Friday, July 20th, 2012
Eating Right (Part 20: Eat Your Words)
A man's stomach shall be satisfied from the fruit of his mouth; from the produce of his lips he shall be filled.
Proverbs 18:20 (NKJV)
My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
Psalm 45:1 (KJV)
But He said to them, 'I have food to eat of which you do not know.'
John 4:32 (NKJV)
'Son, you're gonna eat those words.' Sounds like a Clint Eastwood movie. Even more, it sounds like God.
Here's the startling news I've never read in a diet book, but God says it's true repeatedly in His Life Book (The Bible): Speaking and eating are spiritually connected. The shape of your body is determined more by what comes out of your mouth than what goes in it.
In other words, we write our physical destinies with our words. Consider the graphic examples from two of God's major prophets:
'Then He said to me, 'Son of man, eat this scroll I am giving you and fill your stomach with it.' So I ate it, and it tasted as sweet as honey in my mouth' (Ezekiel 3:3).
'Your words were found, and I ate them, and Your Word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart' (Jeremiah 15:16).
I used to think the angel Gabriel muted Zacharias as a punishment for showing doubt in the miracle of Elizabeth's pregnancy (see Luke 1:13-20). Now I believe he was silenced so his words could not harm the path of John the Baptist.
If 'Death and life are in the power of the tongue' (Proverbs 18:21), if Jesus said, 'It is not what enters into the mouth that defiles the man, but what proceeds out of the mouth, this defiles the man' (Matthew 15:11)...
Then could what comes out of our mouths defile our bodies more than what goes in?
Therefore, speak positive, faith-filled words about getting fit. Then watch your body conform itself to the words you speak right--even more than to the foods you eat right.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Eating Right series.