Have you ever eaten so much that you thought you’d vomit. Or even worse, have you ever eaten so much that you made yourself vomit?
When we do that we are in disobedience to Gods’s word!
Never eat more honey than you need; too much may make you vomit. (Proverbs 25:16 GNB)
I think it’s easier to practice self-control when we realize that instead of denying ourselves we are choosing to walk in obedience.
Not only are we pleasing God when we stop ourselves from over-indulging we are preventing ourselves from those feelings of regret, guilt, and shame. Like the good father he is, he dislikes these destructive feelings that we have more than our over-indulgences,
Let’s begin to see that choosing a healthy diet as a gift to God and to ourselves.
It is better to be patient than powerful. It is better to win control over yourself than over whole cities. (Proverbs 16:32 GNB)
Self-control doesn’t come without a battle.
The weapons that must be used in this battle for self-control are self-denial and delayed gratification. (Remember battles are never pleasant nor pretty.)
Like soldiers who are trained to use their guns and tanks through practice, we must practice using these weapons. But what does this look like in our daily lives? It may mean turning down the desert or choosing exercise over television. It may mean that we don’t go places that tempt us beyond our control or put ourselves in situations that push us beyond our limits.
The good news is that once we win control in one area of our lives then we can exercise that same skill in other areas. For example, if we learn to control our eating we can use those same skills to keep from saying what we know shouldn’t be said and avoid arguments that can’t be won.
Everyday we are given the opportunity to practice these skills and exercise self-control… but its up to us whether or not we advantage of these opportunities.