Feeding Your Spirit and Not Your Flesh
Embracing God’s Grace and Strength Each Day
by Joanne Troppello
“The truth will set you free, but first it will make you miserable.” – James A. Garfield
Truth is an important word, especially in our world today. I’ve seen people on social media and on news shows speak about their truth. However, the truth is the truth. It’s not an opinion. Dictionary.com defines truth as “the quality or state of being true.”
I base my life on the truth of the Bible, God’s Word.
“Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, ‘If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.’”– John 8:31-32 (NKJV)
The truth may be difficult to hear. I know. There have been many times throughout my life that God has revealed His truth to me—especially pertaining to my behavior and things I needed to change in my life—and it was not easy to hear.
Maybe God has revealed things to you, the truth that is difficult to hear. However, you can break through various limitations in your life when you stop limiting God’s power. That process begins when you allow His truth to overwhelm every ounce of your being.
Again, I know this can be a painful process. I don’t like change. I am very set in my ways. When God speaks to me through His Word or via other means by hearing a song or word from a friend, my spirit wants to listen, but my flesh is not always willing.
“Watch and pray, let you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” – Matthew 26:41 (NKJV)
That verse is powerful. There is so much truth in it. Jesus rebuked the disciples with this verse when He was praying in the Garden of Gethsemane and they fell asleep while waiting for Him. They couldn’t even stay awake and watch and pray with Him.
I’ve read this passage many times and have wondered if I’d be able to stay awake and watch and pray with Jesus if I’d been there with Him and His disciples. I don’t know the circumstances. Maybe they were exhausted. Maybe they grew weary with waiting. It is so easy for our flesh to win over our spirit.
Feeding the Spirit
I’ve attended different churches through the years since I was a young child. We moved several times, but that’s a story for another day. One of my pastors once preached on how we are a three part being—we are a spirit, we have a soul, and we live in a body.
Whatever we feed thrives. We obviously need to feed our body to survive and live a healthy life. Feeding our soul is good because it can help to steer us on to the right track. However, we need to feed our spirit and not our flesh. When we starve our fleshly desires, our spirit can thrive.
It is a daily journey. God’s grace is new each morning. When we are saved, we don’t have a license to go out and sin. Yes, God forgives our sins when we confess them to Him. Yet, He wants us to live a godly life and seek His Kingdom (Matthew 6:33).
“For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, or indeed can be. So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God. But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His.” – Romans 8:6-9 (NKJV)
Are you feeding your spirit or your flesh? That’s a question I continually ask myself as well.
About the Author
Joanne Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.
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