I was watching a show on TV one night and began to wonder how in the world did some people get so rude, mean, and just down right nasty. These people were backstabbing, gossiping, lying, cheating, causing strife, etc. you name it they did it. Not only did they do it with an attitude of not caring but emphasized that they were doing what they had to do in order to survive in that environment. Then something happened, I started to put myself in that environment and talk back to the TV as if I was there and I noticed that my responses were in line with theirs! Once I heard myself aloud I said “What the heck am I doing?” and I changed the channel. What happened was all the hate, bitterness, anger, strife, etc. started to get in me. Oh but it didn’t take long for me to adapt to that environment and act in a manner that was not of my character.
That got me to thinking about what we allow to feed us. The famous saying “you are what you eat” is not only true naturally but spiritually. Whatever we are fed we become. You watch or hear something for so long before you know it you have become much like what you have heard and seen. The best example is children. Most children become what has been spoken to them all their lives. You tell a child that he/she isn’t or is something for so long they will believe it. If you tell a child they’re the best in everything they do and you continue this message their whole life, not only will they believe it, but they will act like it. Why? Because that is what they were fed all her life. The Bible tells us in Proverbs 18:21 “that life and death are in the power of the tongue”, so whatever you speak has power. So what are you speaking into the atmosphere? How great would it be if all people were living and breathing examples of the Bible once they started to read it every day?
Not only does what is spoken to us have life but what we allow to enter into our spirits as well. The Bible warns us to guard our hearts for they are the wellspring of life (Proverbs 4:23), but how does something get into our hearts? By our eyes and ears. Therefore being mindful of what we choose watch on TV is so imperative because sooner or later we will want to become what we have seen. I’ve had to evaluate not only what I watch on TV but how much TV I watch because if I watch shows or movies that portray fornication, as a single woman I’ll want to do the same. You can’t expect to feed your mind garbage and good things come out! It doesn’t work that way. Additionally the music that we choose to listen to plays a very important role as well. You listen to music that tells you women are nothing, to get money by any means, get wasted at every opportunity, and fornicate, slowly but surely that is what you will want to do. Many teens will tell me that is not true and they can listen to those types of songs without wanting to do those things because at that moment they don’t, but they don’t understand that seeds are being planted for their future. It may not happen right away but you continue to feed a flower salty water and it slowly but surely will die. What seeds are you planting for your future today? That is the whole plan of the enemy, to make you see that a little here and there won’t hurt anyone (“It only takes a minute amount of yeast, you know, to permeate an entire loaf of bread.” Galatians 5:9 MSG), but slowly and surely your spirit is dying. You are feeding it negative things that will stunt your growth and will kill you spiritually.
Each day your spirit should crave to be fed the Word of God just like your natural body craves food. If you don’t have that craving to feed your spirit man you might want to check it’s pulse. Feeding your spirit the word of God each day ensures that it will continue to grow healthy and strong, by neglecting the craving of your spirit to be fed is starving yourself of proper nutrients necessary for growth and life, and the end result is death of your spirit man.
Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” Matthew 4:4
Take a hard look at the music you listen to, the shows and movies you watch, and the people around you that you allow to speak into your life. What are those things/people telling your spirit man? And how long will you allow yourself to feed off of negativity and things that are not like God and expect to grow? You are what you eat…so what are you eating?