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Spiritually Bloated

Spiritually Bloated

...We know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffs up, but love edifies. 1Corinthians 8:1 (NKJV)

If you've been reading the "Daily dose" for any length of time, you will have noticed that I push several foundational truths in the form of themes for the devotionals.  I will do some on salvation, some on forgiveness; some on serving others and being selfless, and all sorts of various absolute musts of our Christian walk.  I do this because it is important to keep these values at the forefront of our minds so as to be faithful in our ability to grow in our walk and to be able to be used by God.

Among these foundational pillars of topics lies reading and studying the Word of God.  Perhaps one of the most important foundational disciplines, it is unfortunately also a discipline that is vastly overlooked due to time constraints due to bad allocation of time management - putting other things first in order of importance (We will look at this further in a study titled "Spiritual Disciplines").  

Studying the Word of God is paramount to a healthy Christian walk, and cannot be substituted with any other reading material - in short the Word of God represents life - and life more abundantly (John 1:1; 10:10).  I often suggest within my writings to find a church that studies the Word of God verse by verse - because it is usually there that you will find a healthy balance to guide your path and see you through life's challenges.

Q:    But what happens when a person keeps reading and studying but chooses not to share what they partake in?

A:    They become "Spiritually bloated!"

It's true, and it can be just as painful as being physically bloated, and it parallels the same principle of a healthy functioning digestive tract of the physical human body in that it digests the food that it takes in; keeping what is healthy and beneficial and then discarding what is not used.  The main difference being that when we partake of the solid nutritional food of God's Word, we don't discard anything as waste - it should first be implemented into our own life for spiritual growth and proper function as a Christian, and then shared with others - and that's because "All Scripture" is profitable.  

All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2Timothy 3:16-17 (NKJV)

Q:    What is Spiritual bloating, and how is it painful?

A:    Spiritual bloating is when a person continues to study the Word of God, but they choose not to share it with others - they keep it all to themselves.  The pain comes as they become puffed up with knowledge and as a result that can become prideful, hyper-critical and selfish - this hurts the Spiritual body of God, because when one part suffers, the whole body suffers (1Cor 12:26).

When a Christian believer takes the proper practice of rightly dividing (digesting) the Word of God and fails to share it with others, or worse yet, fails to implement it into their own life, it leads to tragedy.  They for lack of a better term, they become, "Spiritually Bloated."  And the sad byproduct of them becoming puffed up with this knowledge is that they somehow feel as though they have arrived or attained some sort of spiritual level that would vault them closer to the Lord - but scripture says just the opposite about this type of person

And if anyone thinks that he knows anything, he knows nothing yet as he ought to know. 1Corinthians 8:2 (NKJV)

The way I read it, knowledge is useless if we don't possess love first and foremost (1Cor 13:2).  If we possess this love, then we should have a concern for others that causes us to share everything we possibly can with regard to God's Word that will help them and guide them in the same way that God has guided us - that means paying it forward.  If we are faithful in this, God will continue to entrust and share many things knowing that our heart is properly in alignment with His - and this will result in amazing things being done through each of us.

You've heard me say in the past that we are just "Garden hoses" that can either be hooked up to the spigot of the clean pure water of God's Word, or the spigot of raw sewage that the enemy wants to feed us through the medium of TV, internet or radio - the choice is ours.  Why is it that we don't have any problem passing on bad news of someone's unfortunate circumstances or mistakes, but we freeze like a garden hose in Antarctica when it comes to sharing what we've learned in God's Word?

Hey Christian, I want to encourage you to be faithful in reading your Bible daily - but be just as faithful to impart what you have partaken.  It will keep you spiritually fit, and keep you from being "Spiritually bloated."  What you have from God is of value if you have the heart to share it in love - let's start sharing.

STUDY QUESTION: What can we learn from the scriptures contained within this devotional with regard to reading God's Word and how we are to use it?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you reading your Bible daily?  Are you listening to a Pastor's message on the radio, or participating in a Bible study and then sharing what you have learned with others?

APPLICATION: If you are partaking of God's Word, make sure that you pray that God leads you and empowers you to be able to share it with others.

Father, Thank You for sharing what You want me to know as I open my Bible and read Your Word.  Help me to understand and retain all that I read, and help me to apply it to my life, and then share it with others as well.  In Jesus precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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