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Summary: We find this Old Testament writer in our Scripture Text this morning alluding to the importance of What We Eat Spiritually – he talks to us about the importance of the feeding process. It parallels an “All You Can Eat Buffet.”

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Dr. Wayne A. Lawson

Senior Pastor

Perfected Praise Worship Center

Oklahoma City, OK

Bishop@PerfectedPraisewc.org

www.PerfectedPraisewc.org

Preached Sunday, July 11, 2010

(Adapted from Rev. Shawn Drakes 2009 Sermon)

TITLE: ALL YOU CAN EAT

SCRIPTURE: JOB 23:11-12

I think that one of the wisest decisions ever made in the food industry was the idea of the “All You Can Eat Buffet.” Many restaurants only offer this option and it has proven to be very successful. Matter of fact, whenever we go out to eat with my Mother-in-Law – this is the only type of restaurant she will usually frequent. I must admit that on most Sunday’s after Church, I am a big fan of Golden Corral, Mackie McNairs or Hometown Buffet. There are very distinct reasons as to why many of us frequent the Buffet Style Restaurants.

• We like to see what we are going to eat before we eat it

• You can choose food that is appealing to you

• You can make sure the quality of the food you are going to eat is to your standards

• You can see what is in it

• We like to choose our portion size

• You can get as much or as little as you want

• We like to choose the types of food we eat

• If you want a little extra desert and fewer vegetables- O.k. not a problem, (at least not with the restaurant)

• You can eat healthy, unhealthy, or in between- It’s all up to you

• Because it’s – All You Can Eat

We find this Old Testament writer in our Scripture Text this morning alluding to the importance of What We Eat Spiritually – he talks to us about the importance of the feeding process. It parallels an “All You Can Eat Buffet.” As believers we must decide what you Listen to – What you Believe – What you follow. As we Consume the Word of God, remember what David discovered in PSALM 34:8 “OH TASTE AND SEE THAT THE LORD IS GOOD…” Paul said in I CORINTHIANS 3:2 “I FED YOU WITH MILK, NOT WITH MEAT FOR YOU WERE NOT ABLE TO BEAR IT.” So the Word of God my brothers and sisters is not simply to be read but it is to be consumed.

In this passage read in our hearing, Job testifies that his need for the Word of God in his life was just as important as the food required to sustain his body. Just as Job was convinced about the necessity of God's Word in his life, the question that confronts us is, "How do we, as believers today, cultivate this same mindset and attitude?" Do you realize we become what we consume. Let me prove my point.

According to the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, there are 300 million obese people in the world and one billion people are overweight. This startling statistic is due to the fact that most of these individuals are consuming foods with no nutritional value. Foods with no nutritional value include:

• Fast food

• Soda pop

• Candy

• Alcohol, as well as other foods

• If you are overweight or obese, then eating foods with no nutritional value will only help you gain more weight


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