Avoiding Overindulgence

“Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit.” - Ephesians 5:18
Overindulgence comes in many forms such as gluttony, drunkenness, drug abuse, shopaholism, excessive partying, idleness, even excessive media use. The list is never-ending. It occurs when the activity intensely feeds the flesh and interferes with healthy and holy living.  
The problem with sin is that is slowly creeps into our lives, desensitizing us to self-control and holiness. And before we know it, those things that were originally excessive become habit-forming and we cannot stop.  
For me, it’s apple pie. You can only put ONE slice of warm apple pie in front of me. I have no restraint otherwise. I will look up and the entire pie is gone; and the next thing I know, my doctor is giving a lecture on how I need to do better. Because I know my limits, I do not test them because while eating that entire pie feels good for the moment, it will work against my best interest in the long run.
Your vice may not be pie like mine, but you may have something in your life that is getting in the way of holy living. You may be using this overindulgence as a way of escape from a deeper issue. Until that deeper issue is healed, the sin is only placing a band aid over your situation.  
What is your vice? What is something that you do in excess that you would like to change? It starts with admitting there is an issue and taking small steps to seek the root of the issue and to heal to prevent the sin. This healing will not come overnight, but slow progress is better than no progress. If available, use an accountability partner to ensure you don’t backslide. Your power is greater than you believe and with God, all things are possible.
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Frances Garvin - February 3rd, 2022 at 3:33am

That's so true, Pastor. can you have more than 1 device ,worrying,then eating,which am sure is a problem,because I eats sweets or bread,both of which is not good for me

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