Gluttony

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Gluttony: The act or habit of eating to excess.
Glutton: One who has a great appetite or capacity for something.

Devotion for Gluttony

 “In general, mankind, since the improvement of cookery,
eats twice as much as nature requires.”
~ Benjamin Franklin ~

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      Most of us have heard it said that we should, “Eat to live, not live to eat.”, but it is difficult to follow. We are a nation of over-indulgence. “Have it your way” and “Would you like to ‘super-size’ that?” If we are extremely hungry, we can always check out the “all-you-can-eat buffet” and eat until we can hardly breathe. Even the grocery stores offer “mega meals” in the frozen food section. We run home with our ready-to-eat meals and mindlessly eat in front of the television. We have no idea how many calories we have consumed, nor do we really care. We are temporarily satisfied and temporarily happy, until we see a commercial for ice cream!

There have been many studies done on over eating, but a more recent one got my attention. A healthy young man, of average height and weight, decided to eat only fast food for one month. I must tell you ahead of time, this young man was not accustomed to eating fast food. He wanted to document the actual health risks or supposed myths associated with fast food restaurants. For his documentary, he chose to eat breakfast, lunch and dinner at any fast food restaurant of his choice. The most disturbing part of his test was, if after ordering his meal he was offered the option to super-size it, he had to say yes. I do have to give the young man credit for staying under a doctor’s care for this test. At first, the young man was having a problem eating so much food and he didn’t like the greasy french fries. I believe he would visit the doctor daily to have his weight checked, blood work done, his blood pressure and vital organs monitored. After one week, he had gained an incredible 30 pounds, but more disturbing than that, his liver was beginning to show signs of damage and his blood pressure had risen. The doctor pleaded with him to stop the test, but he said that he was committed to a full month. The heavy saturation of grease and high content of salt from the food was something his body was not accustomed to and his body did not know what to do with it. As time wore on, he noticed that he would start to crave the grease in french fries or heavy burgers. If he waited too long to eat, he would start to feel physically ill. Once he had literally gorged himself on the greasy, salty food, he felt much better. His body was actually becoming addicted to “fast food”. By the time his testing was over, his blood pressure was dangerously high. The diet had caused permanent liver damage and he had gained over 100 pounds. It took him over a year of steady exercise and faithful dieting to loose the weight he had gained in just one month. I don’t believe that this test was a wise thing for the young man to do, but the information gathered is “food for thought”.

The second definition for glutton says, “One who has a great appetite or capacity for something.” Notice it does not say food or eating, it says “appetite”, “capacity” and “something”. The definition tells me that one can be a glutton in more areas than eating. We are a nation of over-indulgent consumers. We want bigger houses, more than one car per driver, closets full of clothes we don’t even wear and pantries full of whatever our little hearts desire. Can you tell me, how much money is enough? I have heard people answer, “Just a little more!” We are a nation blessed with abundance, but does abundance have to bring with it gluttony?

Romans 8:5 says, “Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.” If we look at gluttony from God’s point of view, it is simply having our minds set on what our bodies and minds desire, instead of what God desires for us. As Philippians 4:5 says, “Let your moderation be known unto all men.” Moderation is having the ability to stay within reasonable limits. There are reasonable amounts of food the body needs. There is a reasonably sized house for each person or family. There are a reasonable number of cars for a person or family. How much money will it take to make you happier?

As God’s children, our driving force should not be greed, gluttony and lust, but rather, we should look to the Holy Spirit to lead us with self-control, temperance and, above all, love.

If you would like to be set free from gluttony, please join me as I offer this prayer to the Lord:

“Lord please help me to live in moderation and help me to resist gluttony. Lord help me to set my attention on you, rather than my body and its desires. Lord help me set my mind on what your Holy Spirit desires, instead of what my flesh desires. Lord help me to lean not unto my own understanding, but to acknowledge you in all my ways, so that you can direct my paths. Lord help me to follow your Spirit and let my moderation be known unto all men, and help me to let others know why I choose to live and walk in moderation instead of gluttony. May my life bring glory and honor to you, Lord. Amen.”

Relating Scriptures:

Isaiah 56:11
They are dogs with mighty appetites, they never have enough. They are shepherds who lack understanding; they all turn to their own way, each seeks his own gain.

Ecclesiastes 6:7
All man’s efforts are for his mouth, yet his appetite is never satisfied.

Proverbs 23:1-2
When you sit to dine with a ruler, note well what is before you, and put a knife to your throat if you are given to gluttony.

Proverbs 25:16
Hast thou found honey? Eat as much as is sufficient for thee, lest thou be filled therewith, and vomit it. KJV

Philippians 4:12-13
I know what it is to need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength.

Romans 8:5
Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.

Galatians 5:16-18
So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

Romans 13:14
Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the sinful nature.

Romans 8:28
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

Romans 8:31
What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us?

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