THE DIABETIC CHRISTIAN Andy Hollifield 8-21-18
Psalms 119:103 How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!
And a lot safer too! His words, I mean, at least if you are a diabetic. I believe it is almost a sin to eat honey or molasses without a hot buttered biscuit and believe me, that will spike your sugar big time. Don’t worry, you can keep reading. This is not a new diet plan. Anyone can look at me and know that it’s not working if it was. It’s also not some deep secret, or biblical truth that God has given me a private interpretation of. He don’t do that. But it is a comparison of a Christian life and the life of a diabetic. I have been a diabetic for over two years and have just now figured out the similarities.
Two words I want to start off with is Hyperglycemia which is an abnormally high amount of glucose in the blood. Hypoglycemia which is low glucose. I began to think about my diabetes the other day and how that if I eat just a moderate amount of something really good but not good for me, unless I drink a gallon of water right behind it, it will jack my sugar level abnormally high even though I am on medicine to control it. I began to liken that to my Christian walk. When I ingest a lot of godly singing, preaching, praying, fellowship, and meditation on him, my sweetness level tends to spike. But on the other hand, if I get too much of a pleasurable sin (Hebrews 11:25) which is anything where God doesn’t have preeminence, that raises the sin level in my heart. It also tries to contaminate that holy blood in my veins and can send me into a spiritual coma which renders me completely spiritually dead and useless to the Lord or anyone else.
When a diabetic’s sugar level goes too low, they become weak, lethargic, sweat continuously, shaky, and only want to sleep and in general feel rotten. While those are also common side effects of Hyperglycemia, with Hypoglycemia it is easily corrected. Sweets. All you have to do is get some sugar in your blood. You can eat chocolate or drink a soft drink even though doctors won’t recommend that. You can also eat peanut butter or they do reccomend drinking orange juice. When it occasionally happens to me, I go for ice cream if available. That’s not recommended either but it still works. As a Christian, when your sweetness level gets too low you start getting critical, want to just lay out of church, don’t want to be around God’s people anywhere, and lose your appetite for the things of God and want to start taking in the wrong stuff. If you don’t get some good, sound, bible, preaching along with some serious prayer and repenting you will soon be incoherent to the things of God completely. You will slip into a spiritual coma which is a dead-like state where you are incapable of functioning at all as a Christian. You don’t lose your salvation and are still alive but just laying there useless.
The good news is that folks in a spiritual coma can still hear. Steady doses of God’s word will soon bring you out of your dead-like state and if you take it in and meditate on it, it will bring you back to complete consciousness again. Of course you will have to repent, which means to turn away from, and get rid of the stuff that put you in that state to begin with and quit ingesting it. You will gradually gain your strength back and be back to complete functionality as long as you stay on the meds or meditation upon God’s word and other things of God without which you can’t maintain your spiritual health.
I hope you get what I am trying to say. Both too much stuff that is bad for you or just not enough of what is good for you can make you sick and unable to function as a Christian. That is why we have to maintain a healthy diet of the godly things I mentioned earlier and not ingest the bad things into our system. Jeremiah 17:9 says “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” We have a sinful nature and appetite that we can’t eliminate but we can focus on a healthy diet. We will always be fighting it until we drop weight, or in our case as Christians lose gravity, and rise to meet Jesus in the air. Then we will no longer struggle with our spiritual diabetes. Don’t forget to take your meds. Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!