…but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.
–James 1:14-15 NIV
There’s heavy emphasis on developing a healthy diet and lifestyle today. Making better choices in what we eat requires great discipline, but when it comes to sin, believers in Jesus aren’t always as careful with their decisions.
God has made it abundantly clear what happens when we ingest sin and offers us a fool-proof prescription for avoiding misery—when it comes to sin, don’t! But how many of His people still find themselves drooling over the world’s buffet of delectable, but deadly, treats and even sneaking nibbles when they think no one is looking?
Of course, true spiritual health begins in the heart when a person accepts Jesus as Savior, but it doesn’t stop there. It eventually requires alteration in the way you think to really begin to view sin as the poisonous threat to your well-being that it really is.
Remember this truth: how you think determines how you behave. Always.
So, the more you break contact with the attitudes and beliefs of the world, the more spiritually healthy and strong you’ll be to “Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called…” (1 Timothy 6:12 NIV). So, the more you break contact with the attitudes and beliefs of the world, the healthier your spiritual diet and the stronger you are in Christ.
- Jesus, You are the source of all that is good. Help me to draw strength from You, alone!
- God, give me the wisdom and power to eliminate spiritually unhealthy things from my life.