I was awaken very early this morning by a Word from The Lord. As I struggled with the need to get up and see what He wanted and the desire to roll over and go back to sleep, He spoke these words to me: “Many err in their ways. Many are the spoiled and selfish. Many are the weak and entangled souls because of decadence. Pull away, pull away. Many are the hungry in appetite, both carnal and emotional, but few are the hungry for the spiritual. Many have an unquenchable appetite for sex, food, money, possessions, positions, attention… These are the lust of the flesh. They are all demonic substitutes for what the soul really needs, Me. No man needith who is in Me, for He that is in Me is made whole. I am his supplier, I am his desire, I am his provider, I am his “I am”. Repent and turn away, tell them to repent…”
Decadence breeds selfishness and sin is the manifestation of selfishness. Here in America, even those considered to be among the poorest are still statistically among the worlds riches. Therefore no one here is exempt from having to put forth some effort to live a selfless and disciplined life, as Christ taught us to do, not only in word but by His very example.
Most of us reading this find ourselves living in a culture of decadence where gluttony (the sin of excess, not only in ones apatite for food but in all things) is not only excepted but encouraged and often even praised as ambition, a drive for success, social clout, or the rewards of entitlement. In doing so we’ve help to justify the erecting of self idols in our hearts and lives. While the Word of God teaches us to not set our focus on earthly things, being satisfied with and grateful for what God gives us, the world teaches us to always desire and reach for more.
“Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself. But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.” – 1 Timothy 6:5-9
“Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” – Hebrews 13:5
“Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” – Matthew 6:19-21
You might ask, “Does this mean that we should not, as Christians, have good things?” No, for we know that God loves to bless and give good things to His children. But what it does mean is that you should not desire those things or make obtaining them your attentions focus. I’ve heard it said that God made people to love and things to use, not the other way around. The key here is where your heart lies. Remember that He blessed Abraham with great wealth, as He did for Jacob, Joseph, and others. However they proved their obedience and contentment to serve God no matter their circumstance. Their wealth actually came as a reward for not seeking it. You see, we are to seek God with our whole hearts desire, living righteously unto Him, loving, pursuing, and obeying Him above all things and loving others secondly. If we do this, He will take care of the rest.
“Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” – Matthew 6:30-33
I find that the main reason this is such a snare for Christians today is because people have not been taught that they are “required” to “crucify the flesh“.(Galatians 5:19-25) Simply put, the sin of gluttony is when you allow your apatite (your fleshes desires) to over rule your need. It’s an absence of spiritual obedience and discipline, an unwillingness to crucify the flesh, a choice to indulge in selfish wants with no regard toward the needs of others who could have been blessed by the excess you gobbled up. In this regard, we are all guilty and need to repent and strive to correct the perception that this is ok, it’s not. Yes gluttony can mean eating more then you need to survive and be healthy but it is so much more then just that. It’s me choosing to roll over and go back to sleep when God is calling me to get up and pray for, or receive a word for someone. It’s taking on a roll, position, or title for the sake of advancement or vain glory that you were never called to have. It’s the person that indulges in sex outside of marriage to their ordained of God covenant spouse. When you are not satisfied with what God has for you and you take more, the excess you took was meant to be for someone else. It’s stealing, it’s greed, it’s selfishness, it’s sin! Gluttony of money, gluttony of attention, gluttony of possessions, gluttony of pleasure, it’s all the sin of excess which is selfishness and at it’s root it is taking what was meant for another for yourself when you really didn’t need it. It causes us to fall guilty of greed, theft, disobedience, selfishness, and idolatry. When we finally learn that it’s really not about “us” and start truly moving to bless with our excess, then and only then do we understand real success. We must Make it a point to remind ourselves often that we are commanded by God to crucify our fleshly desires and be physically and emotionally satisfied at all times, all while remaining spiritually hungry, chasing wholeheartedly after God only.
“Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” – Philippians 4:11-13
Lord, forgive us for the times we have put ourselves, our wants and our desires, first. We commit this day to hunger and thirst after only You and Your will for our lives, being a light in the darkness and a reflection of You to others. Help us to forsake self and run wholly after You. Take us deeper. Let us go all the way, holding nothing back.