Feb 25, 2012

SUNDAY SHARING-Spiritual Aneroxia

I would like to share a post from a sweet little sister in the Lord...I hope you feel the LORD as I did through her post. Please pop over and visit her blog.
Kristin Tanner

Recovering from Spiritual Anorexia



Can I be honest with you? These last couple of years I have lived like a woman who has spiritual anorexia. The spiritual food was readily available but I refused its daily nourishment for my life. As an anorexic loses her ability to enjoy and find adequate nourishment in one of her most basic daily needs, so had I lost my ability to enjoy and receive spiritual nourishment from reading the Bible.
  • Like an anorexic, the less intake I had in my Bible reading, the more I looked for fulfillment in other places.
  • Like an anorexic, the less I partook in the feeding of my soul the more I began to feed my sin.
  • Like an anorexic, I was in a depressed state and in my case did not even realize it.
  • Like an anorexic, my perception of the reality of my state of being was skewed because of sin.
  • Like an anorexic, the longer I lived this way the more this lifestyle became my new “normal”.
  • Like an anorexic, the less nourishment I sought, the more I hid this truth from others.
  • Like an anorexic, the longer I starved my soul the closer to death I came.
As the blinders have begun to lift and life is being restored to my soul, (through confession, repentance, and the grace of God) I have found a renewed desire for daily Bible reading. This is important, as the Bible is God’s main conduit for His people to know Him, be convicted of sin, and be encouraged to live with/for the hope we have in Jesus. If I truly believe this, then the Bible is the way I receive my daily spiritual bread; it is sustenance I can not live without.
The fact is, even when I am not desiring to read the Bible, reading is still what I need. The option I think I have, is really not an option at all if I choose life for my soul. I received encouragement in this truth from the following quote by J.C. Ryle that I found at Desiring God's website:
"Do not think you are getting no good from the Bible, merely because you do not see that good day by day. The greatest effects are by no means those which make the most noise, and are most easily observed.The greatest effects are often silent, quiet, and hard to detect at the time they are being produced.
Think of the influence of the moon upon the earth and of the air upon the human lungs. Remember how silently the dew falls, and how imperceptibly the grass grows. There may be far more doing than you think in your soul by your Bible-reading." (J.C. Ryle, Practical Religion, 136)
What a refreshing perspective! May we daily "taste and see that the Lord is good." (Ps.34:8)

7 comments:

  1. Oh my did I eveer need this post! Thank you for sharing your friends post Miss Cindy. I will indeed be sharing this with some of my friendss. Nita

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  2. I think this is exactly what's wrong with the world today...including me. Great "food" for thought...spiritual food, that is!!! ;-) HOPE you have a great week!!!

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  3. I really enjoyed her post! I related to the part about how our perception of reality changes when we are not in his word! Thank you for sharing!

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  4. I can so relate to this post. Thanks for sharing this Miss Cindy. Your friend has great insight. Kasey

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  5. Hi Cindy! This is a great post and is so true. I've fallen into this a few times, I'm ashamed to say.
    Thanks for popping in to see me and your sweet comments.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  6. Wow, I love this. Every line is so true! Thank you so much for sharing this :)

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    1. This young lady that wrote this has an annointing on her life as she writes her post. Check out her blog!

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