Vitamins for Spiritual Health (4)

“Are you in health, my brother?” 2Sa 20:9 NKJV

Never forget the law of sowing and reaping. God set in motion certain laws and they never change. One is the law of gravity. Another is the law of sowing and reaping. “While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest…shall not cease” (Ge 8:22 NKJV). This law works both negatively and positively. If you sow good things you will reap good things; if you sow bad things you will reap bad things. Consider parenting. Eli the high priest was not only called to be a role model to the nation, but also to his two sons. Now, he may have been a great success in ministry but he failed badly on the home front. His sons, who were also priests, enriched themselves by taking bribes. They even slept with women in the temple courts. Pretty shocking, eh? So what did God say? “I will judge his house…for the iniquity which he knows, because his sons made themselves vile, and he did not restrain them” (1 Sa 3:13 NKJV). As a result Eli’s sons were killed at the hands of their enemies, and when the news of it reached Eli he dropped dead. That’s the harvest law working negatively. But thank God it also works positively. Paul writes about it: “Knowing that whatever good anyone does, he will receive the same from the Lord” (Eph 6:7 NKJV). You say, “What does that mean?” It means that whatever good you make happen for others, God will make happen for you. So whether it’s a smile, a prayer, a gift or a helping hand, start sowing good seeds and you will reap harvests of blessing.

Vitamins for Spiritual Health (3)

“Are you in health, my brother?” 2Sa 20:9 NKJV

Never allow life’s disappointments to make you cynical. If you live long enough people will disappoint you, including your family. Even spiritual leaders will let you down! Paul wrote: “We wanted to come to you—even I, Paul, time and again—but Satan hindered us” (1 Th 2:18 NKJV). Did you think Satan was going to send you a congratulatory telegram because you decided to serve the Lord? Not a chance! The walk of faith is one of delight—and difficulty. When you signed on for the first, you signed on for the second. Paul was on a sixteen-month missionary journey—one of miracles and church building. But he ended up in prison on trumped-up charges and was left to rot there. How did he respond? “Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!” (Php 4:4 NKJV). You say, “How can somebody rejoice in prison?” When you see your disappointment as God’s appointment, you start to understand its purpose. Paul had books to write that would change the world, so God needed to get him “off the road.” Listen to what he wrote from prison: “I want you to know…that everything that has happened to me here has helped to spread the Good News. For everyone here, including the whole palace guard, knows that I am in chains because of Christ. And because of my imprisonment, most of the believers here have gained confidence and boldly speak God’s message without fear” (Php 1:12-14 NLT). Hidden in some of your biggest disappointments, you will find treasures of truth that literally transform your life and your future.

Vitamins for Spiritual Health (2)

“Are you in health, my brother?” 2 Sa 20:9 NKJV

Never take God for granted. Don’t become overly familiar with spiritual things. Samson did that and he paid dearly. After discovering the secret of his strength: “[Delilah] lulled him to sleep on her knees, and called for a man and had him shave off the seven locks of his head…and his strength left him. And she said, ‘The Philistines are upon you, Samson!’ So he awoke from his sleep, and said, ‘I will go out as before, at other times, and shake myself free!’ But he did not know that the Lord had departed from him. Then the Philistines took him” (Jdg 16:19-21 NKJV). It’s a story of tragedy. Samson was born to lead Israel to victory. But instead he gave in to his lowest impulses, consorted with the enemy and thought he could get away with it. Listen to him: “I will go out as before, at other times.” But this was one time too many. His disobedience hadn’t robbed him of his supernatural strength before, but it did this time. He crossed a line and ended up losing his sight, his strength, his liberty, his credibility, and his usefulness. Eventually he died a prisoner of the Philistines. You say, “Today’s devotion sounds a bit harsh.” No, it’s protective! The Bible says, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom” (Pr 9:10). When you persist in disobeying what you know God has told you to do and think you can escape the consequences, you’re headed for trouble. Repent, get right with God and get back on track while you still can.