Sins Of Appetite
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Many people attempt to
fill an inner emptiness or void by indulging the desire of their flesh
through sins of appetite--drunkenness, drugs, impulsive eating or
buying, improper relationships or sexual immorality.
In a broad sense, this
attempt is a form of the practice of idolatry. In his heart, a person
sets up the object of his desire--the drink, the food, the illicit
relationship, the pornography or sexual encounter--as being able to fill
the void and provide soul-satisfaction. This is akin to making an image
and then bowing down and serving it.
idolatry with covetousness or greed (Colossians 3:5; Ephesians 5:5),
which is defined as "a desire to have more." By it's nature, the
practice of idolatry says that one deserves to be satisfied and that
what God is giving is not enough. Therefore one turns to the idol which
Clearly, this is a
deception, for God knows what we need. He says to seek Him and His
kingdom first. Then He promises to supply us with all we truly need--not
what we crave--to be complete and to do His will (Matthew 6:33).
"No good thing will He withhold from them that walk uprightly" (Psalm
God understands the human
experience of appetite and the longing of the soul. Therefore He
graciously counsels us using terms of "hunger" and "thirst" to turn to
Him to receive.
one who thirsts, come to the waters; and you who have no money come, buy
and eat.... Why do you spend money for what is not bread, and your wages
for what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good,
and delight yourself in abundance. Incline your ear and come to Me.
Listen, that you may live..." (Isaiah 55:1-3 NASV).
God knows that we need, not more of the world and the
flesh, but more of Him. Attempting to fill an inner emptiness by
indulging the desire of the flesh never brings real fulfillment or
lasting satisfaction. Instead, it produces guilt, greater emptiness, and
deeper bondage to sin.
The person who is trying to fill a void through sin
must repent of pursuing the "more" he believes he doesn't have but needs
and deserves. God's counsel for him is to forsake the idols of his
heart, to turn to the living God, and to receive the Word in faith and
humility. This is the only way to soul-satisfaction, peace, and joy.
We pray that you will drink your fill of the abundance of God's house
and of the river of His delights (Psalm 36:8).
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