Tonight, the Lord reminded me of a movie I once watched that spoke to my heart. I want to share it with you today.
It was a documentary about a foal that had been born in the very middle of the winter. Due to complications with delivery as well as the extremely cold weather, the little foal was having a very hard time. It was not moving at all. It was barely breathing. The concerned family called the local vet to come out to see if there was anything that could be done for it. While waiting on his arrival, they named the new foal, Gabriel.
The vet examined the foal and gave the family the grim news, it would not make it through the night. But…this family was a praying family. They continued to pray and pamper Gabriel.
All through the night they prayed. The next morning, they were still trying to coax Gabriel to eat. This was something they had tried all night long with no success. However, this time, as dawn broke, something was different.
The little foal began to eat. The family was overjoyed! As they danced around and celebrated, the father made a powerful statement, at least to me. He said, “eating is a sign of life!”
When I heard those words, immediately a scripture came to mind. It is found in Matthew 4:4.
But Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
Hebrews 4:12 says the Word of God is alive and powerful! What does that mean? It means, the very Word of God is filled with life.
Life is produced through the Word. As we eat of it, it produces life in us. When we are filled with the Word, we are filled with life. But we must eat of that Word consistently. That is, if we want to be constantly full of the life of God.
Eating is a sign of life. Just like with the foal, as we study and eat of the Word of God, it is producing life in us. As born-again Christians, we will not experience all the life God has for us if we fail to eat continually of the Word of God. It is a source of life for us.
We eat of natural food to give our bodies strength and life. We eat of spiritual food, the Word of God, to do the same thing…to impart strength and life to us. If we go without natural food for a period of time, our bodies become weak. The same thing happens when we go without the Word of God for an extended period of time. Our spiritual life will become weakened, sickly, perhaps even lifeless.
The Bible says Jesus is that bread of life. He is our nourishment. His Word is what we must feed upon.
John 1:1 is one of the most powerful scriptures in the Bible. It says, In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
The Word and God and Jesus are one. When we eat of the Word, we are receiving all Jesus is in our very being. In our life. In everything that surrounds us. Life is coming into us, as we partake daily of the Word of God, for we are partaking of Jesus Himself. I cannot emphasize enough how vital the Word of God is.
It is not enough to simply know what the Bible says, we must eat of it daily.
We must partake of it…get it down inside of us. Meditate on it. Spend time studying the unfailing Word. We must read the Bible daily, until the only thing coming out of our mouth is the Word of the Living God. When that happens, the only thing coming out of your mouth will be life – and we know – life and death are in the power of the tongue. (Prov 18:21)
LIFE or death literally comes out of your mouth each time you speak. Think about that for a moment. Life…the Word…you cannot have one without the other. Today, choose life.