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Basically gluttony is eating too much, eating beyond full. We all have done it at some time in our life. You and I know what it feels like, we have to unbutton our pants or belt. I watched a program on the TV. the other night which talked about overweight people here in the USA, that we have become a nation of fat people. This article is not a slam against anyone that may be overweight this article is about gluttony. I personally am 5'10'' and weigh 165 lb. yet I have committed the sin of gluttony many times over the years.

 What does the Bible say?

Works of the flesh

Galatians 5:19-24   Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
20.  Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,
21.  Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

 Fruit of the Spirit

22.  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
23.  Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
24.  And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.

A fruit of the spirit is temperance which is self-control. I am out of control if I eat so much that it hurts and it affects my breathing.

 Why would God be displeased with this behavior?

1 Corinthians 6:19-20  What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
20.  For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.

We all have heard the saying, "do you eat to live, or do you live to eat"  If I find that my life begins to revolve around food and eating, then what I have done is bow to an idol.

1 John 5:21  Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.

The key to enjoying a good meal and honoring God in the process is to use moderation. Once while praying about fasting, the Lord gave me this. "A fast that is pleasing to me is a continuous fast, that my people would use control when they eat, and eat in moderation."

Proverbs 23:20-21   Be not among winebibbers; among riotous eaters of flesh:
21.  For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty: and drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags.

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If you are out of control in your eating habits and want Godís help please pray with me.

Heavenly Father we come to you in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, asking for your help. Father, forgive me of gluttony; please help me to honor you with the food that you give me, to eat in moderation, with restraint and self-control.

Father please set free those that are seeking your help for this problem, in Jesus name that   from this day forward they would begin to use self-control.

Thank you good Father.


In Christ's Service 
E.L. Davis