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You Are What You Eat.

August 14, 2012

Proverbs 23:7a “As he thinketh in his heart, so is he.”

I chose the King James version of the bible for this verse for a reason. In the NLT, it mostly describes the exterior of a situation instead the core of it.

The NLT version reads like this:

They are always thinking about how much it costs. “Eat and drink,” they say, but they don’t mean it. (Proverbs 23:7 NLT)

So what’s my point?

God knows our hearts.
God knows our motives.
God knows when we are being superficial.

He knows why we tithe and why we don’t tithe.
He knows why we help someone in need and why we don’t.
He knows why we attend church or why we don’t.
He knows the love behind our decisions or the lack there of.
He knows if our actions are done with love or with ulterior motives.

As the saying goes, “You are what you eat”.

So what are you eating?

Being a personal trainer, I can tell you 90% of the reasons people don’t see results is because of their diet. We are finely tuned machines. Your body is an engine. If you put grape kool-aid in your gas tank, it’s not going to get you very far.

The same is true about God’s word. Have you felt anxious, run down, sad, or unsatisfied lately? I challenge you to check what you are feeding your mind and your heart.

Are you in the word or you searching everyone’s Facebook status?
Are you talking with the Creator of the universe or are you tweeting at your friends?
Are you looking around you at the blessings He has surrounded you with or are you clogging it with everyone else’s images on instagram?

The truth behind “you are what you eat” goes not only to God’s word but can go to our hearts as well.

When we congratulate someone, do we mean it? Are we honestly completely happy for them? Or deep down are we jealous and wish we were in their place?

When we offer forgiveness, is it to prevent further conflict, or do we truly let go of any anger or hatred?

As Mark 12:30 says, “And you must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.”

We must first look to God. The lover of our souls. He should always be our first love. Always. If He isn’t first, then you are trying to do it all with your own strength. We weren’t meant for that.

Find your fuel. Let Him satisfy your hunger and thirst. Mark 12:30 tells us to love our God with all our hearts, all our minds, all our bodies, all our souls and all our strength. Mark tells us this first, and I find it completely non-coincidentle that it comes before the words that follow in verse 31. Mark 12:31 reads, “The second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ No other commandment is greater than these.”

It comes first in the bible and it should come first in our lives. Love God then we can be fueled to love our neighbors as we love ourselves.


Because you can’t love out of your own strength.
You can’t forgive out of your own strength.
You can’t genuinely be happy for someone else’s victories out of your own strength and will.

We can’t offer the things of heaven, the things of God, until we first seek Him and allow Him to fill us up.

Our actions can only touch eternity when eternity has touched our hearts.


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