Christians, previously I was watching an informational program (about weight loss) where a gentleman was talking about the different hunger stages. He was explaining how when you eat, your body peaks. There are emotions, feelings of euphoria, excitement, and satisfaction, and you feel full. After you peak, as you begin to digest, you start on the downhill side. As you digest food, your body begins taking nutrients and begins necessary repair and growth cycles. This is great for your body, unfortunately physically you begin to feel “icky”. Maybe a little achy, a little nauseous, it does not last long, but you have to go through it to receive the real benefits.
The gentleman explained that if you eat something new, when this stage hits, you feel great again. Your body is peaking again and it feels good, but you have added more calories before the last ones got used. The temptation is: you feel bad, eat something, feel better. He referred to this as a “Toxic Hunger Cycle”.
Christians, God gave me the revelation that many of us, including myself, have either been in this cycle or are currently in this cycle spiritually. What does it look like? Well, as you know, the Word of God is our Spirit Food. We eat it every Sunday at Church, prepared by our pastor, maybe for a mid-week service, and hopefully we are feeding ourselves every day in our quiet time. I think the problem lies when we are eating these great nutritional messages but never fully digesting. Let’s say Sunday morning you have a great strong message. You feel the euphoric feelings of being spiritually “full” and fed. You come home, you are digesting the message in your spirit, now you feel a little less great, God’s repairing your spiritual body, you now feel uncomfortable, so what do we do? We eat another spiritual message – listen to another teaching, read a book, etc. It does not mean these are bad foods, but the problem is we never fully digested the last spiritual meal. We have to allow the correct cycle to take place.
We must consume spiritual (and physical) food, let the system fully digest, repair, replenish, revive and restore our spiritual (and physical) bodies. Then after that, we feel better and TRUE hunger comes upon us, we are truly ready to consume again. If you do not, you will be unhealthy. You will have plenty of food, but no health, no nutrition, and probably be overweight spiritually and physically.
As Christians, there is definitely endless amounts of physical foods out there, and in this day and age there is limitless amounts of spiritual food. There are conferences weekly, countless books, online teaching buffets, even 24 hour prayer rooms, as well as your own at home bible supply. God wants us to be constantly renewed and changed by our intake of His word, but we must fully digest it and let it truly become a part of us. We must seek to be functioning mightily for His Kingdom, in Jesus name, Amen.
Like newborn babies you should crave (thirst for, earnestly desire) the pure (unadulterated) spiritual milk, that by it you may be nurtured and grow unto [completed] salvation. I Peter 2:2 (AMP)
For even though by this time you ought to be teaching others, you actually need someone to teach you over again the very first principles of God’s Word. You have come to need milk, not solid food. For everyone who continues to feed on milk is obviously inexperienced and unskilled in the doctrine of righteousness (of conformity to the divine will in purpose, thought, and action), for he is a mere infant [not able to talk yet]! But solid food is for full-grown men, for those whose senses and mental faculties are trained by practice to discriminate and distinguish between what is morally good and noble and what is evil and contrary either to divine or human law. Hebrews 5:12-14 (AMP)
If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. James 1:5 (NIV)
But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be glory both now and forever! Amen. II Peter 3:18 (NIV)
written and posted by Daniel Poggensee | 2019