Quote of the Day: Pamper the Body and Starve the Soul

Generally speaking, the soul and body fare inversely. When the body is pampered with every luxury, the soul starves. The soul thrives best when the body cries out. Probably we all have to choose, not once or twice, in life, whether we will have the full satisfaction of our appetites, and lean souls; or be lean as to our circumstances, while the spirit is keen, alert, and full of vigorous life.

–F.B. Meyer

I think the US, and probably the West, has suffered spiritually because we have been so “blessed” materially.

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
2 Corinthians 12:9-10

But the rich should take pride in their humiliation–since they will pass away like a wild flower. 11 For the sun rises with scorching heat and withers the plant; its blossom falls and its beauty is destroyed. In the same way, the rich will fade away even while they go about their business. 12 Blessed are those who persevere under trial, because when they have stood the test, they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.
James 1:10-12

2 Responses to “Quote of the Day: Pamper the Body and Starve the Soul”

  1. 1 Thomas Provost

    Good message. Andrew Murray said that “If you eat more food than your body needs, you are longer feeding your body, but your flesh.” The Apostle Paul says: “Do you not know that in a race all runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified” (1 Corinthians 9:24 – 27; ESV).

  2. 2 Scripture Zealot

    Good quote. I was almost going to quote the passage you did. There are so many to choose from, it’s a wonder that so many people miss them. I guess we remember what we want to remember.

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