Balance & Discipline
“It is not good to eat much honey, nor is it glorious to seek one’s own glory. A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls.” Proverbs 25:27-28
Self-indulgence is defined as: immoderation, lack of self control, insatiable desire. We all have weaknesses, and need to be aware of areas in our life that can be vulnerable, and could eventually destroy us. Sound dramatic? It may, but throughout scripture we see examples of how this can happen. The story of Samson and Delilah in Judges 16 stands out as an example of how even strong, godly people are vulnerable when they are self-indulgent. His lust for women and carelessness led to his untimely death.
Some cases of overindulgence seem less threatening, but anything that takes our attention away from the Lord, or tries to fill a void that only He can fill is a form of idolatry. So it can be anything that I allow to become too self-centered and “need” more than Jesus. It could be emotions, food, approval, sex, alcohol, drugs, work, relationships, money or anything else that is out of control. The thing that is deceiving is that it can be something, that when it’s in it’s proper place, can be a good thing... but any area that is a weakness for us can become insidious. Before we know it, it’s out of control and we are trapped. Then the cycle of denial may begin and we are on a path of destruction.
In society it’s common to make light of things that are destructive. But the Word says we “reap what we sow”. So exercising discipline and balance in our lives is vital to our own health. God wants us to enjoy the blessings we’ve been given! “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.” James 1:17
“For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love, serve one another. For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself....But I say walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to...But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and SELF-CONTROL; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.” Galatians 5:13,14, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24 (Read all of Galatians 5 if you want more insight)
Jesus fills all of our voids and should be number one in our lives, above all else. He provides all that we need to be content, if we are in right relationship with Him. “For he satisfies the longing soul, and the hungry soul he fills with good things.” Psalm 107:9 and “In Your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” Psalm 16:11
Seeking satisfaction in God alone is 1) good for us, in our mind, body, soul and spirit and 2) it glorifies Him!
Dearest Heavenly Father, thank You for making a way for us. Search our hearts and reveal to us areas of weakness, and strengthen us in our daily battles against indulgence and a lack of self-control. Take our lives and make them Yours. In Jesus powerful name we pray, amen.