January 8, 2019

When you see pictures of the Jews who were rescued from the Nazi concentration camps you see a people whose bodies were terribly malnourished. They are so skinny that you can count almost every bone in their bodies because there is no fat to cover them up. Their eyes are sunken into their sockets and there is really nothing about them that is appealing to the eye. In fact, appalling, would be one word to describe them. They barely had the energy to walk out to their freedom, in fact many had to be carried. Years later after being fed nourishing food their bodies retained their normal natural look and for most of them their energy returned.

The picture above is what the soul of a person looks like that has been denied the word of God. Satan does his best to keep the souls of people locked up in a concentration camp that is devoid of the word of God. He has fooled people into thinking that the Bible is irrelevant, full of lies, contradicts its self, not God breathed and a waste of time to read. Consequently we have a world full of malnourished people. O they look good on the outside. You can’t count their bones. Their eyes are not sunken in. They have plenty of energy for everything but doing the will of God.

These people have been so completely fooled by Satan that they don’t even know they are prisoners. They don’t know that they are in a concentration camp. They don’t know that the furnaces of hell await them just like the furnaces of the Nazi concentration camps awaited the dead bodies of the Jews.

There is only one way to revive the soul of a person which now leads us to this verse:

Psalm 19:7 (NLT) — 7 The instructions of the Lord are perfect, reviving the soul.

As the body was made for food the soul was made for the word of God. When God formed man out of the dust of the earth is says:

Genesis 2:7 (NLT) — 7 Then the Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground. He breathed the breath of life into the man’s nostrils, and the man became a living person.

Man became alive when the breath of God resided in him. Now look at this verse:

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

The word of God is the breath of God. Without that breath the soul within us becomes malnourished and eventually will die. It will not have the strength to live for God and hence will become a slave of its captor just like the Jews became slaves to their captors. The malnourished soul will not be able to resist the lustful pleasures of life. It will not be able flee from temptation. It will not be able to live a life that is pleasing to the Lord. Look around and you will see many well dressed, well fed, highly successful people who have malnourished souls. And then of course there are others who are not so well dressed, not well fed, and certainly not successful but still have malnourished souls.

One could even go to church and find many people who look good on the outside but on the inside their souls are terribly malnourished. They gossip and judge with flair and ease. The grumble when the pastor talks about giving and serving. With all there is to do in life they just don’t have the time to give their souls daily nourishing meals in the word of God and it shows.

What is the condition of your soul? Does it need a good meal? Do you feel a little sluggish when it comes to expressing the life of Jesus? Do you have the strength to stand up for Jesus?

A Bible Buffet awaits you; all you have to do is open it and dig in.

Psalm 119:25 (NLT) — 25 I lie in the dust; revive me by your word.

Psalm 119:50 (NLT) — 50 Your promise revives me; it comforts me in all my troubles.

Psalm 119:149 (NLT) — 149 In your faithful love, O Lord, hear my cry; let me be revived by following your regulations.

Be so strapped in to the ‘saddle’ of God’s Word that nothing will be able to buck you off:)

Isaiah 50:10 (NLT) — 10 Who among you fears the Lord and obeys his servant? If you are walking in darkness, without a ray of light, trust in the Lord and rely on your God.

When things look dark and grim and God doesn’t seem to care or be around; is your soul nourished enough to stand strong and persevere?

Be Inspired Hilltop!

Comments

  1. Mark Gundersen says:

    You not only need to fill yourself with God’s word but also the meaning / purpose of the word. Both the pharasees and the demons knew God’s word but still were not filled with God’s spirit.