“But He answered and said, ‘It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.” Matthew 4:4
The condition of the inner man will affect the condition of the outer man. Little time spent in the word will result in spiritual sickness. As the outward man is not fit for work for any length of time except we eat food, and as this is one of the first things we do in the morning, so it should be with the inner man.
We should take food, the word of God and not simple reading of the word of God, so that it only passes through our minds, just as water runs through a pipe, but considering what we read, pondering it and applying it to our hearts.
Matthew 5:6 tells us, “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.” God promises to fill our appetites for spiritual food through His word.
Whatever fills the heart will come forth. We all treasure and store up what we take in. If I may ask, what are you filling your hearts and minds with? What you do and say reveals what’s in your heart.
Hiding scripture in the heart is an investment of priceless worth for true believers. Our spiritual health depends upon it. Just as the body needs natural food for sustenance, our spirit needs to be fed with God’s word in order to be healthy and strong. Jeremiah 15:16 tells us that God’s word is food for our spirit man. It declares, “Your words were found, and I ate them, and your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart.”
Have you ever given much thought to the way you and I respond when someone asks us how we are doing? We almost always associate this question with the physical. We might respond by saying that we are doing well, good, fine or that we are not doing so well and do not feel so good, etc. This is a normal reaction. We have generally been programmed to respond with the physical in mind. It is rare indeed when someone bypasses the physical and speaks of the condition of the inner man as opposed to the outward man.
Our spiritual fitness is far more important than our physical fitness. We must take great care to focus on the strengthening and renewal of the “inward man” DAY BY DAY if we are to attain to good spiritual fitness. If as many Christians would care as much for the inner man as they do the outer man, we would see a renewal of genuine spiritual zeal.