Author: Creflo Dollar
When people hear the word “lust,” they often automatically think of sexual sin. Lust, however, actually encompasses much more than sexual perversion. It includes any area of your life that is controlled by a desire that you can’t seem to quench. Eating is definitely an area where people allow their appetites to control them. This lack of control is especially evident in the United States. Obesity, high blood pressure and other serious health challenges are rampant among many men and women because they don’t have any control where their eating is concerned. Eating without restraint is just as bad as indulging in sexual sin. God looks at both as dangerous forms of abusing your body, which is the temple of the Holy Spirit.
When you don’t understand the purpose for something, abuse is inevitable. For example, if you were to attempt to use a car like you would a boat, your car would become ruined. That’s because the manufacturer didn’t create it to be used in water. In essence, you are abusing your car. The same is true for your body. While God created food for nourishment and eating to be a pleasurable experience, it was not meant to be abused. Overeating and refusing to use restraint in the type and quantity of foods you eat is gluttony, and it is sin (Proverbs 23:21).
First Corinthians 6:19-20 says, “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? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” Whether you are talking about sex or food, when you sin against your body in any way, you are abusing your temple.
Lacking restraint in eating is an easy area in which to become neglectful. People use food to deal with all kinds of issues, including depression and emotional despair. Besides emotional eating, some people simply overeat because they have made a habit of it. Their flesh is trained to eat more than they need to sustain them, rather than eating just what their bodies need for nourishment.
The key to overcoming gluttony is to renew your mind with the understanding that God desires for you to have complete mastery over your appetite for food. The Apostle Paul got hold of what was necessary to get the upper hand over his body when he said:
And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air: But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway” (1 Corinthians 9:25-27).
You simply have to discipline yourself in this area. First, you’ll have to renew your mind (Romans 12:1-2) by looking at food differently. Rather than eating because you’re bored or depressed or as something you mindlessly do while watching TV, begin to look at your body as a machine that needs the proper fuel to function properly.
Think of eating like filling your car’s gas tank. Naturally, the best type of gas is “premium.” It keeps your vehicle running in optimum condition and is best for your engine. In addition, you may have seen the signs that say, “Don’t Top Off.” To fill your gas tank beyond the limit is asking for trouble. You should fill it up with the best fuel and then stop when the tank is full. This is the same way you should look at eating. Consume the highest quality of foods to maintain your health, and eat what you need to keep your body running, without overdoing it.
If you want to control your flesh rather than allowing it to control you, you will need to make a quality decision. You’ll have to set your mind on restraining your appetite for food. In addition, you’ll need to come up with an eating plan to establish personal guidelines and boundaries as well as incorporate moderate exercise into your lifestyle. By adopting a healthy lifestyle, you’ll start to view food differently, and you’ll begin to eat to live, rather than living to eat.
Proverbs 25:28 (The Amplified Bible) says, “He who has no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down and without walls.” When you can’t control your will where your appetite is concerned, your body will eventually break down. Get control over your appetite by renewing your mind and exercising self-control and restraint. Though it may be hard at first, your body will thank you for it later!
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