I started a new reading plan this morning and it’s only right for me to what I gained with you all. After reading, I extracted some key points. I sincerely pray that you are totally and fully blessed by Kristen Baker’s message. I couldn’t say it any other way, so thank you Kristen.
Control Your Appetite!
In order to control our appetites we must do three very important things.
1) Recognize the gift(s) and treasure that lies within you. We must be careful not seek from others what we have the right and ability to produce on our own.
2) Realize the importance of what lies ahead. An uncontrollable appetite will always cause us to disregard our FUTURE to satisfy our NOW.
3) Retrain your appetite. We can retrain our unhealthy, uncontrollable appetites by replacing them with an appetite for God. Whatever your vice whether lying or lust, pornography or procrastination, jealousy or injustice, when cravings arise retrain your appetite by feasting on God’s Word. Fast. Pray. Eventually your appetite will be transformed by the things of God. Don’t be like Esau…control your appetite!
Today’s Prayer Lord, help me to control my appetite. I don’t want to forfeit a double portion, influence, or my kingdom responsibilities because of my lack of discipline. Give me a stronger desire for You, your Word, and Your righteousness. iHunger!
Baker uses the word “appetite” to represent our sinful desires, temptations and areas where we lack self control. Additionally, she uses the story of Esau as a great example. (He gave up his birthrights for mere bread and beans; Genesis 25)
We are warned not to give into that moment of pleasure!
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. (Hebrews 12:1 NLT)
God blesses those who hunger and thirst for justice, for they will be satisfied. (Matthew 5:6 NLT)
Taken from “iHunger: A Closer Walk to God” YouVersion Bible App Daily Reading Plan by Kristen D. Baker.