Updated: May 24, 2021
Physically, we know that food is our primary source of fuel to survive. However, it's not our only source. We depend so much on food to give us strength but not thinking about the very energy that feeds the body, the soul, and the spirit, which is the Word of God.
Matthew 4:1-4 shows us that we don't only survive off of food alone but by the Word of God. When the devil tempted Jesus during His days of fasting, Jesus confidently used the Word of God to stand tall against the enemy. Now, Jesus was flesh, and because He was flesh- body hunger struck Him greatly, and food was needed for strength. But Jesus showed confidence in knowing God's word being the main fuel to defeat the enemy.
The enemy we may face can be a tempted situation where the Word of God is the only fuel needed to give you strength to overcome. During our fitness and nutrition journey, we're faced with many mountains. We aim to perfect our meal plans and perform every exercise instructed to us but ignore our spiritual appetite. The body (flesh) is trained to do and receive, but it isn't exceptionally qualified to defeat the spirit of the enemy. Paul explains to Timothy that "physical training is great, but biblically training is better because of the promising benefits received in this life and the life to come" (1 Timothy 4:8 NLT). In addition, Ephesians 6:17 gives us the freedom to take up the sword of the spirit, which is the Word of God.
As I study the Word of God more frequently, I realized that I am spiritually skinny and physically obese. We never think about how the Word of God fills us, both spiritually and physically, and the value that it has over our lives. We don't think about how it helps us daily. Being spiritually skinny and physically obese leads to multiple challenges in this lifetime. The Word of God is fulfilling to the body, the soul, and the spirit. Together, we can agree that food does satisfy bodily hunger, but on the flipped side, the Word of God is the best seed, meal, water, and medicine we can ever receive. The Word of God should be the first meal we consume before starting and ending our day, which can help us lose weight physically and gain weight spiritually.
Take a moment to skip a meal and replace it with reading the Word of God.