In the world we live in, we give more attention to satisfying the appetites of the body and practically than to the soul. As a result, we live an unbalanced life. We become fat physically and materially, while spiritually we are lean, weak, and in need of constant care. Despite how long you’ve had a personal relationship with Jesus, your soul demands as much attention as your body. It requires fellowship and communion with God to face the daily trials of life. It demands worship, quietness, and meditation in God’s Word. Unless the soul is fed and exercised daily, it becomes weak and shriveled. Is your spirit fed with milk or solid meat for growth?
There is much more we would like to say about this, but it is difficult to explain, especially since you are spiritually dull and don’t seem to listen. You have been believers so long that now you ought to be teaching others. Instead, you need someone to teach you again the basic things about God’s word. You are like babies who need milk and cannot eat solid food. For someone who lives on milk is still an infant and doesn’t know how to do what is right. Solid food is for those who are mature, who through training have the skill to recognize the difference between right and wrong. (Hebrews 5:11-14 NLT)
The Word of God is food and nourishment for the life of grace. The Apostle Paul makes it plain that spiritual growth comes not from feeding on milk, but on solid food. The quality of your relationship with Jesus isn’t based on the number of years you’ve been saved. The way in which you make decisions and are able to recognize the difference between right and wrong is the true indicator. Of course the word ‘milk’ in the above verse is referring to the quality of messages being preached from the pulpit where you attend church and the impact it has on your soul. Now let’s talk about the effects natural milk has on your body.
According to the USDA, the nation’s 7.79 million dairy cows produce 150 billion pounds of milk every year, contributing to the manufacture of 1.4 billion pounds of butter, 8.6 billion pounds of cheese, and 1.5 billion gallons of ice cream. The average American consumes over 600 pounds of dairy products every year! The Dairy Board, the USDA and the FDA think that’s not enough, encouraging Americans to drink at least three glasses of milk daily. If you think milk does a body good, think again!
I will say this; the dairy issue is very controversial. Humans are the only mammal to drink the milk of another mammal! There are many who believe that dairy is not suitable for human consumption and numerous research studies have documented its ill effects on your health. Here are a few health issues that stem from over consumption of milk:
- Allergic Reactions
- Chronic Ear Infections
- Heart Disease
- Childhood Diabetes
Don’t be fooled by marketing campaigns that claim dairy is the perfect food containing beneficial proteins, fats, carbs, and calcium. You must use wisdom when knowing what to put in your body. Did you know that we lost the required enzymes to digest milk and other dairy products when we turned 3? This explains the lactose intolerance issues that plague so many people. For a more detailed explanation on the negative effects of milk see Debunking the Dairy Dogma.
Healthy Alternatives to Milk
- Almond Milk
- Rice Milk
- Coconut Milk
- Goat Milk
Just like Apostle Paul instructed us not to rely on spiritual milk to grow in the things of God, I’m challenging you to wean yourself off milk and other dairy products to see positive change in your health. It’s the small things that get our life out of balance.
The wise are mightier than the strong, and those with knowledge grow stronger and stronger. (Proverbs 24:5 NLT)
Does milk do a body good? You be the judge.