"For the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty, and slumber will clothe them in rags." Proverbs 23:21
"Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires, and greed, which is idolatry." Colossians 3:5
The definition of gluttony is: habitual greed or excessive eating.
Lord, I get it. The weeds in my garden are like all of the troubles in my life. Some are easy to pull out by the leaves, and some have seemingly impossible roots. I must dig out the root of the trouble to really be healed of it in my life, and I can't always do that with my bare hands. I need tools for digging those roots out! Sometimes I even need the help of others! You and Your word are those tools. Some of the roots are tricky though. Some are not right below the leaves— no, they branch out underground in all directions, making it tricky to remove them.
Oh Lord, would you cultivate me? Would you use your Word, Your Church, Your Spirit to make me new?! I mean, really new!
I'm struggling, Lord, with gluttony. I eat not because I'm hungry, but because I long for comfort or joy. And THIS WEED HAS GOT TO COME OUT! We need food, and it is good to nourish us and give us strength for the Great Commission and the Great Commandment. Oh, Lord, forgive me and help me dig this weed of gluttony out of my life for good! Show me where the tricky roots are that I need to find. I know often I reward myself and my kids with food—tricky root. I know holidays and celebrations are mostly about food—tricky root. I know the reality is I cannot give up food—tricky root. How do I dig up these roots that are so deeply grown into my daily life? Oh Lord, redeem food in my life. Make it so I can eat for the delicious taste and nourishment but look to You for joy and comfort!
I humbly ask that You use this message as part of my digging-out process. The ladies who read this and their prayers will be part of my tools to overcoming. Reading Your Word more and relying on You is my most precious tool. Prune me, Lord! Dig out those unhealthy roots! I don't want my gluttony to take over my body and then get in the way of how You will use me in this life for Your glory. I praise You, Lord, that You have taught me through the digging and planting in my garden this morning!
In Jesus’ Name,
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