I’m thankful today to share with you these beautiful thoughts from J.E. Berry. Read more about her below and be sure to visit her website.
The Truth That Fills by J.E. Berry
Depending on what time I wake up in the morning, I could either be met with a welcomed air of peace or the sound of impatient requests from my littles. I can be off to the races before I even realize that I’m in a race in the first place. Not being able to collect my thoughts so that I can prepare my mind and heart can make for a crazy day. Jumping into my day without a dose of Scripture can cause my best efforts to really take a beating. And once the day starts rolling it can be hard for me to catch a moment to attentively digest a healthy portion of Scripture. Leaving my spirit deprived and parched. This is where the enemy finds the loop holes and begins to pour in his lies to get me off track and lure me away from God’s Truth. He loves to corner us with accusation and distraction.
Not to mention the fact that our minds are constantly being bombarded with thoughts, feelings, agendas, propaganda, expectations, and the list could go on for miles. We can hardly even distinguish between real and fake anymore because there is just so much being relentlessly thrown at us at any given moment. How are we supposed to see clearly through the forest of consumption and corruption? How can we get a “real” view of anything when mud is being slung at our eyes from every direction? We become jaded. We become passive. We become consumed. We become enslaved by the imagery and the lies. There is just so much that desires to wedge itself between us and God’s inerrant Truth. It is vital that we have such a firm grip on the truth of Scripture that the slippery devices of the enemy and our own slack can’t slide our hands off.
Presumably, the problem isn’t what is being thrown at us every day. Maybe in all our shuffling we lose a reverence or even dependency on Scripture. Maybe we get so wrapped up in the motions of life that we mentally diminish its nutritional, protective, instructive, and strengthening value. (“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness. That the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work” 2 Timothy 3:16).
The average human eats three meals a day with a couple snacks here and there. Why? Because we depend on food. We value it as a necessity and benefit to our survival. We even hoard it, pay insane amounts of money for it, delight in it, and take pictures of it to post on social media with captions like, “Best sushi ever! #sushilover”. What if we had this same mentality about Scripture? Knowing its value, hoarding it, investing in it, delighting in it, and capturing our moments with it (#bestfoodever). The Word of God is the spiritual food that keeps our souls from starving and reaching for the junk food that we are offered by the world that surrounds us. Its nourishment carries far past our hungry bellies.
“Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.” Matthew 4:4
“Jesus said to them: I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall not thirst.” John 6:35
The fact is, when we are planted in and dependent on God’s Word our roots keep us from being thrown around by anything that comes our way. A heart that is rooted in the Truth of Scripture cannot be enslaved to other things. “Jesus said to the people who believed in him, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:31-32 NLT. A spirit that is filled with Truth has no room for lies and is not left starving. There are no loop holes for the enemy to slither his way into. Today let’s be people who delight in the Word of God so that our spiritual bellies are filled, and our hearts are rooted. Let us refuse to be lackluster in our dependency on our Father’s Word. May we crave it desperately.
Eat well my friend,
J.E. Berry is a speaker and the author of The Truth About Happiness: Exchanging the falsehood of happiness for Christ’s lasting joy. She is a wife and mother of five children. J.E. has a heart for outreach and seeing people come to know freedom through a relationship with Christ Jesus, specifically women who have yet to see their God given destiny because of lingering bondage. As an author and speaker, she explores things that hinder us from moving forward in our walk with Christ. Such as people pleasing, unhappiness, un-forgiveness and much more, to try and lend a hand in unveiling the culprits so that we can move forward in victory. She carries this same passion into each area of ministry she is active in.
Find her at https://jeberryspeaks.com/