Proverbs 23:1-3 (2) – And put a knife to thy throat if thou be a man given to appetite. (KJV)
An appetite is the natural desire to satisfy bodily needs. Every human has an appetite for personal satisfaction, and it has been proven that the most essential human needs include food and shelter. The devil understands these needs and uses them to enslave those that will not tame their appetites.
Today’s Bible reading advises us that we must be discerning concerning eating and not eat excessively because there might be consequences. This is similar to Christ’s experience in Matthew 4. Jesus had just finished fasting for 40 days, and Satan knew He was hungry, so he tried to trick Jesus into turning stones into bread. But Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’ If Jesus had broken His fast by succumbing to the devil, He would have lost His authority. But the son of God was in command of His appetite, and He defeated the tempter.
Beloved, there are times when the intake of food can become dangerous. These are destiny-shaping moments when our gaze must remain on God through fasting, studying the Word, and constant prayer. We must deliberately work on our excessive love for food and instead crave more spiritual food. The less importance placed on food, the better our spiritual life will be. Spiritual food is more valuable because it keeps us sensitive to God’s moves.
Hymn: Fill My Cup, Lord — Richard Blanchard (1959)
1. “Bread of Heaven”, please feed me until I am full.
1. Holy Spirit, quench every unfavourable appetite in me.
2. Father, empower the church to love Your Word more than the world.
3. Father, by Your Almightiness, please make what has been pre-planned by the enemy to:
A. Engineer their destruction.
B. Activate my promotion.
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