Listening to our Appetites

1 Corinthians 9:24-27

What words would you say describe our society? Materialistic, sensual, impatient, indulgent,undisciplined—these are just a few. We’re also a “have it now” culture. Satan specializes in presenting us with opportunities for instant gratification while promising that indulging our appetites will bring us satisfaction.

Human appetites in themselves are not sinful. In fact, they’re God-given. However, because we are human, we can’t always trust them. When our appetites have complete authority, we’re in trouble. The apostle Paul likened the Christian life to that of athletes who are so focused on winning the race that they devote every aspect of their lives to that goal.

That’s how we’re called to live, yet we lack the power to do so in our own strength—and sometimes the motivation as well. For this reason, we need to rely on the Holy Spirit within us. If we yield our lives to Him and obey, He will be our strength, and we can say no when fleshly desires feel overpowering (Gal. 5:16).

Another key to success is keeping our focus on the eternal instead of the temporal. Many decisions that seem mundane are, in fact, spiritually significant. Are you indulging an appetite that could result in the sacrifice of an imperishable reward in heaven?

When the enemy tempts us, he tries to keep our attention on our desire and the pleasure of indulgence rather than on the eternal rewards and blessings we’re forfeiting. Just remind yourself how quickly immediate gratification wanes and how long eternity lasts.

Breathing God’s Grace   #umusa #Grace #christianposts #sbs

In the morning, while it was still very dark, he got up and went out to a deserted place, and there he prayed – Mark 1:25

We know from the Gospel that our Lord prayed early in the morning, often in silence and solitude. Morning is the perfect time for prayer. I also like to get up early in the morning while everything is still quiet. The world looks so peaceful and innocent then, like sin never came into it, like there is no evil. My heart is calm and undisturbed by the turmoil of daily life. In times like those, I feel very close to the Lord. When I breathe the fresh morning air, praising His Holy Name and thanking Him for all that He gave me, both good and bad, I feel so relaxed and secure. It is our moment, our moment of peace and quiet, our moment of re. It is God who gives me the strength to cope with the problems of that day. I feel renewed by His Spirit and encouraged by His Word. You can try this too. Before you begin the day, spend some time with Him in prayer, feel the peace of His Spirit and the comfort of His presence. You’ll be amazed. Well I love food too, as much I pray same with eating. Balancing equation . 17 March will be my birthday now this month is a month of prayer and food for me. #Prayer
Heavenly Father, let me feel Your beautiful presence and fill me with Your Holy Spirit. Bless this day and help me with all the challenges it brings. Give me wisdom and patience to face those challenges. Thank You, Lord. Amen.