Proverbs 23:2 And put a knife to thy throat, if thou be a man given to appetite.
Appetites come in all sizes and for all things. Overindulgence, gluttony, ravenous cravings, wanting more and more of whatever it is. This type of behavior should not be a surprise to us and yet it always stuns our human emotions and psyche when outrageous deviance is seen as normal by some.
The Apostle Paul warned us this would happen. 2 Tim. 3:1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 4 traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
What is interesting about the above list of short-comings is that if anyone starts tasting these sins and keeps eating away at this menu, it will eventually turn into an appetite for more. The problem with appetite is that it can get out of control. Before you know it you are snared by its demanding need to be fed continually and addictions, obsessions, and fetishes become commonplace.
Jesus taught that it was important to deal severely with what had control of your heart, other than God Himself. Jesus uses an extreme example. Matt. 5:30 And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell.
Ouch! That seems drastic. The Lord was saying, “Cut off, stop doing what is causing you to sin over and over again. It might be uncomfortable and hard going, but on a scale of eternity it is well worth it.” One of the weapons of our warfare is that we can say, “By the grace of God I will overcome this recurring sin.” Having the power and grace of God working with us is the only way we will have victory in our lives.
In Jesus name. 2 Cor. 6:17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, 18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty. So I say to you all, “Bon appétit.”