Expiration Date

Expired Food

Have you ever eaten expired food?

I remember one experience vividly with expired food. I was hungry after a long day and wanted to get a quick snack. My choice is a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. I went to grab what I needed to make it and then I opened the bread. I took out two pieces and saw where they were overtaken by mold. Then I looked at the loaf of bread, and it was all overtaken with mold.

It was expired!

No matter how hungry I was, that bread was not going to be consumed by me. The fact it was expired meant it was not eatable.

This forced me to choose something better and throw the expired away.

We know not to eat expired food because of health concerns. Any food that is expired gives the risk of sickness and none of us want that.

However, when it comes to our soul, expired food is common and often a way of life. This also has risks of causing us to be sick and malnourished, which stunts our growth.

This expired food shows itself through unforgiveness, holding grudges, being bitter, and living to get revenge. Thinking the good ole days are the best days. Refusing to change and experience new things. Holding on to the past with fear of the future and living with the need for power and control of everything.

However, this food tastes good at first. It soothes us and gives us a sense of control and being justified in how we feel. But soon, we begin to get sick and it shows through our attitudes, words, behaviors, and outlook.

This is how the Bible says it,

”Why spend your money on food that does not give you strength? Why pay for food that does you no good? Listen to me, and you will eat what is good. You will enjoy the finest food.“

Isaiah‬ ‭55‬:‭2‬

Expired food gives no strength and does us no good.

Have you been there? Are you eating this food now?

Expired food is a common way of life for too many people and the sickness it brings is showing up all around us. Things like brokenness, jealousy, envy, division, revenge, uncontrolled anger, selfishness, greed, and more.

However, the good news is that God has something better for us.

His food for our Soul is fresh and clean, bringing health and strength to our lives. We don’t have to eat expired food!

”Give us each day the food we need,“

Luke‬ ‭11‬:‭3‬

Notice that Jesus has fresh food for us daily!

Here’s another verse for us.

”For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.“

Isaiah‬ ‭43‬:‭19‬

God has new things for us looking forward to His purpose and plan. Expired food pulls us into the past and causes us to get stuck in yesterday. This causes us to miss out on what God has planned, and life is too short to miss out on this.

In fact, life is too short to eat expired food.

We don’t have time to waste on these things. Jesus is our healer, redeemer, and our bread from heaven.

When we receive Soul Food, we can be healed, restored, expanded, grow, develop as a person, have new ways of thinking, and have new opportunities. God has plans for us and in those plans are daily food that nourishes us along the way.

Jesus is our bread from heaven! This is what Jesus said in one of His messages

”Yes, I am the bread of life!“

John‬ ‭6‬:‭48‬

Jesus doesn’t give expired food. He gives us fresh food that nourishes us, strengthens us, and does good things in us!

Here are two ways to stop eating expired food.

1st – Forgive people as a way of life.

Jesus asks us to forgive others because we’ve been forgiven. This is a way of life for Christians.

Today, please forgive anyone from your past who would try to pull you back and get you stuck. Choose to forgive and let it go. This is freeing and liberating.

I also encourage you to forgive anyone who presently has done wrong or is doing wrong to you. Choose to forgive.

Expired food feeds on unforgiveness and grudges. It’s like gas to fire. It will cause it to grow and become out of control, causing destruction.

Soul Food feeds on forgiveness and blessing others. It’s like gas to fire in a good way, giving light, heat, and warmth to our lives.

Choose to forgive others today!

2nd – Let God define your identity.

So much of our expectations in life are linked to the identity we have of ourselves. This is why it’s so important that we let Jesus define our identity. We find this in the Scriptures as we see who God says that we are and what we can do.

This healthily elevates our expectations for life, because in the process we are being made whole and new.

When God defines our identity, we are empowered to overcome pride and to overcome low self-esteem. Both of these are deadly, but in Jesus, we can overcome them.

Please do NOT let culture, society, other people, family history, false ideologies, and peer pressure to decide your identity.

But rather let Jesus define your identity and move forward in your purpose and faith!

Let’s set aside expired food and eat Soul Food from Heaven.

God is with you and the best is yet to come,
PD

Pastor David Norris

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