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Just as a healthy appetite is essential to our physical well-being, a healthy spiritual appetite is needed if we are to acquire and maintain spiritual health. “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God,” the Bible says (Matthew 4:4).

It does not matter how often we eat food and how nutritiously we eat, this will contribute nothing to our spiritual health. For that, God has given us the Bible. Reading it and mixing what we read with faith is how we feed our spirit to become spiritually healthy.
A striking similarity exists between the food we eat for our physical well-being and the Word of God we must consume for our spiritual health. It is that the more balanced our eating habits are, the more wholesome our health will be. No one or two food items can give us all of the nutrients our body needs to be healthy.

Yet, many Christians attend local churches that disproportionately teach one particular doctrine. Included in this group are prosperity gospel churches, those that embrace the hyper grace movement, word of faith churches, etc. But in order for Christians to reach maximum spiritual health, they must be exposed to balanced preaching and teaching of all of the Word of God.
Notice, Jesus said we must live by “every word” that comes from God.  All of His Words are important. He never speaks just for the sake of speaking.

So what about you? Do you have an appetite for the entire Word of God? Or do you comb through the Scriptures to find and read only those areas that interest you? Your answer is a reflection of your spiritual health or the lack thereof. I’m saying that selective reading of the Word of God will render you spiritually malnourished.

Some Christians can go a week without picking up their Bible to read the Word of God and not miss it. Just imagine what would happen if you lost your appetite such that you ate food only one day a week. Your physical body would become run down. You would not be energetic but lethargic. You would not be physically strong but weak.
 
A similar thing happens to Christians who have little or no appetite for the Bible. It is God’s primary way of speaking to us. It is the food for our inner man. Bread alone is not enough.

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