As prophetic people we need to regularly ask ourselves:
- ‘What are my desires and longings?’
- ‘What is my heart being directed towards?’
- ‘Where is my spiritual appetite taking me?’
Sometimes a seemingly good thing, like yearning for our God-given destiny or the fulfilment of our prophetic calling, can pull us away from finding our satisfaction in God.
This is the cry of God over you right now:
‘But you would be fed with the finest of wheat; with honey from the rock I would satisfy you.’ (Ps 81:16)
He wants to satisfy your innermost being with His Presence and His Word—but He can only do so as you hunger for and seek after Him. (Jer 29:13, Luke 11:9-13)
The Challenge of Adjusting our Spiritual Appetite
We may not realise the strength of our appetite until we seek to adjust it towards something different.
Recently, I decided to do an experimental fast from all dairy (milk) products. During the first 2 weeks I felt hungry even when full, and experienced strong cravings for foods—lying awake at night longing for hamburgers, chicken and soup (ironically, not milk or cheese).
I have discovered it takes discipline and self-deprivation to make a major change in my physical diet. This is only made possible by a greater desire and goal—the improvement of my health.
Likewise, when our spiritual appetite needs adjusting, we must have a revelation of what is available to us in our pursuit of God. Only then can we do what is necessary to redirect our longings and make Him our quest.
Signs it is Time to Tweak Your Spiritual Appetite
Here are 4 signs it may be time to redirect your spiritual appetite:
1. Disappointment about Unfulfilled Prophecy or Purpose is Making you Heart-sick
“Hope deferred makes the heart sick.” (Prov 13:12)
Because of our gifts and values, prophetic people can easily become focused on fulfillment of prophecy and upon meeting our purpose and destiny.
When these things are frustrated, we can become heartsick that the prophetic call upon our life is not being fulfilled.
This is especially true in extended times of hardship or transition.
When this takes place, we need to redirect our spiritual appetite so that we can be satisfied with God, His Word and His Presence.
2. You are Seeking Satisfaction in People or Places Other then God
‘The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.’ (Is 58:11)
God’s invitation to you, no matter what season you are in is to receive your satisfaction from Him. However, the enemy will try and tempt you seek temporary pleasure in distractions and things other than God, with counterfeit ‘rewards’ that will never satisfy you.
3. You are too Busy to Spend Time with God
“…but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” (Luke 10:42)
Many of us have multiple responsibilities, such as work, family, church and ministry. It can be easy to allow what seems urgent to become our priority. When we allow our schedule and the demands of life or ministry to take precedence, our appetite for our personal relationship with God can wane.
Maybe your appetite to spend time with Him has lost its edge. You have given way to the pressure of daily living and now your devotional life needs resuscitating.
4. There was a Time in the Past you were Hungrier for God than you are now
‘One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek…’ (Ps 27:4)
You can remember a time when you were hungry for God—you couldn’t wait to spend time with Him, to be in His Presence. You encountered Him more than any other time in your life and yet always desired more of Him. You are not sure when or why you drifted from that place with God. All you know is, you need to find your way back.
How to Adjust Your Spiritual Appetite.
‘Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.’ (Ps 37:4)
1. Recognise your soul’s condition
2. Admit your true need
3. Release your unfulfilled expectations
5. Feed your intimate relationship with God
6. Realise you may experience ‘withdrawal’ symptoms from anything that has been an unhealthy focus for you—and do what it takes to be prepared for this. This may mean asking someone to pray for and journey with you
7. Pray for and receive a fresh infilling of the Holy Spirit
Finally, focus on the prize of what is available to you in your pursuit of God. Rewards such as intimacy with Him, being filled and empowered by His Spirit, and the joy of being fruitful—seeing others around you impacted by a life overflowing with His Presence.
When your desire is centered upon God, you can live in the blessed cycle of being hungry and yet filled, being thirsty, and having your thirst quenched again and again.
‘Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.’ (Matt 5:6)
© Helen Calder Enliven Blog – Prophetic Teaching
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