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40 Days of Renewal 2020

Jan 19, 2020 | Randy Gunter

Living Victoriously with Food and Drink

40 Days of Renewal:
Living Victoriously with Food and Drink

Gluttony isn’t about expanding waistlines. Gluttony is an issue of our hearts and our worship.

19 Hear, my son, and be wise, and direct your heart in the way. 20 Be not among drunkards or among gluttonous eaters…. (Proverbs 23:19-20a ESV)


Gluttony and drunkenness are issues of the heart, not the stomach.

So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. (1 Corinthians 10:31 ESV)



We live in folly when we prefer the glory of food and drink over the glory of God, and when we seek satisfaction in food and drink over God.


Gluttony happens when we go to food to satisfy God-cravings and to substitute God-provisions.

The Lord is not against good food and drink.

  • Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him! (Psalm 34:8 ESV)
  • …Long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation— (1 Peter 2:2 ESV)
  • Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst. (John 6:35 ESV)

You can be fully satisfied in Jesus!

The Lord wisely and graciously calls us to days of feasting and fasting.

Throughout the year, the Lord commanded his chosen people to gather together in community and have feasts. Food wasn’t the main focus of the feasts; the central focus was Jesus.



The Lord also called the people to fast at times. Fasting resets our thinking about food and gives us a needed break from food so that we may taste and see that the Lord is good.

Will you fast one day this week? What day?

Pray and honor God before every bite.

Jesus modeled praying before eating, as did the Apostles.  It is a discipline not practiced often today.  Could it be that many have stopped praying before meals because they have disconnected their food and drink choices from God and his provision?


We would be much healthier if we paused before we took a bite or drink of anything, considering if it is from God or not.  If it is, then recognize his goodness, thank him for it, and enjoy.

God takes gluttony and drunkenness more seriously than we do.

Gluttony is a form of idolatry; it seeks refuge in food rather than God.  People sometimes drink alcohol for similar reasons.


Alcohol is a counterfeit spirit.  Food, wine and drink are not to take the place of the goodness of God; they point us back to him.


We need a Nehemiah moment. 


When we eat and drink to the glory of God, we have satisfaction in him and experience his goodness in food and drink that we consume in moderation.

Gluttony is a belief, obedience and worship issue; therefore it can’t be resolved with a diet.  It requires Jesus to work anew in our hearts. The only one who was perfect in food and drink came to those who were held captive by sin, including gluttony and drunkenness.

34 The Son of Man has come eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Look at him! A glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ 35 Yet wisdom is justified by all her children.” (Luke 7:34-35 ESV)

Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree”— (Galatians 3:13 ESV)

A strategy to battle gluttony and drunkenness is to feast on Jesus and drink from his living water.

Series Information

40 Days of Renewal is an intentional season when, as a church, we pursue lasting renewal in Christ in every area of life.

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