Recently I had a conversation with someone that sparked my idea for this post. We discussed our tendency as believers to feed the flesh. Especially when we are weak. You might be thinking, not me! I can see when I’m weak and I run to God’s Word. If that’s you, I applaud you. Seriously. Keep doing that! But without a doubt, there comes the temptation at one time or another to just give in. But see, here’s the thing. If we wait till we are weak to have a plan, our flesh will kick in. That’s natural! We NEED to feed our Spirit so that when we feel weak we have the strength to overcome our flesh. It reminds me of the metaphor I’ve heard before of two dogs. The stronger dog is the one that you feed more. Of course! If we feed our Spirit more than the flesh, it will be stronger. If we constantly feed our flesh, it will rule.
Now, is it a 100%/0% kind of thing? No. I don’t believe so. We could feed our spirit and flesh equally. But again I say, who is stronger? We need to consciously feed our spirit more than our flesh. What are some ways that we could feed our flesh without even realizing that’s what we are doing?
- TV Shows- Most are not God honoring. If you find yourself filling your spare time with such things, it is not likely that your Spirit will be strong.
- Fleshly music- There’s no doubt that music affects us. Words are obvious, but even the actual music can affect your spirit!
- Novels- Now not ALL novels feed the flesh exactly. There are some that are quite obviously not God honoring. But in general, the world’s literature does not encourage us towards godliness. (I’m speaking here of FILLING ourselves with the world’s literature. I believe there is a lot that can be learned to encourage good character from some literature. Again, balance is key.)
- The World’s philosophers- It’s easy to turn on the radio and the tv and find an opinion about whatever is going on our lives.
One thing that comes to mind is how busy we are as women. No matter how we spend our days, in the workforce or at home, there never seems to be enough time to fit in everything we would like! Often times what suffers is our conscious effort to fill our lives with spiritual things.
So what are some ways that we can feed the Spirit even when we are busy? Below I’ve listed 7 things that you can do even if you’re on the run.
- Listen to the scriptures. One of my favorites apps is bible.is . You can listen to any passage of the scripture and it’s even dramatized reading!
- Pray. Pray. Pray.– Isn’t it wonderful how we can go to the Lord at any time of day and in any place? Take any opportunity you can for a quiet moment while moving about your day to pray to the Lord.
- Find a message to listen to. Sometimes I’m not able to be in a service because of being involved in another ministry or because I was out of town. There always seems to be a message on my church’s website that I haven’t had a chance to listen to. If your church doesn’t put messages online, find a good website. I recommend lvbaptist.org or bbcoakharbor.org.
- Put on some godly music. Instrumental can be uplifting, but I recommend some music that also has words. Listen closely. Even better, sing along! Lifting up your voice to the Lord can do wonders for lifting your Spirit. A lot of times I put on godly childrens’ music for Chloe and I learn so much! It’s amazing how profound some of those simple songs can be. Abidingradio.com is a great source for godly music.
- Revive Our Hearts podcast. by Nancy Leigh Demoss. Excellent encouragement for ladies. I listen to this as I do my housework. I challenge myself to accomplish as much as I can during the 25 minute podcast. Or I listen to it while I play with Chloe on the floor. 🙂
- Spiritual Conversations. Find a friend who is likeminded that you can have fellowship with. I know this is a hard one to do when things are busy. I always come away boosted and encouraged when I have even a short chat about the Lord with any of my godly friends. Playdates are also a great excuse to get together.
- Read– There are so many godly books out there that can encourage you in your spiritual walk! Coming soon- Alyssa’s Reading List
What are some ways that you have found to feed the Spirit when life gets busy?
For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.