Beware of Gluttony

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“Gluttony seems to be a sin that a lot of Christians like to ignore. Most Christians won’t hesitate to label smoking and getting drunk as sin but overeating at a buffet is accepted or tolerated. God has blessed us with many nutritious and delicious foods for our pleasure but it should be eaten in modest proportions. The dangers of overeating goes beyond health risks and a flabby waistline, but shows a lack of self-control which is one of the fruits of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22). Christians ought to control their appetites rather than their appetites controlling them. The Bible warns ‘Do not mix with winebibbers, Or with gluttonous eaters of meat; For the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty, And drowsiness will clothe a man with rags’ (Pro. 23:20-21).”

According to the late Derek Prince, “This is another area open to demons. The two most basic are eating and drinking, which some Christians see as purely natural, with no spiritual significance. Yet the New Testament depicts these activities as important elements of our Christian lifestyle.

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This issue confronts Christians of the Western world in particular, where overeating has become a lifestyle. How many would even consider that they might be enslaved by a demon of gluttony? Yet surely this explains why multitudes switch from diet to diet, never achieving their goal of stable, moderate weight. They are as much in bondage to food, as I said in chapter 18, as others are to alcohol or nicotine. Furthermore, the spiritual and physical consequences of overeating may be no less harmful than those associated with nicotine or alcohol.

… Demons may come through various appetites or lusts, including alcohol, nicotine or food. But regardless of the door through which they enter, all have the same motivation: to do all the harm they can.”

(They Shall Expel Demons, pgs. 186-187)


 

If you don’t know Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior you can receive Him into your heart and He can deliver you from darkness and sin and have your name written in His Book of Life.

If you are sincere you can say this simple prayer to the Father (it doesn’t have to be word for word):

“God, I recognize that I have not lived my life for You up until now. I have been living for myself and that is wrong. Please forgive me of all of my sins just as I forgive others. I need You in my life; I want You in my life. I acknowledge the completed work of Your only begotten Son Jesus Christ in giving His life for me on the cross, I believe in my heart Jesus is Lord and was raised from the dead and I long to receive the forgiveness you have made freely available to me through this sacrifice. Come into my life now, Lord. Take up residence in my heart and be my king, my Lord, and my Savior. From this day forward, I will no longer be controlled by sin, or the desire to please myself, but I will follow You all the days of my life. Those days are in Your hands. I ask this in the Lord and GOD Jesus’ precious and holy name. Amen.”

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