THE TASTE IN YOUR MOUTH
My husband asked me the other night when he kissed me, if I could still taste the bacon-pasta dish he had just eaten. This got me thinking about the lingering taste of what we eat in our mouths. What are you eating? Can those who you speak to, tell what you have eaten by the smell on your breath? The two worst offenders are garlic and onions, especially when eaten raw.
This is spiritually true as well. It has often been said that “a way to a man’s heart is through his stomach”. Well, before it can get to the stomach, it has to go through the mouth. The heart-mouth connection is seen throughout scripture. ” For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation” Rom 10:10 . God was very intentional about the heart-mouth connection because He understands that , as the only speaking spirits, “ Those who guard their mouths and tongues keep themselves from calamity. ” Proverbs 21:23.
What we eat then, comes out of our mouths on our breath. What are you eating? Naturally, we think of what we have eaten last and if this is on our breath. What you are eating also locates where you are. This is true geographically as well as spiritually.We do not only eat natural food, but we need spiritual sustenance as well.
The importance of the heart-mouth connection was ever-present in God’s plan of redemption , so much so ,that He paid particular attention to the diet of His people. Before God delivered the Israelites out of Egypt , they had been eating a diet of leeks, onions and garlic for 400 years in bondage. As mentioned earlier, these vegetables are very pungent. It leaves a very strong, sharp , unpleasant smell on the breath. The diet of bondage of the Israelites was evidenced on their mouths. They were bitter, consumed with offence, unbelief, doubt, fear and depression. They grumbled and complained and spoke about their problems constantly. The words that came out of their mouths reflected what was in their hearts.
Often you can tell if someone is still in bondage in their lives, by the words that come out of their mouths. Criticism, defeat, anxiety, despair , bitterness or unforgiveness is indicative of someone who has not been freed. They may be suffering from emotional betrayal, financial stress, physical sickness or psychological trauma. They have been feeding on negativity and defeat and are still spiritually in Egypt.
The good news is that Jesus has set us free from all captivity and bondage. We need to speak His victory in our lives despite the circumstances. When His truth has become engrafted into our hearts, it becomes a living extension of our lives and produces spiritual fruit . By meditating on a scripture, it will successfully bear good fruit in your life. For example, if you meditate on 1 Corinthians 13, it will produce the fruit of genuine love in your life. If you engraft 1 Peter, it will bear fruit of patience during suffering. If you engraft the book of Romans 6 and 8, you can have victory over sin.
CHANGE YOUR DIET
Once they were set free from Egypt and were in the wilderness, God knew that He had to change their confessions , so He changed their diet. God Himself provided what they needed to eat. He gave them MANNA ,meaning “WHAT IS IT?” to eat. They were confused and did not know what was happening. God’s people needed to change their stinking thinking. He gave them just enough manna to sustain them daily, according to their needs. Not everyone received the same portion. Our God is such a God of excellence and attention to detail. By receiving the manna in this way, God was teaching His children dependence on Him. They no longer had to work for their food, they were introduced to His grace. God revealed Himself as Jehovah Jireh, our Provider.
In your wilderness experience in your life, you need to learn to let go of the need to know. By only sustaining them with a daily portion, God was training them to seek Him first every day. He was setting the pattern of a life deliberately dependent on Him. Moses did not lead them into the promised land as He had an anointing for endurance and survival. In the wilderness you will be sustained by God.
Your diet then will be feeding on the Word of God daily as Jesus teaches us in Matthew 6:11 : ” Give us today our daily bread” , knowing that Jesus is the Bread of life and Jesus is the Word of God made flesh unto us.
Your love for scripture will be an indication that you are a true child of God, set free from bondage. God compares His Word to milk “ As newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the Word, that you may grow thereby” 1 Peter 2:2. You will then be renewing your mind, just as the Israelites had to do in the wilderness. ” And be not conformed to this world: but be transformed by the renewing of your mind…” Rom 12:2. As long as they had the mentality of slaves, they could not enter into the promised land. Your talk will indicate where you are in your walk with Christ. God will know by your words, when you are ready for your promised land. When you have finally learned to trust in Him by feeding on His Word, JESUS.
After 40 hard years in the wilderness, the Israelites were finally ready to crossover into the promised land. It was a hard, hot, long journey because of their stubbornness and old mindsets. God changed their diet once again, indicating a change was needed in their mouths and hearts. ” The manna stopped the day after they ate this food from the land; there was no longer any manna for the Israelites, but that year they ate of the produce of Canaan. “Joshua 4:12
Joshua had the anointing for possessing the land. What God now required of His people was to possess all that He had made available to them. It was going to require effort from the Israelites to lay hold of the promises. Once again God demonstrated this by requiring them to work the land for food. They had to break the ground and plant whatever it was they desired to eat. The seed was given to them. The land was given to them. Work was required. In this phase, the comfort levels have to be abandoned.
Jesus said ” whatsoever a man soweth , that shall he also reap“. Gal 6:7 Joshua was a shadow of Jesus, who enables us to crossover into new life through accepting Him.
Joshua and Caleb’s confession indicated that they were ready to take hold of their promised land. “We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it. ” Numbers 13:30. Their words indicated that they were eating a diet of produce. They were breaking new ground. Joshua and Caleb persisted in their belief when the negative voices around them,which were focused on the circumstances, grew louder. They repeated: ” The land we passed through and explored is exceedingly good. If the Lord is pleased with us, He will lead us into that land, a land flowing with milk and honey, and will give it to us.” Numbers 14: 7-8. Joshua and Caleb were the only two of that generation who entered into the promised land.
What you eat in this phase is going to depend on what you sow in the correct soil. The food of freedom you will have to get yourself. You are going to have to plow, sow and reap your own harvest. “If the Lord is pleased with us” shows that we need to please God in our sowing. It is a collaborative effort between us and God . He has placed enough on the inside of you to live an abundant life. You need the help and guidance of the Holy Spirit to direct you. You also need to place yourself around the correct people. Joshua was the correct leadership God placed in the lives of the Israelites to lead them in the crossover. Similarly, you need to connect with people who are connected to Jesus.
WHERE YOU AT?
If God had the wisdom to direct the diet of the Israelites from bondage to freedom, so we are to alter our diets to reach our ultimate destination in God. What aroma is your words giving off? What are you eating? Are you still in Egypt? Are you currently experiencing the frustration of your wilderness or are you at the groundbreaking place in Jesus, where you are putting your hand to the plow?
Don’t be discouraged by the discomfort you are experiencing in the different seasons of your life. Know that God is stirring up your nest and the discomfort you may be experiencing is connected to your fruitfulness.
Stay connected to the “Vine”, Jesus , bear the pruning and you will produce much fruit.
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