We are currently doing a sermon series at Lifepoint entitled "What Happens in Vegas."  We are focusing on what the world knows as the "7 deadly sins".  The whole point of the series is that our choices don't "stay in Vegas", they follow us through out our lives and deeply affect our relationship with God.

To hear last week's message on Lust, watch this video.  Its very raw, real, and puts us all in check.  I highly suggest it!

This week was on Gluttony. 
Matt, one of the pastors at LP, shared that, while gluttony is most often connected to food, it can be anything that we desire more than God.  An over-indulgence.

Can you think of anything you desire more than God?  Really think. What do you spend the majority of your day/week doing or thinking about?  Is it God? 

If it is, I'm so envious...I think we'll be learning about that in a few weeks, and I'll need to repent of my envy of you ;)

I want to think about God more than anything else in my life.  But so often I'll look back at my day or week and realize I've barely thought about Him at all, and definitely not more than anything else I've thought of. 

We were challenged to pin-point that thing in our lives that we desire/spend more time on/find more important than God.

And, taboo as it is, mine actually is food. 

I don't usually over-indulge in the actual eating of the food, but I over-indulge in my thoughts about food.

Bear with me here, while I explain -- and try not to think I'm a crazy person:

I wake up each morning, starving (or so I think).  Usually, the thoughts of my chai tea smoothie (that I drink every morning) drive me out of bed. 
What would it look like if my hunger for the Word drove me out of bed each morning?

Usually, by the end of breakfast, I've at least thought of, if not planned, what I'll make for lunch.
What would it look like if by the end of breakfast, I'd at least thought of, if not planned, what I'll be doing to glorify God with my life that day?

And dinner. Oh dinner. If I'm cooking, I'll spend 2 hours easily preparing a meal just because I enjoy it!
What would it look like if I spent 2 hours, easy, in God's presence any given evening because I enjoy it so much.

And if we are going out... be prepared, be warned! I will have already spent the day thinking of where we could go eat, chosen my meal at that restaurant, and let myself work up a good 'ol craving for it.  And if something comes up and it changes, or Wade wants to go somewhere else,  I'm a little bit a lot bit crushed and disappointed. Pitiful isn't it?  Ugh. This is so embarrassing.
What would it look like if I worked up that excitement in myself for the day God had laid out for me?

And often times, I like to have another snack after dinner (I eat early). 
What would it look like if I couldn't get enough Jesus and wanted just a little bit more before bed?

What's my solution?  Well, Matt suggested fasting.  The answer is to say, "yes" to God.  Indulge in God more.  If I spend that amount of time thinking about meals (or a hobby, or TV, or a sport -- whatever it may be for you), commit to God to take a day/week/the rest of your life maybe, and spend that amount of time or energy on Him instead.  Pray that our flesh will not rule our lives.  Pray that we will surrender our flesh to Him and that He will be our consuming desire. 

Oh God, you are my God; I earnestly search for you. My soul thirsts for you; my whole body longs for you in this parched and weary land where there is no water. I have seen you in your sanctuary and gazed upon your power and glory. Your unfailing love is better than life itself; how I praise you! I will praise you as long as I live, lifting up my hands to you in prayer. You satisfy me more than the richest feast.  I will praise you with songs of joy. I lie awake thinking of you, meditating on you though the night. Because you are my helper, I sing for joy in the shadow of your wings. I cling to you; your strong right hand holds me securely.
Psalm 63:1-8

Taste and see that the Lord is good. Oh the joys of those who take refuge in Him.
Psalm 34:8

{May we over-indulge in Him.}