Artificial Sweeteners

"Taste and see that the LORD is good”

Psalm 34:8

It’s safe to say that whatever God does the enemy of our soul will try to mimic in one way or another. From the very beginning the serpent of old has sought to deceive us into thinking that God’s plan somehow limits us in finding true happiness and satisfaction in this life and therefore God’s word cannot be trusted. Satan is a liar, he always has been so it’s no secret that he will always seek to offer us something counterfeit in place of what is real and true.

The devils schemes remind me of artificial sweeteners. On the surface they seem to be a great alternative to real sugar until you digest them and the fireworks begin. Most people don’t read the fine print regarding the side effects that the use of artificial sweeteners cause, everything from an upset stomach that can in many cases lead to extreme issues of gas and most often resulting in diarrhea. That’s pretty much the pathway of everything the devil does. Keep that in mind today when the enemy seeks to tempt you into thinking what he offers you is somehow good for you because it’s not. I read a good quote the other day that put it into perspective for me. It said, “If it breaks God’s heart what makes you think it will fulfill yours?” Sin never satisfies!

What the world says will fulfill you will ultimately leave you empty and hungering for more. This world can never satisfy the cravings each of us has deep down in our soul, only God can. Trust God, take Him at His word, which is the real deal. Jesus said it best, “Man cannot live by bread alone but on every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.” Gods word is sweet! Read it, believe it, and let it nourish you, heart and soul! Once you do no artificial sweetener will suffice ever again because…

“How sweet your words taste to me; they are sweeter than honey.”

Psalm 119:103


Michael Osthimer




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