I hope by now, you see a pattern in the emails. Our appetites aren’t only for the physical nourishment. It can, and should be emotional, mental and spiritual also. We can bombard our bodies with junk, as well as our emotions, mentality and spirit. OR we can NOURISH our bodies, emotions, mentality and spirits with what they need. The things that make us healthier, stronger, more capable, more alert and happier. All we have to do is look around to see how many are unhealthy, lost and very hungry. What does your body and soul hunger for?
Lord, there are so many people in need. Some need a glass of water or a slice of bread. Some need a comforting presence and maybe a hug. Some need a listening ear. Some need a smiling face. All need to see Jesus. May I be that example of Jesus to all those I meet. May they see Him and give You glory and praise.
In His light,
How’s Your Spiritual Appetite?
By Rick Warren — Oct 26, 2015
You must crave pure spiritual milk so that you will grow into a full experience of salvation. Cry out for this nourishment.” (1 Peter 2:2 NLT, second edition)
Are you hungry for God?
It is possible to maintain a spiritual hunger for God for the rest of your life. Here are five ways to keep a spiritual appetite.
Remind yourself how much God loves you. The more you understand how much God loves you, the more you’re going to love him. The Bible says in Ephesians 3:18-19, “May you have the power to understand … how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God” (NLT, second edition).
Stop filling up on junk food. You are a spiritual being with a God-shaped hole in your heart that only God can fill. When you try to fill it with salary, status, success, passion, possessions, power, prestige, or anything other than God, it’s not going to be fulfilling. Proverbs 15:14 says, “A wise person is hungry for knowledge, while the fool feeds on trash.”
Make knowing God your number one goal. Happiness is a byproduct of knowing God. Jesus says in Matthew 6:33, “Seek first God’s kingdom and what God wants. Then all your other needs will be met as well” (NCV).
Get into God’s Word every day. The Bible is food for your soul. Eating a meal once a week won’t keep you healthy. In the same way, you need to feed on God’s Word every day. “You must crave pure spiritual milk so that you will grow into a full experience of salvation. Cry out for this nourishment” (1 Peter 2:2 NLT, second edition).
Appetite is influenced by association. If you hang out with people who only care about politics, that’s all you’re going to care about. If you hang out with people who only care about sports, that’s what you’re going to care about.
Join a small group for support, because whatever you talk about when you’re with others is what you’re going to be hungry for. Proverbs 2:20 says, “Join the company of good men and women, and stay on the paths of the righteous” (MSG/NLT, second edition).