Gluttony – a lack of self control

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					Gluttony – a lack of self-control.

1         : excess in eating or drinking
2         : greedy or excessive indulgence

Introduction.
         a. In today‘s modern world, and in our Western society, food and drink
            is readily available.
         b. We are able to satisfy appetites over and above the needs of the
            body.
         c. We have blurred the line between want and the need, we have done
            this to such an extent that we no longer see gluttony for what it is.
         d. We fail to see gluttony as a sin pandering to the flesh.

            e. Basically, a person is involved in gluttony when ever their fleshly
               desires and appetites cause us to overindulge in anything.
            f. The primary definition indicates an excessive food and beverage
               intake.

            g. This is a very narrow definition what gluttony is, but it can be used in
               various other methods as well.
            h. Workaholics, uncontrolled sexual desire, uncontrolled gambling,
               drug dependence , even uncontrolled shopping and hoarding can
               fall into this category.

     II. Scriptures against gluttony.

Proverbs 23:19-21 (NKJV)
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      Hear, my son, and be wise;
     And guide your heart in the way.
20
      Do not mix with winebibbers,
     Or with gluttonous eaters of meat;
21
      For the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty,
     And drowsiness will clothe a man with rags.

            a. The teacher explains how wisdom and self-discipline going hand-in-
               hand.
            b. He admonishes his student to carefully select the company that he
               will keep.



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          c. We know that that bad company corrupts good morals, and so the
             teacher warns against people who focus on satisfying fleshly
             desires
          d. Winebibbers is another name for a drunkard, or someone who
             habitually drinks excessive alcohol.
          e. The gluttonous eaters of meat indicate people who have a
             tendency to stuff themselves on a regular basis .
          f. A person‘s focus on his belly would indulge himself to the detriment
             of a productive lifestyle.
          g. They are the type of people that will not pay their water and lights
             account, but go and spend 10000 Rand on a holiday.
          h. This type of bad priority choices leads a person into ruin.
          i.
Romans 13:11-14 (NKJV)
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   And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our
salvation is nearer than when we first believed. 12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand.
Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. 13 Let us
walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in
strife and envy. 14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to
fulfill its lusts.


          j. Christians are admonished to change the focus of their behavior.
             From what once was acceptable to us while we were pandering to
             our flesh, to a new focus – our focus on eternal life.
          k. There is no denying that a Christian should forsake the fleshly
             focus, but more importantly, should fill those new voids with spiritual
             things.
Luke 11:24-26 (NKJV)
24
   ―When an unclean spirit goes out of a man, he goes through dry places, seeking rest; and
finding none, he says, ‗I will return to my house from which I came.‘ 25 And when he comes,
he finds it swept and put in order. 26 Then he goes and takes with him seven other spirits
more wicked than himself, and they enter and dwell there; and the last state of that man is
worse than the first.‖

          l. The best way to combat the temptation to fall back in previous
             practices, is to fill that void with a righteous or an acceptable
             practice.

Ecclesiastes 10:16-19 (NKJV)



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      Woe to you, O land, when your king is a child,
     And your princes feast in the morning!
17
      Blessed are you, O land, when your king is the son of nobles,
     And your princes feast at the proper time—
     For strength and not for drunkenness!
18
      Because of laziness the building decays,
     And through idleness of hands the house leaks.
19
      A feast is made for laughter,
     And wine makes merry;
     But money answers everything.


            m. See how Solomon explains the value of a sober minded person.
            n. While discussing a King or a leader, a wise person will not going
               around carousing, but will focus on the job at hand.
            o. Everything will be done in its proper times, and when it is time to
               banquet, it will be done for benefits and not for indulgence.
            p. Notice how Solomon discusses laziness and self-indulgence in the
               same breath.
            q. These two character flaws tend to complement one another.
            r. A person would rather indulge in a party spirit, and put his efforts
               into being diligent in every sphere.

     III. Attitudes that cause gluttony.

Isaiah 22:11-13 (NKJV)
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      You also made a reservoir between the two walls
     For the water of the old pool.
     But you did not look to its Maker,
     Nor did you have respect for Him who fashioned it long ago.
12
       And in that day the Lord GOD of hosts
     Called for weeping and for mourning,
     For baldness and for girding with sackcloth.
13
       But instead, joy and gladness,
     Slaying oxen and killing sheep,
     Eating meat and drinking wine:
     ―Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die!‖


            a. Isaiah is condemning the Israelite nation for their focus on self,
               rather than their focus upon God Almighty.
            b. They were out of favor with God at this stage, and they needed to
               approach God in humility and with a contrite spirit.

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          c. Contrary to this, we see that the Israelite nation had cast off the
             yoke of subservience towards God Almighty.
          d. They had rejected the authority that God had over them and they
             rejected the possibility of a judgment for their actions.
          e. Even today, people reject the need for a contrite spirit before God,
             concerning themselves only worship physical life of today.
          f.
1 Peter 4:1-5 (NKJV)

4     Therefore, since Christ suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same
mind, for he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, 2 that he no longer should live
the rest of his time in the flesh for the lusts of men, but for the will of God. 3 For we have
spent enough of our past lifetime in doing the will of the Gentiles—when we walked in
lewdness, lusts, drunkenness, revelries, drinking parties, and abominable idolatries. 4 In
regard to these, they think it strange that you do not run with them in the same flood of
dissipation, speaking evil of you. 5 They will give an account to Him who is ready to judge the
living and the dead.

          g. Peter brings to remembrance everything that Christ‘s sacrifice did
             for us.
          h. Christ suffered and died for the sins that we commit in our bodies,
             taking the judgment and punishment for the sins that we committed.
          i. Through our joining with Jesus in baptism, we in essence died to
             the flesh that we may live in the spirit.
          j. Peter tells us to reject the gluttonous behavior of a previous life, that
             you can live a life of temperance towards God.
          k. The world will not understand when we change our focus from living
             in the flesh and filling our bodies with pleasure – to calming down
             our life and changing our focus.

      T2 Timothy 3:1-4 (NKJV)
      3    But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: 2 For men will be
      lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to
      parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control,
      brutal, despisers of good, 4 traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather
      than lovers of God,


          l. Paul is warning Timothy that people without self-control are going to
             be abundant.
          m. They will be abundant in the world, and they will infiltrate the church.


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            n. Brethren, these people could be us – we could have allowed
               ourselves to become worldly in our outlook.
            o. In our efforts to keep up with the Joneses, we may have lost sight of
               what was necessary. Over that which was a pure lust and a self-
               indulgent.
            p. We could be pleasing our flesh to the detriment of our souls.
            q. We need to reevaluate our lives, our appetites, our motives and our
               behavior.
            r. We need to rekindle our focus upon our spiritual life, and to fill our
               lives with the spiritual rather than just focusing on physical pleasure.

     IV. Benefits of self-control.
Galatians 5:16-25 (NKJV)

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   I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. 17 For the flesh lusts
against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you
do not do the things that you wish. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.
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   Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, 20
idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions,
heresies, 21 envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as
I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
22
   But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23
gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. 24 And those who are Christ‘s have crucified the
flesh with its passions and desires. 25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

            a.   Our focus must always be on God,
            b.   on bringing our bodies into subjection,
            c.   on never allowing things in the world to bring us into bondage.
            d.   Self-control is paramount in every aspect of our lives.

 V. Conclusion.
       a. For more of the world‘s goods that we have, the more we will be
          tempted to indulge ourselves to excessive degrees.
       b. We need to reevaluate everything that we partake of, to decide
          where the boundary between the need, and want is.
We must bring our bodies in subjection 1 Corinthians 9:25-27 (NKJV)

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  And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a
perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown. 26 Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty.
Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air. 27 But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest,
when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.



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