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Join us this Sunday! In-Person 9:00am & 10:45am, Online 9:00am, 10:45am & 5:00pm

Join us at the next Sunday worship service:
In-Person
9:00am & 10:45am,
Online 9:00am, 10:45am & 5:00pm

WHAT DO YOU HAVE A CRAVING FOR?

“The more Christ fulfills the cravings of our souls, the more he changes our taste capacities from the inside out. The more we walk with him, the more we want him. The more we taste of him, the more we enjoy him. And this transforms how we live and what we live for.” — David Platt.

All of us have cravings from time to time. Cravings are those sometimes deep, intense needs for something. It could be a snack at night. Or maybe it is sitting in front of the television, binging on a series. They come when you least expect it and sometimes will not subside until they are appeased. It can be a tough battle not to indulge yourself with those cravings. That’s why it’s so essential to develop good habits.

C. S. Lewis illustrated the destructive power of worldly cravings in The Silver Chair. The great lion Aslan sends Jill and Eustace on a quest to rescue the lost prince of Narnia. He tells Jill to memorize the signs leading them to the prince. Puddleglum, a wise Narnian marsh wiggle, joins them. The three encounter a charming lady who urges them to seek refuge at the castle of the giants, where they’ll find a hot bath, a soft bed, and delicious food. After nights of camping in the cold, the children can think of nothing else. Driven by a craving for comfort, they ignore Puddleglum’s cautions and forget their mission. At the risk of giving what happened away, their desire for comfort took them off their quest and led them straight into the peril of death.

1 John 2: 15-17 tells us, “Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever.”   

Worldly cravings are part of the human condition. But we don’t have to give them control. God offers a way out if you feel trapped by a craving. Romans 8:1 says, “So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus.”  1 Corinthians 10:13 reminds us that we are not alone: ”The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.”

Recognize emotional triggers so you can deal with them. Pay attention to how your emotions are triggering you to give in to cravings. Use that to make yourself pause the next time you feel those emotions, and decide to pray about your feelings rather than giving in to the craving.

Ask God to help you break free of all the unhealthy habits that have been pulling you away from God. Then enjoy filling your soul with the love God will give you when you draw closer to Him.

Discussion Questions:

  1. Why do we crave? In what areas are you feeding those cravings? 
  2. What is one craving you need to starve? How can you begin to do that today?

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