When you hear the word meat, what do you think about? Is it fried chicken, pork chops, or steaks? The truth is, this is far from the truth. Meat is defined from Oxford dictionary as flesh of an animal as food and food of any kind. This is somewhat right on the 2nd definition. Meat is more than just food, meat is substance. Substance is something useful: something of value.
And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in thee which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. Genesis 1:29
From this verse alone, there should be a willingness to accept every herb and fruit for meat. The lives of the believer should model this in every area. Everything we need we can get from herbs, every tree, and its fruit. This is not just food consumed, but other things like what we wear, what we live in and what we use daily. The Bible tells us that God supplies us with daily bread. This is daily meat-daily substance. This lets us know that God’s plan is perfect. But because His plan was not followed, man has chosen many things as their meat. What man has done brings decay and destruction to the atmosphere, to the earth itself, to the body, and most of all to the spirit.
Let’s look at meat according to what Jesus said in John 4:32, But he said unto them, I have meat to eat that ye know not of. What was His meat? What was His substance? Also in John 4, Jesus talks about finishing the work assigned by the Father, in John 6 He tells that He came to do the will of the Father, and in John 12 we are reminded that He came to save the world. When Jesus referred to meat, the majority of the time, it was in reference to what the Father expected of Him. Before He could give from the Father, He first had to consume it Himself. He could not give what He did not have in His possession.
Jesus spoke of His flesh as being meat. Consumption of what's valuable is extremely necessary for the believer because there is purpose in it. Everything consumed from God is useful; it is valuable. This is spiritual meat. On the other hand, consuming substance with regard of the flesh should be done out of obedience to God. Jesus told the parents of the daughter whom He raised from the dead to “give her meat”. God knows what meat is needed in the flesh just as He knows what meat is needed in the spirit.
That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. John 3:6
There comes a point in the life of the believer when spiritual meat must be consumed even when fleshly meat is not required. In order to know what meat to consume one must be born of the Spirit. Possessing the Spirit of truth tells us what meat is.
Not knowing what meat to consume, how much of it, and when to consume it will produce an unhealthy person. If or when meat is consumed wrongfully, it is then an act of disobedience, thereby producing an unhealthy spirit. When the spirit is unhealthy, the body becomes unhealthy. Therefore, many people are suffering from diseases, disorders, sicknesses, infirmities, and/or afflictions. God calls His children to be obedient in the spirit and when this happens the flesh will adhere to His will. This is why fleshly meat is not useful unless God says.
Jesus speaks of substances in this world; He called them treasures. Instead of accepting what God has provided for meat, many desire other meats that thieves come in and steal. This is something that people need to be aware of because the devil is a thief and he is definitely looking to rob whomever of eternal life. He does it by manipulating the substance that you are to consume. In the book of Genesis 3, the devil came in the form of a serpent to Eve and talked to her about the meat God provided for her and Adam. Remember, God gave every herb and fruit for meat with the exception of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. As the deception continued, the serpent told her that consuming the forbidden meat was not going to cause her to die. She believed him and ate the meat. As a result, she died spiritually and eventually physically as well.
The meat that God tells us to consume will bring us life. Jesus spoke of Himself as being the bread of life and all who consumed Him will have eternal life. He was not suggesting that we be cannibals. He was, however, providing us with meat that would provide us with what is necessary for us to inherit the kingdom of God.
Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you. John 6:53
When one does not eat the right meat, they are dead. People are physically dying because they are already spiritually dead. It is a matter of life or death to know what is meat. Find out what is meat and eat!
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