says that when each part of the body of Christ is working properly, the entire body grows and is built up in love. Friends, healthy spiritual habits do not just benefit you. They contribute to the edification, or building up, of the whole church. So, feed on a steady diet of God’s Word to help you grow strong in your convictions. And then, exercise your faith for the benefit of your brothers and sisters in Christ - the church.

 

Pray

God, Your Word is good nourishment for my soul. Strengthen me and grow me up in maturity so that I won’t get carried away by false doctrine. Show me how to work out my faith in a way that glorifies You and edifies the church. Amen.

 

 

~ Pastor Nat Crawford

 

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Holy Spirit, quicken me, open my heart and mind so that I may imbibe and digest the Word of God in large quantities sufficient to make me a healthy Christ follower.
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DEAR HEAVENLY FATHER;JESUS & HOLY SPIRIT HELP ME GROW IN YOUR SPIRITUAL TRUTHS HELP ME GROW IN YOUR WILL PLUS MY WHOLE FAMILY;TOO@*THANKYOUJESUS*
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Thank you for your notes, I will continue putting those healthy beliefs into practice. Serving, teaching, giving and praying for others. That is what exercising my faith is all about. Thank you again.
One of my best friends and I were talking the other day about everything that is in this post. Almost word for word. Its amazing how the Holy Spirit still speaks to us and moves even when we dont realize it. Praying for continued strength and discernment in applying the things God has been revealing to me lately.
Work a program
Heavenly Father, I do not always eat right or healthy. I then complain about my weight. I am in need of Your guidance Father. I want to be healthy physically, mentally, and spiritually, I can only do this with Your help. In the mighty name of Christ Jesus I pray, Amen.
We need to stay in God's word in everything! Amen
We need to stay in God' word to be calm in the crisis of this world.
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Amen 🙏🏼💗
FATHER, STRENGTHEN ME TO ALWAYS HAVE A HEALTHY DOCTRINE DIET (YOUR WORD), AND TO EXERCISE MY FAITH IN BUILDING UP YOUR KINGDOM IN CHRIST. IN JESUS AMEN
Praise our God Father in Heaven. Thank you. 😊
Thank you for this teaching.
Amen!
Amen
Amen.
Faith is belief in who Jesus is and obey what His word tells us. The Bible tells us that Jesus is God, Lord, Savior and our special friend. He tells us to love Him and others more than ourselves. Our faith will grow when we believe and trust who Jesus is and do what He told us to do. The Holy Spirit empowers us to do it! Thank you Lord Jesus. Amen
Meaningful words and prayer, Amen! Let’s too pray for the help from the Spirit as, (John 14) “....the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name...will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said...” The deepen and maturing our faith only comes by the grace our God and the blood of the Lamb. Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ...
Glory be to God. Truth...Amen, by the grace and help of God. God bless you Pastor Nat Crawford.
Amen, always check the the Word of God when you hear something that doesn't seem right!
Amen. FAITH WITHOUT WORK IS DEAD!
Amen