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  • Joseph Diaz on Proverbs 20:5 - 3 years ago
    How do I know when I am given to Gluttony?

    I feel I struggle with it but I've been losing weight.

    also the Godhead is the real doctrine of Jehovah, Christ Jesus, and the Holy Spirit right?
  • Joseph Diaz - In Reply on Proverbs 20:5 - 3 years ago
    Thank you Chris but I realize I have erred in the faith not only because I asked a Carnal question but I realized I had to seek Christ Jesus because he is the true bread of life. Luke 12:31 But seek ye first the kingdom and all these things shall be added unto you.
  • Chris - In Reply on Proverbs 20:5 - 3 years ago
    Brother Joseph. You've not erred in any way. You've come here to present something that has been weighing much on your heart & whoever reads your submission, must sense in a very real way, the pain & despondency you feel. The Christian life is not just about our spiritual strengths & weaknesses, but also the physical part of us that weigh us down affecting both the body & spirit. So by your sharing, I think many have been moved to pray for you & that you will sense the Lord's enabling to strengthen your resolve to abstain from unnecessary eating & to commit every part of your life (physical & spiritual) to the One Who delights to help us.

    Those were lovely pertinent Scriptures you quoted from John 6:32 onwards & Luke 12:31. As we feast on Him our Living Bread, He will feed us with what we need & will satisfy us completely. Jeremiah 33:3: "Call unto me (says the Almighty), and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not." Many have not even begun to taste the extent of the Lord's Goodness, simply because they have not, in faith, called out to Him. He delights to hear his children call on Him & He delights to answer them & reveal His Mighty Arm of Power & Love. May the Lord be very close to you in your journey with Him & supply you with what you need to be His overcomer.
  • Chris - In Reply on Proverbs 20:5 - 3 years ago
    And just to your other question about the Godhead: that's correct, when the term Godhead is used (as in Colossians 2:9: "For in him (i.e. in Jesus) dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily."), it is understood that the Trinity is spoken of, as the Godhead in His Fullness constitutes the Person of His Son & the Person of His Holy Spirit.

    If any of the Persons were absent, then the Godhead (or, Trinity) would be incomplete & God wouldn't be God as revealed in the Scriptures & to our spirits. His Fullness & Unity are expressed as God the Father, the Son & the Holy Spirit: "these Three are One" ( 1 John 5:7).
  • Chris - In Reply on Proverbs 20:5 - 3 years ago
    Whenever we give all our attention, time, energies & finances to something that may give us satisfaction but not necessarily useful to us, then it becomes a problem & maybe, even sin. Since gluttony isn't generally considered as a major weakness by society when compared to other personal issues, it's easily overlooked, & we're just told to try harder to eat less at least for the sake of our health, as other problems of BP, cholesterol, diabetes, joint pain, etc. will ensue.

    But the core issue with gluttony, as with other over-indulgences we might give into, is that there may be other underlying issues causing that or at least there is a failing of putting life's events in the correct perspective & balance. The Apostle Paul shared this: "All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any ( 1 Corinthians 6:12) & "not all things edify" ( 1 Corinthians 10:23). He knew that there were many things he could lawfully do, but he had to reassess them whether by doing them, there would be any real benefit or even whether that act could bring him under its control. As a Christian, Paul was compelled to judge himself whether anything he did brought him under its power or did he still have personal control over it, thereby being the person God expected of him.

    If food, any food, has control over your life - you find that the urge to eat even when there is not really an appetite to do so - when your health & appearance suffer because of it, then you know that your craving to eat is a problem - that your eating is not just to satisfy hunger but possibly a crutch to cover over some other issue. Your endeavour to lose weight is commendable, but the core issue of gluttony is harder to deal with & will require God's help & a strong mind & discipline. The pain in abstaining will be there, but the results of good health & being an over comer for the Lord's sake, will be your victory & joy.

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