Dying daily & Spiritual discernment.
As was discussed previously, die is in diet. I am not saying that the word is hidden there in its etymological structure. In 1964 Joel S. Goldsmith, in his book entitled Consciousness Transformed wrote: If you understand what is meant when the Lord said, “I am life eternal.” You have spiritual discernment. If you know what is meant by the term dying daily, then you have what he called The faculty of spiritual discernment.
Do you have the faculty of spiritual discernment? Do you understand that dying daily is the giving up of the things in your life that prevent you from being more like the Master? To be more like the King who we know as Jesus the Christ. The one who not only died daily for the cause and purpose of His Father, but he died the ultimate death for all mankind. The ultimate death. The most terrible death — remaining alive while his body was ripped to shreds. To be more like Him — this is the aim of the true believer.
What does being more like Christ look like? Paul in Ephesians 4:21- 24 writes that… if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught in Him, just as truth is in Jesus, that, in reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit, and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.
When you over eat, or over indulge in anything — this is called gluttony. Paul in verse 22 calls this the lusts of deceit. Deceit is a misrepresentation of the truth. And Paul is saying we do this to ourselves. When we are gluttonous in anything — we are lying to ourselves. We have bought into a lie that has been told to us.
“If you eat more you will stop feeling bad about yourself.” Or, “Put as much food on your plate as will fit, because there might not be any left for seconds.” Or, “If I am skinny people will think I am beautiful and will like me.” And, “If I have more money I will be happy and secure.”
Christians… we are called to lay this aside. That way of thinking and living — that’s the old self. The old you who lives according to the wants and desires of the body. Without the Lord a person is inclined to live like a stray dog, aimlessly wandering around eating and drinking and all that comes with that. Paul says these kinds of people have given themselves over to sensuality for the practice of every kind of impurity with greediness (Eph. 4:19). I do not want to live like that. Do you? I do not want to live according to my appetites.
The diet that works, the diet that takes the weight off and keeps it off, this is the diet that includes the putting off of the old self (the flesh) and puts on the new man (the spirit) and lives like Christ.
Paul exhorts us to be renewed in the spirit of our minds (v23) this literally means to change the way we think. To put on the new self, which is in the likeness of God (v24). And on the day you came to Christ broken, ready to give your life over to Him – he created the new you (v24) in righteousness and holiness of the truth. This is what that horrible death Christ endured on the cross was for. So that today, in this life, you would be raised to newness of life.
Your old nature is corrupt. And you must choose whether or not you are going to continue to live in that or not. Christian, you can be saved to eternal life and still live in the flesh-pots of Egypt. You can be saved from the sin of gluttony and still be gluttonous. The question is, do you have the faculty of discernment?
Gluttony is a sin my friends. If you can’t understand that, it is because you don’t want to understand it. Develop your discernment. And the only way to do that is keep your face in his word. And with Paul, this morning, for you… I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come (Eph. 1:18-21).
The surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe (v18) is the same power that raised Christ from the dead (v20). This is where the power comes from to put an end to gluttony. To live in newness of life. And the newness of life includes a healthier, liter you. It is okay to go without. Sacrifice gluttony on the altar of your bodies. Give it to Him whom the Father has put all things in subjection under His feet — this includes your desire for food, for drugs, pornography, whatever — and gave Him as head over all things to the church (that’s you) which is His body. (v22 & 23) Do you understand that if you are a Christian you are part of His body? So, whatever you do, when you are gluttonous, when you harm your body, or when you take care of it — you are doing this to Christ.
And for when you are hungry, when you are striving to be masters over your bodies and your stomach is empty and screaming for food — verse 23 says that if you are part of His body, the fullness of Christ, who fills all in all, is in you. And He will fill you. Trust Him to do that.
Be filled today. Meditate on His Word. Confess your gluttony to Him if you need to. Live in this glorious newness of life. Have the faculty of Spiritual discernment. Stop the cycle. You do not need that sugar. You do not need to finish everything on your plate. Get a to-go box if you are at a restaurant. If you are at home put it in the fridge. Live liter.
Have a wonderful day.
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