Soul Food
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Soul Food

We landed in San Francisco at 8:30 am and all of us were hungry. We had to get up at 2:45 am that morning and we were tired. We found a spot that looked good close to our gate, so we got seated and received our menus.

Here we were, all six of us together in California ready to eat and get to our destination. 

It turned out this spot had great food so we enjoyed a great breakfast and conversation and made a memory for our family in the process. 

These moments are unforgettable as they become a part of the family’s memory and bond. But over time I’ve noticed that a lot of these moments come around food.

It seems that food helps gather us together around a table and be nourished by the meal and by the relationships. Jesus did this too.

He was a part of meals around a table and from those moments, people were changed.

”But when the teachers of religious law who were Pharisees saw him eating with tax collectors and other sinners, they asked his disciples, “Why does he eat with such scum?”

Mark‬ ‭2‬:‭16‬

I believe Jesus comes to these meals today too. He’s with us as we enjoy great food, great people, and great conversations. These moments have great value to families and friends and the more we have them, the better. 

But the secret to these moments is the Soul Food we share through Jesus.

Natural food feeds our bodies, Soul Food feeds our spirit. This is the food that nourishes us to love, walk by faith, forgive, serve, give, and more. This is the food that heals us and gives us Jesus. These moments with family and friends make the natural food better than what it is because when our Soul is fed, we are satisfied. 

This is what we need! This is what we long for! This is what we’re hungry for! 

Soul Food is so important that Jesus said this about it,

”But Jesus told him, “No! The Scriptures say, ‘People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

Matthew‬ ‭4‬:‭4‬

Notice that we LIVE by the word that comes from God. This is Soul Food. 

God has food for us every day. He has words that give us encouragement, help, wisdom, and strength as we navigate our days. He delights in the details of our lives and he wants to be involved in what’s going on.

This means that we must be intentional in receiving His soul food. 

So, here are two ways to have His Soul Food.

1st – Utilize the Bible.

The Bible is God’s word. It’s living and powerful and it feeds us daily. Our part is to utilize it by having a plan to read it. When we read it we’re able to receive it. When we hear it we’re able to feed our faith. When we pray it, we’re able to see it come to life.

When we read the Bible, the Bible will read us. This is how it speaks to us because it’s God speaking to us right now.

However, this can be a point of tension as we’re easily distracted away from utilizing the Bible.

The truth is we have the capacity right now to receive God’s word every day. This is evident by us being on our phones every day, reading news articles every day, getting caught up on other people’s drama every day, watching TV, and more.

Oh yes, we have the capacity and our part is to turn this capacity to build our faith and utilize the Bible daily. 

I encourage you to get a plan that will help you have a rhythm daily to get in God’s word. This can be one verse a day or more but as we do this daily, it becomes a necessity for our lives. 

You can do this! Start where you’re at and utilize the Bible. 

2nd – Listen to good food.

We listen to something every day. From radio to Apple playlists, TV shows, and more. Every day we’re listening and what we hear does something to us.

This includes the conversations we have throughout our day. So, when we listen to Soul Food, it’s another way we’re being nourished.

This comes by listening to good podcasts, listening to messages, listening to worship music, and listening to the Bible being read. 

These are ways we listen to good food that feeds our soul and adds to what matters most, our relationship to Jesus.

What we listen to feeds us, and eventually will come out of us, so, if we listen to good food that feeds our faith, that’s what will come out of us.

If we listen to junk food, that will eventually come out of us too.

The good news is we can control what we listen to and so I encourage you to listen to good things.

If this is true, when we eat the soul food of Heaven, we will become what God has intended us to be.

So I encourage you, to move forward, receive the soul food of Heaven, and be nourished. I also encourage you, to enjoy great food with great friends and family, and make memories because the time is now.

Have a great day and the best is yet to come,

PD

Pastor David Norris

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