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I have a special treat for visitors to The Faith Cafe today: a guest post by my dear friend Veronica Gerber. I’m sure you’ll be as impressed as I am with her Biblical insights and compassionate heart. Enjoy!

Yes, I’ll admit it. I’ve become a bit of a coffee snob since I first tasted the black gold that is the hallmark of the 90s: specialty coffee. It’s easy now to simply say “no thanks” to casual offers of coffee at a meeting or the local diner. Once you’ve tasted the real thing, the competition doesn’t even come close: it may look like coffee, perhaps even smell like coffee, but doesn’t quite pack the same punch…there’s simply no comparison.

Can I say the same about my spiritual palate? Psalm 34:8 declares, “O taste and see that the Lord is good.” Once we’ve tasted, as-it-were, the goodness of the Lord, dined at the King’s table, how can we feed again on the swill that darkly courses through the world’s troughs?

Take a reading of your own heart and mind. Are you consciously aware of what you’re drinking in day by day through the eye-gate and ear-gate? If you’re settling for the trough when you could be drinking deeply of the living water Jesus offers, stop.

“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” (Romans 12:2)
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Return to your first love, educate or train the palate of your heart and mind so that you can once again readily discern the difference between the abundant life and its counterfeit. Do not let it be said of you that

“Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools…they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshipped and served created things rather than the Creator…lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God—having a form of godliness by denying its power.” (Romans 1:22,25; 2 Timothy 3:5)

Instead, declare along with David in Psalm 34:8,

“O taste and see that the Lord is good!”
“Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” (Romans 12:2)
“Open wide your mouth and I will fill it.” (Psalm 81:10)

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