Gainz: Ben Thompson

by Ben Thompson
YOUTH LEADER 


What is your favourite, go-to food?

  • Steak
  • Kale
  • McDonalds
  • Noodles

When you’ve had a long day at school or work and you get home, who’s keen to munch down on a stalk of Kale? …No-one! We want the quick and easy fix, we don’t want to wait for an hour as we slow cook a nice Prime Rib and prepare a garden salad…we’re going to throw the pot on and boil those delicious life-savers known as 2 minute noodles.

But who knows that the quick and easy feed isn’t going to make us feel great in the long run? I’m sure we’ve all experienced food comas before where all you want to do is lie in front of the TV for the rest of your life.

“What we are hungry for short term, isn’t going to benefit us in the long run!”

If you’re trying to get some real GAINZ, you know that going to Hungry Jacks after the Gym isn’t going to help you get those muscles you’re wanting before Summer #beachbod. Similar to our our Physical gainz, what we feed ourselves SPIRITUALLY is so important. Sometimes we forget there is more than just our PHYSICAL body, we have a Soul! And just like our bodies we have to check whether what we are eating is going to benefit our GAINZ, or negate them.

When we’re feeling down, sad or just in a bit of a rut, rather than addressing the issue in our soul, we go for the quick and easy fix rather than the actual beneficial solution. Maybe you find this in Netflix, or a ‘short’ gaming session. Maybe it’s that habit you’ve been trying to kick for a while but you just aren’t ‘strong’ enough to fight it?

When our Souls are weak, we are more susceptible to give into temptation! The Apostle Paul struggled with the exact same thing!

Romans 7:19 – I want to do what is good, but I don’t.
I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway.

“What is the one thing you keep going back to that you wish you wouldn’t?”

Some of our habits are like the Hungry Jacks or 2 minute noodles for our Soul; they’re quick and easy, and make us feel good WHILE we eat it..but the regret always comes afterwards.

If we could see our souls, how would they look? Full and healthy, or shrivelled and malnourished?

SO WHAT CAN WE DO TO FILL OUR SOUL?

Jesus says in Matthew 4:4 “Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God”
We can feed our Soul by spending time with God! letting his love and his words fill our Soul!

You can spend time with God by:

1. Talking to him

When Jesus died for our Sins, we were made perfect again in the eyes of God. There is nothing separating us from him ANYMORE! This wasn’t for his benefit…it’s for ours!
Praising Jesus lifts OUR spirit, it aligns us with who HE says we are. When my soul is starving, and I find myself getting bitter and angry towards people, I have found that I need to fill it back up by doing what I don’t really feel like doing at the time…PRAYING FOR THEM. It brings my soul back to a healthy place and aligns me closer to who Jesus wants me to be. Who can you pray for right now?

2. Reading his word

We all think “I need to hear from God” but we forget there is a whole book full of words from him. The bible isn’t meant to be a dusty book of ‘do’s and dont’s’. It’s called the living word, the Holy Spirit makes the words jump alive into our Soul..things we have read a million times before can all of a sudden seem new and just what we need at the time! I’m currently reading through the book of Mark, which follows Jesus’ time on earth…I’ve read it a million times, but still the Holy Spirit fills my Soul with the words I’m reading.
There are so many devotions and blogs that can fill our soul as well! it’s all inspired by God’s word that will position us to see things through his perspective rather than our own.

3. Spending time in his presence

Sometimes we don’t realise how good something is until it’s gone. I find nothing more refreshing and filling for my Soul than worshipping him in his presence!

Here are some bible verses that talk about filling your soul when you are down.

Psalm 42:11 – Why, my soul, are you downcast?
Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
for I will yet praise him,
my Savior and my God.

Psalm 62:1 – Truly my soul finds rest in God;
my salvation comes from him.

You may not feel like getting involved and spending time with Jesus…but that’s normally the indication that you should!
“I have the desire, but I can’t bring myself to it.”

What can you take away from this?

The next time you feel the hunger pains of your Soul, instead of going to that one thing here is what you can do:

  • Take the time to say a prayer to God, ask him to fill you up!
  • Read a chapter of the Bible or a devotional and ask the Holy Spirit to say something new to you!
  • Read a blog!
  • You may not feel like it, but remember that it will strengthen your GAINZ in the long run, you’ll feel the good feels after eating a good meal, not the Hungry Jacks regrets!