Susie Mc

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Verse and Message (Week of Feb 21-28, 2009) February 24, 2009

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Galatians 5:23
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
 Strawberry Banana Grape  
Matthew 6:33
But seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
When I go too long without eating, I get shaky, disoriented, and cranky. When my body is lacking healthy sustenance, uncomfortable consequences take place. So many times, I miss meals, because I get distracted or become consumed with a variety of day to day projects. On occasion, I may even forget to eat, because my motivation is focused too much on a single task. 
Something odd occurs when I haven’t eaten in a while.  I lose my appetite.  It’s a strange phenomenon, but it’s as if my stomach says to my brain…..”Too late, I am not hungry anymore.”  When I haven’t had food for a long period of time, I find that I don’t crave or desire it as much. Consequently, my body shuts down the hunger alert, and it doesn’t desire what is crucial for it to thrive. If we lack proper nourishment, our physical body will fail…likewise with the spirit.
When we cease to crave His presence due to distractions at work, domestic projects, activities with kids, hobbies, numerous events, social interaction with people — things that can complicate our schedules — we tend to lose our appetite for the “Bread of Life” — OUR SAVIOR. 
Our Lord wants to be the “SPECIAL” of each day on our MENU!  He wants us to feed on Him first! He will make it easier for us to maintain healthy priorities, thus, allowing balance in our daily lives. This thought directs me to the reason for fasting. 
Our Senior Pastor, Chris Hodges, shared his thoughts on fasting recently during our 21 days of prayer and fasting. Fasting is simply taking the posture to suppress our earthly appetite. When we feed the flesh….too often our desires of the flesh get in the way of our connection with the Lord. Therefore, it’s significant at times to starve what is taking us away from our communion with God. When we starve the flesh, we are capable of feasting on the Spirit.
When we take our eyes off of HIM and focus too intently on the secondary things…..we simply forget to hunger for the ONE True Source of our nourishment and even risk losing our appetite for His Spirit completely.  We become confused, disoriented, shaky, stressed, and cranky in the spirit.
We tell children not to spoil dinner by filling up on snacks, because they won’t hunger for the main course.  God helps us make room for smart treats and delicious side items as long as we go to Him TO FILL US UP FIRST. In addition, if we indulge in the junk of worldly desires and thoughts, there will be no room for the HOLY SPIRIT to reside effectively within us. 
Again, what we hunger for is what we feed on.
If we are hungry for God, we will go to Him to fill us up! 
When we feed on Him….He fills us with His delicious fruit.  
Nothing in our lives will ever be able to satisfy us….
EXCEPT JESUS….but it’s up to us to partake!
Start your day with with a serving from His plate….
Breakfast is the best meal of the day–
take a break and fast everything but Him!
 Gold Cross 
If we indulge in the “SPECIAL” of the day…
we will maintain a WELL BALANCED DIET!
 Bible 1 

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