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need of milk, and not of strong meat.” The   should instinctively crave the sincere (or
          Hebrews were compared to infants who   guileless, pure) milk of the Word of God.
          required milk and could not bear meat   The Word of God provides all the es-
          (solid food). This is the same thought   sential food required to live and grow spiri-
          found in 1 Corinthians 3:2 where spiritual   tually, as a mother’s milk contains all the
          immaturity is in view. It is a serious condi-  vital nutrients for the newborn babe. At the
          tion when any believer continues as an in-  moment of conversion, we were “born
          fant, able only to receive milk when they   again, not of corruptible seed, but of incor-
          should be eating solid food.        ruptible, by the Word of God, which liveth

             Bread to SUSTAIN: (Matthew 4:4,   and abideth for ever” (1Peter 1:23, KJV).
          KJV) “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by   His Word brought us spiritual enlighten-
          bread alone, but by every word that pro-  ment at conversion, and it is by that same
          ceedeth out of the mouth of God.’”  Word that we continue to be fed as
             Honey to SWEETEN: The Psalmist   Christians. However, while every child
          David says that the Word of God is “More   born of God has an instinctive desire for
          to be desired … than gold, yea, than much   the Word, this must also be cultivated. The
          fine gold” (Psa 19:10, KJV). His Words are   more we feed upon it, the more we will de-
          priceless in their value and sweeter than   sire it.
          honey to his taste: “Sweeter also than hon-  DISCIPLINE OF FEEDING
          ey and the honeycomb” (Psa 19:10, KJV;
          see also Psalm 119:103).               Just as physical nourishment is an on-
                                              going daily activity, we also need a daily
             Jeremiah describes the Word of God as
          that which he ate: “Thy words were found,   diet of spiritual food for our spiritual prog-
          and I did eat them; and Thy word was unto   ress. Job knew the importance of feeding
          me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart” (Jer   on the Word of God: “I have esteemed the
          15:16, KJV). A well-fed believer is full of   words of His mouth more than my neces-
          the joy of the Lord! Ensure you don’t limit   sary food” (Job 23:12b, KJV). He esteemed
          your intake of food to a particular portion   spiritual food, “the words of His mouth,” as
          or aspect of the Word of God. Often believ-  greater provision than the food he required
          ers have favorite portions or themes but the   for physical life. The word “esteemed” is
          canon of scripture, in its entirety, is given   often used for concealing or laying up trea-
          for our spiritual development and is all nec-  sures so that they are safe. The same word is
          essary (2Tim 3:16-17).              used in Psalm 119:11; “Thy word have I
                                              hid in mine heart.” Although it is good to
          DESIRE FOR FOOD                     read the Word of God, it must also be hid

             The Bible introduces the figure of a   in our hearts “that I might not sin against
          newborn babe to illustrate that every per-  Thee” (Psa 119:11, KJV).
          son who is born of God will have a desire for   Can this be said of us? How long do
          His Word. “As newborn babes, desire the   you spend feeding your soul on the Word
          sincere milk of the word” (1 Peter 2:2, KJV).   of God? If you spent the same time each
          The desire for milk in the infant is instinc-  day satisfying your physical appetite as you
          tive and continual. A child does not need to   do feeding on the Scriptures, would you be
          be taught to desire milk. So every believer   losing or gaining weight?

          2   TRUTH kTidings  I The Believer and His Food
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