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You may have memories of watching a commercial for the well-known cereal that enticed your desire with rainbow colors, treasure, and marshmallow treats. As if the visuals in the ad weren’t enough to get you to think you needed to have it, they added the mysterious tagline that they are “Magically delicious!”. A little addition to make you think it has something exceptionally extraordinary, so you would surely beg your mom into submission.
oils and sweeteners have been used by the food industry for decades to increase shelf life and taste. Over the last few years there’s been an increased awareness of these man-made concoctions, and growing concern, so many companies have scaled back and now offer these same products with ingredients that are at least a little bit closer to nature.
While I don’t place full blame on the food industry (I’ll be the first to tell you our problem is not the Ho Hos. It’s our lustful hearts toward the Ho Hos.), I do want to stress the importance of verifying their claims.
I remember when I began a walk toward healthier living. I had never checked a label. I turned the box of my favorite crackers sandwiched with cheese and thought, “Oh my! I just ate what and how much?!?!” That was a big eye opener for me. Once you become familiar with real food, you crave it and it becomes easier to recognize with just a glance.
Now when I hear a teacher, I don’t just swallow what they are saying. I go to the Word of God and make sure that what they are claiming lines up with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
The Gospel is and literally means “Good News”. It doesn’t need to be spruced up with flavor enhancers or colors to make it look pretty. The pure Gospel is naturally delicious; good medicine that goes down like a spoon full of sugar, yet offers authentic nutrients for life, peace, and health to the whole being.
It is beautiful to those who are humble and hungry for what is real. A breakfast of champions designed to be chewed on regularly because, although it is satisfying and tastes so good, it is very different from what the world constantly feeds your eyes and mind.
Man-made philosophies pumped full of artificially sweet claims that sparkle and boast, “You need this to be happy! Do this to be accepted. Prove yourself! Work harder so you can be blessed.” fight to replace the Pure Seed of the Gospel of grace.
Jesus truly paid and still pays it all. You are always loved and totally forgiven. The punishment for your mistakes has been taken in His body never to be counted against you, so don’t blame God for the troubles in your life or try to punish yourself.
It is a gift given of pure Love. Pure Grace. Pure Truth. Pure Life that has the power to transform you from the inside out. Seek it out. Treasure it above everything else. Eat it and share it regularly as you stand firm until the end. Meditate on His beauty throughout the day, keeping your mind too full and satisfied to consume anything contrary. The blessings and victory crown are surely yours, dear Athlete of Christ.
Prayer: Oh Lord, please reveal Sweet Jesus as I feast on Your Word!
“Praise the LORD, my soul… Who satisfies your mouth with good things; so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.” Psalm 103:2,5 NKJV
“On this mountain the LORD of hosts will make for all peoples a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wine, of rich food full of marrow, of aged wine well refined.” Isaiah 25:6 ESV
“He successfully refuted the Jews in public and proved by the Scriptures that Jesus is the Messiah.” Acts 18:28 ISV
“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.” John 10:27 ESV
“However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me–the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.” Acts 20:24 NIV
“Many Jews and devout converts to Judaism followed Paul and Barnabas, and the two men urged them to continue to rely on the grace of God.” Acts 13:43 NLT
“Be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.” 1 Timothy 2:1 NIV
“This Good News tells us how God makes us right in his sight. This is accomplished from start to finish by faith. As the Scriptures say, “It is through faith that a righteous person has life.” Romans 1:17 NLT
“But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption, so that, just as it is written, ‘LET HIM WHO BOASTS, BOAST IN THE LORD.'” 1 Corinthians 1:30-31 NASB