Nourish the Soul with Godliness
“Prayer – secret, fervent, believing prayer – lies at the root of all personal godliness.” –William Carey
“…train yourself to be godly. For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.” – 1 Timothy 4:7, 8
In 1 Timothy 4: 7-8, Paul instructs Timothy, his disciple, to exercise godliness. To devote himself more on attaining it more than anything else. And to be godly means to follow God’s will.
To follow and be like Him requires more than just knowing Him. It requires love. If we look at Matthew 22:36-40, Jesus summarized the Ten Commandments in to two. Love the Lord your God and love your neighbor. These two are the most important. The rest only follows.
However, as Christians living in this post-modern-fast-paced era, we tend to over pack our schedules that there’s no more room for God.
From the moment we wake up to the minute we retire in our beds, we are served with a seemingly luscious platter of lust, doubt, fear, anger, emptiness, pride, envy, rejections, disappointments, frustrations, pains, etc. and we can’t help but gobble it all. Although we feel full it makes us feel miserable.
So, we try to counteract this feeling by working out (figuratively), to try to away all those unwanted ‘fat’. Some busy themselves in work, some go out with friends and party, some plunge into hobbies, some do religious activities, …all in the hopes of feeling happy again.
Indeed, we will be. But only for a moment.
What we actually need is a break. A fast from consuming all these kinds of secular ‘nourishments’ lest we become weak, sick, and eventually die spiritually and yes, physically. And fasting requires discipline. The worldly food will always be there but we have a choice on whether to consume it or not.
Paul Bragg stated in his book The Miracle of Fasting that “The greatest discovery by modern man is the power to rejuvenate himself physically, mentally, and spiritually with… fasting.”
This is what happens to our physical body when we fast:
- We detoxify. Cleansing takes effect.
- The body’s enzyme pool is reloaded, which accelerates fat burning and toning, as well as creating an anti-aging effect.
- Insulin drops and is alleviated. Efficient metabolism of carbs and fats.
- Glucagon increases. This is the fat-burning hormone.
- The Growth Hormone increases. Repair tissues and burn fats.
In short, our body heals. It is balanced and rejuvenated with the consummation of the right nourishment.
The only way to heal our aching hearts is to take a break and be nourished once again by the one who truly knows us and knows what we need, Jesus.
We need to take some time to fast from our busy lives and be alone with Him in solitude. To rekindle the heat of our First Love and for Him to melt the coldness enveloping our hearts.
Begin each day with a prayer truly seeking God and asking Him not for anything else but only to be more like Him in whatever you do, say, and think. Be disciplined, be consistent, and be enduring. For we know that if “ You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” Jeremiah 29:13-14.
Attaining popularity, acquiring possessions, achieving power are enjoyable and beneficial. However in the end, who we truly need is Him. In Him and Him alone we will find our fullness and satisfaction.
“Godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.” That is the TRUTH.