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Feast Upon The Words of Christ

Updated on January 20, 2016
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I am a child of God with infinite worth just like you are. I'm also a lifelong member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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Are You Experiencing a Fulfillment of Ancient Prophecies About Spiritual Hunger?

There are several ancient revelations that refer to the spiritual hunger that occurs when God's children don't have access to Christ's word, and I think that these revelations are extremely applicable today.

The Old Testament prophet, Amos, prophesied of a famine of the word. He said that people would wander from sea to sea seeking for the word, but they would not find it.

Isaiah compares a lack of the word of God to a hungry man dreaming about eating but then waking up to discover that he's still hungry. He thinks he has found something to satisfy his hunger, but it turns out to be just an illusion.

Both of these scriptures refer to the great apostasy and the period of the dark ages when Christ's true church was not established on the earth (after Christ's earthly ministry and previous to the restoration of the fullness of Christ's gospel through the prophet Joseph Smith).

Certainly those were dark and unfortunate times when there was literally no way for people to receive Christ's word in its fullness, but even today when the scriptures are readily available, there are many who show symptoms of being hungry for Christ's word (myself included at times).

I love this video that portrays how the restoration of Christ's church on the earth came to pass.Check it out!

What Are the Symptoms of Spiritual Hunger?

There are more signs of spiritual hunger than I could possibly list, but I will make note of a few sneaky symptoms that we don't always recognize as spiritual hunger pangs.

  • Anger/Frustration-When you are feeling angry or frustrated with any situation in life, the scriptures are a fantastic remedy to soothe the soul and soften the heart.
  • Anxiety/Worry-Nothing speaks peace to the heart and mind like the words of Christ and his prophets (who are his representatives on the earth). When you are feeling overwhelmed, turn to the scriptures and you will be overcome with a quiet feeling of peace.
  • Lack of satisfaction with life/feeling that life is mundane-If your regular activities aren't providing you with the satisfaction and enjoyment that you are seeking, it could be that your soul is hungering for the word of Christ. It's amazing how once we are spiritually filled it is easier to feel fulfilled in other ways.
  • Boredom/Lack of Stimulation-It's quite common these days for people to waste time on the internet searching for something interesting to read or view that will stimulate, entertain, and fill the emptiness they are experiencing in their minds, hearts, and schedules. (I'm often guilty of this myself) I think this endless searching is like a loud stomach growl (of a spiritual nature) that shouldn't be ignored. After hours of searching the internet, a person can find themselves still hungry for the spiritual stimulation they weren't able to find, just like the man Isaiah described who dreamed of eating, but woke up hungry. The words of Christ will fill that emptiness inside better than anything else ever could.

As I mentioned before, we aren't necessarily experiencing a famine of the word in our time, because that would imply that the word isn't available.

On the other hand, there is definitely a hunger for the word. There are plenty of people who either don't recognize the symptoms of spiritual hunger or simply don't know where to find the fulfillment that their spirits are craving.

Do you find it easy to recognize symptoms of spiritual hunger?

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What Does It Mean to Feast Upon the Words of Christ?

We have been told by the ancient prophet Nephi (as well as several modern day prophets) to "feast upon the words of Christ," but what does that mean?

Recently I was involved in a demonstration to teach this very lesson. A gentleman and I were asked to demonstrate for a group of children the difference between feasting and nibbling.

The gentleman daintily nibbled away at a piece of Captain Crunch cereal while I feasted away stuffing handfuls of cereal in my mouth in a manner similar to the Cookie Monster.

It might not have been the most polite demonstration of how to feast, but it definitely got the point across to the children, and it left an impression on me as well.

I realized that although I do read my scriptures on a daily basis, I wasn't really feasting on them all that regularly.

A feast is something that is usually celebrated and greatly enjoyed. When you feast, you eat as much as you possibly can and wish that you could fit more in.

I do this with my scriptures from time to time, but unfortunately, my version of scripture study is often more comparable to nibbling away at the scriptures a chapter at a time without much thought and then putting them away for later.

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Scripture Feasting Tips

People like to study the scriptures in many different ways. Here are just a few ideas to help you turn your scripture nibble into a scripture feast:

  • Pick a book of scripture and see how much you can read in one day. Oftentimes when you read little bits and pieces of the scriptures at a time the stories become fragmented, and it's easy to lose track of what's going on. Reading large chunks of scripture at once can help the stories in the scriptures flow better.
  • Study by topic. Pick a topic that you're interested in (faith, grace, peace, or prayer for example) and study all the scriptures you can find on that topic.
  • Keep a scripture journal. Write down insights and spiritual impressions that you receive as you study. Elder Richard G. Scott once said, "Knowledge carefully recorded is knowledge available in time of need. Spiritually sensitive information should be kept in a sacred place that communicates to the Lord how you treasure it. That practice enhances the likelihood of your receiving further light."
  • Highlight your scriptures using a color code. For example, you might underline all references to the Savior in red, commandments in green, and underline prophecies in blue (obviously, you can choose the topics and colors...you don't have to use my suggestions).

The Rewards of Feasting on the Word Are Great

The prophet Nephi said, "feast upon the words of Christ; for behold, the words of Christ will tell you all things what ye should do."

That is an amazing promise! Who doesn't wish that they had a little bit more guidance in their lives? I know that I do!

I know that as we choose to feast upon the words of Christ we will receive guidance in our lives. Not only will we learn through the words of the scriptures, but we will be better able to recognize the spirit and receive personal revelation as needed.

I know this is true, because I have experienced it myself.

The next time that you find yourself experiencing spiritual hunger pangs, I challenge you to recognize them for what they are and feast upon the words of Christ. You won't be disappointed.

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    • Rachel L Alba profile image

      Rachel L Alba 21 months ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Hi Rebecca, Daily feeding on the Word of God is the only way we can get through this life, for me anyhow. I go to church on Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings and hearing the Word of God increases my faith in Jesus Christ. Thank you for your hub.

      Blessings to you.

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      N Kiddie 21 months ago

      Thank you so much for the encouraging post! I totally agree that we should abide in the Word of God daily. I feel so much more peaceful and joyful when I do! God bless you.