The Most Heart-Healthy Food (With an Alistair Begg sermon included)
by Ken Pullen
Thursday, July 30th, 2020
ACP — A Crooked Path
The living and active Word of God is the most heart-healthy food any person can ingest and digest.
It is the only nourishment that can bring eternal life as many billions of dollars, euros, francs, and yen are spent annually on trying to reverse aging and find the elusive fountain of life people have been seeking ignorantly, blindly for centuries.
The Word of God is the only food that can satisfy, the only well in which if drunk from in faith and obedience one never thirsts again.
A woman from Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.” (For his disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.) The Samaritan woman said to him, “How is it that you, a Jew, ask for a drink from me, a woman of Samaria?” (For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.) Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.” The woman said to him, “Sir, you have nothing to draw water with, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob? He gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did his sons and his livestock.” Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again.b The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I will not be thirsty or have to come here to draw water.”
John 4:7-15 — English Standard Version
b 14 Greek forever
So many people are obsessed with their physical being. Exercise, supplements, necessary prescription medications, watching one’s diet. I attempted to compile what Americans alone spend on gyms, exercise equipment, supplements, diet programs, and attending to their physical selves and the best estimate I could arrive at since there is conflicting data on all these things, conservatively is $1,500,000,000,000.
That’s one and a half TRILLION dollars. ANNUALLY! Not in a decade. Annually!
While malnourished and starving — literally the walking dead — not just dying but already dead spiritually!
And do you want to know how much is spent on horoscopes, psychic readings, New Age (repackaged Paganism) practices, witchcraft, seeking out gurus, traveling to places thought to hold spiritual powers to enhance the “mindfulness” of the individual being who is indoctrinated they are gods? All the sundry amounts of money spent on such false, idol worship leading only to spiritual death, the second death among just Americans annually?
As it is impossible to find an amount from one source it takes researching and compiling various statistics, but it can be assumed Americans spend ANNUALLY more than $200,000,000,000. Over $10 billion alone is spent on “mindfulness products.” And this does not take into account the hundreds of millions translating into the billions corporation are spending to develop, promote, and implement “mindfulness” Pagan (New Age) programs within their corporate structures.
Witchcraft is the fastest growing “religion” in America.
Yet the collective expanse of individuals in America walk about always seeking and never finding. Never quenched or satisfied.
The masses run to and fro to every new trend, lie, craze, myth that comes along that pertains to false spiritual well-being and growth. Running from, mocking, spitting upon the true spirituality that can only be found in God, in the Lord Jesus Christ, in the Holy Spirit, and in the Word of God!
Any person can find a Bible selling for only a couple of dollars, even find a free one somewhere and discover the priceless treasure that no dollar amount can be placed on in the truth, wisdom, and path to eternal life found in God’s Word.
Sure, avocados, green tea, wild-caught salmon, whole grains might well aid your physical heart health, but what of your spiritual heart health?
Every person dies in the flesh. No matter how physically healthy they may have lived or appeared. What is viewed as reality is fleeting and all that is thought real will fade away and be forever forgotten.
The only true reality? The spiritual realm. What is each of us doing daily to feed our spiritual hearts the food, the nourishment needed not only to be sustained but to grow? To increase in spiritual health?
While physical exercise does profit, but very little as the Bible tells us, all those hours spent running, rowing, lifting, moving mechanisms on machines, moving this way and that cannot profit as the daily exercise of time spent in fervent prayer to God, seeking the Lord Jesus Christ, trusting in the Holy Spirit and exercising the spiritual life, the spiritual heart and body in the living and active — much more active than anything going on in any gym, or all across this lost land full of the walking dead thinking all the spending, all the hurry, hurry, hurry, “What’s that new thing over there to perhaps be the answer?”
When what is required is to look inward and be honest. Ruthlessly honest. To look heavenward and be ruthlessly honest. To look into the Word of God and have the truth revealed perhaps as never before.
It’s time for repentance. It’s time for an individual revival. It’s time for revival from being among the walking dead — and this can also afflict those professing to be Christian if they have backslid, were never truly regenerated, transformed into a new creature by the power of the Holy Spirit to work in an individual mind, an individual heart and life.
It’s time to pause and remove ourselves from all the distractions, delusions, and lies. To see things, to see ourselves as we really are.
And to begin to eat daily of the most heart-healthy food on this earth. This heart-healthy food provided by God our Creator, provided by the Lord Jesus Christ, provided by the Holy Spirit for our blessing, for our hope and salvation. A blessing greater than all the other blessings They bless us with daily!
Sit, eat! Sit, eat, and be filled! Be truly healthy…in the Word of God, to be a true disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ, to be a true child of God.
Slow down, you move to fast, try to make more than your morning last…
…how about seriously considering your eternity? The how, why, and what of being here. Being the only you there is and having that conscience within that you know is more than what the world says it is…
And tending to the spiritual being within. Which is the most neglected part of almost every person living or that has ever lived on this earth. Imagine that! And God our Creator made it to be THEE MOST IMPORTANT AND LASTING PART!
How could we get it all so wrong!?
Well, as the Lord blesses each of us with our next breath, our next heartbeat why not NOW all of us finally do something about this grave wrong and commit ourselves in earnest to make things right. In God’s sight. Why? Because, well, your eternity depends on the how and what you do about this, just as my eternity depends on the how and why I do about all this, and just as your friends, relatives, and neighbors eternity also depends on what they do with regard to all of this.