Thank you for joining us again for another session of Faith Matters. We had the privilege of taking a family vacation and spending time with family. Now it is back to reality and getting things accomplished. Summer time means vacation time for many families. Everyone needs a vacation; some time away from the job and time to relax with the ones you love. Today I am going to talk about a very difficult topic and I pray that you will give me grace when listening to it.
Before we go any further let us open in prayer. Heavenly Father I thank you for allowing my family the ability to travel and spend time with our relatives. During this time you opened my eyes to a topic that is very sensitive for almost every person in this world. Lord, I pray for the right words, I pray for your guidance, I pray that You will give me the perfect words to explain what you have placed on my heart to convict those who need it and that they will receive it well and not be upset with the messenger. In the name of Jesus I pray, Amen.
Let’s start out with the definition of consume:
Eat, drink, or ingest (food or drink).
Synonyms: eat, devour, ingest, swallow, gobble up, wolf down, guzzle, feast on, snack on
So if you haven’t figured it out I am being bold and talking about one of the sins that I have to battle on a daily basis. That sin has another name which you probably don’t hear very much which is called gluttony.
The definition of gluttony is:
Habitual greed or excess in eating.
Synonyms: greed, greediness, overeating,
By normal American standards most people would look at me and not think I am overweight, but I am. The hardest thing to hear is your Doctor telling you that you are obese. I looked at myself and said there is no way, but yet I haven’t been getting any smaller. I try to do 3 + miles on my lunch breaks a couple of times a week, but that hasn’t really put a dent in it. I have to start pushing myself harder to exercise more and push away from the table.
God has blessed me with the ability to cook good food and then I keep going back for that one more bite. Did you know that saying “just one more” is the trap that gets us all to become stuck in our sin? We tell ourselves that we will only do it “just one more time”, but then that turns into the next time and the next time. It is only by the power of Jesus that we can break the cycle of sin and be able to have the strength to constantly say no more.
Proverbs 23:20-21 Be not among drunkards or among gluttonous eaters of meat, for the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty, and slumber will clothe them with rags.
Will you ever walk into Church and hear the preacher talking about over eating? Not likely, but I know for me it has become a sin. I am not saying that overweight people are sinners, but I would say that we each have to examine our lives and ask if we are living them properly in all aspects of life to be glorifying God. I will continue to pray and seek God’s wisdom as I continue my own personal battle to keep the weight off. I know that it is possible for me to overcome and I have to stop indulging myself and start denying my flesh.
Another verse that keeps standing out to me is:
1 Corinthians 3:16-17 Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple.
God has given me this body and if I truly believe that Jesus is alive in me and that my body is His temple then I need to start putting more action into how I am living my life. I don’t know if you guys do this, but I give myself excuses or special reasons why I deserve some ice cream. I really have to examine everything I do as I continue to draw closer to the Lord. Some battles like this one it is up to me to press in and ask for God’s strength to help me in this spiritual battle and defeat my fleshly desires.
A similar example of consuming too much and not exercising as a Christian can be found in Church on Sunday mornings. For many years I sat in service every Sunday morning consuming the word of God, but the thing that I was lacking was the exercising of my Faith. Because I didn’t exercise my Faith my soul was getting satisfied and contempt while others around me were starving because no one was sharing the word of God with them.
As a Christian it is up to us to exercise that Faith, burn off the excess and let the Holy Spirit not stop with us but instead continue to flow from us to others. For far too many years this was a stumbling block for me and I never realized it. I was too busy enjoying what I was receiving that I didn’t stop to examine if I was doing enough exercising.
Today I make it a point to share and talk about Jesus as much as I can. I don’t want people to be excited about me or my name, but instead to find their own personal relationship with Jesus. Yet again I didn’t understand what it was to have a relationship with Jesus until I started to exercise my Faith. Once you have a relationship then you will never go back. You completely understand what the scriptures are talking about when they say you have to die to yourself daily and pick up your cross. The more of this world that I have blocked out of my life, the more distractions that I have removed, the more desires of my flesh that I have been able to avoid, the closer my walk with God has become.
There is no magic formula, no specific way to find your relationship; we each have our own unique walk to find the Lord. Please take some time out today to examine all aspects of your life and let the conviction of the Holy Spirit point out the flaws that your natural eyes keep overlooking.
Heavenly Father I thank you for pointing out the areas of my life that need attention. I pray that others who listen to this find their own areas of conviction whether it is sin like mine or maybe just exercising their faith. Lord please help us to be stronger and remove all fear so that we can spread the good news of the gospel. Like train us up like soldiers and prepare us for battle for the things of this world are not just physical, but also spiritual. Jesus in your name I pray, Amen.
Thank you for taking the time to listen. I am sorry if my message rubbed you the wrong way, but this is what God placed on my heart and a battle that I have to address in my life. I felt that there might be others out there that need to be encouraged and that with Jesus the “one more time” option will be removed. Don’t be discouraged, keep pressing forward. God has a plan for your life just like He does for me. Let each of your battles become a testimony of how God is working in your life.
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