Is gluttony really a sin?

As we draw closer to the New Year and we all start making our “New Year, new you” resolutions, I want to share what God has been working out in me.

Many of our resolutions will be to lose weight. That is usually coming after a huge holiday binge fest, right? Eat all we want now because we are going to deny ourselves later. That right there is a sign of the wrong motivation. Anytime we say that we are going to change the way we eat but we are going to start on Monday and binge out til then, we are setting ourselves up for failure because we have the wrong motivation.

Maybe our motivation is a vanity reason. We want to look better. Want to be able to wear our clothes better. Want to be a smaller size. Want people to notice the weight we have lost. This is like chasing the wind. We can certainly do things that make us “look better” but if we don’t like how we look now I can tell you from experience you won’t like what you look like when you lose weight either. There will still be more weight to lose, more muscle to tone, and then having to work so hard to keep a certain “look” that you find approving. These bodies will grow older and never look the same anyway. These bodies are temporary, and we are not to strive for what is temporary, right?

2 Corinthians 4:18
“while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.”

Maybe our motivation is to be healthy. We want to have good health to carry us into our elder years. That seems like a good goal! And it isn’t all bad. We should want to take good care of our bodies because they are the temple of the Holy Spirit. But even our health is fleeting. This still isn’t enough to keep us on track.

So, what then? What is it that can keep us on track? First thing is knowing the truth about overeating.

Proverbs 23:19-21
19 Listen, my son, and be wise,
and set your heart on the right path:
20 Do not join those who drink too much wine
or gorge themselves on meat,
21 for drunkards and gluttons become poor,
and drowsiness clothes them in rags.

It is obvious that getting drunk is a sin. Well, seems obvious to most anyway and for obvious reasons. I dare say, not a single good decision was made while drunk. But did you know that gluttony ranked right up there with drunkards in the Bible? In church, we wouldn’t laugh at someone getting drunk at an event. No, we would intervene and try to help that person. But we laugh about over indulging in food, don’t we? This sin may be overlooked by most churches but it certainly isn’t overlooked by God.

The good news is, it wasn’t overlooked by Jesus either. He died for that sin. His blood washes it away. He sent the Spirit to abide in us to give us strength to repent that sin and have a heart change over it. That is some pretty strong motivation there, isn’t it?

I had a particularly rough day yesterday. It was really more than one thing but one particular thing was rather tough. I wanted to eat my feelings away and the enemy was saying to me “is it even really a sin anyway?” So, I went to God with that question and guess what book and chapter came to me in my email this morning? Proverbs 23. Those verses I posted earlier are what I read this morning and it is by no coincidence. That was God making it perfectly clear that yes, this is sin.

That is good news, too! Jesus has defeated sin, and since Jesus is a friend of ours and our Savior from sin then we can start walking today in victory over it.

Not on Monday. Not on January 1st. But we can choose today who we will serve; our fleshly desire for overindulgence and the idol of food or Jesus. As for me and my body, we will serve the Lord! (Joshua 24:15)

Complaining vs. Prayer

Complaining brings sin. Prayer brings grace and change.

I don’t need someone to stand in agreement with me that someone did me wrong. I need people to stand in prayer with me over the person that did me wrong.

I don’t need people to stand in agreement with me over political views and decisions. I need people to stand in prayer with me over the leaders of this country.

I don’t need people to stand in agreement with me that life may be knocking me some blows. I need people to stand in prayer with me for endurance and hope.

This is the difference in complaining and taking it to God. Complaining just dumps your worry, stress, anger and bad attitude on others and makes them worry, stress, be angry and have a bad attitude. Asking for prayer says “Let’s take this worry, stress, anger and bad attitude to the One that can fix it and bring us hope and contentment in the midst of it.”

Complaining about someone says “I want you to not like this person, too. Be angry with me!” Praying for someone says “I want us to show love to this person and let go of the anger.”

Complaining brings sin. Prayer brings grace and change.

“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.” 1 John 4:7-8

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that?” Matthew 5:43-47

“Good sense makes one slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook an offense.” Proverbs 19:11

“See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no “root of bitterness” springs up and causes trouble, and by it many become defiled;” Hebrews 12:15

“Have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies; you know that they breed quarrels. And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth, and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will.” 2 Timothy 2:23-26

Shame repeats itself

I read something in my Bible study today that hit home:

What you have shame over you will repeat.

Wow. So true! I have never thought of it that way, but when I think about sins that have been overcome and ones that still hang around I can certainly see the difference.

For example, getting drunk is not a struggle for me anymore. I have little to no desire to drink anymore, much more get drunk. I dont like my past behavior from that sin but I dont hold on to any shame over it. I never held any shame over it honestly. I never hid away to drink on my own. I was always pretty public about it. But then I started feeling conviction over it, I repented, that was that. I was done with drinking.

An example for the flip side, overeatting is still the struggle. I hold tons of shame on that one. For as long as I can remember my weight and how I ate held all my value. I have always eaten in secret. I would not dare have a binge session in front of someone unless they was binging with me. Even still, I would be ashamed and throughly convinced that I binged worse than they did. I would hide food wrappers and go buy more cookies to replace the cookies I ate.

I have lost weight a few times but that shame has never left so guess what would happen? Yep, what I held shame over was bound to return. Actually, it never left. I had just caged it like a wild animal while holding the gate closed til I was too wore out to hold it anymore. The last time I lost weight I swore that was it! Never again would I gain! Then week after week i watched the scale creep back up in horror. I felt like Job when he said “For the thing I greatly feared has come upon me, And what I dreaded has happened to me.” (Job 3:25) I drowned in my shame and did all I could to hide the weight gain. And hide my sin.

Now, I can put blame in all sorts of places on why I assigned weight and eating so much value but that does no good. All that matters is seeing the lie in it and releasing the shame so I can be healed and move on. It may seem counterintuitive to say that overeating being revealed as sin has helped release the shame. But it has. I know what to do with sin and I know sin requires a heart change that can only come from God. I know holding it in the light of God’s love and glory will keep it out of the dark. I know accepting even this as a forgiven sin will drive away the shame.

Realizing just how much shame I have been holding onto amazes me. It amazes me that I was not able to see that before today. I am so thankful for the wisdom God reveals to us when we seek it. This is what we use as our weapon. God’s truth against the lies that come to kill and destroy. His word is our rod of correction that saves us and changes us!

I have many other examples I could give but I think you see the point. Shame keeps sin in the darkness. It keeps us from going to the cross to be washed clean. It makes us say what Peter said to Jesus when He went to wash His feet. “No, Jesus, my feet are too dirty. You will never wash my feet.” That wasnt being humble that was being full of shame. Jesus replied to him that if he doesnt let Him wash his feet then He will not be part of Him. That made Peter drop that pride filled shame and exclaim “Then wash all of me!” (John 13:1-17)

You see how shame was going to keep Peter from being washed by Jesus? Do you see how shame is actually a form of pride?

Shame says “I havent done anything to deserve to be washed clean of this. I havent worked hard enough or behaved well enough. So i need to work harder and behave better then I will be worthy! I can make myself worthy and if I dont then I need to be ashamed of myself!” Well hello shame filled pride!

Jesus tells us that no one has or ever will be able to work their way to forgiveness. We will never earn our way to be called His friend. And if we dont come to the cross believing in what He did for us and humbly accept a washing we dont deserve then He will never know us as friend.

He did the work. It is finished. There is a path directly to the heart of the Father and Jesus is the only way. He is our freedom from shame. From pride. From sin. Wont you be washed today?

“If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans 10:9

This is love

It breaks my heart to see a world that feels like standing up for someone means not believing God can heal them and telling them it is ok to stay willfully in sin.

We all struggle with sin. If your sin bothers you then that is good! It means the Spirit has come to abide in you and change your heart. That same Spirit is also there to help you grow all the fruits of the Spirit while you are changing. The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such things there is no law.(Galatians 5:22-23)

The world will try to tell us that some sins can not be overcome. Some are not worth the struggle. Seems like this sin is just natural and it should just be accepted. Nope, cant trust God with this one. This sin is even too big for Him.

Let me tell you, I will never think that about someone! Why? Because God said He formed us all. He knew us before we were even knit in our mother’s womb. He promised us all an escape! He never said we wouldnt struggle but He promised to never forsake us once we choose Him and come into agreement with all His word says.

We can all conquor sin! Will we always sin even still? Yep! Bet your bottom dollar! How do I know? Cause His word says that, too! Sin doesnt send us to hell. Rejecting Him sends us to hell! Our good works dont send us to heaven. Accepting Him sends us to heaven. But let me tell you something else that is in His word: our good works and our view point on sin are all indicators of our salvation. Once we are saved then our hearts start to change. As we mature in our faith it becomes evident in our works and our attitude towards sin. Towards sin! Not the sinner! Our top two
commandments that cover all commandments are:

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it:Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Matthew 22:37-40

So, how do we love someone? What is truly showing someone love? Convincing them that they no longer have to struggle in their sin and just live in acceptance of it so their life can seem easier? Or leading them to a God that destroys sin and heals the sinner and into a life of joy amidst the struggle? Which one of those fulfills both commandments?

I am so thankful for the ones God put in my life that led me to Him so He could reveal to me my sin that seemed so natural to me. It felt like it was just a part of me. But He put that to death and resurrected me in Christ. Changing my heart forever. Hallelujah! What He has done for me He can do for you!

Do you feel in your heart of heart that something just doesnt sit right about your life anymore? Oh how the love of Christ is reaching out to you! He isnt mad. He isnt ashamed of you. He loves you! No matter what sins you have been living in. He just wants you to choose Him and love Him back! To learn His ways and have a relationship with Him. Once you do that then He will take care of the rest. Jesus is calling. How blessed are you?!

Matthew 6:33
But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

Matthew 11:28-29
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”

Romans 10:9
If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved

What does it mean?

What does Jesus’ finished work at the cross mean for me?

It means that I have a constant fellowship with God because of the work of Christ. Because Christ experienced the wrath of God then I will never have to. God loves me so much that He saved me right in the middle of me dancing in my sins. He also loves me so much that He didnt leave me there. He brought sorrow to my sins so now I dance with Him in righteousness! I still sin but my heart is not for sin. It is for Him. And because my heart is for Him then my sin is washed away by the blood of Christ who saved me and took that wrath! So that I may have an unbroken relationship with my Father and I will NEVER be plucked from His hand!

Are you dancing in your sin today but feeling that pull for something different? Christ is calling.

Take one step in His direction. Let that current of His love sweep you away to a better life in an understanding of what He has done, who He is, and what He is still doing today.

Romans 5:8
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

1 Peter 2:24-2
“He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.” For “you were like sheep going astray,” but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.

Proverbs 29:25
Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD is kept safe.

God is good

👉God didn’t create death. Sin did.

Romans 6:23 – For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

👉God didn’t create sin. Satan did.

1 John 3:8 – The one who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work.

👉God, in His infinite wisdom and love for us, created a way out of death.

John 3:16 – For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

👉God didn’t force Jesus, who is fully God in the flesh, to come to earth and die for us. Jesus chose to and it was always part of the plan.

John 10:18 – No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.

👉Let the Spirit wash over you on how good God is instead of believing that God is hateful and mean. The only thing God hates is sin. Why? Because it hurts what He loves the most. YOU!!!

John 5:24 – Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.

Break free

We say we want to “treat” ourselves with an indulgence of something. But is it really a treat if it is harming you? Of course the enemy wants you to want what harms you so whatever that “treat” is will bring you great amounts of pleasure. Temporarily. Then you feel the pain of it.

So, are you really treating yourself by harming yourself? Is it really a celebration if it first feels good but then bad later? Is that really a treat?

The enemy sees you do something good and convinces you to harm yourself as a reward.

Hmmm.

Yet, discipline doesn’t always feel good in the moment but you get to set your eyes on the joy ahead of you.

Therefore, our choices are:

The enemy’s way:

Enjoy a temporary pleasure while dreading what it will do to us later. A punishment disguised as a reward he convinces us that we deserve. All the while becoming more and more weak and enslaved to this cycle of punishment (sin) the longer we stay in it.

Or

God’s way:

Temporary suffering for the joy set before us that is eternal. Joy that we get to hold on to even during suffering. All the while becoming stronger and gaining more freedom from sin the longer we stick with it.

Hebrews 12:2 1-2
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,
Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

1 Peter 5:10
And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.

Psalm 124:7
We have escaped like a bird from the fowler’s snare; the snare has been broken, and we have escaped.

No temptation

The Lord has been speaking on my heart the past couple days. I had been binging and in a moment of weakness I was asking God why He hasn’t taken this from me? Why hasn’t He healed me of this? Have I not prayed well enough? Been faithful enough? What am I doing wrong?

This is what He put on my heart:

1 Corinthians 10:13 tells us a wonderful promise:

No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.

That is a promise from God. There is not one single temptation in this world that we can’t overcome. It may feel like we can’t overcome it but we have to decide who we trust more. Our feelings that we can’t or our God’s promise that we can.

God may not remove a temptation but He will strengthen us in them. We somehow let the devil create a stronghold, but that is all he has and the Christ that is in us is so much stronger than a stronghold the devil has on us.

And He can break that stronghold.

It is up to us to tell the devil no, though. It is up to us to believe in and live in the promises of God. He will never break His promise.

HIS GLORY AND HONOR DEPEND ON HIM ALWAYS BEING TRUE.

And He is glorious and honorable and trustworthy and a good, good Father.

It is not His fault that this sin has entered our lives, but He is here to give us a way of escape.

Since God has promised I can bear it and I don’t have to give in then I will believe Him. Even when the temptation is so strong that I am on the floor crying out to Him so I don’t give in. When I stand back up, my endurance will be stronger. I will be stronger. And those chains to that stronghold will start to be loosened and they WILL be broken. Amen!

I pray that over us all that struggle. That God will lay that promise on your heart as well.

Luke 1:37
For with God nothing shall be impossible.

May the peace and love of God rest on you all. Let the blood of Christ wash away your sin and begin again. In Christ name I pray, Amen.

Love you ❤

The sin struggle

Struggling with sin and lounging in sin are two different things.

When you accept Jesus as your savior then His Spirit comes to reside in you which causes a struggle between the Spirit and your flesh over sin in your life. The Spirit begins a work in you that changes your heart and your flesh fights against that. Rest assured, the Spirit wins in the end but you do feel the struggle.

If you are proclaiming that you believe in Jesus and that He died on the cross so you are forgiven and saved, yet you are still sitting pretty in your sin with no worries over it then you may want to reevaluate your relationship with Christ.

I dont speak this in judgement or in anyway trying to declare whether you are saved or not, but I was once one that claimed a salvation I dont believe I truly had. You see, there is a big difference in knowing who Jesus is and what He did and in actually believing IN Him and following Him. Even the demons know who He is and what He did. Knowledge is nothing without wisdom.

I truly love you all. Therefore, I want you all to hear the truth and know Jesus. He is everything. You are His everything. Know the truth so it can set you free!

Matthew 7:21
Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.

Romans 12:2
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Romans 8:9
However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him.

Ezekiel 36:27
I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will be careful to observe My ordinances.