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“For the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty,
And drowsiness will clothe a man with rags” - Proverbs 23:21

The Bible goes into clear detail regarding the repercussions that accompany gluttony; be it an over indulging of food and wine, or greed for material wealth.

By taking in excessive amounts of unhealthy foods and alcohol, this choice results in laziness, poverty and shame to others (Prov. 28:7). Think about it. How does a person usually feel after partaking in a buffet with three to five full plates? What about a night out at the bar and becoming so inebriated that the next day hangover is, to say the least, unbearable? Let’s not even discuss the amount of money that was spent on the alcoholic beverages; resulting in an empty bank account. Ephesians 5:18 states, “And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit”. The word “dissipation” itself means “a descent into drunkenness” and “the squandering of money, energy or resources”.

As Christians, when we made the decision to accept Jesus as our Savior, God sealed the deal by giving us the Holy Spirit on that very day (Eph. 4:30). Our body then became the Holy Spirit’s dwelling place and we are instructed to glorify God by treating it like a temple (1 Cor. 6:19-20). We cannot expect Him to live in us and effectively do a good work from the inside out if we block His voice with over indulgence of food, alcohol, drugs, sexual immortality and/or greed (to name a few). When we do this, the Word describes this behavior as stubborn and rebellious because we are not obeying our Fathers commands (Deut. 21:20).