2 Corinthians 7:1 Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, bringing holiness to completion in the fear of God.
I recently underwent 30 days of eating only whole foods. The program is called Whole 30. You can't eat sugar, grains, dairy, and legumes. So your focus is on eating healthy, whole foods, nothing processed. On a regular basis, I eat pretty healthy, but constricting my diet to this regimen was a challenge. I experienced some days where I was really tired and feeling out of it. It was hard to focus. As I read about this, I came to discover that your body will go through a withdrawal from carbohydrates which makes you feel unwell. They call it a "carb fever."
By the end of the 30 days I was feeling really good and my desire for the restricted items had decreased. I slowly introduced these items and came to realize that I had a sensitivity to gluten. Prior to this, I did not know that gluten affected me but I was experiencing one of two things when I ate something with gluten in it. Either I felt like I had been drugged and became really tired or my stomach bloated and I felt uncomfortable.
Other things I began to realize is that food that I liked prior to those 30 days, I didn't care for as much after. For example, a piece of a Hershey's chocolate bar did not taste good to me. In fact, I could taste chemicals in it. I was acutely aware of the additives and toxins in the food that was not whole.
It is the same way in the spirit realm. As we are cleansed by Jesus' blood, our eyes are opened to the impurities in our lives. We become aware of the difference between holiness and wickedness. Our desires and appetites change. What was tempting you before is no longer a source of bondage. This is a process, just as the whole 30 program. Daily we need to make the commitment to seek the Lord and His wholeness and He will give us discernment.
I challenge you to take consideration of your physical body. Not in an image seeking or model type of way, but ask yourself how healthy are you? What impurities are you putting into your body, which is the temple of the Holy Spirit? Do you even realize the impurities and toxins that you are taking in or are you desensitized to them? In the same regard, have you become lax in your spiritual disciplines that you haven't noticed that your spirit is weak? Consider these questions and make the appropriate changes today. Your family will benefit as well as you have more energy and focus.