CAROLYN'S COMPOSITIONS

April 12, 2011

Lenten Study: 7 Deadly Sins—Gluttony #5: Being Spiritually Nourished


CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

LENTEN STUDY: 7 DEADLY SINS

GLUTTONY #5:

BEING SPIRITUALLY NOURISHED

Monte W. Holland

INTRODUCTION

     The following study is a journey through Lent, the forty-day pre-Easter season (which excludes Sundays).  Easter’s date, determined by the time of the first full moon after the Spring equinox, is very late this year.

     Traditionally, many Christians use Lent for self-examination and a renewal of their commitment to their faith.

     This year I  chose to do a devotional study on aspects of the Seven Deadly Sins, sins identified by very early Christians as key behaviors separating man from God and God’s will. The seven sins are not listed together in the Bible—each is, however, spoken about in various Scripture sites.

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THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS:

GREED, ENVY, ANGER, LUST, GLUTTONY, SLOTH and PRIDE.

THE ASPECTS OF THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS ARE:

#1 Breaking the Mosaic Law

#2 Defying God or rebelling against God

#3 Acts of violence to others

#4 Failing to make proper sacrifices or worship

#5 Not living up to or reflecting God’s glory (not living as one created in God’s image)

(GLUTTONY #5

BEING SPIRITUALLY NOURISHED

SCRIPTURE:2 Why waste your money on what really isn’t food? Why work hard for something that doesn’t satisfy? Listen carefully to me, and you will enjoy the very best foods. (Isaiah 55:2 (CEV))

2 Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your earnings for what does not satisfy? Hearken diligently to Me, and eat what is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness [the profuseness of spiritual joy]. (Isaiah 55:2 (AMP))

Background  1 If you are thirsty, come and drink water! If you don’t have any money, come, eat what you want! Drink wine and milk without paying a cent. 2 Why waste your money on what really isn’t food? Why work hard for something that doesn’t satisfy? Listen carefully to me, and you will enjoy the very best foods. 3 Pay close attention! Come to me and live. I will promise you the eternal love and loyalty that I promised David. 4 I made him the leader and ruler of the nations; he was my witness to them. 5 You will call out to nations you have never known. And they have never known you, but they will come running because I am the LORD, the holy God of Israel, and I have honored you. (Isaiah 55:1-5 (CEV))

DEVOTION:  In our culture, gluttony is almost synonymous with overeating. Yet from God’s perspective, gluttony has other implications. God wonders why we aren’t more selective in what we eat. God provides. Maybe it will be spinach and broccoli, but God provides. Are we actually consuming what we really want? And that means considering more than food.

     The opposite of gluttony is temperance. Think before you act. Go first to God—and the scripture says you will live. Not only that, God extends eternal love and loyalty. The Lord offers us a broader range of friends because we choose to follow the Lord.

     One translation says Let your soul delight itself in fatness (the profuseness of spiritual joy).  It isn’t the food, but the

spiritual nourishment that really makes us what we are. Paul has reminded us: 22 You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; 23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds; 24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. (Ephesians 4:22-24 NIV) God desires the new self—one created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.

     Overconsumption—food, drink, resources, frivolous activity—leads us away from finding closeness with God and recreating our new self which is more fully in tune with the image of the God we are each created in.

PRAYER:  We seek satisfaction, God, often in all the wrong places. We consume without proper planning. We hunger for new life and we do not find it. God, we turn to you to show us the way, to new life and new purpose, all to be found as we draw nearer to you. Amen.

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To start at the beginning of this Lenten study on the Seven Deadly Sins, click on: Ash Wednesday: Intro to Lenten Study on the Seven Deadly Sins

To read the previous devotion, click on: Lenten Study: 7 Deadly Sins—Lust #5: Love Turns to Hate

To read the following devotion, click on: Lenten Study: 7 Deadly Sins—Sloth #5: Cutting Corners

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ADDITIONAL READING:

“Beyond Dumb” Parenting

Giant Hail Pounds Homes & Dots Landscape

Memorable Job Interviews

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