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You’re Not Yourself When You’re Hungry

Okay so, I love to eat.

I don’t skip meals, not on purpose anyway, and I eat every few hours like clockwork. If I am voluntarily not eating, it’s probably because I’m fasting. If you catch me and I am absolutely not hungry, I may not be feeling well and in that case, you should check on me to find out what the problem is.

Well, one day, I’d been at my computer working, and all of a sudden, everything seemed to get on my last nerve. My boss gave me a list of to-dos and left the office, and I just didn’t want to work anymore.

I was irritated and I had no idea why. I mean, I’d prayed that morning – a good prayer, too. And, I’d read my Playbook (Bible) and took some notes on what God was speaking to me. I’d even had a scripture that I’d been reciting all that day.

What was it? Why was I ready to be done with the day and everything in it?

Then, I glanced down at the clock on my computer screen and realized that I hadn’t eaten since around ten that morning and it was almost 3 o’clock. There was the problem, I was hangry (hungry + angry). I had to hurry and get some lunch before it got any worse.

Is Your Spirit Starving?

heimlichSee, our spirits can be likened to our natural bodies in that, they must be fed, like clockwork, multiple times a day.

You ever tried starting your day and feeling a little groggy or weak because you didn’t eat breakfast? Well, your spirit is groggy when you do not begin your day by feeding it with the Word of God. It is the same situation when you skip lunch and make it to that three o’clock hour and you haven’t eaten since breakfast, or not at all, and you try functioning at full capacity to push through that last email or pile of paperwork.

Not happening, not without a struggle anyway.

Can’t relate? Well, try starting your car with no gas in the tank – you probably won’t be going anywhere. You must continue feeding your spirit throughout the day, or filling up your spiritual tank. Even if you are not physically reading at all times, you must continue reminding yourself of what God’s word says.

This helps to increase your faith. Romans 10:17 says “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”


Be sure that you are exercising proper “nutrition” when growing your spiritual man, just as you do your natural body:

  • “Feed” your spirit daily. Just as you do not want to physically starve, you must be careful not to spiritually starve. Our Playbook says, in Luke 4:4, “And Jesus answered him, saying, it is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.” Feed your spirit often.
  • Be careful what you feed your spirit. Just as it is unhealthy to feed your body junk foods, we must be aware of what we are feeding our spirits. What enters your spirit fills your heart and our Playbook says, in Proverbs 4:23, to “Guard your heart…”
  • Pray for an understanding of God’s word. If you’re like me, you hate being confused or lost in any situation. Since we are relating to foods, if I don’t know what it is, I’m not eating it. That is why I find it so important for us to pray for clarity so that we understand what God is instructing us to do. “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.”
  • Be sure to apply God’s word to your life. Food does you no good if you don’t actually eat it. The word of God does you no good if you don’t actually live by it. “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.” James 1:22

We must eat to live – both spiritually and naturally.

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