I've recently been eating more healthy: meats, veggies (love those yams), non empty carbs. Before this I was considered to already been eating healthy, yet not getting what my body needed. What I found out was pretty cool. Since I've been giving my body the nutrients that it is made to have to survive, the sight, smell, and definitely the pleasure that came from eating what I use to eat was gone (at least minimized a lot).
I'd see some pizza, a cookie, some sugar and I'd think 'This is going to be deliciouso!' But it wasn't really and in fact, my body physically felt 'ugh' afterwards (you know the feeling, the 'why did I waste the space in my body for that thing!' feeling).
Pretty soon, because I knew the affects of things that were not good for my body, I just had no desire for them. I desired real food that helped my body to function.
I was thinking that gaining maturity in doctrine is much the same way. Sometimes we feed our flesh what it wants, nothing wrong with it and it's fun, we laugh and have a good time but its just empty carbs. Its actually doing your inner man more harm than good. Give your inner man what it needs to function: truth! It will have a tremendous change!
What if I were to eat nutritious foods and non-nutritious food in my diet, balanced out between the two? It would be counteractive and you'r results would be slim.
What if we fed our inner man and still lived in our flesh? The same applies. Your results in maturity are gong to be a long time coming. You will know when to play the inner man and you will know when to play the flesh. Double minded, lovers of pleasure more than God is where that leads.
When you feed your inner man and starve your flesh (metaphorically speaking), you start to see a change. You find that you cannot enjoy the 'harmless' things that you once did. Like a simple movie that misrepresents truth or a song that has a good beat but those lyrics or what you spend your money, time, and efforts on. You tend to get the same feeling as that pizza 'Why did I waste that space in my mind for that thing!'
The title of this blog is 'Growing in Maturity.' If you find that you don't have that desire and zeal for the things of God, at least you realize it and can do something about it. Don't be the person who thinks they do enough 'God-time' and still feeds their flesh. This is a lack of maturity.
Starve the flesh, feed the inner man and grow in maturity.