A few days ago, I changed into a skirt that used to be a bit baggy.  Instead, on this particular day, that skirt fit perfectly.  It pains me to say that I am actually putting on weight.  For those that know me, I’m that girl who is naturally skinny even if I put down 5 Big Mac sandwiches in one go, at least I was.  Nowadays, it seems as if my metabolism has turned on me and if I don’t change my diet soon I will swiftly resemble that Kentucky Fried Chicken that I cannot seem to get enough of.  It would appear the more that I eat the KFC that I once hardly gave a second thought, the more I desire to eat it.  As I thought about my weight and my longing for KFC, a light bulb went off.

For a few months, I felt like I hit a stumbling block in my walk with God.  Of course I still love Jesus with all my heart, but there was not a strong desire to pray, fast, or read the Bible the way that I once used to.  I prayed about it.  I asked God to give me that desire back, but it felt as if the more that I pushed the more stagnant I felt in this area.  Not surprisingly, this is a phase that many Christians go through.  Daily the spirit and flesh are at war and can I be honest?  There are days when the flesh won. Yet my KFC obsession taught me some valuable lessons.

You Will Crave What You Eat

For the most part, I tend to eat at home.  However, for the past several months, I have noticed day by day, the more that I eat out, the more I desire to.  This was the same thing that I was experiencing in my spiritual life.  The more frequently I watched TV rather than pray; worry rather than stand on God’s word; surf social media more than spend time in God’s Presence,  the more I wanted to do everything that I indulged in.  It’s not that watching TV or being on social media is a sin, but it simply was serving as a distraction in my walk with God.

One day, I made up my mind to change my spiritual consumptions. I decided to watch Youtube Sermons that really began to stir me up spiritually. These sermons were not fluff sermons, but Bible teaching sermons that gave me an appetite or desire to read God’s word.  I can’t explain it, but the more time I spent listening to God’s Word, the more I wanted to go and read it for myself and I did just that.  At first there were times when reading felt boring, however I decided to take bite sizes of the word.  Instead of trying to read chapter and chapter, I read little by little daily.  Inevitably, my spiritual appetite began to grow again.  I was craving what I was eating.

Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you…..
-James 4:8

The word of God clearly states that If we draw nigh to Him, He will draw nigh to us.  Not He will draw nigh to us then we draw nigh to Him.  That mean if you are in a spiritual drought right now and God feels far away, you must draw night first, then God will draw nigh to you.

You Are What You Eat

As I mentioned earlier, my body fat is starting to resemble the chicken that I love.  You will inevitably become what you constantly feed yourself.  I decided to use this to my advantage.  If you want to become a person of great faith, feed yourself everything that pertains to faith.  That means scriptures, worship music, sermons, books and so on.  If you want to be a person of purity, feast on all things that point to purity.  The more you focus your mind and attention on what you want to become, it will inevitable spew out.  It will not happen on the first day, just as I did not put on weight at the first bite of chicken.  Yet as you continuously fill yourself up with what you desire to be, overtime there will be a noticeable difference in your heart, mind, and actions. Whatever you focus on, in the end will be magnified in your life.

Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.
-Proverbs 4:23

If you have found yourself in a dry place, be encouraged and do not be ashamed.  It is not the end. This walk with Christ as beautiful as it is, it will not always be perfect. Yet, each day we must choose to fix our eyes on Jesus and undeniably we will cross the finish line.

As always, I am here for you and praying for you.

Until Next Time…

Be Strong, Be Courageous, Serve God Wholeheartedly

Berta

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