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Ray Parascando - March 5, 2017

How To Find Nourishment From God

Here on Staten Island, and in America, it’s not hard to find food. To the left and right of the church, right across the street, and along the block are bagel stores, pizzerias, bakeries, delis, restaurants, and many other places for food. In every town on the Island, there are at least two pizzerias and a bakery. So it’s not about a problem with access to food when it comes to healthy nutrition. What it comes down to is having the right understanding of nutrition, and how to nourish your body with the proper foods. While you can get foods of all kinds at a moment’s notice, you can spend an unnecessary amount of time, money, and energy buying and eating foods that don’t nourish your body. The same is true with God. People spend an unnecessary amount of money and resources trying to read signs from the stars, looking to people to tell them their fortune, or to have their palms read. There are people who take God’s Word in the Bible and distort it to try and tell you that everything’s going to be okay all the time. That it’s always going to be sunshine and lollipops. But the truth of the matter is that troubles will come. Then there are those who people go because they tell them what they want to hear just to feel better. In life, the sun doesn’t always come out tomorrow. Doubts, discouragements, trials, and temptations will come. Just as you want to have the right nutrition in your body to be healthy physically, you want to have God’s proper nutrition to be healthy spiritually. So just as you need to know how to find nourishment from the right foods, you need to know how to find nourishment from God.

Scripture References: Matthew 16:1-12

From Series: "Spiritual Nutrition Fifty"

What if you could find a way to rejuvenate your mind, body, and spirit? For most people, this is an ongoing mission, whether they realize it or not. The pathway to greater health and renewal comes through a healthy lifestyle, and a healthy lifestyle is based upon healthy nutrition. Highly respected nutritionist and their scientific studies agree that the cleaner you eat, the healthier you become. The concept of eating clean and healthy originated in the Bible. God provided this standard of living so that you could operate at maximum potential, and also combat the many sicknesses that can potentially come your way. This means that your physical health is greatly increased when your nutrition is clean. Whenever you eliminate processed and artificial foods, your body responds with rejuvenation and renewal. This of course strengthens your overall health and awareness, making you more productive for family, work, and fun but it doesn’t stop there. In His infinite wisdom, God uses the picture of physical nutrition, and its benefits to correlate with spiritual nutrition. As you have healthy nourishment from God’s Scriptures, you become spiritually healthy; which then overflows into other vital areas of your life such as relational, financial, mental, and physical health. In 50 days you can make significant progress in your pursuit of health. Take the next 50 days to make some long-overdue changes to your spiritual nutrition. Using the parallel to physical nutrition you will discover the tangible ways to improve the nourishment of your soul. “Jesus replied, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again. Whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” -John 6:35 NLT Join in on this journey by attending church, joining one of our small group Bible studies, participating in the reading plan, memorizing selected Bible verses, praying, fasting, and having fun with learning creative ways to achieve healthy Spiritual Nutrition.

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