TEXT: Proverbs 25:16:
Hast thou found honey? eat so much as is sufficient for thee, lest thou be filled therewith, and vomit it.
This is an uncomfortable subject for many of us, but if you listen and take heed, this particular series can not only change your life spiritually, but it can save your life physically.
This proverb can be summarized with these words: “too much of a good thing is a bad thing.” It warns us against over-indulging in the good and pleasurable things of life. Honey is good. Honey is a healthy, natural food. Doctors have found that (raw) honey is a good source of antioxidants, it has antibacterial properties, it can heal wounds, it is filled with phytonutrients, and it can help with digestive issues. However, eating too much honey is a bad thing. Honey is high in fructose and carbohydrates. Researchers say that people who are already overweight and/or diabetic should avoid it as much as possible. The high fructose consumption has a negative effect on the gastrointestinal tract and interferes with the ability of the intestine to absorb nutrients in food.
This proverb, of course, ought to be extended to all forms of eating and drinking and even all forms of human activity. Moderation is the watchword. Too much of anything can and will turn into a bad thing. Statistics show that 20% of individuals suffer from “food addiction,” and that number is much higher among those with obesity. According to the Yale Food Addiction Scale, the most addictive foods are processed foods that are “usually high in sugar, fat or both.” The study found that the top 15 foods people are most addicted to are: pizza, chocolate, potato chips, cookies, ice cream, french fries, cheeseburgers, soda, cake, cheese, bacon, fried chicken, rolls, buttered popcorn, and breakfast cereal.
Now, most of these foods should only be had on rare occasions; some of them can be had more frequently in moderation. However, when we eat these or any foods, we ought to eat an appropriate portion. The Bible says, “Eat so much as is sufficient for thee, lest thou be filled therewith, and vomit it.” Most of us eat beyond the point of sufficiency; we eat until we are stuffed and feel satisfied. However, while the stomach may crave more food during mealtimes, we must not give in to the “lust of the flesh.” We must eat with our minds just as much as we eat with our bodies. We must learn to tell our bodies “no” and only eat that which is sufficient for us at any given time.
If the Lord tarries his coming and we live, next time, we will continue looking at what this passage tells us about overcoming gluttony, obesity, and God’s plan for man’s eating habits.
PRACTICAL STEP: In “The RAVE Diet and Lifestyle,” Mike Anderson continues sharing the importance of exercise as a part of your dietary changes. He writes, “Walking is probably the best exercise for all of us. It’s easy, cheap and gets you outdoors, which can do wonders for your mental state. It wasn’t that long ago that walking wasn’t an exercise at all, but transportation for the vast majority of Americans, so try to find opportunities during the day that allows you to walk more, instead of driving to a destination.
“Always get at least half an hour of exercise a day, or 45 minutes five times a week. If you’ve had a busy day, even 15 minutes can be beneficial. Try walking for 30 minutes in the morning and 30 minutes in the evening. I guarantee it will transform your life within a month.
“Get out in the sun occasionally. It will bring some perspective into your life, it’s the best way to get vitamin D and recent studies have shown that moderate exposure has a protective effect against all sorts of cancers — including skin cancer. Just the opposite of what we’ve been told for the last 20 years.”
In closing, as we focus on overcoming the sin of gluttony, and managing our bodies as God intended, we must not lose sight of the most important part of our existence — our spiritual life. Even those of you who are fit, who eat right, and who exercise regularly must still address the condition of your soul. You may keep your body in perfect condition till the day you die, but you will still die — we all will, and the only thing that will matter is the condition of your soul. Is your soul in shape? Is your soul in right standing with God?
The only way to make sure of that is to trust Jesus Christ as your Savior from sin and the consequences of sin. He alone can save your soul, put you in right standing with God, and ensure that you do not perish in Hell. Now, if you do not know Jesus Christ as your Savior, here is how you can trust Him today.
First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the Cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your Salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the Cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please email me at email@example.com and let us know. There is some free material that we want to send you. If you have a prayer request, please e-mail that to us as well, and we will pray for you until you tell us to stop.
God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.
Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.
He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.
He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.