Feed Your Spirit!

by Mary Louise;Town Jaqua, Health Minister

Spirit. What is it? It cannot be seen, heard, smelled,
or touched, nevertheless it is real. Spirit, by definition,
is the essence of the Everliving One, the Great I AM,
Who in the beginning gifted man with a measure of
His eternal substance.

And YHVH formed man of the dust of
the ground, and breathed into his
nostrils the breath of life; and man
became a living soul.- Genesis 2:7

The Almighty first fashioned man a body (temple) and
then placed within it His Spirit, the infusion of which
gave birth to man's soul. This part of man housed his
affections, desires, and more importantly, his will.
When the body, spirit, and soul were joined together
as one, man became a triune being, a balance that
the Almighty declared was complete or whole.

Man in this original state enjoyed perfect health, a
blissful quality of life wherein body, spirit, and soul
worked together in harmony with the will of YHVH
Almighty. Because man was made in the image of
His Creator, he possessed His Divine attributes of
perfect love, peace, joy, mercy, compassion,
kindness, patience, understanding, etc. This quality
of life that man initially enjoyed in the Garden of Eden
is referenced in scripture as man's 'first estate'
wherein he knew no sin.

When man decided to exercise his own will and
walk contrary to YHVH, however, his idyllic lifestyle
came to a crashing halt. His once-bright spirit fell
into darkness, bringing death to his spirit, soul, and
body. Man was thus subjected to the beggerly
elements of life: the bondage of sin and corruption.
His choice to 'eat' of the tree of the knowledge of
good and evil ended up being a poor, if not deadly
choice, opening him up to an appetite for

  • bitterness
  • anger
  • selfishness
  • lust
  • greed
  • hate
  • jealousy
  • anxiety
  • impatience
  • sadness
  • despair
  • depression
  • discouragement
  • pride
  • frustration

Spiritually-dead food cannot feed a living soul
nor can it sustain a living body. Thus man's life
began to deteriorate unto the point where he
died. Like Esau many years hence, the Adam
man lost his birthright (immortality) because of
mis-placed affections, choosing to serve his
own passions and not the will of YHVH.

Having been caught in this 'snare of the fowler'
(Psalm 91:3; 124:7) by reason of disobedience,
man has since been tossing about on the sea of
his own selfish desires, affections, and will. This
turbulent range of ill-conceived thoughts, deeds,
and emotions can and does negatively impact the
entire body, being symptomatic of a dark, life-less

Scientific and medical studies reveal that there is
a vital connection between spiritual and physical
health. Dark, dead thoughts, actions, and feelings
generate a negative charge in the body that can
trigger health problems both large and small. A
negative charge can deaden cells and turn the
body's blood chemistry acidic, a condition which
precipitates sickness. Some physical consequences
that stem from a dark, negative spirit include:

  1. Cancer- root cause said to be bitterness
  2. Candida- feelings of rejection
  3. Autoimmune disorders-stress and assorted
    emotional problems
  4. Panic attacks- stress/anxiety
  5. Heart disease- stress/anxiety
  6. Respiratory problems- stress/trauma/grief

As the soul is unable to resolve emotional issues,
the body, mind, and spirit will be overburdened,
adding stress to stress and compounding health
problems. Thus, for good or for ill, the body and
spirit, working together with the soul, comprise our
personal health experience.

Recharging the spirit
Restoring the quality of life that YHVH ultimately
planned for us is possible! We know this to be
true because the reoccurring theme of scripture
is LIFE: the regeneration of man from his fallen
state back to the image of YHVH. This restoration
constitutes the healing of the whole man: spirit,
soul, and body, a process that begins by feeding
the spirit.

Nourishing the spirit is as important and sometimes
more important than feeding the physical body, for
without proper nutrients, the spirit dies. A dead spirit
is a sign of making lifestyle choices that are contrary
to the will of YHVH. Living in violation of His laws is
called 'sin' in scripture. While many regard the term
'sin' offensive, scripture tell us,

For all have sinned, and come short
of the glory of YHVH.- Romans 3:23

This being so, none of us is exempt from having a
sinful nature that begs a major overhaul. We need
to be revived, restored, and reconstructed in the
likeness of YHVH. Healing the spirit thus requires
restoring our relationship with our Creator.

  1. Acknowledge YHVH as the only True, Living
    One, the Creator of the Universe
  2. Acknowledge that the scriptures are the
    revealed word of YHVH Almighty and the only
    righteous authority given unto man
  3. Acknowledge that YHVH sent His only begotten
    Son, Yahshua Messiah, into the world in a flesh
    body to die for sin.
  4. Repent for the error of your ways and ask
    forgiveness of Yahshua Who shed His blood
    and died for your sins. If thou shalt confess
    with thy mouth Yahshua Messiah, and shalt
    believe in thy heart that YHVH raised him
    from the dead, thou shalt be saved:
    Romans 10:9
  5. Ask Yahshua into your heart. He will fill you with
    His Spirit and set you free. If therefore the Son
    shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.
    John 8:36
  6. Commit your life to Yahshua and follow Him, for
    He alone knows the way back to YHVH. I am the
    way, and the truth, and the life: no one cometh
    unto the Father, but by me.- John 14:6

Feeding the spirit: what is there to eat?
While feeding the body physical is both obvious
and necessary, the spirit needs to eat, also!
Therefore, what shall we feed it? Yahshua gave
us the answer many years ago:

Man shall not live by bread alone,
but by every word that proceedeth
out of the mouth of YHVH.
Matthew 4:4

The word of YHVH is what we feed our spirits.
The word is living substance, the life force of
YHVH Himself, given to man for His wellbeing and
prosperity (health). Thus when Yahshua, the word
made flesh (John 1), walked in the earth, He

I am the living bread which came
down out of heaven: if any man eat
of this bread, he shall live for ever:
yea and the bread which I will give
is my flesh, for the life of the world.
John 6:51

Likewise He said,

Every one that drinketh of this water
shall thirst again: but whosoever
drinketh of the water that I shall give
him shall never thirst; but the water
that I shall give him shall become in
him a well of water springing up unto
eternal life.- John 4:13,14

If we want to revive our spirits, we must then 'eat,'
i.e. take to heart, the word of YHVH as revealed to
us in Yahshua Messiah. As our 'daily bread',
Yahshua will feed us sustenance that the world
cannot provide: perfect love, peace, patience,
understanding, joy, temperance, humility,
compassion, strength, etc. He will teach us by
example how to live victoriously in this present
world, overcoming all of our life challenges.

Feeding the spirit: where to begin
Nourishing the spirit in order to rebuild the inner
man is the journey of a lifetime. Nevertheless,
cultivating an appetite for spiritual food is akin to
improving one's natural diet: it takes sincere desire,
commitment, and discipline. Like anything worthwhile,
steady, consistent effort brings lasting results. Start
the process by

  1. Reading your Bible- set aside a designated
    time and quiet place to read your Bible daily.
  2. Studying scriptures- become a student of
    the word by learning and/or memorizing
    passages of scriptures that speak to you
    the most.
  3. Praying- prayer is another word for commun-
    ication. Talk to Yahshua and He will answer.
  4. Fasting- depriving the body physical food can
    recharge the spirit effectively. However, it is
    not wise to fast without proper counsel.
  5. Meditating upon Yahshua- fix your attention
    on Yahshua and let His Spirit fill your being.
    Let His words roll over your spirit and take
    root in your heart.

Feeding the spirit: Are you hungry?
Despite age, gender, and genetic differences,
everyone has basic wants and needs. All of us
want to love and be loved, to experience joy,
laughter, kindness, forgiveness, mercy, prosperity,
longevity, and more. None of these elements can
be satisfied by physically feeding the body. These
elements are properties (fruit) of the Spirit, and
therefore must be obtained by the Spirit. No one
can give them to us except YHVH Himself through
Yahshua Messiah. The fruit of the Spirit are the
'vitamins and minerals' that enliven our spirits and
regenerate our bodies. Without giving the spirit
the building blocks that it needs, we will not
experience ultimate health. Therefore, for what
are you hungry? What do you need? Some of
the following favorites on Yahshua's menu could
be a blessing to you today. Ask what you will and
order up:

  1. Love- Beloved, let us love one another:
    for love is of YHVH; and every one that
    loveth is begotten of YHVH, and knoweth
    YHVH. (1 John 4:7-21); He that loveth not
    knoweth not YHVH; for YHVH is love.
    (1 John 4:8); Even as the Father hath loved
    me, I also have loved you: abide ye in my
    . (John 15:9); Love suffereth long,
    and is kind; love envieth not; love
    vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,

    (1 Corinthians 13:4); But now abideth faith,
    hope, love, these three; and the greatest
    of these is love.
    (1 Corinthians 13:13);
    1 Corinthians 13
  2. Joy- These things have I spoken unto you,
    that my joy may be in you, and that your joy
    may be made full. (John 15:11). Now the
    Almighty of hope fill you with all joy and
    peace in believing, that ye may abound in
    hope, in the power of the Holy Spirit.
    (Romans 15:11)
  3. Peace- Peace I leave with you; my peace
    I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give
    I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled,
    neither let it be fearful. (John 14:27)
  4. Provision- But the Almighty shall supply all
    your need
    according to his riches in glory by
    Yahshua Messiah. (Phillipians 4:19)
  5. Hope- For we are saved by hope: but hope
    that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth,
    why doth he yet hope for? (Romans 8:24-5);
    For whatsoever things were written aforetime
    were written for our learning, that we through
    patience and comfort of the scriptures might
    have hope. (Romans 15:4)

This 'meat' (food) and more is available 24/7 from
YHVH's spiritual 'kitchen' in Heaven above, being
dispensed and served in love by Yahshua Himself.
To access this ultimate, perpetual feast, all that we
need to do is ask!

Ask, and it shall be given you; seek,
and ye shall find; knock, and it shall
be opened unto you: Matthew 7:7

And all things, whatsoever ye shall
ask in prayer, believing, ye shall
receive. Matthew 21:22

If ye shall ask anything in my name,
that will I do. John 14:14

In conclusion
When Yahshua taught His disciples to pray,
'Give us this day our daily bread,' it is clear that
He meant more than reaching for a slice of rye
or pumpernickle. He was referring to spiritual
food, substance that money cannot buy.

Sadly, most people today have more consideration
for their natural rather than spiritual appetite. For
this reason they are seriously malnourished. Their
diets are naturally and spiritually poor. Consequently
their spirits are dead and their bodies are not far
behind. So it is that the body physical is satiated,
to the robbing of the spirit. This ought not to be.

Suffice to say, the world is hungry for true substance.
It is starved for love and righteous affection. It craves
peace, joy, justice, mercy, kindness, humility, and more.
None of these commodities are found in a grocery store
nor can politicians legislate them or manufacturers bring
them into being. They exist beyond the limitations of man's
creative ability, imagination, and comprehension, yet
they are more real than what the eye can see and more
tangible than what the human hand can hold. Such is
the substance of Spirit. It is real, it is alive, and best
of all, it is free. Give yourself the gift of life today by
feeding your spirit. Yahshua calls, 'Come and dine.'
Don't keep Him waiting!

Ho, every one that thirsteth, come
ye to the waters, and he that hath no
money; come ye, buy and eat; yea,
come, buy wine and milk without
money and without price. -Isaiah 55:1


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