If you show me your calendar and let me see where you're spending your time, your attention and your money, I will know EXACTLY what your appetite is and what you currently crave out of life.
If you’ve been on this site long enough or have been listening to Raising the Standard for any length of time, you know that I always want to be moving forward. Both in the spiritual realm, and also in the physical realm.
I'm always pushing myself and looking for ways I can optimize my routines, whether my spiritual walk or my physical disciplines, my training program, my diet, my morning routine and so forth.
I'm always looking at how I can get better.
I instruct all the guys I work with to drink 30 ounces of water upon waking. It's something our body needs. It's something we need to do to properly hydrate when we wake up.
It's better than going straight to caffeine when you wake up if you have that caffeine or that coffee habit as soon as you roll out of bed.
I've also been obsessed with drinking out of glass bottles. In my research, I came across a company called Hydrojug and I got really interested in what they were offering because they offer 64 ounce containers made out of glass and that's exactly what I was looking for.
So I switched from 30 ounces in the morning to drinking my water out of the Hydrojug. Because the capacity increased and the jug in my hand was now bigger, I started drinking 64 ounces every morning.
This is my new morning routine and it all has to do with upgrading the capacity and the container that I'm using.
And then I noticed something else; I started getting thirsty throughout the day and I started doing some research to say, why am I getting so thirsty the more I am hydrating?
And this is what I found; as you drink more liquid, your kidney function and your hormones will start to change and you'll likely notice your body recalibrating, becoming more efficient at handling the high water volume. And you might even notice that you will start to crave more water the more you drink.
What goes in, comes out
The appetites we feed will also alter our appetites and our cravings. When we put more good into our lives, we start to hunger and thirst for more of what our body wants, for more of what our spirit wants.
So let's take a look at the spiritual implications of this; perhaps you’re struggling with sin, or a habit the Bible gives us specific instruction to steer clear of. If you walk in the spirit, you will not fulfill the lust of the flesh (Gal 5:16). The Amplified translation puts it like this:
But I say, walk habitually in the [Holy] Spirit [seek Him and be responsive to His guidance], and then you will certainly not carry out the desire of the sinful nature [which responds impulsively without regard for God and His precepts].
This is a habitual walking, a daily walking out. What this verse is saying is what you continually put into your inner man and what you do habitually is what you will see in your life.
If you continue to walk in sin and give in to carnal and fleshly appetites, guess what?That’s what you reap in life. But if you continually feed yourself on the things of the spirit and you walk in the spirit habitually every day, building new habits, putting off the old self and putting on the new self as the Apostle Paul says in the book of Ephesians, that is how you change your appetites.
So just like I changed my appetites with my water intake and now I'm craving water more often, I'm hydrated, my body's recalibrating, my hormones have readjusted, and I'm feeling more full. I’m optimizing my health and my training because of the increased water intake.
And it’s possible to do the same thing in the spirit realm.
So how do we alter our appetites? What's that area in your life today that you can pinpoint that you need to change? What's the action, what's the new habit that you can replace that old habit with to start stacking a new lifestyle, new actions that will bring you closer to your goal.
Garbage in, Garbage out
Put in the things of value and that is how you change your appetite.
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