Soul Food

The problem : we have trained ourselves to desire certain things because it is what we constantly consume.

Fact: what ever we constantly feed ourselves we begin to hunger for and that appetite drives us to what more of what we have been feeding ourselves.

Prov 16:26 (NIV)
The laborer's appetite works for him; his hunger drives him on.

Goal : Teach us how to prosper and be in health

3 John 2-3 9 (NKJV)
Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.

Question : What are you feeding your soul?

 Trichotomy of man (picture trichotomy)

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Gal 5:19-22 (NIV)
Now the works of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, moral impurity, promiscuity, idolatry, sorcery, hatreds, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambitions, dissensions, factions, envy, drunkenness, carousing, and anything similar, about which I tell you in advance—as I told you before—that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

Gauge your spiritual hunger

Use a Scale of 1-20  

  1. Desire for spiritual things

    1. Worship
      Ps 100:4 (NIV)
      Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.

    2. Fasting

    3. Sabbath
      Heb 4:9-11 (NIV)
      There remains, then, a Sabbath — rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God's rest also rests from his own work, just as God did from his. Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will fall by following their example of disobedience.

    4. Prayer
      Phil 4:6-7 (NIV)
      Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

    5. Study of the word
      2 Tim 2:15-16 (NIV)
      Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.

      Score yourself 1-20

  2. Expectation in Receiving from God
    John 14:13-14 (NIV)

    And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.

    1. Thought life

    2. Encounters

    3. Word : preached or revealed

    Score yourself 1-20

  3. Sacrificial giving

    1. Tithe just gets you in the gate.
      Lev 27:30 (NIV)
      "'A tithe of everything from the land, whether grain from the soil or fruit from the trees, belongs to the Lord; it is holy to the Lord

    2. Giving to your church, ministries, and people
      2 Cor 9:10-11 (NIV)
      Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.
      Score yourself 1-20

  4. Serving others.

    1. Ministry

    2. Life group
      Prov 11:25 (NIV)
      A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.

    Score yourself 1-20

  5. Submitting to the word and spiritual leaders
    Hos 4:6 (NIV)

    my people are destroyed from lack of knowledge.

    Heb 13:17 (NIV)
    Obey your leaders and submit to their authority. They keep watch over you as men who must give an account. Obey them so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no advantage to you.

    Score yourself 1-20

Score : add up your scores

-       Put your total on a scale from 1-100

-       Just use the grading system that you learned in school

Laurie Weaver