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Wednesday's Word: Curb Your Appetite

Wednesday's Word

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Curb Your Appetite



Hello All,

I recently had a conversation with a friend which revolved around the idea of “why the Israelites couldn’t get their act together?” As I pondered that idea; I looked at all of the direction and warnings God gave to His people. He told them not to associate with the Edomites, Moabites, and Ammonites. As I looked further back, I realized that there’s an “ites” in our midst that I think neither we nor the Israelites consider much; Our appetites. Think back to Adam and Eve in the garden; in perfect communion with the absolute presence of God on a daily basis, He provided everything they needed. His will and their pleasure were perfectly aligned. There’s one thing that neither Adam nor Eve had a use for; an appetite. Outside of daily fellowship with God, who would want anything else? They didn’t. Well, that all changed when the serpent offered them an apple, introducing them to the subjectivity of their appetite. Doctrinally, we’re pretty sure it wasn’t really “an apple” but funny how the general consensus flows – from apple to appetite. That’s really the “ite” that crippled the Israelites and it’s the same thing that cripples us today. Of course I need to clarify that it’s not a sin to have an appetite, Satan didn’t create the appetite, he just redirected its attention to self-fulfillment.

Here’s The Word;

Ecclesiastes 6:7 All the labour of man is for his mouth, and yet the appetite is not filled.

Philippians 3:17 - 20 Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample.18 (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: 19 Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.) 20 For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:

It’s easy to look at and blame all the bad things around us that, like the Edomites and other things, we know we’d do better to steer clear of but we really need to put our minds to the idea that we are able to “want” some things that aren't only not good for us but that obviously don’t honor or glorify God. I pray that we would consider curbing our appetites; to redirect them back to a desire of daily fellowship and a hunger for things pleasing to The LORD.

In Him,
Cros

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