Our Food Supply – Part 2
“But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.” (Hebrews 5:14 NIV)
The part of spiritual warfare that so few of us think about is the demonic strategy of cutting us off from our food supply. Satan knows that a “strong-in-the-Lord” believer is one thing and a weakened, emaciated one is quite another. Because of this, Satan uses a host of distractions, discouragements, and “junk-food” substitutes to keep us from receiving the daily nutrition our spirits vitally need. He will try to get us too busy, too tired, too discouraged—too anything—if only it will keep us from fellowship with the Lord and his Word.
Although we might be unaware of our most important calling from God, Satan knows all too well that we have been “called… into fellowship with his Son Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 1:9). Not everyone is a pastor, teacher, or missionary, but all of us have been called to derive our spiritual strength from a life of daily fellowship with Christ. Satan uses anything to keep us from communion with God so he can weaken us and soften us up for his next attack.
Is it any wonder, then, that the Lord urgently calls out to his people to carefully listen to this message? “Come, he invites us, “come to the waters.” He pleads with each of us to let our heart reach out and take action so our soul can be satisfied. He invites us to come to the place of refreshing so we don’t starve and shrivel up. He has provided all we need. The river is flowing. The waters are plentiful. The table is set. But we must take the time to receive what God freshly offers, or it all counts for nothing. What good is the “richest of fare” if no one sits down to enjoy it? God’s heart cries out, “Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy?” Why live on the junk food of worldly entertainment and be preoccupied with “making it big” in some profession when all of it leaves you empty and unfulfilled?
Perhaps Satan is trying to block you from receiving the grace of God. If so, don’t believe the lie that says you’re not worthy, not ready, or not smart enough to come to his table. God is saying, “Come and get it!” It’s all free and waiting for each of us because of his great love for us. Those who daily “eat” of God’s Word and regularly “drink” of the Holy Spirit will experience the truth that King David wrote about centuries ago: “Taste and see that the Lord is good… The poor will eat and be satisfied” (Psalms 34:8; 22:26).
-Pastor Cymbala (excerpted from The Church God Blesses)
Read Hebrews 5:14—6:1-3.