I woke up early in the morning with the stomach virus. Two others in the family had already survived it several days ago. I thought I had beat it, but no such luck. I was totally bedridden (well other than the bathroom visits) for at least 24 hours. Then, it was down stairs, trying to recover and yet still care for all 3 kids that were home on spring break.  I spent most of that second day on the couch and still eating little of nothing.

Not to go into too much detail here but I am a Christian woman struggling with the sin of gluttony. It has gone on for a while but only in the last year or so have I seen it from God’s eyes, as sin, not just a bad thing I am doing that causes me to be overweight. Let me tell you, it is not easy to be a strong Christian when you know you are willfully sinning. 

Proverbs 23:1-3 (NIV) ”When you sit to dine with a ruler, note well what is before you, and put a knife in your throat if you are given to gluttony. Do not crave his delicacies, for that food is deceptive.”

Romans 13:14 (NLT) “Instead, clothe yourself with the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ. And don’t let yourself think about ways to indulge your evil desires.”

Romans 14:22-23 (NIV) “So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God. Blessed is the man who does not condemn himself by what he approves. But the man who has doubts is condemned if he eats, because his eating is not from faith; and everything that does not come from faith is sin.”

Read these passages and more at BibleGateway.com.

I want to THANK God for this stomach virus. It made me fast and BREAK the death grip this sin, glutton, had on me. I know the temptation will return and I will have to make the choice for God instead of for the sinful nature. But, God gave me a blessing in this stomach virus. He made me go ‘cold turkey’ when I could not do it for myself.

My prayer is that I will not sin through gluttony every again. I pray that God will work in me to mold me and make me more into the image of his precious Son who fasted for 40 days for God’s glory. I pray for an active faith in His power for me to resist this sin’s temptation for me. I would appreciate your prayers for me in this hard journey.