Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. — Philippians 4:8-9
This week we are looking at how we choose good spiritual food. Yesterday we looked at repentance. When you repent of and renounce your sins regularly, you clear your plates of the worldly things and therefore have more room for the good things of God.
I said on the welcome page that Lent was about repenting and fasting. On day two of our journey, I encouraged you to fast from something that had become too big in your life, something on which you had become too dependent.
It is hard to do! No doubt it has been a daily challenge. Maybe you slipped up and indulged and reset. Maybe you did well for a while and then stopped fasting but are more aware of the influence that “too big” thing has on your life.
One reason to fast is to change your taste buds. I asked you to take that too big thing out of your life so you would feel the gap left behind, so you would feel the craving. If you have managed to keep that thing out of your life, by now your taste buds are changing. You do not have the same craving for it.
It takes about six weeks to change your taste buds. If you change your diet, expect misery as your taste buds adapt. But they will adapt, and you will begin to enjoy, and even crave, the healthier food…if you keep the junk food out.
How do you grow to crave good spiritual food? Confess and renounce the junk and keep it off your plate. Fast from something when you realize it has crossed over from enjoyment to addiction. Fill the resulting gap with huge portions of the things we discussed last week.
To Think/Pray About Today
I encourage you to make listening to The Father’s Love Letter a part of your daily routine, to remind yourself who you are in Christ. It is a way to change your taste buds and counteract the junk.
Prayer Focus: Restoration of Cedarville